My feeling about faith healing is that it is placebo effect. I've met many people over the years who swore they felt better after whatever religious thing was done. Within a few weeks, all symptoms were always back. I've never seen anyone who had CFIDS/ME, ever be cured by it or anything else, ever, in all nineteen years I've had it, and I've known alot of community members over the years worldwide. I've seen tons of placebo effect, though. I've had people swear to me that they felt better from all kinds of things, talk to them a week or two later, guess what, they feel like crap again. There is no cure, there is no real treatment. If you have it mild, it might be possible to go into a form of remission, but no one knows why. Some of us get ups and downs. You can even get a whole month where you think you're feeling better and then it goes right back down.
I have experienced healing through prayer myself so I don't find it hard to accept others who tell me they have been healed. Christian healing is such a complicated subject and yes some do get healed then have it back again in a few weeks and no-one knows why but there is a theory that they got healed by the devil instead which is another pandoras box, like Satanists and witches who get healed, and this is why it did not stick. The theory is that the healing was given to them to mislead them through some iffy ministry so they would go off track with their faith.
But my healing did stick. It was not long after I caught Lyme but did not know it for 10 years, and was severely ill with Lyme meningitis I think, and probably a stroke, as a Lyme doctor told me. I become sensitive to everything and could not even wash in chlorine tap water or eat anything but rice - everything made me much worse and I think that I was in danger of dying at that point as some do with Lyme, and I already had been poisoned twice with mercury once at 5 months old and a massive pesticide exposure so I really was sick. In fact, the fact that I am still alive and nearly 60 is a miracle itself.
Anyway I got a chest infection when I was at a healing ministry weekend, taken there by a friend who has ME in her husbands car, and I lay in the back with a blanket and air mask because I could not tolerate traffic fumes and a hot water bottle as i could not tolerate normal temperatures. At the ministry there were a few beds at the back for the sickest, but I could not even stay awake during the meetings and prayers and a woman kept trying to keep me awake and prop me up. I am unable to take any medications so that meant no anti-biotics either and with being away from home I could not keep up my usual routine of steam inhalation.
So anyway I started to cough up blood which is a bad sign and my room mate was worried about me all night and kept checking to see if I was still breathing. I guess i should have been in an oxygen tent in hospital but the problem with severe MCS is that once they get you into a hospital your life is already at risk from the medications they want to give you. Some have died from this and in the UK there is the chance of getting a mental health order put on you to make you accept treatments.
So I was prayed for and in an instant the infection left me and I lived to tell the story. The next day I was up out of bed and eating a normal diet and continued to improve.
I have also seen off other infections since and recently salmonella which by normal accounts should not have happened as my immune system is so down.
There are many religions in the world that claim miracles and faith healing - some of these claims can be disproven, but not can be proven. I could claim that I believed the tooth fairy had cured my tooth ache, and others might disagree but no-one could disprove it.
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.
Knackered, why are you so angry with a God you don't believe in?
I think this is a worthwhile question to ask: is one method of treatment for ME morally or scientifically superior to another?
Personally I think that methods that have been demonstrated to cause harm are inherently inferior than others.