You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I caught this cute little posting on my Facebook news feed a Sunday or two ago:
This is only one of a few that my friend posted while recovering from a cold, but in all of them she talked about how sick she was feeling and proclaimed that she had been healed through her faith. Not “I’m praying for healing,” not “I hope I will be healed,” but “I am healed.” Present tense, not future tense.
I’m posting this because I think it’s a vivid illustration of a common difference between theist and nontheist approaches to reality. My Christian friend here is using a sort of Law of Attraction-style understanding of what makes something real: if she states her claim often enough, and with enough confidence, it’s as good as true in her mind. On the other hand, I find it totally bizarre to wrap oneself in a blanket, dig into a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and shout to the world, “I’be beed heawed!” through a stuffy nose. The evidence is totally inconsistent with the claim, so (in my view at least) the claim must be wrong.
Oh, and to any faith-healing types out there — next time I ask for a bit more evidence to back up your story about your friend’s cousin’s neighbor who was “really healed” through prayer, well … this is part of the reason why.