Wow. I grew up a pastor’s son. I was either a Christian or a child in a Christian home for 53 years. I thought I had heard all the miracle stories in the Bible. Well, while reading Kenneth Woodward’s The Book of Miracles this afternoon, I realized I had missed one:
Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. 16 A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. — Acts 5:14-16
Gary: Healed by a shadow!!! And Protestant Christians wonder where Catholics get their “silly” relic veneration tradition! If a saint’s shadow can heal you, why not his bones or even his carefully preserved foreskin (Holy Foreskin!)!
Notice in this passage that there is no mention that the healing which occurred due to falling under Peter’s shadow was dependent upon the sick person’s faith. Only “some” of the people who desired healing and were laid out to be healed were healed. It had nothing to do with your faith. It had everything to do with your luck. If you were lucky enough to fall under Peter’s shadow, you were healed. If Peter’s shadow missed you, you were not healed.
This is not a case of “healing by faith”. No. This is pure magic, folks.
By the way, Paul (allegedly) possessed similar magical powers:
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them. —Acts 19:11-12
Jesus had a magical hem. Paul had magical handkerchiefs. And Peter had a magical shadow.
Modern, educated people should not believe that these fantastical tall tales were actual historical events!