Religious Studies GCSE: Can God heal illnesses?

A Charismatic Christian community in Hull runs healing services where praying for God to heal illness and pain is a regular event.

Contemporary worship and prayer in Jesus’ name come as a surprise to our young researchers, one of whom has never been to a church service before.

The ‘testimony’ they hear from people who have been healed raises as many questions as it does answers.

This is from the series: A Question of Faith

Teacher Notes

Students could consider the argument of God from religious experience, in relation to other arguments.

Some say that God is the first cause of the universe. and has planted moral consciousness in the human heart and mind.

The ‘ontological argument’ offers a more logical proof of the necessity of God’s existence.

But in Christian and Muslim communities, many people say they believe in God because of their own experience of inspiration, revelation, answered prayer, and a sense of presence or a healing.

Students could discuss: is the argument for religious experience the strongest one? What arguments stand against it?

In pairs, pupils could develop a script for arguing between a theist and an atheist, using lots of rhetoric, and body language.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Religious Studies at KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also at National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA and SQA

More from the series: A Question of Faith

Religious beliefs about life after death
Suffering across different faiths
The concept of marriage in different faiths
Homosexuality and different faiths