HEALING AS A PASTORAL CONCERN
THE challenges facing the church in Africa
In our day the debate about miracles is related to the evaluation of the Charismatic movement as a whole .Pastoral theology can defined as that branch of theology that discusses the duties, obligations and functions of the priest in the care soul.(Oden, 1964). Second, people who are preoccupied with the extraordinary and the spectacular need to recognize their immaturity (1 Cor. 12-14). Those who are enamoured with the extraordinary need to learn to appreciate God's presence in the apparently ordinary. This attitude cures the lust after the extraordinary. To a person who seems preoccupied with the extraordinary and ...view middle of the document...
The defeat of the Devil ushers in „progress‟ (Harries 2006:153). Secular Westerners shake their heads in disbelief at this apparent ignorance. The existence of evil as a personalized experience is to many Westerners the creation of a wild imagination. Western churches practice “disbelief in the reality of witchcraft” (Murray 1970:28). Witchcraft is for Westerners a not real invention. The reality however is that hard work can be counter-productive in witch-bound societies because it results in somebody being bewitched by the jealous. The readiness of Westerners to scoff at the reality of witchcraft and deny the existence of witches has been damaging to development.
A working Definition of Health
Health is the general condition of a person in all aspects. It is also a level of functional and/or metabolic efficiency of an organism, often implicitly human. "The state of being frees from illness or injury” and according to WHO health was defined as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". But according to the Christian the healing that occurs in the physical world is but a simple shadow of what God desires and makes possible for our spiritual disease through Jesus Christ. The parallels are so great, that it seems that the presence of disease and death, health and healing, are really reflections, shadows, of the real substance, which is the Gospel. Then providing health care to people is really a spiritual enterprise, because God is revealing Himself and working in people’s lives through their disease, healing, and health.
Healing and the Church
Praying with those who are sick and those who are dying is one of the most crucial ministries of the parish, but they are also a way to deal with that. There are four different kinds of ways mentions by the priest, first the priest, who can perform all of the rites, give blessings, hear confessions and minister the anointing of the sick. Second, the deacon, who as an ordained minister can perform many of the rites, but does not hear confession or minister the anointing of the sick, because of its close connection with the sacrament of reconciliation. Third, the lay chaplain or lay pastoral minister, who has the...