A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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says that this power can only be gained by prayer (the words ' and fasting ' having probably been added by a later hand). Faith, however, must be based on some system of knowledge or belief.
Bartimaeus, the Blind Man at Jericho (Mark x, 46-52).The story of Blind Bartimaeus is the last narrative of healing in Mark and the only one in which the name of the patient is given. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, a crowd following Him, He passed Bartimaeus who was sitting by the roadside, begging. He, having enquired why there was such a throng of people and having been told that Jesus of Nazareth was near, started shouting to Jesus to have mercy upon him. Some of those round him tried to check him and told him to be quiet; but this only spurred him to greater efforts. Then Jesus stopped and sent for him ; but as soon as he heard of this Bartimaeus jumped up and, throwing off his cloak, ran to Jesus unaided. It would seem that if he could distinguish Jesus in a crowd he cannot have been totally blind ; and Luke indicates that the complaint was not lifelong, making Bartimaeus use the words, ' regain my sight' (xviii, 41-42). Jesus said to him, ' Go, your faith has made you well ', and he immediately recovered his sight and followed Jesus along the road. As in the story of the Gerasene maniac, Matthew doubles the number of blind men and adds that Jesus touched their eyes.
There is no lack of evidence that psychotherapy has been effective in curing organic diseases of the eye. (See the detailed and illustrated accounts of the two cures of corneal ulcer by Dr. Bonjour21 of Lausanne
(P. 31 ff.)).
The Centurion's Servant (Matt, viii, 5-13 ; Luke vii, 1-10). It is in Q that this story has its literary source and it is the only healing narrative which that source contains. Several features of it are common also to the