This wouldnt mean the Priesthood wasnt necessary, it would mean:
Jesus’ Priesthood + Beleiver’s Faith = Healing Miracle
With Jesus emphasizing the believer’s faith, so they wouldnt place 100% of the miracle on Jesus’ shoulders. Jesus’ intent was not to create a cult of personality, but to get people to have a godly walk and emulate his life of deditcated service. If he didnt emphasize the believer’s faith, then people would focus on the miracle alone and assume it was some sort of mystical event that occurred solely as a result of being in the right place at the right time.]]>
What Is the Priesthood?
The priesthood is the power and authority of God. By his priesthood power the heavens and the earth were created. By this power the universe is kept in perfect order….Our Heavenly Father shares his priesthood power with worthy male members of the Church.
I have often heard it taught in the church that “the priesthood” is indeed the power of God itself. For example, this comes from the Priesthood entry in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
Priesthood embraces all forms of God’s power. It is the power by which the cosmos was ordered, universes and worlds were organized, and the elements in all their varied structures and relationships were put into place. Through the priesthood, God governs all things.
I think this is the idea that LisaB is referring to.]]>
Second, faith heals. There are just too many examples in the scriptures where faith is the healing force.
That’s my whole point of this blog.]]>
When you say “Women didn’t heal without the priesthood”, I assuming you mean in specific cases. One of the points of this post is that it doesn’t take the priesthood to heal, it takes faith. Faith can heal without any involvement of the priesthood in any way.]]>
Could you give specific examples of what you are referring to? Also, what about in pre-Christian times, its pretty plain under the Law of Moses that ordinances were strictly administered via highly regulated means. I have to wonder of some of the ambiguity we see in Jesus’ actions is because of the overlap between the AP and MP, being somewhat in conflict at the time.]]>