From the January/February, 2008 issue of Touchstone
Spiritual Morphine by Kristina Robb Dover

Spiritual Morphine

The Delusory Hope of Dying on Your Own Terms

by Kristina Robb Dover

The doctors had said she had little more than six months to live. Since then, the cancer had aggressively metastasized, but not enough to destroy her insatiable will to live. Esther, 72, talked confidently about God’s power to heal both the pain and the cancer.

When I asked her where she drew her inspiration from, she cited the teachings of Joel Osteen and his mother, Dodie Osteen, who, in a little book titled Healed from Cancer, attributed her own miraculous recovery to a strict, daily regimen of reciting particular “healing” verses from Scripture. Invoking God’s Word “against the . . .


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