Why Some People Say “No” to Healing …

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6)

Life Questions …

In regard to an ongoing challenge, (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, financial) … What would healing look like to you?

What would you lose if you were healed?

Would the trade-off be worth it?

High Internalization Potential (HIP) response …

In the John 5 story above, the man doesn’t answer Jesus’ question, but gives a mythological response as to why he hasn’t experienced healing.

The thing he’s been trying for decades isn’t working, (so, in his mind) – healing must not be possible.

Sometimes people can become so wrapped up in their long-term suffering that it becomes a part of their identity—and that’s not something they want to lose. So, as counterintuitive as it may seem, some people say “no” to healing.

This week’s tier rewards include Life Questions on I Corinthians 3:12-14 (on the final judgment of Christians), Proverbs 2, and a “Behind the Scenes (Subconsciously)” episode that talks about how a person might wrestle with these particular life questions


Click here to learn more about tier rewards …


  • Not pursuing healing can become part of one’s identity, but what payoff do you think they get by continuing to exist without healing and maintaining a pathological mindset?


    • Great question! In my opinion, pathological mindsets often create complex coping mechanisms which feel comfortable, and, quite frankly, work well in certain circles … even though the person may feel chronically miserable … I think the scene from The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis with the man who has a lizard on his shoulder captures this level of pathos.


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