[The following is an adaption to a rebuttal (what we call, “I Object”) that we issued on Facebook in response to the image shown above.]
Whoever made this message would have to be omniscient, or, have some kind of special revelation from God, not only to know who all the “faith healers” are, but also to know what is going on in the daily life of every “single” one of them. So that’s an easy spot insofar as speculation being made by the claim.
Now, maybe someone will say that the message refers only to the people in the image.
Alright, so let’s work from that angle for a moment:
While it is easier to know what is going on in the lives of eight individuals, than an unknown quantity like with the initial claim, it would still require intimate knowledge to know what these people are doing 24/7. You would either need persons who are with them on a constant basis reporting their activities (back to meme makers?), or possibly cameras everywhere, like some kind of live streaming.
Either way, how the person who made the image came into possession of such information isn’t revealed. So they are either guessing, or the claim is unsubstantiated as it sets.
Still, someone might say that since we haven’t heard about any of these people going to hospitals and laying hands on the sick and dying, this means it never happened. But this would be an argument from silence. To demonstrate the error in such an idea, for the first time in my life I’m going to make a public confession: I listen to dubstep on almost a daily basis. This has been going on even though I never told you guys. If you had assumed that I didn’t, simply because I never said that I did, you would have been wrong.
See? In other words . . .
Something can be true, and you simply be unaware of it. These two concepts are not mutually exclusive. I feel silly pointing this out, but it obviously needed to be said, based on how common these types of messages are.
So, the claim in the image easily falls apart under the slightest amount of scrutiny.
But let’s push a little further because I want to demonstrate a few other ideas that I think deserve to be mentioned.
Let’s assume the message is true. None of these folks went to hospitals to lay hands on the sick and dying. What should be the conclusion to that? The first thing that comes to my mind is . . . Are people even being allowed to be around those who have tested positive for the virus in hospitals?
Seems bizarre and unlikely.
Finally, as mentioned in multiple other rebuttals I’ve issued—-hypocrisy and failure to live up to one’s preaching is by no means exclusive to the people in the image. So even if we assumed (again) they had the opportunity to lay hands on the sick or dying in hospitals and didn’t do it—-this would simply demonstrate that the same type of shortcomings which exist in every other area of Christianity, exist in this one as well.