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Does God Heal Today? By: David Ben-Ariel

I'd never faced this decision before... I didn't know what to do. When I was first
diagnosed with the HIV virus, I read innumerable articles on it and later suffered
Forgot Password? New from an information overload and depressing confusion. One article would speak in
User? favor of taking the highly toxic HIV/AIDS medicines, and then I'd read another one
that spoke against it with just as convincing of an argument.

As a Church of God member, I knew we encourage members to have faith in God

and teach doctors have their place but that it is very limited. As I told my doctor:
Home Based Business "Miracles have no side effects and are for free." We're all familiar with the poor lady
Health & Fitness in the scriptures who spent all she had on doctors and wasn't any better for it and
Arts & Entertainment then Jesus mercifully healed her.
Small Business I cried out to God: "I don't know what to do. What should I do? I know you can heal
Alternative Medicine me, but what am I supposed to do for myself?" And shortly thereafter called my
Business mother, who simply said: "You could always try the medicines and if you don't like
Vehicles them, you can always stop taking them." How logical!
Internet Marketing I immediately began my HIV drug therapy, my AIDS "cocktail." I know some who
Weight Loss have taken meds with few side effects but I could hardly walk when I first started --
Pets it was worse than being a staggering drunk -- and the nightmares were out of this
Beauty world...when you finally fell asleep. Later I regained my balance but the nightmares,
Marketing nightsweats and irritibility continued. I would be drenched like I had just gotten out
Relationships of the shower and I would have some tingling in my arms and legs. Regardless, I
strictly adhered to the program for over a year and then said enough was enough. I
View all Categories admit it reduced the HIV viral load to "undetectable" (although it's still lurking).

I decided I wanted quality over quantity of life. I would rather feel good for less
years than have more years in misery. At least that sounded good. Again, I saw
Submit stories on television about others who praised the meds and were near death and
bounced back, but one thing is sure: everybody is an individual and everybody must
make up their own mind about whether or not to take medicines.

My infectious disease doctor wanted me on the meds and encouraged me to try

another regiment. So I tried nine pills a day of this with two a day of that and
endured for several weeks and then said I would rather be dead and stopped again.
Later I went on still other drugs, and took Bactrim to fight off infections and
although I didn't have any serious side effects, I just didn't feel right. I actually felt
so much better off the drugs! So I created my own program: on drugs for 6-8 weeks
to knock my viral load down (because I start to get scared as it escalates) and then go
off them. I discovered it's called "Systematic Treatment Interruption" which some
studies suggested was good but now the consensus appears to be it's bad, although
I'm skeptical about the drug industry.

I've seen scriptures where God promises to forgive all your sins and heal all your
diseases (Ps. 103:3), and wonder why God hasn't removed this self-inflicted dreaded
disease from me since I have confessed and forsaken my sins (Jer. 30:15, 17). (Some
have diseases through no fault of their own). I also know AIDS has helped me to
stay celibate, as the Bible prescribes for all singles, and that God says, "My grace is
sufficient for you" (2 Cor. 12:9).

I've had miraculous answers to prayer; I'm confident God can heal:

"I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD has
chastened me sore, but He has not given me over to death" (Ps. 118:17-18).

Thy will be done.

David Ben-Ariel is a Christian-Zionist writer in Ohio and author of Beyond

Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall
catalogid=7144). With a focus on the Middle East and Jerusalem, his analytical
articles help others improve their understanding of that troubled region. Check out
the Beyond Babylon blog (
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