So, we are now into the annual pre-new season of Supernatural rewatching of all my dvd sets (which takes a while because I don't just watch the eps, but the commentaries, and the deleted/extended scenes, and the gag reels - holy buckets of funny, btw - and all the extras). Anyway. Season 6 starts Sept. 24, with season 5 being released on Sept. 7. Not that I don't already have it pre-ordered or anything... Any.Way.
One of the early season one eps is called 'Faith'. Basically, Dean is electrocuted on a hunt, which causes a heart attack that does massive damage, and leaves him dying, slowly. Dean is...'okay' is a word, but really, he just doesn't think that there's anything to be done, so he just accepts it. Sam, not so much. He exhausts all the science, and tricks Dean into letting Sam take him to a 'faith healer'. Dean is less than amused, and, it being Supernatural, Dean does get healed, but, of course, it's not God working through this guy that lets him heal. And they have to take down the 'monster' and that leaves a bunch of people dying/maimed/etc.
So, y'know, I don't really hold any truck with these people who go around and claim that they can heal people with the 'powah of the Lo-ardah!' *rolls eyes* Charlatans, seriously. You, too, can walk again, for the low, low price of everything you own. (hmm...digression, I really love John's truck. just for the record. Also, the Impala. *makes muscle car rumbling engine sounds* I totally need a toy Impala so I can drive it around on the floor...) Look, I suppose that it is theoretically possible that somewhere out there, there is a real, true, honest to God person who has been given the ability to heal. I just...I just don't *believe* it.
Oddly, I have no trouble believing that it's happened, in the past. The Apostles, Saints, people like that. I think they could heal, in certain, specific instances, when granted that power by God. I just don't really, honestly, believe that it happens any more.
The same, or similar, goes for places which are said to have 'healing powers'. Like, for to the instance, Lourdes. Supposedly, people go there, drink the water from the fountain, and some are healed. Like...upwards of 4,000 miraculous cures have apparently been verified and recorded. So, Amber, I hear you saying, it's an apparition approved by the Roman Catholic Church! Doctors (medical ones, mind), from all over the world have verified these cures. What's not to believe? I don't know, I just don't. Maybe it's just because I've never really been big on apparitions? This may sound weird, but they leave me fairly unmoved, or unimpressed, or insert your 'un-' here. (persqueeter! lol dean...um, clearly, i am watching spn as i type...)
Look, the thing is, I just don't...I don't feel any awe or anything when I think about these things. I don't think, 'yes, if I ever get seriously ill, I will make a pilgrimage there!' Seriously? If I ever got fatally ill (God forbid), I'd be in the hospital, with the doctors. Praying? But of course. However, I don't think that I would ever go to one of these people, or try to make it to Lourdes.
Also, on a semi related subject, am I strange in that I just don't give a hoot about ever going on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Seriously? I'd like to travel there, and Rome, and some other places, but it's more for the history, than the personal religious significance. I feel no attachment to these places.