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Why For Naaman And This Woman, And Not For Me? A Response To Mmapula Lefa

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This chapter presents a letter written by Kune Biezeveld to Mmapula Lefa. In this letter, Kune presents some questions, one of them being related to the risk people take, when choosing healing stories, in eventually feeling deserted by God when they themselves are not healed. Hence, a variation of the text on the Dutch billboard, which is earlier mentioned in the chapter, could read: why for Naaman and this woman, and not for me? According to Kune, what is missing in Mmapula's text is something of the struggle with the meaning of the theology of life. There is another risk involved in using such healing stories from the bible. It could suggest that Jesus is always available. They do not tell us that Jesus healed all people everywhere, but that, in a specific situation, Jesus healed a suffering, dying person.

Keywords: healing stories; Kune Biezeveld; Mmapula Lefa; theology of life



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