You wonder why he was so criticized. Well...he was a healer and many times healed one of us kids when the doctor's could not. It was just his wisdom and knowledge of some things that probably frightened people. Like - he knew when someone was coming to visit, he knew the weather coming up long before the weathermen did, he knew when we should not go to certain places and he prayed more than anyone I have ever known...and then there was the time in Church when my Dad and Grandfather actually raised a table off the floor. That did not set well with the congregation or the pastor and they were banned from the church.
Your father's story, and stories like it always leave my jaw on the floor, Phyllis. Especially when coming from the church - the place believers go for counsel and acceptance. Was it not Jesus who said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
According to the Christian bible, Jesus:
~Healed the sick (Matthew 4:23; Luke 6:19)
~Raised the dead (John 11:43, 44; Matthew 9:25)
~Multiplied food (Matthew 14:20, 21; John 6:11)
~Walked through walls (John 20:19)
~Disappeared (Luke 24:31)
~Walked through people (Luke 20:30)
~Ascended (Levitated) (John 3:13; Mark 16:19)
~Turned one substance into another-water into wine (John 2:9)
~Walked on water (Matthew 14:25)
~Controlled weather (Matthew 8:26)
It just makes me wonder what this quote and these instances truly mean to pastors/members of the church, particularly when they actually see it happening to "normal" people. I'm stunned by the way fear keeps most people paralyzed; keeps people away from believing what their own religion teaches; morphing it into something horrific. This, sadly, is how a rooted belief in dichotomy twists truth into fear; light into darkness.
Your father was blessed with gifts from the Creator. It pleases you and me that he is finally able to share them without fear and torment. And it pleases me that you have the fortune of receiving them.