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Positive thinking - a can-do attitude. That's the key, according to all these people and others who faced life-threatening illnesses. But here is a surprising and disheartening fact: What you think, how you think, may not make a difference.
"That's dangerous nonsense, to think that you can think your way out of cancer, or think your way out of heart disease," said psychologist Richard Sloan.
A professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, he has done extensive examinations of survival studies....
"For As He THINKETH In His Heart, So IS He..." PROVERBS 23:7a
"But THINK On Me (Joseph) When It Shall Be Well With Thee, And Shew Kindness, I Pray Thee, Unto Me, And Make Mention Of Me Unto Pharaoh, And Bring Me Out Of This House (Prison):" GENESIS 40:14
"This Is The Thing Which The LORD Doth Command Concerning The Daughters Of Zelophehad, Saying, Let Them Marry To Whom They THINK Best; Only To The Family Of The Tribe Of Their Father Shall They Marry." NUMBERS 36: 6
"When One Told Me (King David), Saying, Behold, Saul Is Dead, THINKING To Have Brought Good Tidings, I Took Hold Of HIm, And Slew Him In Ziklag, Who Thought That I Would Have Given Him A Reward For His Tidings:" 2 SAM. 4:10
"THINK Upon Me, My GOD, For Good, According To All That I Have Done For This (YOUR) People. NEHEMIAH 5:19
"My GOD, THINK Thou Upon Tobiah And Sanballat According To These Their Works, And On The Prophetess Noadiah, And The Rest Of The Prophets, That Have Put Me In Fear." NEHEMIAH 6:14
"Then Mordecai Commanded To Answer Esther, THINK Not With Thyself That Thou Shalt Escape In The King's House, More Than All The Jews." ESTHER 4:13
"I Made A Covenant With Mine Eyes; Why Then Should I THINK Upon A Maid ?" JOB 31:1
Scott McMahan wrote: If my thoughts controlled reality, I would quit exercising and just think I was exercising. Yet that doesn't work. Positive thinking "works" as long as reality isn't involved.
If prayer controlled reality, I would quit exercising and just pray myself skinny. The same kind of experiment could be used to prove prayer is ineffective as proved positive thinking is useless.
wrote: I think there's a ton of pressure based on the belief that if they're positive that they'll live longer," said Coyne. "And then the downside of that is that if they deteriorate and they ultimately die of cancer, that they are somehow left being blamed: If only they had been more positive.
Americans like to be upbeat on the material prosperity, so it has greatly appealed to them. For Thunker and Mike,
Philippians 3 18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;---NASB
Yet there is this-if you don't think you can do something, you likely won't attempt it, thereby turning your doubt into reality. Maybe all those immigrants who thought they might gain a better life for their families by shipping off to America, were just silly to have a positive attitude.