Val Kimer, the actor known for his role as Batman and in Top Gun, just admitted to something that not many people in Hollywood do. Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer earlier this year and he credits that “power of prayer” for helping him heal, and says is just as powerful today as it was in Jesus’ times, reports CNS News.

Kilmer just recently opened up about his battle with cancer in an interview with Deadline Hollywood he talks about his relationship with religion and contrary to most of Hollywood, is an avid believer in the power of Christ.

The actor said that while he still needs to recover from his chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he no longer has cancer, thanks to the power of prayer:

“The first time I was asked if I had cancer, I answered truthfully that I had no cancer. As I hadn’t. If they had asked, have you had cancer, I would have said, yes, but it’s all healed now,” said Kilmer. “Now, I just have to recover from the treatment from chemo and radiation. Somehow I was accused of not being forthright. Well, if years ago I had broken a leg and I was asked today if I have any broken bones, I would answer just as I did the cancer question: no, I don’t have any.”

Kilmer has received criticism in the past about his health and he says that people have accused him of not doing everything he can to make himself healthier.

“’Because I believe that the power of prayer is as potent today as it was in Jesus’ time, there tends to speculation I haven’t done all I can do to be as healthy as I have a right to be. Extraordinary assumptions are often made about others when one considers what a complete mystery our own bodies are to most of us. People are often afraid of what they don’t understand. I was,’ said Kilmer.”

While most skeptics and atheists in Hollywood would lead you to think that believing in any kind of religion, especially Christianity, will make you close-minded or just plain stupid about the world. Kilmer doesn’t believe that and thinks praying can actually help people.

“’I’m so grateful I’ve experienced firsthand what consistent prayer and love can offer,’ said Kilmer.”

Kilmer even said that he didn’t regret turning down certain roles because he had to.  He said that “turning away from success” has been crucial to his spiritual growth.

“’I wouldn’t know what I know now spiritually without turning away from the success as often as I did. I did my ‘time in the wilderness’ in a very serious way, and today I know who I am, and can look any man on earth, in the face, with love, empathy and forgiveness,’ said Kilmer.”

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