Greetings Brethren,

Should the laws of God conflict with the laws of humankind? Should man follow God's law first? Does the denial of many laws of God have anything to do with free will? Who does man seek to please (satisfy, bring comfort to) God, self, man, ego, mis-placed passion (lack of compassion) or wicked materialism?

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal March 25, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND HEALING

PART 103: DOES ONE'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS DETERMINE MEDICAL CARE?

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Rule of the earth.

The impact on one's religious beliefs on their medical care is quite evident. Numerous studies done by medical professionals reveal this. Also patients who believe and trust in God testify that God directs the medical treatment they receive.

It is also documented that the ways other people perceive and believe at times affect other people. A good example is the effect religious beliefs have on the medical community.

Janet Brazill in an article entitled "When Religion Dictates Medicine" (August 2000, Library: Modern Documents) brings more clarity to our discussion. The abortion question has caused great discussion and debate in recent years. From a Christian point of view and realizing the great drive toward the immoral many believe that abortion is a matter of choice.

However the God fearing among us say No. Thus the debate continues but God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. But often certain religious beliefs (for example abortion) determine particular medical services available to the public.

Dr. Brazill makes the following argument regarding stem cell research and the government's proposal to fund studies on stem cells taken from human embryos.

"An estimated 30-50 percent of conceptions are aborted spontaneously. Opponents of abortion sanctimoniously proclaim that each fertilized egg is sacred and not to be tampered with. President Reagan banned government research using fetal tissue discarded from induced abortions. Now we have stem cells, the part of the embryos that scientists believe can miraculously develop into muscle, nerve, heart, blood and other cells. The medical possibilities include the creation of replacement tissue and even certain organs"

Meanwhile it is noted that people that hold religious beliefs that are against abortion's stall this research. Thus the "sanctity of life" advocates may in some instances deny some people the right to determine their own destiny when they have a terminal illness.

However, one of the greatest institutions in this on-going debate is the Catholic Church. "Religion plays an increasing role in deciding health care as the Catholic health care system becomes the largest private sector health care provider in the country."

The Catholic Church dictates certain ethical and religious directives to the various Catholic hospitals. Thus, birth control, tubal ligations, vasectomies and abortions are not allowed. However the debate is intensified because Catholic hospitals receive Federal funds. They are also the only facility in many communities.

However the greatest challenge to the laws of God as they apply to this question is seen in the following quote taken from the article by Brazill.

"Religions that believe that they alone possess moral truth are a danger to democracy when they gain control of government. If freedom of religion is to mean anything to Americans, it has to include freedom from other people's religion."

Cont. Part 104: Is There A Contradiction Between Medicine & Religion?

 

 


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