Greetings Brethren,

We walk by Faith and not by sight. However, this fact is usually incomprehensible to the unbeliever. Thus will the prayers of the righteous continue to hold up the world and the unrighteous?

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal March 27, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who brought the New Covenant of Faith and not works. Peace be forever to the Savior of humankind.


THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND HEALING

PART 104: IS THERE A CONTRADICTION BETWEEN MEDICINE & RELIGION?

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

It is for sure that there are believers and non-believers. Also, there are those among the unbelievers that doubt the existence and Supreme power of God. Can one believe in that which is not real or what cannot be proven? Is fruit noted in belief and self-confidence? What of the belief in what is negative and what is positive? Well does the person, group, government or society determine what is good or bad, negative or positive?

Will those that believe in God rely on God for Truth, Knowledge and Wisdom? Will the inspired Word of God determine our outlook on life and all things' we as human beings encounter?

Meanwhile, the debate continues regarding the conflict of faith-based preferences with established medical treatment practices. To answer these questions and concerns we are benefited by the thoughts of Dennis J. Doherty Ph.D. Dr. Doherty is an associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology at Marquette University.

Dr. Doherty renders the following arguments in an article entitled: When Religion and Medicine Clash: How Care-Givers Might Respond."

"The purpose of this article is to consider the relationship between religion and medicine from the standpoint of ethics and to suggest how physicians and other health care providers might respond when faith-based preferences of an autonomous patient (or the patient's surrogate) clashes with the medically indicated treatment modality."

Dr. Doherty argues that an expressed concern is for proper communication between doctor and patient. However, it is difficult for believers to explain the existence and Supreme power of God to unbelievers. Also, faith is the belief in the unseen. Thus if it could be proven, we don't need faith to believe it exists.

Furthermore the believer knows in his heart that God exists and that God heals. Although religion is private, medical personnel need to have an open-mind in dealing with religious patients. Thus, Dr. Doherty asks the question. "How can doctors and others get a handle on understanding the outlook of a devout believer?"

To answer this question doctors and health care personnel must understand the definitive qualities of religion, theology and God. Many people in the world have a flawed understanding of religion and how it impacts on the believer. Thus, many don't understand the distinctions between religion and theology. Theology renders a critical study of what religion teaches about God. Hence theology is the study or science of religion and religious beliefs.

However, religion is the belief and worship in God or gods. Gods are noted here as the belief in Pagan rituals and Pagan religions. Thus there are religious beliefs that deny the existence of one God and the reality of the Supremacy of God. Religion therefore recognizes the existence of a Supreme Being. But theology poses questions and creates theories concerning these questions.

With a basic understanding of religion and theology a doctor or health care professional can compile a background to formulate a viable questionnaire for his or her patients. He may also come to realize that all religious patients are not a part of an organized group. Religion does not dwell exclusively among established religious groups, hence many patients outside these groups follow God and doctors should take this into consideration.

As religious convictions motivate patients' they often dictate the acceptance or denial of treatments that doctors deem necessary or useless. But, religion and theology are often viewed as one and the same. There is also a historical record of religion and medicine being interchangeable.

We have previously noted the primary impact the Egyptians had on medicine and the earliest foundations of knowledge. In so doing the record shows that the Father of medicine rests in Egypt not in the Greek or Roman world. However, we include the following quote used by Dr. Doherty taken form (R.H., Major, A History of Medicine, Vol. I., Springfield Illinois, Charles, C. Thomas Publisher, 1954, p. 123).

"Hippocrates the Father of Medicine was himself religiously oriented. He wrote, before the gods, the physicians bow since they have not superabundance of power in their art."

This source goes on to say that Hippocrates was the first to separate medicine from philosophy and the role of the physician from the role of the priest. Realizing a brief history of medicine and religion is beneficial for the doctor and patient.

Cont. Part 105: Faith or Treatment?

 

 


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