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?
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
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
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
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
"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.
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