The confusions (Foolishness) among the people of this world are mixed and stirred by the ways of the unrighteous. However those that know Good must bear witness to Truth. Thus, our work will be done. But we also desire the Joy of seeing the conversion to what is Good and the disdain of what is evil and not good.
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal March 29, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We thank Almighty Jehovah God for His son our Savior Jesus Christ. We also thank God that through His son we received the Holy Spirit.
THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND HEALING
PART 105: FAITH OR TREATMENT?
the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
One of the greatest dilemmas for the
patient who is a believer are decisions regarding treatment or non-treatment
based on faith. Thus believers are cautious as they approach any medical
decision that may conflict with their faith. However, all cases regarding faith
or treatment are unique.
God does not bless all of His flock
the same. Therefore the Holy Spirit is not something that can be predicted or
foretold. Logically if one is a believer and placed in a position to decide to
receive or deny treatment especially in the case of terminal disease he must
Faith and patience are the hallmarks
of Christian responsibility and growth. Thus, faith and patience should be a
consistent prayer of the faithful. ďAnd the Apostles said unto the Lord,
Increase our faith." (Luke 7:5). It is also a measure of faith to pray to
God for our faith to grow.
Understanding faith is further seen
in Matthew 17:20, Matthew -32,
Hebrews 11: 1-40, Romans Chapter 1-10. The revelations in these scriptures and
others will give those that are physically and spiritually sick strength to
endure. Always remember that God is the Creator the author and the finisher.
We also bear witness that there is
reverence and holiness in all that believe in one God. Regardless of what you
call God there is only one God. For the record and for our mission of Truth God
is not Black, White or Chinese, God is God and to be duped into ethnic labeling
of God is blasphemy.
We bear witness that many people have
come to exploit and profit from God and His Word. However the wise among us
will not bow to Satan who preaches racism, hate and ethnic cleansing. God has
no part in evil, corruption and discrimination.
Hatred for other people and other
religions is not the way of the truly faithful. One has to have the right
attitude to receive healing. You cannot receive healing full of hate.
Believers realize that all must leave
this world. Believers also realize that as they go through this world they must
bear witness to Truth. The Truth of God will allow the patient and doctor to
have a responsible discussion on a treatment plan. Believers should know when
they are being called home. Here faith and trust in the guiding arm of the Holy
Spirit is of vital importance during times of critical medical decisions.
Again we refer to Dr. Dennis J.
Doherty, "When Religion and Medicine Clash. How Care- Givers Might
Respond." Dr. Doherty makes an important contribution to this discussion
with his notes on guilt and hope.
Often feelings of guilt do not
pertain to religious beliefs. Sometimes patients believe that they are being
punished for sin when they are ill. Some people also believe that God will be
displeased if every treatment modality is not used. Others believe that God
requires us to do nothing as He works His plan. Finally many patients believe
that medical intervention is a hindrance to Godís will.
A response to the following statement
is gained in the following. Patience and Faith will allow the patient to accept
treatment in many cases. Thus, in many situations treatment plans are ordained
by God. For God allows man to discover and identify cures for illness and
Dr. Doherty argues: "
Care-Givers can also explain, when treatment is being refused, that human
beings are instruments in the divine plan and medical personnel are cooperating
with God in preserving or embracing the precious gift of life."
There is always hope for the
believers. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen." Let it be written that the believer is aware that God
through Jesus Christ is in the healing business. Thus there are instances when
people are miraculously cured during these times and last days.
Believers believe in prayer. The
prayers of the righteous avileth much. However God answers prayer in His time
and in His way. One of the greatest challenges is how the medical community
views the miraculous. Dr. Doherty notes: "The usually religious
understanding of a miracle cure implies divine intervention, a suspension of
the laws of physical nature."
However care-givers that don't know
God view the miraculous as far-fetched and something they cannot comprehend.
But the righteous know that faith is often unseen but you can eventually see
the way of the wind.
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