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03 April 2006

MEDICINE OR PRAYER?


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ow watch the comments drop. lol Since I'm onto a more normal subject and no more you know who... I watch the Nightly News the other night and they were talking about traditional medicine versus the power of prayer. We've all seen the scenario where a person is diagnosed with incurable something. The doctors give up hope and tell the family there's nothing that can be done and they should take the patient home and prepare.

The patient goes home but does not give up hope and turns to prayer, and specifically "prayer groups" that have sprung up all over the world. These groups, when notified, will begin praying for you. You may have millions of people all praying at once for you. A goodly number of people, according to the latest statistics, have beaten the odds and continue to live. Is it mental or divine intervention? There are obviously people on both sides of the question.

Dr. Tim Johnson of ABC who happens to be both a Doctor and an ordained minister was caught in the middle, but seemingly agreed on the power of prayer. Not really having a definitive answer he came down slightly on the side of the psychological benefits of prayer. The brain is so powerful it can literally heal the body, despite the odds. Supposedly we as humans only use what... 15% of our brain power? I'm not sure how they arrived at that figure since no one that I know of has used 100% of their brain power. Currently I am using 2% myself and pushing it to 3% really gives me a headache. This blog is a good example.

Anyway, I'm always reminded of the old saying that "there are no atheist in a foxhole." Even the hardened ones usually turn to prayer in the end. I often wonder if famed atheist Madeleine O'Hare prayed as she was being beaten to death had prayed before she was buried wherever she is buried.

A Quick Related Story

An atheist was taking a walk through the woods. "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.

He turned to look and saw a 7 foot grizzly bear charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him.

He looked over his shoulder again and the bear was even closer. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out to the Lord.

Time stopped, the bear froze, the forest was silent. A bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, "You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don't exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?"

The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps could you make the BEAR a Christian?"

"Very well," said the voice. The light went out.

The sounds of the forest resumed. And then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together and bowed his head and spoke:

"Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive through Christ our Lord, Amen."

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