Sunday, January 17, 2010

134: Doctors Don't Cure You, God Does

2 Chronicles 13-17
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians. - 2 Chronicles 16:12

We're now fully into the most boring part of 1/2 Kings. The bible is just listing all of the kings Israel and Judah had, and giving a biography of them. This is slightly less exciting than watching paint dry. The kings that are listed are Abijah, Asa, and Jehoshaphat.

I did find something mildly interesting today. Asa (one of the kings) had a foot disease. When he was ill, he trusted in his physicians and not God. He died. Moral of the story: doctors can't help you, only God can. Maybe a few thousand years ago praying was about as effective as trusting in your physicians. The problem is that this principle is still being applied to today's world. Now children are dying because their parents are idiots. I see no problem in praying to make yourself feel better, but not when that gets in the way of seeking proper medical attention, I don't care what the bible says.

*News*
The title of this article caught my attention "Celebrating MLK: He was Christian?" Do you mean Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.? Yeah, I'm pretty sure he was a Christian.

The "Martin Luther King" subject is really a ploy for the writer of the article to talk about how Christians should be more public with their faith. He cites instances where the "Reverend" in MLK's name was replaced with "Doctor". Interesting factoid: If you google "Reverend Martin Luther King Jr." you get 1,720,000 results, if you google "Doctor Martin Luther King Jr." you get 427,000,000. Google hath spoken.

The writer of the article is further offended that MLK is not remembered as a reverend:
He is not remembered as a preacher of Christian faith but as a “civil rights leader.” Often no link is made, or acknowledged, between his work and his Christian faith and convictions.
Of course he's not remembered as a preacher of the Christian faith. He's famous for being a civil rights leader, not a preacher. MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech (arguably his most famous) wasn't a sermon, it was a civil rights speech. That's like being offended that president Obama is going to be remembered for being president and not for being a professor or a lawyer (his original professions).

The article, like many articles I've seen, goes on to say that Christians should be outspoken with their Christianity:
There is an idea that religion should never come up in public discourse. The responsibility for vacating the public arena falls partly to Christians themselves who have accepted the argument that faith should be kept private.
Religion is a private matter. Not that I think religion should be removed completely from public discourse, but what do these people want the average Christian to do? Should they be out every weekend on the street corner preaching the gospel? Should they randomly blurt out "Jesus loves you!" in the middle of a conversation? If you're having a conversation about religion, then by all means, profess your love of Jesus. But it really is rude to randomly bring up your religion to everyone you meet, just as it would be rude of me to introduce myself by saying "Hi, I'm Bryan, there is no God."

(via Crosscut)

2 comments:

  1. Religion is a private matter. Not that I think religion should be removed completely from public discourse, but what do these people want the average Christian to do? Should they be out every weekend on the street corner preaching the gospel? Should they randomly blurt out "Jesus loves you!" in the middle of a conversation?

    For certain strands of American Fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity if you are not Witnessing unbelievers into the faith with every conversation you have with them then you are responsible for their souls going to Hell when they die. You need to be be Witnessing everyone, everwhere, at every opportunity or else you're slacking off.

    From personal experience, it can be a major pain in the ass to work with people who fall into this kind of Christianity. Even other believers tend to be embarrassed by them and think that they're doing more harm than good.

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  2. The Christians you mentioned who allowed their 15-month daughter to die from a common bacterial infection rather than bring her to a doctor are just furthering the evolution of the species by removing their stupid genes from the gene pool.

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