Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Illness as an act of Faith

Remember the 11-year old girl that died from a treatable form of diabetes while her family prayed for her to get better?

Allow me to refresh your memory. It occurred in Wisconsin in March of 2008. Last spring her mother was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide and her husband is now on trial facing the same charges.

The AP reported yesterday that the wife testified at her husband’s trial. What this lady apparently told the court is beyond belief. Allow me to quote the AP story.

“…she believes sickness is caused by sin and can be cured by God.”

The idea that sickness can be cured by God is pretty much universal among theists. However the sane ones understand the old saying “It’s ok to believe in miracles but don’t depend upon them.”

As for the idea that sickness is caused by sin, only a first class idiot could believe that.

“…she did not realize her daughter was seriously ill until the day before her death, when the girl was weak and pale and had trouble speaking.”

Ok, so why didn’t you do something then? The doctors appear to believe the girl could have been saved even at that late date.

"We thought even the lifelessness was something that she would come out of."

You’ve heard many recent stories about folks rising from the dead? There really is no excuse for this degree of ignorance.

"Everything for us is about faith. It is about trusting in God. We either believe in God's word or we don't."

I said this last time as well, did you ever consider the idea that doctors and medical science were the tools that God chose to use in order to answer your prayers?

Ok, I can’t talk about this anymore. This kind of thing makes me sick to my stomach. Here's hoping hubby gets convicted as well. The maximum sentence is 25 years but I suspect they'll get little more than a slap on the wrist. Our society appears willing to put up with a lot in the name of religion.

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