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interfering with God?

August 6 2010 at 8:47 AM

Kate  (Login kateothelamp)

Response to Death is NOT the end.


Q: Maybe sickness in some or even many, cases could be regarded as punishment by God for what we have been doing wrong. Is it true that physicians/healers interfere, in some or even many cases, with what God is doing and therefore they can be regarded as anti-God?

No, I don't believe so. Sickness, in some cases, is a natural consequence of things that we do. If you smoke and you get lung cancer, that's not an unexpected consequence. But it doesn't mean it's a punishment from God. Otherwise, why would some non-smokers get lung cancer? Or why do little kids get cancer? Sometimes it just happens.

I can't see that physicians are doing anything anti-God by trying to heal someone. Probably the worst they do to thwart God is to keep someone alive artificially when their body is ready to let go of their spirit. But even that is likely well-intentioned, they are trying to do what they've sworn to do as doctors -- to try to save someone's life.

Not exactly the same, but the Pharisees accused Jesus of doing evil by healing on the Sabbath:

Mark 3:1-6 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone."

Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent.

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

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