Tuesday, 23 April 2013
FAITH HEALING, ORTHODOX MEDICINE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE?
There are some stories that are just too surreal to believe! This couple, Catherine and Herbert Schaible from Philadelphia, USA, are currently serving a 10 year probation for the death of their 2 year old son in 2009. They had opted not to seek medical help, instead resorting to prayer.
They have since broken the terms of their probation after a second child , this time an 8 month old, died last week for the same reason!
This is just so sad on many levels. Innocent babies have died unnecesarily and these unfortunate parents have lost 2 children in a short space of time. One cannot begin to imagine the sense of guilt and loss they must feel.
It brings to the fore once more the issue of faith healing and orthodox medicine. Being a Christian and believing in faith healing in no way negates the efficacy of orthodox medicine when the need arises. The two positions are not mutually exclusive.
God can heal sicknesses and diseases in whatever way He chooses. Afterall He is the source of all wisdom and without Him there wouldn't be any of the knowledge used by doctors and other medical professionals to bring cures to the humankind.
Such a tragedy brings reproach to Christianity, I believe, as it exposes a lack of wisdom and sound teaching which makes us more objectionable in the eyes of the world.
I pray for the grace and healing of God on that family!