…but won’t be getting jail time for it – via The Friendly Atheist
Truly appalling. Another case where faith-healing prayer failed a child where medicine could have saved its life. Doesn’t it seem as though (if he existed) God would use instances like these to prove his miraculous power? If mountains can be moved with a little faith, just the size of a mustard seed, tell me, why can’t an appendix be healed through the prayer and intense faith of these two individuals and their son?
I get so sick of asking these rhetorical questions. Of course faith cannot move mountains or heal a ruptured appendix, and of course these parents should have sought medical advice immediately! The laws protecting these inhumane religious practices need to be abolished. People who would sit and do nothing while their loved ones – or ANYONE for that matter – die suffering need to pay real life consequences.
Go ahead, apologetics, let me hear you say it. God must have a plan for them. God must not have wanted this boy to live, otherwise, he would have healed him and let him live. Yeah, you and I both know that line of bullshit doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. Perhaps the clearest argument lies in the modern advancement of medical science despite the majority of the population claiming to believe in a healing, all-powerful, miraculous god.
Think about it next time you pray.
And maybe you’ll think about it next time you visit a trained physician… are you admitting that you are more apt to trust medical science to prolong your life, even if it contradicts God’s ultimate plan for your health, life and/or death — isn’t that like saying the will of God deserves a second opinion? It’s maddening to know that the only reason this kid didn’t have that as an option was because his parents – the people he trusted to protect and direct him – put his life in the hands of an imaginary friend. This might sound calloused, but I wonder if their faith in God’s plan and the concept that their son is “in a better place” are strong enough to comfort them in their time of grieving.