Medical Care and Christianity

As a lot of you already know there’s an ongoing debate about whether evolution is true.  To me this isn’t even a question. Over the years scientists have gone from a simple observation and speculation to confirming facts.  These facts are available to everyone and never need the use of fallacies or dishonesty to make their point.  A lot of militant theists disagree with this and believe it’s all nonsense and lies.  Their concern is close to that of a conspiracy theorist and in this day and age where every piece of information is available at our fingertips it’s a wonder that it’s even questioned.

Anyway, what I’m going to do today is question the need for medical care for those who are religious.  I myself don’t believe in faith healing, so I have no business in a healing session. So what business do militant theists have in a hospital where numerous cures and treatments have relied on the information given to us by the study of evolution? If they don’t believe in it then why even take the treatment?

Let’s take something like tuberculosis.  A bacterial infection which attacks the lungs.  The key word here is “bacterial”.  That’s right, over the years tuberculosis has evolved and medicines have been updated to combat the new species.  Surely this is irrelevant to theists who don’t believe in evolution though.  Surely if there’s no such thing as evolution we can just treat it as we always have.  Leave the modern cures to those who need and appreciate it.

We can also rule flu vaccinations out.  There’s no longer a need to update the perfect vaccination we have.  After all it worked last year, it should continue to work until the vaccination runs out.

Another thing we need to reconsider is blood transfusions.  Whether or not you believe in evolution is irrelevant on this one, it’s taken straight from the book of Leviticus.  That’s the book most commonly used to hate on homosexuality.  If you stood against equal rights on the grounds of religion then you really should read the rest of this book, some of the rules are very overlooked by theists.

Leviticus 17:10-12:  “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.  Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

Seems pretty clear to me that blood is off the menu for you.  It’s only meant to be used for sacrifice and atonement.  Blood itself is in very limited supply so wouldn’t it make more sense to give it to people who are not forbidden to take it.  Any believers in God have eternal life to look forward to anyway so why prioritise them?  It’s the sinners who’re going to suffer more if they die.

This next point isn’t as important but applies to people who pray when surgeons or specialists are at work.  Doctors receive a great amount of training.  They are expected to be in top form every time they take to the operating table.  In short, they will perform to the best of their standards whether you pray or not.  Another point to take from this is you’re praying to an almighty being.  If he’s as powerful as boasted in the bible then why even go to the doctor?  To pray and thank God is an insult to the doctor.  The one who did all the work whilst you gave the credit to your chosen god.

For the record, I’m not discouraging seeking medical help.  All I’m doing is attempting to point out the sheer hypocrisy in saying you don’t believe in something then accepting help which required what you didn’t believe in to be there in the first place.  I’m also pretty sick of Leviticus being used when it suits people but dismissed when it isn’t convenient.  As I said, if you’re against gay rights then you have a lot of work to do to keep up with the other demands in this book.  As for me, I’ll be eating prawns whilst wearing cotton and polyester waiting for my tattooist appointment whilst you read up.

– Bob Crofts is a self-published author and critical thinker, and focuses on the philosophical issues of religion within every-day situations.

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