Faith Healing Versus Traditional Medicine
I attended a church service in May of 1998, and witnessed a five year old boy, healed of terminal cancer. Prior to the church service, the “Make A Wish Foundation,” had arranged for the boy to visit Disney World, as his last wish or final desire, before death. Several years later, I picked up the local newspaper, and the boy’s picture was on the front page. The photograph was of the annual “Relay For Life” (a national organization that celebrates cancer survivors) parade. The caption under his picture read, “Cancer survivor.” The boy was 12 years old, at the time of the parade. Many people claim that healing through prayer is a fallacy; I believe the opposite is true.
Most of the supporters, who do not want to mix traditional medicine with religion, are not followers of the Christian movement. It appears to be the ideas and beliefs of individuals who do not attend church, that have advocated supporting the separation. It is this closed-minded approach that has fuel the argument and kept those who oppose, from viewing the topic from a nonpartisan angle.
Christianity has advocated for the insertion of spirituality into medical science. These questions have been taken from an article by Timothy N. Gorski’s; they were asked of Stephen E. Straus, M.D., director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. “Is spirituality good for your health?” “Does spirituality have a medicinal value alternative to normative procedures?” And, “Can we live longer and get better more quickly? Many patients were surveyed, and asked whether they included prayer in their recovery process. Many answered, “Yes.” Due to the beliefs of most patients, medical schools have agreed to incorporate spirituality and health into their curriculum. The same article states, “That patient’s immune systems are crying out for spirituality. However, doctors can't hear spirituality on their stethoscopes, and...