Sunday, August 02, 2009

Putting God Before Doctors (But After Lawyers)

A US jury has found a man guilty of killing his sick 11-year-old daughter by praying for her recovery rather than seeking medical care.


"If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God," he said. "I am not believing what he said he would do."

So getting a doctor for his daughter would have been usurping God's role. However when it is he who is in trouble rather than his daughter his attitude to relevant expertise changes somewhat:

A lawyer representing Dale Neumann said he would appeal.
A lawyer! Why does he need a lawyer? Surely God will overturn his conviction.


James Higham said...

As one who has seen it work, this miraculous righting of something when it seemed beyond hope, that's still not the business of this man to assume it was going to be as he wished. How does he know G-d's not out to lunch or having a snooze at the time?

It's one thing seeing something happen and saying, "Oh that was nice," and another letting your daughter die in the hope of something happening when you received no guarantees or even a reason to hope in the first place.

JuliaM said...

As the punchline to an old joke goes 'Where's God going to find a lawyer...?'

James Higham said...

Does He need one, Julia?

His Girl Friday said...

What gets me, is can't these people widen their scope of belief just enough to think that God may have sent that doctor with his medical knowledge and gift of healing to help save the child. They're the ones limiting God, and demanding He perform as they see fit.
(I think I just said about the same as you, James)

Ross said...

Yes, it doesn't seem like a theological stretch to incorporate modern medicine.