Our latest submission to the “No. Really?” department is this axiomatic story from MSNBC entitled “God vs. Doctor.”
Stand down cult watchdogs, this is not a story about Christian Scientists but rather doctors everywhere realizing that the proof of their medical degrees isn’t a match for the power of God. According to this study, “divine intervention can revive dying patients.”
You don’t say?! No, really. They said even more.
More than half of randomly surveyed adults — 57 percent — said God’s intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand such treatment.
“A right”?! Well, thank God we live in a democratic nation. For a minute there, I thought this really was Beijing. And now doctors everywhere are sighing in relief because they have an ‘out’:
“Sensitivity to this belief will promote development of a trusting relationship” with patients and their families, according to researchers. That trust, they said, is needed to help doctors explain objective, overwhelming scientific evidence showing that continued treatment would be worthless.
Nice. I always thought there was something farfetched about that whole “Lazarus come forth” and being raised from the dead at the very request of Jesus ballyhoo. But this story clearly wipes the cobwebs from my comprehension and the next time I hear this message, I can shout “Amen” with a clear conscience.