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God Squad Review CXXIII (Coping with Cancer)

March 8, 2005 | 8 Comments

To their credit, the Squad thinks that consulting a doctor is a good thing to do when diagnosed with colon cancer. They only introduce God into the picture after noting that one needs to “heal emotionally” as well as physically, thus suggesting that the Almighty isn’t really inclined to interfere with those rapidly metastasizing cells on the material level. Rather, God’s role is limited to giving “strength, peace and comfort” — to which they ominously add: “Don’t wait to do something you’d like to do.” Unlike last time, however, they stop short of saying “God gives us life for just as long as it is God’s will for us to have it, and then God takes it back . . . [t]hat’s the deal.”

I wonder if God Himself would give better advice than this. Oh, wait, they answer that too: “If God were writing this column, it would conclude


8 Responses to “God Squad Review CXXIII (Coping with Cancer)”

  1. GeneralZod
    March 8th, 2005 @ 11:13 am

    I actually respect Christian Scientists more than those believers who go to a doctor AND pray to get better. They are all crazy, but at least the CSs put their money where there mouth is and say that all they need to do is pray and god will cure them. The others go the hospital, get life-saving treatment and say some prayers. Then when the medicine or surgery does its job, they credit god for the “miraculous” outcome. Clearly, they need a control group to sort out what effects were a result of the medical treatment what effects were a result of divine intervention.

  2. hermesten
    March 8th, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

    Of course God isn’t going to interfere with those cancel cells: He created them. I think I like the nutters better than these mealy mouth types who have a feel-good rationalization for everything. My wife has an ex-Catholic friend recently diagnosed with cancer. When her friend called a nurse she used to attend church with for some helpful advice, this “Christian” “nurse” told her that God gave her the cancer for living in sin. Her sin? –she married outside the Catholic Church. But I knew what the woman said as soon as my wife told me her friend called a nurse she used to go to church with. There is something to be said for enemies with consistent and predictable principles, especially when they are hateful and depraved.

  3. bill
    March 8th, 2005 @ 5:16 pm

    Criticizing the “Squad” vapidity does not seem to me to have much value. I judge that it is judgemental though based on a rational secular view. My dilemma concerns the difficulty of being rational without judging those who hold a paranormal view like the Squad and religious people do. What could replace the empty words and platitudes that believers supply that would count for someone suffering from colon cancer. I suppose one could say “I’m sorry, I wish you the best of all possible outcomes, and if I can be of help let me know, please”. It’s not much but its not nothing.

  4. GeneralZod
    March 8th, 2005 @ 5:21 pm

    In addition to Bill’s words, how about “Make peace with your friends and loved ones and do not waste what little time you have on prayer.”

  5. hermesten
    March 8th, 2005 @ 5:48 pm

    Bill, what could replace this religious nonsense in a rational world? How about concrete and specific information about where and how to get the best possible treatment? Such as: “Why don’t you make an appointment with Dr. so-and-so, I know of someone at work who has colon cancer and has had very good results with her.” or “I read an article in Scientific American on cancer that has some very useful information and resources. I’ll send you a copy.” ……etc.

  6. Mookie
    March 9th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    Knowledge is power, prayer and hope are denying reality.

  7. EricJP
    March 10th, 2005 @ 1:20 pm

    My Granmother died while giving birth to my Father because she was a christian scientist and refused medical treatment during childbirth. As a result, he was brutally abused by his stepmom and blamed by all his siblings for the death of their Mother. Tell me that this is what her alleged god would have wanted.

    In my opinion, christian scientist are mentally disturbed, and criminals when they impose their insanity on their children.

    And what you can replace religious nonsense with? Love and caring for others. Spending time with your family instead of praying for them. Physical and emotional support. People who have strong family ties and good friends stay healthy and recover better than those who don’t.

  8. Fred Evil
    March 11th, 2005 @ 12:37 am

    EricJP, I agree completely, besides, they are also ignoring the fact that God put doctors and nurses here to help us, and the truth of their ability to ease our suffering…if God didn’t create them, then why are they all wearing white? Certainly if God can give your child cancer, God can also give the Government sense enough to restrain you by force when you attempt to prevent your kids from receiving treatment that will cure their disease…when you think about it, the children in these cases are inflicted with yet another affliction…their parents!

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