Giving praise to God for saving a person’s life is one of the most irrational responses to recovery by a seriously ill or injured patient. Not only is it irrational, it is surely insulting and blasphemous to an all-knowing and all-powerful god. The idea that a person can petition God to perform special favors denies that God knows of his children’s needs and by default indicts him for failure to respond to the incantations and the prayers of his followers when one of his subjects dies, despite the pleas of the devoted.
The supernatural plan of God says he know what his subjects need before they think of it, combined with knowing the future, which gives him the ability to foresee possible tragic events and stop them before they happen seems that believers have no need for insurance.
It does not require any special tools or devices to notice that God has become more powerful as science, technology and research methods have improved. Of course, all of the medical and scientific acumen is attributed to God providing the basis for medical acumen and scientific discovery.
Accepting that theory, then it makes sense that disease and injury could have been treated effectively centuries ago, instead of using primitive techniques like bloodletting, casting out spirits, reducing sin and witchdoctors just to name a few ancient treatments. It would seem like God would have let his beloved children in on the secret. In the believers mind, the drugs, techniques and technologies come through the inspiration of God or “evolved” with God's help through plants, herbs and natural organic materials placed here by God for the use of human beings.
With that in mind, it might be useful to look at the diseases God held no sway over that have been literally eradicated from the world in most cases. The list below is hardly all-inclusive and some only represent life extenders, however, they are diseases that ancient people might have been thankful if God would have dropped a little knowledge on them instead of suffering.
Cured or Hindered: Chicken Pox, Diphtheria, Invasive H. Flu, Malaria, Measles, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Pneumococcal Disease (Pneumonia), Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid Fever, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Small Pox, Tuberculosis, Dracunculiasis (Skin Disease), Yaws, Hookworm, Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis), Rubella, Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Chlamydia, Abscesses, Leptospirosis (Weil's syndrome), Lyme disease, Typhoid Fever, Gangrene, Anthrax, Puerperal Fever (Puerperal Fever), Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosomiasis), Rickets
Undiscovered disease is a large cause of human death and suffering, but advances in diagnostic tools have improved prognosis for millions of people by allowing doctors to pinpoint disease or detect it before maladies reaches terminal stages. Even prevention blood loss and assisted breathing make surgery more effective and less dangerous. Below is a short list of things that have changed the way medicine is practiced. Unfortunately, for his people, God did not see fit to provide these tools centuries ago.
Diagnostics Tools: Stethoscope, Ophthalmoscope, X-rays, MRI Scanning, Electrocardiograph, CAT or CT Scan, Blood Types, Toposcope (EEG), Ultrasound
Long go, often the cure was worse than the disease, especially when it came to injuries and amputations. In addition, the people performing these procedures did not possess the training, skills or proper tools to perform the necessary procure. Nevertheless, listed below are just a few discoveries that improved survival chances and eliminated pain, which often killed as effectively as a spear or sword.
Anesthetics: Chloroform, Cocaine, Morphine, Ether
Drug delivery: Hypodermic syringe, Controlled drug delivery, Metered Dose Inhaler
Surgery: Lithotripter (noninvasive destruction of gall stones, kidney stones), Arthroscopic surgery, antiseptic surgery, Rubber gloves, open-heart bypass surgery, Laser treatments to prevent blindness, cochlear implant surgery, stereotactic surgery, surgical robots, Intravascular Stent, Telesurgery
Life Extenders: Heart transplant, face transplant, extremity transplants, womb transplant, joint replacement, kidney transplant, artificial heart implant, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), pancreas transplant
The list of “wonder drugs” introduced over the last century is far too long to list here, but it would seem like an all-powerful, omniscient and omnibenevolent God would have introduced these lifesavers long ago. Instead, he receives second-hand praise for what he knew would fix the problem. Yet, his followers continue to give him credit despite the loved ones lost to disease, injury or serendipity that could have easily been avoided. The drugs listed below are just a few of the drugs that were major discoveries at the time of their introduction, but were not available to previous generations. Was it an oversight?
Drugs: Salvarsan, Penicillin, Polio Vaccine, Measles Vaccine, Protonsil (Food Poisoning), Insulin, Chemotherapy, Tetracycline, Beta blockers (heart), Cyclosporine (transplant rejection), Hepatitis A vaccine
Life Extenders: iron lung, dialysis machine, respirator, pacemaker, artificial heart valve, Heart-Lung Machine, on-direct blood transfusion
The list of life saving devices, drugs, procedures, healthcare knowledge and research continues daily, yet, despite inefficacy of invisible gods, witch doctors, exorcists and other nonexistent beings, religionist give credit to nothingness while providing an escape clause for the being that could make concern unnecessary. In this case, warped belief, failure of reason and faulty logic contribute to the improper assignment of credit and blame
As mentioned before, the remedies and cures listed above represent only a small portion of medical remedies available today. “. . . Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” That parable taken from the Bible, Matthew 8:2, should be a sticking point to every religionist with insurance, which is defined as protection against a possible eventuality. Or, just another version of Pascal’s Wager in case God does not come through.
Magic is never the answer to unanswered questions. First in denigrates an honorable and entertaining profession and, secondly, it produces unreal expectations that can have disastrous results when God does not deliver the special favor. The graveyard is not a better place.