Friday, February 22, 2008

Protecting the System

A miracle is a unique occurrence that cannot be verified. It happens one time and then it’s over. The scientific method which many people consider the only real way of understanding cannot handle that idea. If it can’t be repeated, it can’t be verified and therefore miracles can’t happen.

The Bible story of Jesus healing the blind man actually ran into a religious roadblock of acceptance of a miracle because it happened on the Sabbath. John 9 describes the confrontation of the religious system of the day that would not be moved even by a miracle of man who was born blind being able to see. It’s a good read just to see how people will defend a position no matter how irrational it is.

Churches that take the position that God can no longer perform miracles line up quite nicely with the Pharisees of Jesus' day.

In more natural matters, I find myself working in a company these days that has a similar battle within the medical community, howbeit, it is not in the category of a miracle. They use natural products to support the body, which is then able to fight whatever is harming it.

Here’s how the argument goes. The medical community has determined that there is no cure for what I will call x. A person takes a natural product and no longer has x. The usual answer from the medical community is that the person has been misdiagnosed. They don’t say, tell us more about this.

But it doesn’t stop there. If the person who had x tells anybody about the process he used to not have x, he is in violation of medical community standards and my company would get sued.

In other words, the way the medical community has established its way of talking about disease is that if someone did discover a process that resulted in healing that wasn’t based in methods prescribed by the medical community and pharmaceutical companies, they wouldn’t be allowed to tell anyone about the results.

The man that was blind said, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" John 9:25 (NIV)

The powers that be of that day said, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out. John 9:34 (NIV)

Some things never change.

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