as an excuse to intrude on general parental rights? Herbert and Catherine Schaible defied a court order to seek out medical treatment for their children and now face prison terms after allowing another child to die because they believe in "faith healing" and scorn medical help. While I find their actions contemptible, I sometimes fear the government may use such extremist actions as opportunity (excuse) to remove the rights of all parents to make educated decisions regarding their children's medical treatment. What do you think?
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junkseller - fantastic perspective, thank you!
"Prayer alone has healed millions of people"??
You can check countless churches all around the world. Each person's life has cuts, injuries, all kinds of health problems. Do these people go to the hospital every day? No. Some use over the counter medicine. Some use "hope". Some use prayer.
I believe there are worthy alternatives to Western medicine that are being discounted today by profiteering corporations; but I don't see that just calling yourself a believer in faith healing qualifies as expert knowledge in any healing practice.
Have you ever been healed without medicine? I speak from experience.
Sri T, yes I have. As Western pharmaceutical treatment failed me big time, I turned to herbs. But I wouldn't subject my children to illness by simply praying. I feel our Creator expects us to take a proactive interest in health matters.