From msnbc.com: 1 in 2 believe prayer trumps doctor’s prognosis
I found it interesting that over 20% of health care professionals beleive so as well. Having been thru the hell of dealing with a medical tragedy I can say that I don’t. When I lost my daughter we prayed harder that we ever prayed before, but she still died. I don’t beleive in miracles anymore than I believe in the Easter bunny, which is to say, ain’t much.
This too ties into my whole theory of denying death that permeates our society. Are there “miraculous” turn-arounds? Could be. It could also be that the treatments are actually working. But I’m not one to judge. We so don’t want to die that in-spite of overwhelming evidence that the end is nigh, we press on. That’s why we have 90 year olds with ESRD, CHF, so demented they don’t know their own name and a host of other conditions that are full codes. If medicine can’t fix them, maybe prayer can. We put our loved one through the torture of a code and expect them to come out bright and shiny, happy that they are still alive. When you hit a certain age, that just isn’t going to realistically happen.
It reminds me though of a story I heard from a colleague it goes like this: the patient had passed away in the due process of their disease. It wasn’t a total surpirse, but it was quicker than expected. The whole family, all members of the same church piled into the room and began to pray. For 2 hours. And what did they tell the nurse? “We’re going to raise him from the dead by the power of prayer!”
It didn’t work.