Fischer: Unconfessed Sin Causes Illness

Bryan Fischer isn’t a doctor, but he plays one on his radio show. Perhaps some medical school should bring him in to teach a whole new type of diagnosis, since he believes that “unconfessed sin can lead to physical illness.” Because that’s totally rational.

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  • http://pandarogue.blogspot.com KevinKat, Panda Rouge, Dansant au Soleil

    And demons are responsible for seizures.

    Are Christian fundies seriously trying to go back to the 15th century, cause that’s what it feels like.

  • Abby Normal

    Well, even germists admit that the idea tiny animals causing sickness is just a theory. Teach the controversy!

  • unbound

    So, we are left with 2 choices:

    – Fischer’s premise is false as he is not locked up by constant illness since he is a shameless scam artist

    – Fischer’s premise is true, and being a shameless scam artist is not a sin, which would seem to prove that the bible has some inaccuracies on the matter of things like not lying, etc

  • Mr Ed

    Didn’t Brother Cadfael have some insight on this, I suggest a bleeding followed but a mustard poultice to rebalance the humors.

    The good old days, the dark ages, when Christianity and a hierarchical church filled every aspect of life. When the wind in the trees was just a metaphor for the divine and your neighbors sin was a contagion to be stopped.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Well, it’s pretty obvious that Fischer is ill, mental illness CAN be the result of “imbalance of the humors” (modern day bio-chemists and endocrinologists would call it “body chemistry” but, wtf, if a guy’s right, he’s right! RIGHT?).

  • https://www.facebook.com/inkhat Leslie Anderson

    Ugh this makes me so angry! My wonderful, sweet, fantastic mother-in-law was told this when she was diagnosed with cancer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    1@: Or further back still.

    Here’s the Hippocratic Corpus getting epilepsy ( “the Sacred Disease”) right, c. 400 BC:

    It is thus with regard to the disease called Sacred: it appears to me to be nowise more divine nor more sacred than other diseases, but has a natural cause from the originates like other affections. Men regard its nature and cause as divine from ignorance and wonder, because it is not at all like to other diseases. And this notion of its divinity is kept up by their inability to comprehend it, and the simplicity of the mode by which it is cured, for men are freed from it by purifications and incantations.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    Chronically feeling guitly can have physiological effects, as I understand it, some of which can lead to illnesses, I suppose.

    But that’s rather different than what Fischer is claiming, which amounts to standard alt-med just-world-style victim-blaming.

  • dogmeat

    So then using Fischer’s “logic” Atheists should never get sick, right? I mean we don’t recognize his “sins” so therefore we can’t be concerned about confessing them since, in our mind, his “sins” don’t exist, therefore immortality!

  • sqlrob

    I was going to say pretty much what composer99 said. If you believe, it could very well have an effect (see: Voodoo)

  • jnorris

    I suggest the medical school at Oral Roberts University. Sorry ‘Doctor’ Fischer, Oral closed the med school this year. Seems there’s no money in teaching faith healing. Who knew?

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I hope Fischer stays healthy. No hospital stuff should have to put up with the pain the ass this fool probably is when he’s ill.

  • raven

    “unconfessed sin can lead to physical illness.”

    This explains why fundie xians have a shorter life span than the general population. And lately it has been going down, especially among fundie women.

  • raven

    “unconfessed sin can lead to physical illness.”

    What can and does cause physical illness and kills is ignorance.

    Anti-vax, quack med., faith healing. and so on.

  • hunter

    “Bryan Fischer isn’t a doctor, but he plays one on his radio show.”

    Bryan Fischer plays everything on his radio show, ’cause he’s an expert — just ask the Russians.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s right. I had unconfessed sin, and it gave me a rash. No idea where I got it from. I didn’t even know it was contagious.

  • karmacat

    I vote to put leaches all over Fisher. Not so much to “cure” him as to get him to shut up for a while. I do wish leaches could leach stupidity out.

  • freehand

    I thought part of the message of the Book of Job was that physical afflictions and social status and wealth had nothing to do with righteousness. See, some of you folks disparage the primitive morality taught in the bible, but Fischer clearly shows that as simple-minded as this bronze-age and toddler-level morality play is, it is still too sophisticated for many fundamentalists to grasp.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    raven @ # 13: … fundie xians have a shorter life span than the general population.

    Got a cite for that, pls?

  • raven

    raven @ # 13: … fundie xians have a shorter life span than the general population.

    Got a cite for that, pls?

    Look on the faith healing thread from yesterday.

    Or just look at the statistics from the southern states.

    Not only is it shorter, it’s going down.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Are Christian fundies seriously trying to go back to the 15th century, cause that’s what it feels like.

    Only if they can’t get the sixth. No, not that one, the one 2500 years ago.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The good old days, the dark ages, when Christianity and a hierarchical church filled every aspect of life. When the wind in the trees was just a metaphor for the divine and your neighbors sin was a contagion to be stopped.

    And heretics (e.g. Baptists) were burned at the stake.

  • D. C. Sessions

    My wonderful, sweet, fantastic mother-in-law was told this when she was diagnosed with cancer.

    Read When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Never mind the theology; the psychology is spot on (and the Biblical tie is pretty good, too — Job is one of the more cynical books in the canon.)

  • grumpyoldfart

    Fischer makes it sound as if physical illness is a bad thing. All you have to do is send a love offering to a televangelist and you’re healed again.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    raven @ # 20: Look on the faith healing thread from yesterday.

    You mean http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2013/08/13/the-faith-healing-scam/ ?

    I found more numbers there about such trends, but no sources.

  • dan4

    @24: Huh? So having an illness is a good thing if it can be healed? Your, ahem, “logic” escapes me.

  • Aliasalpha

    Well technically stress contributes to ill health, unconfessed sin would cause stress if you’re marinated in jesus juice…