There is a new study that shows the “faith gap” between patients and doctors:
A new study finds that many Americans have that same kind of faith. In the study, 57 percent of randomly surveyed adults said God’s intervention could save a deathly ill family member even if physicians said treatment would be futile.
However, just under 20 percent of doctors and other medical workers said God could reverse a helpless outcome.
The study was published last month in Archives of Surgery and is one of many to show a “faith gap” between doctors and patients. (source)
Is this really surprising? Doctors see death everyday and the ineffective prayers before the patients die. The 20% of doctors who still have faith are the hardcore believers — those whose faith cannot be shaken even when reality clearly contradicts their beliefs. They hold on to the 1% of inexplainable turnarounds and ignore the 99% of times people actually die.
Just because something is unexplainable does not mean it was supernatural. Every medical condition we can treat was once unexplainable. When people got sick, it was because a deity willed it. When they got better, the deity healed them. But now we can see why people get sick and we can heal them ourselves. Yet whenever we’re not exactly sure why something happened, we still attribute it to some kind of deity. When will we learn?
When a priest or pastor is deathly ill, they don’t rely on prayer. They don’t think it’s God’s will they are sick and just wait for God to heal them. They ask to be taken to a hospital. They get treated by a doctor. While people say they believe in prayer, really they believe in doctors — and when the doctor has done his best, then they turn to God.
Well, they turn back to God until science finds a new treatment. Then they turn back to science.