We’ve all heard and read about so many stories of abuse and neglect. Have you seen this one yet?
It’s the story of a 15 year old boy who was found starved and who had died from a bacterial sepsis that occurred due to his diabetes and malnutrition. The parents went to church and came back two hours later to find their son not breathing. So they sat there and prayed. For two hours. They prayed and just let him be dead.
I don’t get it. How are people so stupid?
I believe in God. I believe Jesus was his son and died for us and came back to life. I go to church occasionally. I grew up in the Anglican faith and that is still what I believe today. And nowhere that I remember does it say to neglect and starve your children, and then get on your knees so that Jesus can come down and perform a miracle.
It just doesn’t work that way. I strongly believe that prayers are answered every day, but some of these fanatical religious folks have all fucked up in their head. God doesn’t appear in burning bushes and the last time I saw an Angel I was pretty high on mushrooms. When you pray for a miracle, you are asking for God to give His grace to a doctor or nurse to find a way using their talents to save your person.
I feel like sometimes we have to get with the times. Call the ambulance and THEN pray. If you don’t get all the right people in the right place, what are you praying for? For your kid to get deader?
I remember my Dad telling me the story of a man sitting on his roof during a flood. As the water rose and rose, he prayed for God to save him. Three different times, three different would-be rescuers came by and offered to help him. A canoe, a sailboat, and a helicopter. All three time, the man sent the rescuers away, saying that God would save him. Eventually, the water rose so high that the man drowned. When he got to Heaven, he asked God why he didn’t answer his prayer and save him. And God said “THREE times I sent someone to help you, but you turned them away, three times you rejected my help.”
People need to realize that with our free will God gave us incredible abilities and talents. God still helps out, but WE are the means and the vessels of his work. Modern medicine doesn’t need to be separated from religion.
When someone is sick and we pray for help, we are praying for a doctor to know what to do to make them better. When you call 911, and pray, you are praying for the EMT’s to get there in time. When you pray for money, the answer may come in a better job.
So either these parents were just disillusioned and have their faith backwards, or they are just neglectful pieces of shit. Which is a whole other post. How the hell your parental instincts don’t exist and love and concern for your child trump everything is beyond anything I can comprehend. And sometimes I think this is just it….these parents were just monsters who couldn’t love their child and used religion as an excuse. Or to make themselves feel better.
Either way, I hope God makes the right judgement on them. Because it’s not HIS fault the child died, it’s theirs.
So yes, go ahead and pray. But miracles are earthly events that happen through earthly beings. Don’t be an asshole and ignore that.