Just about every day in the news, we hear of an advance in modern medicine that can prolong life that might otherwise be lost if the person is left without this medical treatment. Whether it is a new treatment for an otherwise terminal illness or the ability to save an infant that might not survive after birth, the advances in medicine have been breathtaking in their ability to prolong and improve quality of life. In many cases, a religious person might consider such things as modern miracles. I know that I do.
So where do these medical miracles come from? Certainly, from the minds and work of Doctors and medical researchers. In most cases, many years of study, trials and treatments bring about these things. But, really, who is the author of these miracles?
The first thought that comes to my mind, is that these things come from God. That He has given the gift of intelligence to the people to discover medical miracles that prolong life. That He inspires them and allows certain positive things to happen to make these advances a reality. Because all good things come from God. I don’t think you’d get an argument about this from a religious person. Secularists would argue otherwise, but then they argue anything that has to do with God and religion.
Here is the LDS Church position on prolonging life:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not believe that allowing a person to die from natural causes by removing a patient from artificial means of life support, as in the case of a long-term illness, falls within the definition of euthanasia. When dying from such an illness or an accident becomes inevitable, it should be seen as a blessing and a purposeful part of eternal existence. Members should not feel obligated to extend mortal life by means that are unreasonable. These judgments are best made by family members after receiving wise and competent medical advice and seeking divine guidance through fasting and prayer. ” (http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/public-issues/euthanasia-and-prolonging-life
But, on the other hand, I wonder if God, in His infinite wisdom and perfect Plan of Salvation would allow unnecessary prolonging of a life that might, through the natural progression of things, pass away from the infliction. It seems that He allows those inflictions as part of the cycle of life. Could it be that these medical miracles actually thwart the Plan of the Father? Could these seemly positive things be the product of him whose purpose is to put obstacles in the way of God’s children who try to realize their greatest reward, that of Eternal Life? Could these medical miracles be his work?
Could it be Satan?
Kind of a crazy premise I know, but I can think of a number of reasons why it could be so.
For an older person, at the final stages of his/her life, it would seem cruel to intervene medically to prevent that person from passing through the veil to the other side to a possible reunion of loved ones, an assignment and peace and rest from the trials of this life.
For an infant, born prematurely with a life threatening condition, needing only to gain a mortal body, being hooked to wires and tubes, treated for months to receive a partial life, with multiple challenges and a difficult existence.
Think of the resources, both time and money that go into prolonging a life. The millions of dollars poured into research. The profits made by huge corporations. The fact it can drain a family’s life savings, leaving them in debt forever.
Now, there are many, many examples of lives being prolonged that are fruitful and worthwhile. There is no doubt about that.
There are many stories about miracles that have happened to cure someone of an infliction. But, in many of those cases, they are without medical intervention and a mystery to medical personnel. That is very different than what I am discussing. Those non-medical miracles are given to us by God.
So, what do you think? Again, I know it is crazy, but it is something I thought about.