Topic: Faith vs. Science - please keep it tame and respectful.
I've had several heated discussions with my family about this over the last several months and wanted to get some feedback from other CC patients on it as well. First, I am a faithful believer in Jesus Christ and attend Church just about every week. I participate in Bible Studies and small groups, etc. and consider my knowledge of Scripture to be average. Second, I am a science fanatic and firm believer in the Scientific method.
So - the problem begins when someone tells me that they just "know" that God is going to cure me and I'll be just fine. This happens frequently with some of my older friends and family. They get frustrated when I talk about the scientific side of how CC is and tell me that I need to have more faith. WELL - the truth is that I do believe that God is capable of healing me through a miracle, but He certainly hasn't spoken to me and promised this to me. Healing miracles are not as common now as they were in the days of Scripture from what I can determine. However, the Scientific Method will tell us that with stage IV CC, very very few people survive past 3 years and virtually noone past 5.
I believe that God is certainly more powerful than the Scientific Method and can perform miracles at any time when He chooses to for His plan. But it is silly to believe that He is specifically going to heal me. I accept and fully believe He is capable - and I ask/plead/pray that He will, but the belief that He WILL/without doubt cure my cancer if I have strong enough faith is just not acceptable to me. It simply may not be in His plan for me. And it really, really bothers me when someone tells me that I will be healed but only if I have strong enough faith that God will perform a miracle for me.
I also believe that God gives us the Scientific method so that we can use it make advances in medicine, technology, and quality of life - and I think God uses science to perform some of His miracles. It is a very powerful gift, but clearly there are situations that the SM is proven wrong by one of God's miracles. Overall, though, it is a good guide for us to use. For example, science tells me that I need to work on getting my ducks in a row for my family and to prepare for the road ahead. Science tells me that chemotherapy will probably extend my life, and I want that. Science tells me why I feel the way that I fell and I like to know why I feel rotten or run down so it can be treated. Science is a great thing!!
I'm not sure if any of this makes sense and I know that I have rambled on, but I wanted to get some feedback from other patients. What are your thoughts on this? Are any of you in the same boat? Do you throw science out the window and replace it entirely by faith? Do you keep science as a good guide and then leave room for God to intervene if it is His plan? Or, do you throw faith out the window and rely on science?
This might be a heated discussion here as well, so lets all please not make this personal. I think it will be helpful to myself and possibly others to have a discussion about it. Not everyone's beliefs will be the same, but perhaps someone has an angle that will make more sense to someone else.
God bless you all in your journey's. And may the advances in Science treat you well in your battles!