I don't expect you to watch the entire video above, but what I do recommend is fast forwarding to 42 minutes in. To give you some backstory, an American eye doctor travels to North Korea to help people with easily curable eye problems. After these people are cured, they praise their Great Leaders for their "healing". They praise them out of belief and fear and as the commentator states, the two are completely intermingled due to years of indoctrination. It seems ridiculous to those watching that these people would praise and worship a man whose only contribution to these moments is that he allowed the doctors to travel into the country. Yet they believe and worship.
A childhood friend of mine had a baby two months ago and within 24 hours of being born began to have serious life-threatening issues. He has been in the hospital ever since. Throughout this ordeal they have asked for healing and prayers, as one would expect. And when the little one starts to do better or has a positive test result, they immediately praise God for the perceived miracle. Never the doctors, although they seem grateful for their "help".
Let's be honest here though. If this baby had been born a hundred years ago or more, he would probably be dead. Period. God or no god, this child would not have survived his first week if he had been born in 1816. This baby has some serious issues and so far no diagnosis and the only thing that has kept him alive thus far is modern medicine. There is an entire team of doctors and nurses, aided by years of training and medicine, that is the result of hundreds and thousands of years of medical knowledge that is keeping this baby alive. This baby is nowhere near out of the woods either. The parents are exhausted, their faith worn thin. Yet, you and I know that due to their beliefs, if this baby does get better, all the glory will go to God. And if the child should pass away (perish the thought) God will somehow get the glory for that too, because he needed another angel in heaven or it was the child's time or he was only here to bless us for a little while. Whatever the coping mechanism, I find it interesting how Christians are so keen to place medical prowess on God's lap when it is very clear that modern medicine is the explanation, not a supernatural being.
I have written in the past about people assigning miracles to things like cancer, because the person is in remission. Forgetting entirely that the person also went through 6 months of chemotherapy and surgery, both of those being the real reason the person is cancer free. Not to mention things like their own personal body, the kind of cancer they had, and their previous medical history. Some believers say that God gave that kind of knowledge to mankind, so in the end the praise should go to him, but considering how against knowledge God seems to be, the logic doesn't flow. I mean, humanity was eternally damned because Adam & Eve sought more knowledge. I'm not entirely convinced that God, if he did exist, wants mankind to know more. After all, the more we learn, the less we are inclined to assign those things to a god. America is becoming more and more secular because we found out the answers to things that used to seem miraculous and it turns out they weren't. We discovered how tornadoes form and we know it isn't because a god is up there stirring his finger in the atmosphere. Although I am sure there are some morons who do believe this. We understand how polio works and made a way to remove it from our world entirely if only everyone would get on board. And let us not forget that before we discovered the vaccine for polio, thousands upon thousands of people got sick and died or were crippled by the disease and no deity did a damn thing about it.
We live in an age of seeming medical miracles, but they came at a high cost. How many people had to die from cancer? How many have died of diabetes? A ruptured appendix? Obstructed bowels? A heart condition? How many died, before we finally figured out how to help, fix, and sometimes cure these problems? We have finally reached a point in human evolution where we can fix problems in amazing ways and people still want to give all the credit to a god. And from a non-believers point of view, it looks exactly like a North Korean praising Kim Jong Un for getting their eyesight back.
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