These stories are all too common, and when you see them, 9 out of 10 times it’s on Fox News. Whether it be children touched by angels, the power of prayer, or the benefits of ancient Chinese wisdom as alternative medicine, Fox is right there with fair-and-balanced, hard-hitting journalism!
Here’s the latest installment of idiocy.
In case you didn’t catch it, here’s the run-down.
1. Man has inoperable cancer that has a 10% survival rate.
2. Man undergoes months of chemotherapy, but eventually stops treatment because he believes God will heal him.
3. Cancer goes into remission.
4. PRAISE JESUS!!
I hate these stories. They’re a big slap-in-the-face to doctors and modern medical science. Jacob, the man in this segment, was quoted by doctors as having a 10% chance to live. He then turns this statistic into a supposed death sentence–“I had 5 years to live.” No, that’s not what the doctors said. The doctors would have said that people with the type of cancer in question on average live for 5 more years, but there is a 10% chance (a 1 in 10 chance) that you’ll pull through. The claim that his remission of cancer was “a miracle” is laughable because a miracle, by definition, is the least likely explanation for any outcome. That’s what makes something supposedly miraculous–the realization of something so absurdly and infinitesimally improbable as to defy any naturalistic explanation. But if he is willing to pony up the realization of a 10% chance of survival to divine intervention–a miracle–then the word is meaningless, or at least watered down to the point where it is synonymous with only the improbable.
Jacob also acts as if the chemotherapy played absolutely no role in his recovery, despite the fact that he underwent 3 months of it! Sorry doctors and scientists, you get no thanks, for it is God that deserves every ounce of reverence. Ridiculous. Can people please give thanks where thanks is due? Religion constantly blinds people to the actions of real people, including themselves. Were you an alcoholic that found the strength to quit drinking? Praise God for giving you strength rather than yourself for actually being a strong person. Did you have cancer with a vanishing survival rate and survive? Genuflect before God’s glory, instead of the breakthroughs of medical science that helped realize that scant chance of life.
I think humanity would be much better off if we all learned to thank each other, or at least give credit where credit is due, even if it’s to ourselves.