When I was in high school, I was hospitalized in the neurology unit for severe muscle spasms. I spent nearly a month there, and in that time got to know a few of the people. This is the story of one of them.
A girl who I will call Jessica had been playing at her friend's house when she fell down with a seizure. The friend's family, of course, took her to the hospital, where they discovered she had an operable brain tumor. Without the operation she was given a prognosis of about six months to live, but they could get her the surgery within the week. Great news, right? Wrong. Jessica's family were all devout, fundamentalist Christian Scientists.
Jessica's family came to visit her in the hospital once they found out, but before asking her if she was alright or reassuring a scared 15 year old girl, they began by chastising her for going to a hospital in the first place. Though not representative of all Christian Scientists, this family believed that faith and prayer are all one needs to cure ailments. Obviously, Jessica wasn't praying hard enough, or her faith had faltered, causing this tumor. They expressly forbade her from getting the surgery, trying to get her to leave the hospital and go to their pastor for extensive prayer.
To make a long story short, Jessica sided with the doctors. I met her about a week after her surgery, which was a complete success. Despite all this, Jessica was horribly depressed. I discovered this was because her family completely disowned her for getting this surgery. She had gained the rest of her life, but lost the life she knew.What do you think about the idea of healing through prayer versus healing through operations and medicine? If you were in my friend's situation, would you go against your family and get the surgery done?