Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
First, I will assume that you believe that researchers from esteemed institutions such as Harvard University and the Mayo clinic to be at least as reputable as the authors of a book written back during the bronze age, when most people could literally not offer a scientifically correct explanation for where the sun went at night.
The belief that praying for others will impact medical outcomes can be seen weekly in religious services around the country. How many readers have lit a candle seeking divine intercession?
Researchers including the Director of Harvard’s Mind/Body Institute and the Director Mayo Clinic’s chaplain service set out to test these beliefs empirically.
Surprisingly, the study found no difference in the rate of serious complications from the surgery between the first two groups. Even more surprising, the six-hospital study of 1,800 patients found that the group who knew they were going to receive prayers on their behalf experienced a significantly higher rate of complications (59% compared to 52% in the other two groups).
You take it so literal, he "God" isn't going to come down and strike someone healed because you have an issue and now want help.
He is a leader, he gives you advice when you ask, and leads you if you listen to what he is saying.
He is not a fixer, well, until the "end" then he will do what he did before, if you choose to believe that.