Sunday, January 22, 2012

Do Christian Doctors need to study the Bible?

Let me share with you a hypothetical story about a hypothetical person working in a hypothetical hospital under a hypothetical department of medicine. Let us call her Dra. Lison. This Dr. Leson shamelessly shouts out to everybody that she is a Christian and that she goes religiously to this popular Christian Fellowship every Sunday. But then on Mondays, when she reports for work in the hospital, the Christian in Dra. Lison cannot be seen. And it becomes less visible as the week progresses on. Her typical day starts with a frown in her face that makes her look like the devil more than the angel she professes she is. (Okay, I'm exaggerating!) Her day continues with her taunting the clerks for being stupid and cursing the nurses for not doing their jobs. She makes her rounds with her patients scolding them for not being healthy and for not complying with the medications she had prescribed. The relatives are not spared as Dra. Lison blames them for not sacrificing enough to help the patient. They could only be thankful that Dra. Lison visits them for a minute or two. In the afternoon, Dra. Lison is in the OPD and she receives referrals from other departments. She then makes derogatory remarks against her colleagues and how incompetent the other doctors are for all they ever do is refer to her their patients. At the end of the day, when she is about to take her rest, Dra. Lison does not forget to pray. She prays and thanks her God for not making her like the stupid medical students, the lazy nurses and the incompetent other doctors. She ends her prayer with the hope that God will make every other person in the hospital like her.

The first question I would like to ask, are you that person? If you say no. Then maybe you ARE that person. For she fails to recognize her flaws after being blinded by her religiosity and self-declared goodness. If you say yes, then we can start talking about the need for us to study the Bible. For this lesson, when I say "NEED to study the Bible" I simply mean we NEED to be taught and we NEED to be corrected. If there is still a need for us to learn, it simply mean we are not yet complete. We are not yet perfect.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:48 that "you need to be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect." The problem is that, as Romans 3:23 reminds us, "for all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God." As doctors, we are not exempted from this shortness of God's glory. We are not perfect. We still need help about our imperfections as persons, Christians and as doctors. Dra. Lison is an example of a Christian that still needs improvement to reach her potential. She still needs to study the Bible.

What do you think is wrong with Dra. Lison? Why is she acting the way she does, considering she claims to be a Christian? If you were her, what will you do?

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