Doctors involved in life changing surgeries should not believe in God
Throughout the history and to this date in a continuously globalised world, there are still acrimonious debates going on between having faith in God and medicine, most quintessentially in the moments of life and death. In ancient time when a person fell sick or show some irrational behaviour, like in a case of brain tumor, patient can show symptoms like lack of judgment capacity, forgetfulness, blindness etc depending on the position of tumor in brain, in situation like this the patient was generally taken to the priest or to the authority of their respected religion in order to get cured, which initially was a surgical case.
The scenario has seldom changed in the present era where each day medical innovations are touching a new height. It is nearly impossible to obliterate religious beliefs from people’s mind.
But do you really think that when a patient is wide open on the surgical table in the operation theater, do doctors pray for some miracle to happen or do they use every bit of their knowledge and skills for saving the patient?
Doctors visualise humans as a machine where there are certain systems which performs particular kind of functions to keep us healthy and alive. There are networks of neurons, arteries and veins and when some malfunctions occur in one of those systems, we consult a doctor in order to fix that.
According to the Bible, “God created man in his own image’ and if it is the case then instead of curing people, doctors should start questioning like “Why interfere with God’s plan by trying to save a child’s life by curing the cancer? The cancer must have been the God’s plan, isn’t it? Then let it happen in the way he wants.” We say it’s God’s decision whether one lives or dies but when a newborn baby dies, just after birth; we start questioning the value and meaning of life. It also questions karma and heaven-hell concept. Actually people turns to faith and belief when they face with bigger problems. For them, to love or have faith in religion makes all sense of it. But for a surgeon, the only thing that makes any kind of sense is medicine. Doctors can give life to a dead person by starting an already stopped heart. Sounds pretty much like God, right?When a person dies due to heart failure, they compress the chest, give electrical shocks and do some more procedures in order to resuscitate the patient. In that situation they do not just prey to God or leave that patient in the mercy of God’s will.
Doctors certainly do not believe in God. To belief and to have faith is to like having certain kind of emotions. But it is important for the surgeons who perform life saving surgeries have to first think like a surgeon as emotions are messy so they need to tuck them neatly away and step into a clean sterile room where the procedure is simple; cut, suture and close.
It is difficult for the doctors to believe in God as they know every nooks of a person’s body and a way to mend it if anything goes wrong. Sometimes performing the procedure of saving lives raises so many questions that the religion and the idea of God cannot answer. They say practice makes perfect and they practice to the point when there cannot be raised any question even to the human error. After an unsuccessful surgery they often say “we did everything we could” as they already know that it is not the God’s will but there is actually nothing more to be done than what they already did. As doctors know more about the human body. But the miracle of life itself; why people live and die is still a mystery that the doctors want to know the reason, the secret, the answer at the back of the book.