Thursday, June 19, 2008

Faith Fails Again and Again and Again

...and it failed one too many times for Neil Beagley, member of the Followers of Christ Church:

Authorities say a teenager from a faith-healing family died from an illness that could have been easily treated, just a few months after a toddler cousin of his died in a case that has led to criminal charges.


An autopsy Wednesday showed Beagley died of heart failure caused by a urinary tract blockage.

He likely had a congenital condition that constricted his urinary tract where the bladder empties into the urethra, and the condition of his organs indicates he had multiple blockages during his life, said Dr. Clifford Nelson, deputy state medical examiner for Clackamas County.

"You just build up so much urea in your bloodstream that it begins to poison your organs, and the heart is particularly susceptible," Nelson said.

Nelson said a catheter would have saved the boy's life. If the condition had been dealt with earlier, a urologist could easily have removed the blockage and avoided the kidney damage that came with the repeated illnesses, Nelson said.

Benton said a board member of the Followers of Christ church contacted the authorities after Beagley died at his family's home. The teen had been sick about a week, and church members and his family had gathered to pray Sunday when his condition worsened, Benton said.

In March, the boy's 15-month-old cousin Ava Worthington died at home from bronchial pneumonia and a blood infection.

Her parents, Carl and Raylene Worthington, also belong to the church. They have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminal mistreatment, and their defense attorneys have indicated they will use a religious freedom defense.

The damn kid bet on the wrong horse. Instead of betting on God, and on faith, he should have bet on a hollow rubber tube being shoved up his pee-hole.

Do you understand the implications here? A hollow rubber tube is more powerful than prayer. Faith was called to task, and faith failed epically.

I'm not surprised, and it's a shame that these faith healers had to be surprised. If only they were regular readers of my blog, they would have already known that faith fails again and again and again and again and again...


Slope / Alper Kömürlü said...

Funny. Really funny.
I'm sure you've heard this joke.
There was a huge flood in a village.
One man said to everyone as they evacuated, "I'll stay! God will save me!"
The flood got higher and a boat came, and the man in it said "Come on mate, get in!"
"No" replied the man. "God will save me!"
The flood got very high now and the man had to stand on the roof of his house.
A helicopter soon came and the man offered him help. "No, God will save me!" he said.
Eventually the man drown.
He got by the gates of heaven and he said to God, "Why didn't you save me?"
God replied, "For goodness sake! I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want!"
I wonder how people don't see this. If you prefer praying to working for something, it won't take you anywhere.
We say here "Tie your donkey to a firm pole, then pray to the god."
It's the same for all religions. Years ago hundreds of pilgrims died in Arabia in a tunnel, because the local authorities didn't take the proper precautions. When they were accused for this, Arabs said "This is what god wanted".

Aaron Kinney said...

Well slope, I have heard that story before. But you miss an important part earlier in the story. Namely, the flood at the beginning. Did God send the flood as well as the boat and helicopter?

breakerslion said...

I view this as a post-partem abortion. This couple was too stupid to breed, and this is nature's way of correcting the mistake. I'll try not to read too much into the mother's name being Raylene, but it's a cinch Biological Sciences weren't her strong suit in skul.

Anonymous said...

What you fail to realize is that God sovereign. HE IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL. Faith doesn't fail, EVER. However, because we are human, our finite understanding of the vastness of all of who God is and the highness of His thoughts and the mystery of His ways and decisions are imcomprehensible to us.