“Compassionate Jesus, Rethinking the Christian’s Approach to Modern Medicine” is a book that Christopher W. Bogosh wrote to discuss the limitations of modern medicine and the ineffectiveness of the trust people place on it in seeking a proper healing. The author does an excellent job throughout the book in explaining why seeking too much care to prolong your life is not always a good thing in the end when a person realizes the level of suffering one goes through during the process. Mr. Bogosh references his arguments with Bible verses throughout his book in a way to convince the reader about the underlying ideologies that often have a strong hold on the citizens of this country. He illustrates several dilemmas and stories where the wrong decision has led to more suffering and less hope in an attempt to extend their life. Christians need to focus their attention on the compassionate health-care model in order to make sound biblical decisions about their health issues according to God’s will in our lives. We need to make a concentrated effort to rely more heavily on His will for our lives rather than modern medicine so our decisions are in line with His plan for our life. Many times people become so consumed with their lives and the here and now, they lose the real meaning of a quality life and do everything in their power to extend it regardless of the costs. Constant prayer is necessary to enter into the presence of the Holy Spirit and seek the wisdom to understand God’s purpose for our lives and to better cope with the suffering, tragedy, and our impending death associated with our terminal illness.
Most people in today’s times have a desire to live a quality life and sometimes get caught up in doing everything they can to prolong their life through excruciating circumstances, massive costs, and a great deal more of suffering that is not necessary. The average age for a person to live since the seventeenth century has increased from fifty-five to seventy-eight years of age in the United States. Today, we have advanced technology and far better equipment and more treatment options available. Due to these discoveries, there is much less hope directed to Jesus and more on modern medicine. An overwhelming, yet agnostic fundamental view suggests we really don’t know what lies ahead for us in the future, but if our faith is used as a coping mechanism that is all that matters. There are many challenges and limitations placed on modern medicine that many people fail to recognize because physicians often use standard methods to prolong life and achieve a cure related to the most common diseases. Modern medicine is not medical science, but an approach to care based on ontological naturalism, evolutionary biology, and humanistic psychology. In this country today, we face an alarming dilemma due to the new health care laws enforced by Obamacare and the unprecedented costs of healthcare. Due to this fact, more people are concerned about the future of their life regardless of the consequences rather than turning to the very one who blessed us with life for the answers.
Christianity takes a much more extreme approach toward illness, disease, life, and death. For instance, if a person is still able to breathe on their own without the aid of artificial life support, they are still considered to be alive, even when diagnostic testing signals there is no brain activity. Christians are able to obtain spiritual healing from Jesus Christ from sin in the present life and a hope for healing in the future. We need to have a clear understanding about how the Bible views illness, disease, life and death so we are capable of making biblical medical decisions that glorify God. We need to constantly pray for spiritual restoration in Christ and physical healing according to God’s will. As Christians, we are to pray without ceasing because it is a faithful reminder of our dependence on God. Prayer should be a strong influence on your decisions in life since this is one way we are able to communicate with God and live out our life according to His plan. Whenever we feel distressed, we should pray for absolute evidence in the salvation in Christ, inward renewal, and confront our illness without fear through the Holy Spirit. When we are consumed by God and prayer in our last days, it helps us stay focused on Jesus and away from the hopeless answers offered by modern medicine. As Christians, we are able to feel a greater peace and comfort within ourselves in dealing with our death if we stay centered on God and the eternal life we get to spend with Him in Heaven. Based on the misconceptions about modern medicine in today’s world, it is evident how more people need to be made aware of Jesus’ answer related to death and eternity which is up to the church to reveal the doctrines in a bold manner. This is the only way we will be able to save people from the Asclepius fallacy, the empty promises of modern medicine, and the extreme sufferings of hell.
In conclusion, I found this book to be very eye opening and it lead me to have a different view about modern medicine and how important it is to look to God for the answers pertaining to your life and make the necessary arrangements to ensure my final wishes are carried out in order to honor God upon my death. Mr. Bogosh talks a great deal about Hospice care in his book since this is the area of his expertise from working in this field for many years. Hospice is a compassionate and supportive level of care shown toward patients when they have exhausted all possible curative treatment options and they are approaching their last days on Earth. This author clearly depicts the reasons why we are so easily deceived when it comes to our future health and how easy it is to fall into the trap of idolatry when we put all our attention on finding a cure rather than looking to God for spiritual healing through the Holy Spirit. The important thing I realized from reading this book is I need to make biblical decisions concerning my health according to God’s will in the future. One of the dilemmas the author discussed in his book, made me think back to the time I lost my late father because we came to the realization that compassionate care was much more vital to his remaining days than an aggressive treatment such as dialysis based on his condition and constant prayer. When caring for our loved ones, we need to do whatever deemed necessary to eliminate unwarranted stress on them through a biblically informed plan. As an organ donor, I found his discussion about donation of organs to be very profound since it gave me more confidence and newfound hope in my decision to donate my organs upon my death. Thanks to this book, I will definitely complete a living will to ensure that I am given biblically oriented medical care when I am incapacitated and to make the decision making process less strenuous for my loved ones. I give this book a “5” star rating because I can resonate with the arguments in this book and thought it was very well written by someone in an admirable field of health care. Also, I am an avid supporter of compassionate care over modern medicine options since I have a strong desire to honor Him in all circumstances. As a Christian, I can honestly say the thought of death does not scare me and now I feel more at peace knowing I have some real viable options available in honoring God upon my death. This book would prove to be beneficial for Christians who prefer to feel more at peace about their medical decisions in the future or those who have lost someone who dealt with a great deal of suffering in their last days. It is my hope and prayer that this book brings you much comfort.
A special thank you to Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.