I have little faith in modern medicine, and the sum of my life experience and my career has brought me to a point where it is next to impossible for me to believe in anything miraculous. If ever anyone tells me that God has spoken to them, I am to immediately hospitalize them. Not much room for miracles or divine intervention there. I had a patient once who was dying of AIDS and struggling with a decades old heroin addiction, when one day he stopped using, and started gaining weight. The color came back into his face and the light came back into his eyes. I asked him what had happened and he told me this incredible story about how God spoke to him, and told him he had a greater purpose for him, and that he would live many more years. While I sat listening to this story, a million thoughts were running through my head. "How incredible!" and "How insane!" were the ones that reigned. I long for faith such as this.
This was what came to mind when I read this story today. It seems that the president of Gambia, a country where over 1% of the population is infected with HIV, has been endowed by God with the power to cure HIV every Thursday, and asthma on Friday and Saturdays. He plans to cure everyone, but can only help 10 people each Thursday, so they must be patient. And he has instructed anyone wanting to be healed in the future to stop taking their HIV medications, as they don't need anymore. This is absolutely horrifying.
But then again, what if it's true? Who am I to say that this is impossible, that this man is either very corrupt or suffering from some serious delusions? That God does not work that way? Is it possible that modern medicine is getting in the way of the will and work of God? It's pretty distressing, isn't it?