Proof #34: Examine Your Health Insurance Policy

February 15, 2008 at 2:51 am 7 comments

An interesting question is posed here:

If God answers medical prayers, then why do you need health insurance?

Or, put another way, is it biblical to do everything in your power to extend your earthly life? Marshall Brain says that it isn’t, and he cites numerous verses to build his case. He cites Matthew 6:19, 25-30; and Proverbs 3:5-8; as well as James 5:15 to show that God has promised to heal our sickness and disease. He also adds a bit of human logic to God’s omnipotence to arrive at the conclusion that having a health insurance policy is a complete waste of money; Jesus will cure you or He will not. There is nothing that you can do about it.

So we have fatalism mixed with a complete misreading of selected Bible verses. Sounds like a typical ploy from Brain’s website. Let’s sort this mess out.

First, no Christian views God’s ability to know the future perfectly as fatalism. It is simply one of His many divine attributes. As I’ve explained before, this does not create the notion that God has determined everything ahead of time, only that He knows what will happen. Put another way, because God knows that I’m going to wear black socks on Tuesday in no way obligates me to wear black socks on Tuesday. I can still wear white socks.

So it is with illness. Because God knows about the illness, what He is going to do about the illness, and the eventual outcome, that isn’t the same as predetermining everything like a movie script and then watching it play out. It only means that God knows it perfectly–not that He wrote it. A better and longer discussion can be found here.

That takes care of the fatalism. Now we turn to the specific Bible verses mentioned and see if they build Brain’s case:

Matthew 6:19-21:  This isn’t talking about death at all.  This is consistent with the passages in the New Testament that liken our lives to a mist (cf. Jms 4:14).  It never says not to do what we can to live our lives to the fullest.  Rather, verses such as these caution us not to put a lot stock in our earthly lives since they are so short compared with eternity.

The final verse is one of Jesus’ most profound observations–what we spend our money on reveals much about where our heart really is.  For example, most of my money is spent on bills or my daughter.  Not surprisingly, it is extremely important to me to pay off debt and provide for my daughter.  Suddenly, recreation takes a back seat as I settle into the responsibilities of parenthood.

Matthew 6:25-30:  This passage is about having faith in God, that He will take care of you.  The birds don’t sow or reap, but God takes care of them.  This implies that humans, Jesus’ audience, do reap and sow.  He’s not asking us to stop reaping and sowing, He’s only pointing out that God provides food for the animals who don’t.  I have generally found this premise is true; God provides me with what I need to survive.  Even when I can’t afford food, God still puts it on my table somehow.

Proverbs 3:5-8: This passage uses bones and flesh metaphorically.  But, consistent with the passages examined so far, it certainly commands us to put God first, even before our own lives.

James 5:15:  Like any other prayer, the normal conditions apply.

In conclusion, read for what they really say, these verse do not build a case that it is unbiblical to live an earthly life.  It is only unbiblical to put that earthly life before God.  Remember that the apostle Paul, after listing everything great in his own life, said he counted it all as rubbish, and losing it for Christ as his gain (Phil 3:8).  That is the way Christians should think.

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  • 1. About Insurance  |  March 12, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    We never know what God has in his plans for us! It is plan… not ours.

  • 2. Luke  |  June 15, 2008 at 8:43 am

    First, no Christian views God’s ability to know the future perfectly as fatalism. It is simply one of His many divine attributes.
    –If God knows the future, then he knows what everyone’s going to do before they do it and who’s going to Heaven or Hell as soon as they’re born. God’s little “experiment” on earth is pointless. God knew Eve would eat the fruit. God knew Satan would tempt her. God knew Satan would rebel with an army. God knew he would be remorseful about his creation and then want to flood the Earth to kill everyone off. Shall I go on with more examples?

  • 3. White  |  July 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    No. you don’t need to. yep. and so God is fake becos…???

  • 4. Luke  |  July 9, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    White Says:
    No. you don’t need to. yep. and so God is fake becos…???

    —All you did here was answer my question of “shall I go on with more examples.” Looks to me like you just completely dismissed and ignored the points I made because they’re pretty uncomfortable to think about. Willful ignorance at it’s best.
    So please, if you’re going to attempt to refute my posts, please address the points I make.

  • 5. Anti-Devil  |  July 19, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    lol i know wat are ur favourite words-Evolution,god is not real,refute my points,address the points,Wilful ignorance,scarecrow,lol and so much more,but don worry i still love u..=D i love all humans…ok maybe almost all

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