The Power of Prayer
This letter to the Straits Times Forum made me laugh.
Oct 4, 2005
Doc asked patient to pray
THE letter, 'Should teachers seek to convert pupils?' (ST, Oct 1), reminded me of an incident at a specialists' clinic in a hospital some years ago.
I was consulting an oncologist on the outcome of a CT scan. Grim-faced, he told me the bad news: my cancer had returned.
Fully aware that I was not a Christian, the doctor asked me to kneel with him and pray. This made me even more distraught because the conclusion was that conventional medicine had run its course and divine intervention was needed.
At that critical moment, I felt that faith and medicine should not have been dispensed in the same prescription.
Alvin Choo Weng Kee
What I found amusing was:
1. Perhaps the oncologist knew that prayer has actually been 'proven' to be effective.
2. Mr Choo obviously survived to write the letter.
I wish Mr Choo the best.