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Robert T. Lawrence IHCF Medical Missions Conference – Dallas, Tx January 21, 2011 How to Breathe as a Follower of Christ in Medical Training A FISH WATER OUT OF
What is your world view? Values World View Behaviors Beliefs FISH WATER OUT OF
World View Loyd E. Kwast. “Understanding Culture”. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. A Reader. Rev. Ed. 1992
American Behaviors 1.Avg. American has 2.3 credit cards owing $2,294 /card (2003). 2.Spends $874 each year on OTC drugs and supplements. 3.Spends $7,500/year on buying and maintaining a car. 4.Spends $4,000 each year on entertainment. 5.Eats 5 lbs of food/day, or about 1800 lbs/year. 6.Pays $2,137 each year to eat out. 7.Average doctor will amass $120,000 in educational loan. 8.Spends $596 on exercise equipment. 9.Americans spend $34.3 billion this year on their pets. 10.This year Americans will spend $2.5 billion on 2.7 billion gallons of 500 different brands of bottled water. 11.Avg. American gives $217.50 a year to charity (10% give $1000; 20% give $500; and 70% give $25 or less). Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
American Values 1.Financial security. 2.Appearance and performance. 3.Satiety. 4.Youth. 5.Longevity. 6.Newness. 7.Notoriety. 8.Physical fitness. 9.Animals. 10. Weekends, vacations, and holidays. Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
American Beliefs 1.The wealthy are “blessed.” 2.Entertainment is a source of joy and escape. 3.Food is a reward. 4.Individual and public health can be purchased. 5.Security is found in one’s financial assets. 6.The higher a person’s income, the more extravagant their lifestyle should be. 7.A financial investment in exercise provides motivation to actually exercise. 8.Someone in Washington, DC controls the economy. 9.Life’s short; play hard. Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
American World View INDIVIDUALS control reality. Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
Christian World View JESUS CHRIST controls reality. Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
Christian Beliefs 1.The poor, hungry, mournful, and the insulted are blessed. Luke 6:20-26 2.God will provide daily needs. Matt 6:33; Luke 12:22-31 3.Christians have been given the kingdom. Luke 12:32 4.Giving to the poor is an investment in heaven. Luke 12:33; Matt 6:2-4 5.Caring for the poor is caring for the Lord. Matt 25:31-46 6.God can transfer resources when needed. Matt 17:24-27, John 6 7.Life is long…eternal to be precise. John 11:25-26 Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
Christian Values 1.Being poor, hungry, mournful, and insulted. Luke 6:20-26 2.The poor, crippled, lame, and blind. Luke 14:12-14 3.The human soul. Luke 9:25 4.The kingdom of God. Luke 12:31; Matt 6:33 5.Extreme giving. Luke 21:1-4 6.Service. Luke 12:35-40 7.The place of humility. Luke 14:8-11 8.Eternal life. Mark 10:29-30 Values World View Behaviors Beliefs
Christian Behaviors Values World View Behaviors Beliefs 1.Sell goods to help the poor Acts 4:32-35 2.Care for hungry, thirsty, stranger, sick, and prisoner. Matt 25: 31-46 3.Speak truthfully. Eph 4:25 4.Consider others better than yourself. Phil 2:3 5.Look after the helpless in society. James 1:27 6.Love your enemies. Matt 5:43-48 7.Work with all your heart. Colossians 3:23 8.Flee sexual immorality. 1 Cor 6:12-20 9.Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Matt 6:33
Wealth Honor Fame/Glory Power Health (good of the body) Pleasure Mental health (good of the soul) God alone FISH WATER OUT OF What motivates you?
MEANING of LIFE Soma-Body ( ) Pseuche-Mind ( )
MEANING of LIFE Soma-Body ( ) Bios-Stuff ( ) Pseuche-Mind ( )
MEANING of LIFE Soma-Body ( ) Pneuma-Spirit ( ) Bios-Stuff ( ) Pseuche-Mind ( )
MEANING of LIFE Soma-Body ( ) Pneuma-Spirit ( ) Bios-Stuff ( ) Pseuche-Mind ( ) Zoe ( )
“The presence of suffering is incompatible with the presence of an all-good all-powerful deity.” FISH WATER OUT OF Why does God allow suffering?
“What if God will one day rid the world of evil, as expected, but He has not done so yet?” FISH WATER OUT OF Why does God allow suffering?
FISH WATER OUT OF What is sexually moral? - Agape ( ) - Eros ( ) - Philos ( ) - Storge ( )
Transcendence "It becomes every man who purposes to give himself to the care of others, seriously to consider the four following things:-First, that he must one day give an account to the Supreme Judge of all the lives entrusted to his care. Secondly, that all his skill, and knowledge, and energy as they have been given him by God, so they should be exercised for His glory, and the good of mankind, and not for mere gain or ambition. Thirdly, and not more beautifully than truly, let him reflect that he has undertaken the care of no mean creature, for, in order that he may estimate the value, the greatness of the human race, the only begotten Son of God became himself a man, and thus ennobled it with His divine dignity, and far more than this, died to redeem it. And fourthly, that the doctor being himself a mortal man, should be diligent and tender in relieving his suffering patients, inasmuch as he himself must one day be a like sufferer." Thomas Sydenham (1642-1689)
HIPPOCRATIC OATH “I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant: To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art—if they desire to learn it—without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.”
HIPPOCRATIC OATH “ I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.”
HIPPOCRATIC OATH “Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves. What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about. If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.”