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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Hippocratic Oath

A while back, I read the Hippocratic Oath. It is really scary to see the things that are missing from the modern version.
 Hippocrates wrote in the original, "I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give a woman an abortion."

Somehow...strangely, those words have completely disappeared from our new version. Without a trace.

Well, actually, it's much worse than strange.

Our culture is sick. And we refuse to see the Physician. Instead, we keep on insisting that we are well, that there is nothing wrong with us, even though all around us are the symptoms of our deadly disease.

In our culture, it's okay to abandon purity, because someone innocent will be the one to suffer instead of us, and it's our choice to make them suffer.

In our culture, the "kindest" thing to do is to end life that makes others' lives difficult.

In our culture, we are saving trees and murdering babies.

Of course, Hippocrates lived in a sinful culture as well. They did not know the light of Christ yet, and so the shadows of paganism dominated most of the world. But they did get something right: life, to them, was sacred.

Even though they didn't believe in the true source of life, they realized that life was something that should be appreciated and not taken for granted.

Because it's not granted. It's an amazing gift.

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