5 Stars Out Of 5
August 13, 2013
A Cluttered Mind
This is a thoroughly thought-provoking book. Truly insightful.
Christopher Bogosh wants to help the Christian develop a Christian worldview on 'modern medicine' and the use of 'medical science.' He differentiates between the two terms throughout the book. 'Modern medicine' is a philosophy, asking 'Should we use medical science to treat this person? Why?' 'Medical science' is the technological aspect, the 'What treatments should we use for this person?'
Two key questions, both based upon Philippians 1.21, are being asked in this short book (150 pages):
1. Are we living for Christ in the midst of medical crises?
2. Do we see our death as great gain as we look in hope to Christ?
To answer these questions, the author presents five, clarifying and succinct chapters. Chapter 1, 'God's Plan and Compassionate Health Care' is helping the Christian reader see what a Christian worldview regarding modern medical science should look like, in light of Philippians 1.21. Bogosh promotes compassionate health care, seeing with the eyes of Jesus and thinking with the mind of Christ. In chapter 2, 'The Science of Hope', Bogosh lays out many of the blessings, as well as challenges which medical science presents the Christian. The view from Christ is where he leads the reader in Chapter 3, 'Medical Science: Biblically Informed'. This will get your mind rolling to think hard about how we use medical science biblically. Bogosh offers several principles here, which I'll not lay out for you. Buy the book and read it. Chapter 4, 'God's Medicine: Prayer in the Spirit' brings us round to consider the vital role of prayer during illness, disease and death. Speaking as a pastor, this was a delightful chapter. He's not promoting 'faith healing' in any way, but having a strong faith in the One who is our Great Physician. Finally, Bogosh addresses the modern challenges of hospice care in Chapter 5, 'Hospice Butterflies.'
I found Compassionate Jesus to be seriously biblically grounded and saturated, especially in chapter 1, as the author seeks to establish the foundation for our worldview towards modern medicine. I believe there will prove to be many challenges to the average Christian's thinking in these matters. Bogosh is not seeking to address the new Health Care Act here in the U.S., but he will give cause for long reflection upon how we view and use medicine, especially life-extending treatments.
I highly recommend this book, especially to pastors and lay leaders in the church. This should be used to provide counsel for individuals or families who find themselves facing a crisis of life and medicine.