Friday, April 10, 2009

Cancer Is God's Smackdown




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Ray Comfort, evangelist extraordinaire, believes that cancer is god's punishment and that people with cancer should never, ever so much as see a doctor, let alone get treatment. Even taking medicine for the pain is an insult to god.

I am not making this up.

Ray wrote a book, More Than Just Comfort- An Answer to Cancer, still available for $25.00 Canadian, in which he states



Therefore you should never take medicine to relieve pain. You should never consult a doctor or go to a hospital for treatment, because you would be interfering with the work of God in your life. If Cancer is the chastening tool of God, then doctors who are fighting cancer are fighting against the work of God. If a preacher or a Christian believes the sickness is a means of chastening, then he should never pray for relief from the sickness, but rather pray that the cancer will continue to grow until the chastening is completed”.


Yeah, you read that right. Even praying to god for relief is forbidden.

What do you suppose happened to people who took this advice? I think you know. Anyone who took that advice died a horrible, painful, preventable death.

The reason I held back on this post was because the book was published in the late 70s. It was entirely possible that Ray had changed his stance on treating cancer, especially in light of the many advances that have been made in the field of cancer treatment. Then I discovered that the book was still for sale, though not in the US.

Yet I still didn't know if Ray actually believed, 30 years later, that cancer is god's punishment and one shouldn't seek treatment. The answer to that question would be yes.

In the comments to Ray's post, Angry About Nothing, Punjab calls Ray on this:



Ray... I don't know what Iago is referring to, but here's a quote from your "book" More Than Just Comfort... An Answer to Cancer

“Therefore you should never take medicine to relieve pain. You should never consult a doctor or go to a hospital for treatment, because you would be interfering with the work of God in your life. If Cancer is the chastening tool of God, then doctors who are fighting cancer are fighting against the work of God. If a preacher or a Christian believes the sickness is a means of chastening, then he should never pray for relief from the sickness, but rather pray that the cancer will continue to grow until the chastening is completed”.

I don't know if you'll post this, as it makes you look more ridiculous than usual, but I was wondering why you would go against your own beliefs and see a doctor.


Ray actually responds to this with:



Iago ..."if a preacher or a Christian sees sickness as a mewans of chastening..."It seems that you don't know what "chastening" means. It means punishment by God. Best wishes.


You'll notice, Ray doesn't deny believing that cancer is god's punishment, nor does he deny believing that people suffering from cancer should not seek treatment. He doesn't repudiate the stance taken in the book he is still selling.

Ray Comfort thinks that if you have cancer, you should die a horrible death, a preventable death.

Ray Comfort is a very bad man.

6 comments:

  1. You know, this is deplorable. I have seen people with cancer. I have seen them die of it. Either Ray has not seen people with or dying from cancer, or he is absolutely without any human compassion.
    I don't even have words for this one.

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  2. This line of thinking reminds me of that Maryland mother who starved her kid so God could resurrect him, or those horrible Wisconsin parents whose daughter god Type I diabetes but who only prayed as she wasted away.

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  3. What do you wanna bet Ray takes the first plane to the Mayo Clinic the instant he so much as thinks he might have cancer?

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  4. itn't the implication there (..."I was wondering why you would go against your own beliefs and see a doctor") that Ray DOES have cancer and HAS gone to a doctor?

    hypocrisy, thy name is Religious.

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  5. What a complete crock of shit this guy is. Ray whatever his last name is is an absolute idiot. I am a cancer patient and a child of the lord and ill tell you God never told me not to get treatment. That's Satan talking from this ass who thinks that getting treatment is against gods wishes.

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  6. I cannot pray, but I sincerely hope you will get better, Anonymous.

    Yes, I found his attitude extra disturbing because even on the most fundamentalist of boards that I lurk on, believers encourage one another through cancer- and cancer treatments. Occasionally, someone will ask if their illness is a punishment from god, and everyone will rush in to reassure them that no, god is not trying to punish them.

    I find this especially upsetting in that people who have gotten dire diagnoses are in a very desperate and fragile state of mind. Even if they would normally never consider faith healing, etc., once they hear "cancer" they are vulnerable to all kinds of abuse. People who take advantage of that kind of vulnerability are terrible people.

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