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Compassionate Jesus by Christopher W. Bogosh

This new book, Compassionate Jesus, is a Christian approach to medicine is an eye-opening and insightful book about the relationship between modern medicine, including its philosophy, and the gospel.  Engaging the idea of prolonging life at any cost, Christopher brings a robust biblical understanding of medicine to the table.  With stories, examples, biblical wisdom and first- hand knowledge of medical manuals and procedures, this book is a good foray into the world of modern medicine.  Not wanting to go with the status quo and follow the medical professionals advice without investigation, Christopher digs deeply into the Bible and science for a more compassionate approach to medicine.

At the beginning of the book, Chris takes us up front and center to his own life by telling of his sister’s tragic death in a car crash.  Chris gleans three important things from the Scriptures about this event in his life: God is merciful, God is just, and God is in absolute control of everything including the fact that God has a purpose for all events.  God allows us to live on this Earth even though we sin, secondly, God is equitable in doing what is true to himself, and lastly, God brings about all things for his purposes even if we don’t understand.  These truths are what Chris roots his book on, the truth that God’s redemptive plan is at the center of all things (15-16).  The better foundation here is that God is teaching us through even the tragic situations of life to trust him, to bring even our doubts and frustrations before him.  Furthermore, illness, tragedy, death and sickness are not fully about us, but what God is doing to redeem these situations and bring us into closer relationship with him.  This biblical perspective runs counter to the modern science movement in its goal to remove anything that would cause our lives to be shorter due to illness or tragedy.

Chris says something pretty radical in his chapter on compassionate health care.  He writes, “It is wonderful to see a sick person healed physically, whether by miracle or medical treatment, but is equally praiseworthy to see a person persevere under affliction and die in the Lord with no curative treatment” (38).  Building up to this point, Chris points out that pointing our ultimate help in physical healing by the means of modern medicine becomes idolatrous when we eschew the fact that we will die at some point and seek physical healing rather than the spiritual healing that comes from Christ.  A person persevering in faith in God who finds no curative treatment is equally as praiseworthy because this person realizes the limitations of modern medicine and decides to fully trust God even in  very painful afflictions.  Now, Chris is not advocating an absolute refusal of medicine or help from doctors for patients, but is wanting his readers to weight the costs of medical procedures in light of sin, limitations of medicine, and the economic and emotional toll on family members also. 

Chris takes us on a quick ride through understanding the science of hope, cancer, alzheimer’s and  the philosophy that undergirds modern medicine.  In some ways, modern medicine has called upon itself as the ultimate truth in which dying patients, or those in very critical situations come to its fount for healing, and in turn find no final hope at all (51-52).  Chris in further chapters elucidates the new writing concerning brain death and how this runs counter to the biblical record of life ceasing to be when the heart and lungs fail.  This book was a real eye-opener for me, one that I will consult again to get a better grasp of a more compassionate biblical understanding of medicine.  Some of Chris’ research about brain death and modern medicine was very disturbing indeed, but it was the kind of information that we need when making end of life decisions.


Thanks to Reformation Heritage Books and Cross Focused Reviews for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review.

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