Wednesday, August 01, 2007

ARE THE EYES THE REAL PROBLEM?


This is why I will never have it done. What you ask? Laser eye surgery. From the wires;

"A children's author was left with blurred vision after an eye surgeon tore her left cornea, a hearing was told.
Jan Fearnley, 41, one of the most successful author-illustrators of her generation, had hoped that Dr Haralabos Eleftheriadis could correct her sight so she could swim and cycle without contact lenses.
But shortly after the Lasik surgery began Dr Eleftheriadis, 43, removed the equipment from her eye and apologised. He later told Mrs Fearnley that her eye had "reacted" to the blade during the laser surgery at the Ultralase clinic in Guildford, Surrey, in April 2005.
Mrs Fearnley, who is short-listed for a Blue Peter Award and the Children's Book Award for her Mr Wolf's Pancakes, wept as she told the General Medical Council on Monday: "My vision is my livelihood."

While there are many people who have had the surgery with great results, in my mind it is not worth the risk. Which begs the question, at what point do we draw the line on elective surgery? The reason for the surgery for Fearnley was so that she could swim and cycle without contact lenses. At the time to her that seemed like a worthy goal but now I am quite sure she would gladly swim and bike with contact lenses. We live in a day and age where elective surgery is a wildly popular industry. People reportedly are becoming addicted to plastic surgery at an alarming rate.

I believe there is a fundamental underpinning to these surgeries, and that is to put off death. People believe they can put off the inevitable. If they make themselves look younger, see without glasses, become skinny overnight, they have gained time. While they may not say as much, they are fighting the grave. The goal is not a bad one, it is simply the weapons they choose that are faulty. The grave can be beaten, but not by the surgeons tool. The grave is defeated by Jesus Christ. If you want to live forever with a glorified body and never look old, be sick, get tired, or wear out again, then repent of your sins, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

All of the things that people seek surgeons to remedy are the consequences of sin. We grow old, wear out and die because we are sinners. The problem is sin, not a worn out decaying body, that is the symptom. To have surgery to fix it, is akin to putting a band aid over a busted artery. The answer is to correct the problem, which is sin. Jesus Christ hung on a cross, died, was buried and rose again to forgive all of those who would receive Him as their Lord and Savior. In doing that He also defeated the grave. So before you schedule that next elective surgery, ask yourself, is this the right remedy for the right problem?

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pastor tom
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