The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Poll: God can save lives

A majority of Americans believe divine intervention can trump doctors’ advice in end-of-life cases, according to a report published in Archives of Surgery.

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, found that 57 percent of adults believe in the possibility of a miracle even after doctors have told them a family member’s life can’t be saved.

Twenty percent of trauma professionals felt divine intervention could save a patient. And although 61 percent of respondents said a miracle could save a person in a persistent vegetative state, only 11 percent said they’d prefer to be kept alive if given the choice.




Posted at 1:19 pm (U.S. Eastern) 10/7/2008

When diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable cancer, I first prayed for a miracle, i.e. a cure.  Then I thought of Jesus' prayer, "not my will but thy will be done" and how he asked God to let someone else suffer, not him.  My prayer changed to "What can I do for you God before I die?"  He said, not in a voice from heaven coming out of a cloud, be a witness to others.  I have tried to do that knowing I'm doing God's work because of his gift of faith.

John Hunnicutt


Philip Hefner

Philip Hefner

Posted at 8:20 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/1/2010

I am interested in both the links incuded in this piece, but both of them delivered me to a general website, and I could not find the article in question.  Is it possible to receive a more precise url?

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Amber Leberman, Web Manager

Amber Leberman, Web Manager

Posted at 4:24 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/2/2010

Philip, Thanks for your comment. We link as "deeply" as possible to any given item with an official website. If we linked to general pages, the study was not publicly available on either site at presstime. I would suggest contacting either institution for more information. Best of luck in your search.

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