A man named Moses

Being in the Health field, I appreciate the timeless words of men whose lives have been etched by truth as they fearlessly proclaim the genius of the Designer of the human body. Their words remain because truth abides. They are endearing because they come from a place called Divine inspiration.

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Moses Maimonides was a rare intellect whose passion for God and humanity was evident in his work. Unlike the fools of today, he actually believed the writings of ‘that other’ Moses, he had no gripe with a Creator who made man and woman, whose indiscretions caused things to go sideways, with God commanding Noah and his family, and with God giving law and order; nope, he believed the good book, so unlike the internet giants today who choke on indifference and a diet of information that never nourishes the soul.

Maimonides was a good man. Read of his character in his oath as well as his prayer, which graces many a framed print on the walls in the hospitals of the world. Do take the time to read entirely.  This prayer is REAL good. Kinda reminds one of the great Physician. I’m almost certain you will agree. —–

Moses Maimonides (1135/38-1204) (in Hebrew: Rav or Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, or “RaMBaM” — the acronym of his name)was born in the Spanish city of Cordoba at a time when about one-fifth of the people in southern Spain were Jews. However, Maimonides and his family fled to Fustat (now Cairo) because of rising anti-Semitism in Spain. There Maimonides worked as a physician, but also became a scholar of Jewish law and a philosopher.

The Oath of Maimonides
The eternal providence has appointed me to watch over the life and health of Thy creatures. May the love for my art actuate me at all time; may neither avarice nor miserliness, nor thirst for glory or for a great reputation engage my mind; for the enemies of truth and philanthropy could easily deceive me and make me forgetful of my lofty aim of doing good to Thy children.

May I never see in the patient anything but a fellow creature in pain.

Grant me the strength, time and opportunity always to correct what I have acquired, always to extend its domain; for knowledge is immense and the spirit of man can extend indefinitely to enrich itself daily with new requirements.

Today he can discover his errors of yesterday and tomorrow he can obtain a new light on what he thinks himself sure of today. Oh, God, Thou has appointed me to watch over the life and death of Thy creatures; here am I ready for my vocation and now I turn unto my calling.

The Prayer of Maimonides
Almighty God, Thou has created the human body with infinite wisdom. Ten thousand times ten thousand organs hast Thou combined in it that act unceasingly and harmoniously to preserve the whole in all its beauty the body which is the envelope of the immortal soul. They are ever acting in perfect order, agreement and accord. Yet, when the frailty of matter or the unbridling of passions deranges this order or interrupts this accord, then forces clash and the body crumbles into the primal dust from which it came. Thou sendest to man diseases as beneficent messengers to foretell approaching danger and to urge him to avert it.

Thou has blest Thine earth, Thy rivers and Thy mountains with healing substances; they enable Thy creatures to alleviate their sufferings and to heal their illnesses. Thou hast endowed man with the wisdom to relieve the suffering of his brother, to recognize his disorders, to extract the healing substances, to discover their powers and to prepare and to apply them to suit every ill. In Thine Eternal Providence Thou hast chosen me to watch over the life and health of Thy creatures. I am now about to apply myself to the duties of my profession. Support me, Almighty God, in these great labors that they may benefit mankind, for without Thy help not even the least thing will succeed.

Inspire me with love for my art and for Thy creatures. Do not allow thirst for profit, ambition for renown and admiration, to interfere with my profession, for these are the enemies of truth and of love for mankind and they can lead astray in the great task of attending to the welfare of Thy creatures. Preserve the strength of my body and of my soul that they ever be ready to cheerfully help and support rich and poor, good and bad, enemy as well as friend.

In the sufferer let me see only the human being. Illumine my mind that it recognize what presents itself and that it may comprehend what is absent or hidden. Let it not fail to see what is visible, but do not permit it to arrogate to itself the power to see what cannot be seen, for delicate and indefinite are the bounds of the great art of caring for the lives and health of Thy creatures. Let me never be absent- minded. May no strange thoughts divert my attention at the bedside of  the sick, or disturb my mind in its silent labors, for great and sacred are the thoughtful deliberations required to preserve the lives and health of Thy creatures.

Grant that my patients have confidence in me and my art and follow my directions and my counsel. Remove from their midst all charlatans and the whole host of fictious relatives and know-all nurses, cruel people who arrogantly frustrate the wisest purposes of our art and often lead Thy creatures to their death.

Should those who are wiser than I wish to improve and instruct me, let my soul gratefully follow their guidance; for vast is the extent of our art. Should conceited fools, however, censure me, then let love for my profession steel me against them, so that I remain steadfast without regard for age, for reputation, or for honor, because surrender would bring to Thy creatures sickness and death.

Imbue my soul with gentleness and calmness when older colleagues, proud of their age, wish to displace me or to scorn me or disdainfully to teach me. May even this be of advantage to me, for they know many things of which I am ignorant, but let not their arrogance give me pain. For they are old and old age is not master of the passions. I also hope to attain old age upon this earth, before Thee, Almighty God!

Let me be contented in everything except in the great science of my profession. Never allow the thought to arise in me that I have attained to sufficient knowledge, but vouchsafe to me the strength, the leisure and the ambition ever to extend my knowledge. For art is great, but the mind of man is ever expanding.

Almighty God! Thou hast chosen me in Thy mercy to watch over the life and death of Thy creatures. I now apply myself to my profession. Support me in this great task so that it may benefit mankind, for without Thy help not even the  least thing will succeed.

~ Translated by Harry Friedenwald, Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital 28: 260-261, (1917)

 

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  1. Oh such wonderful words—a prayer—that resonates with an endlessness and timelessness—current then as now…and what a lovely look at one perhaps not well known to modern minds—makes me want to do a little deeper digging 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this treasured wisdom as we wrestle in this ailing world—
    Hugs CS
    jules

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    • ColorStorm says:

      What a great opening comment jewels. Tkx much. You steered the convo in the perfect direction, ‘timeless………..ailing………..’

      Well done. You are right. Could have been written yesterday; truth is like that.

      I honestly think none could find fault with such a heart’s desire.

      Key word there: ‘honestly.’

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  2. john zande says:

    I appreciate the timeless words of men whose lives have been etched by truth as they fearlessly proclaim the genius of the Designer of the human body.

    Seriously? The human body is a convoluted mess; a haphazard organic nightmare that is never going to win any longevity awards. Kilometres of plumbing are prone to god awful clogging, internal wiring short-circuits with alarming regularity, and our branchlike limbs have a disturbing habit of snapping and sometimes even falling off completely. Our lymphatic system seems more an afterthought than a purposeful design, our digestive system was put together in fits and starts, we produce acids that’d burn our eyes out, our musculoskeletal system is only really useful at sea level, our endocrine system is subject to terrible temper tantrums, and our respiratory system is only capable of processing 20% of all available earthly gases. Our single source of light and warmth gives us cancer. Our recreational areas are located right next to our waste disposal plants. We have an 8hr battery life and spend half our lives in a catatonic coma. Most things make us sick but our immune system is built on the Chinese business model of late entry, crisis-response imitation. We are born utterly useless and have to wait 3 years for our neural networks to hook-up and come online before even getting a hint of who or even what we are. We have to relearn everything our forebears already bothered to learn. A little over here and we overheat and die. A little over there and we freeze and die. ¾’s of the planet’s surface will drown us. ¾’s of the atmosphere will asphyxiate us. We decay. We break. We leak. And worst of all, we’re compelled to rain down a daily ecological apocalypse on the rest of the planet just to get the protein we need to keep the whole heat engine going. It’s an atrocious design, and that’s before we even start to consider the inhospitable hellhole that exists beyond our dangerously thin, blisteringly violent biosphere.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      jz

      While you may have addressed my words………I neither wrote the oath or the prayer, which you conveniently dismissed.

      Just sayin…

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Congratulations arch and john. Well said? Well said?

      Yet once more you have ignored a post entirely to promote godlessness. Nice work, you should be proud.

      An ‘oath’ as well as a physicians ‘prayer’ was highlighted, and somehow someway, you managed
      an attempt to toss the captain into the brig, and run the ship into the rocks.

      Fortunately, it is only an attempt………….now maybe read the post again, and if you are inclined, comment on the merits of a mans heart’s desire.

      Btw, combined, you have both added nothing of value to a wonderful testament of the great art of healing and medicine, as so eloquently expressed by MM.

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      • john zande says:

        If that was your principle reason for penning this post, Colourstorm, then i would suggest you delete your rather ridiculous statement: I appreciate the timeless words of men whose lives have been etched by truth as they fearlessly proclaim the genius of the Designer of the human body. After all, if the “Designer” was competent, there wouldn’t be a need for repairmen, would there?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Here you go again for your reading enjoyment jz from Maimonides:

          –Almighty God, Thou has created the human body with infinite wisdom. Ten thousand times ten thousand organs hast Thou combined in it that act unceasingly and harmoniously to preserve the whole in all its beauty the body which is the envelope of the immortal soul. They are ever acting in perfect order, agreement and accord. Yet, when the frailty of matter or the unbridling of passions deranges this order or interrupts this accord, then forces clash and the body crumbles into the primal dust from which it came. Thou sendest to man diseases as beneficent messengers to foretell approaching danger and to urge him to avert it.–

          It appears the physician has a greater appreciation for the human body and BEAUTY…………with the understanding that things go south………..without blaming the Designer.

          And if you think for one second I will take your bait to discuss your ‘evil God……….’ forget it.

          As a matter of fact, you may as well stop now, as you have yet to address the heart of the matter.

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        • john zande says:

          Why are you celebrating an incompetent designer?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          I’m asking you as politely as possible, save it for another more suitable time and place.

          Not interested in the bait john.

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        • john zande says:

          Who’s baiting? I’m commenting on your written words. If you can’t defend those words then that’s your problem, not mine.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          John you just do not get it. My words need NO defense. NONE. NADA. NULA. ZIPPO. ZERO. God need not prove Himself. Life is proof, His word agrees, and Maimonides agrees.

          Your ‘bait’ is to enjoy discussing your ‘evil’ God which you are soooooooooooo proud of.

          Not interested.

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        • john zande says:

          John you just do not get it. My words need NO defense. NONE. NADA. NULA. ZIPPO. ZERO.

          Really, so why are you so defensive then? But if that is indeed the case, then please feel free to address the facts presented in my original comment and show me where I am in error.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Jz. Please stop.

          You have created God in your image, then complain that He is somehow deficient.

          You have yet to address the HEART of this post about a mans prayer and oath………

          Will you also raise my stature in moderation……………

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        • john zande says:

          You have yet to address the HEART of this post about a mans prayer and oath………

          I have addressed it directly. I have drawn attention to the contradiction in your statement that a “genius” designed the human body. That, as I have demonstrated, is a ludicrous claim.

          Please free to address that self-evident fact if you like… although i doubt you will.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          No. You are flat out wrong. The HEART of the post is about another man named Moses…………..a physician………….and two weighty points of interest in which you are silent, because he does not fit your template of believing modernists who have no use for God or scripture.

          My point about a Designer is ancillary to the post, because it is obvious and hardly needs comment.

          I have said and I will repeat: I am not ignorant of certain devices, and discernment is a wonderful tool, meant to be used when needed.

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        • john zande says:

          My point about a Designer is ancillary to the post, because it is obvious and hardly needs comment.

          Clearly it is not ancillary, and it self-evidently needs (demands) comment because you are running so hard and so fast away from it. You are squirming like a trapped rabbit because you know your statement is ludicrous and cannot be defended.

          So, here’s the solution: delete your “genius design” line, and then all we’ll have a nice article on a man who set himself to mend decaying biological heat engines.

          CS SEZ here to slow down the merry go round and Zanderwheel of redundancy. No. Nothing needs deleted. Five sighs, a boring stare, and two yawns. Maybe somebody else will care to chastise you for the petulance.

          (Your last line says it all, and it is borderline hopeless, for apart from God, you have zero answers.)

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        • john zande says:

          Yes or no, Colourstorm:

          If the “Designer” was a “genius” would there exist the need for physicians?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Apart from God jz, you have zero answers. How many times do you have to be reminded?

          Science 101. The 2nd law of thermo states that all things tend to run down, an argument that many intellectuals have danced around, ahem, avoiding the implications of sin and death. Cough cough.

          God is perfect. Us? Eh, not so much. Your answers will never satisfy john, and you may search for a billion years, and be no more closer than what is available to you Today…………..God is!

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        • john zande says:

          Answers? I believe I was asking a Question:

          If the “Designer” was a “genius” would there exist the need for physicians?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Well jz, on this island of earth, where there are plenty of broken dolls, broken people, and broken hallelujah’s, all allowable and foreseen by the Designer, I must now ‘tend to my own things such as employment.

          Adios.

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        • john zande says:

          Colourstorm, you introduced the contradiction, not me. If you can’t answer the question then fine, you can’t. Just say so. Everyone makes mistakes, there’s no shame in that. You blundered by saying the “Designer” was a “genius” when that clearly isn’t the case, or else we wouldn’t have physicians there to fix the myriad of flaws in the “design,” would we?

          A physician was the subject of your post, right? You can, therefore, see the contradiction, can’t you?

          If, however, I’m mistaken, and you don’t think there is a contradiction, then defend the words you wrote like a rational adult.

          Are you capable of that, Colourstorm? Can you actually defend your words without any further evasive (childish) maneuvers?

          I doubt it, but who knows, you might surprise me.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          John, it really is ok if you do not believe there is a grand design to life courtesy of a Designer. Really, its ok.

          But please do not present my claim as weak because you shun the evidence.

          It must rattle your cage to no end to be faced with a man who lived a thousand years ago, and as a Jew, had no issues with the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; a man who stoutly defended the Torah of Moses as factual and real.

          So unlike your modern heroes who see the books of Moses as fiction.

          As Insanitybytes illustrated in her last line regarding the good doctor, there really is something quite simple.

          Instead of finding complaint, try looking into the words by the man that this post is about. Try it. Hear his prayer. See his oath, and be humbled.

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        • john zande says:

          But please do not present my claim as weak because you shun the evidence.

          LOL! Priceless. Heads up, Colourstorm… I was the one presenting evidence, not you.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          No john, you presented YOUR interpretation. Until you or any of your friends can take nothing and make a fingernail, I’m stickin with the Creator of all life.

          Who you stickin with? Nevermind.

          Still after all your gripes, not one word about the good doctor. Hurts to see such intellect bow to heaven now doesn’t it…

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        • john zande says:

          Um, no, I presented facts. Feel free to contest them, if you can.

          Now, why do you keep avoiding the question put to you, Colourstorm? You have presented an outlandish contradiction, but don’t seem capable of addressing it….

          If the “Designer” was a “genius,” as you say, why are there physicians?

          Can you address this contradiction, or are you just going to deliver another juvenile, nonsensical scattering of words?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          There is that small issue of sin, which you laugh at, therefore you are at a supreme disadvantage in understanding the ramifications.

          They that be whole need not a physician. Ever heard of Doctor Luke, or the great Physician Himself?

          Sin and death john, you cannot escape. Once more, if you do not believe Genesis 1.1, I cannot help you further.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Why is it that a lizard can regrow a tail, a starfish a new arm (and an arm, a new starfish!), but Man, the crowning achievement of your god, can’t regrow much of anything?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Yeah, so what. Ever see a lizard tie his shoes, or see a starfish juggle 5 balls?

          Man? Yeah, created in the image of God, can swim underwater, live in a tree, and fly like a bird.

          And of course this is why you do not attend funerals of dead coyotes, and do not keep records of deceased hyenas……….. the behaviour of man screams Creator, even yours in unbelief.

          But thank God for the prayer and oath of MM. (Is there someone else you can bother……….)

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Will you also raise my stature in moderation……………

          When it’s as low as yours, up is the only way left —

          CS SEZ: It is wise to sigh here……….thereby avoiding the encouragement to further comment.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Further, you have the gall to accuse me, when you haven’t even allowed my comment to be published! ********************** (etc.)

        He seems to gloss over such obvious inconsistencies in his logic, as though they didn’t exist. I guess when your head’s in the sand, they don’t.**************** (etc.)

        CS SEZ: For God’s sake stop it. Take it elsewhere. This post is a not a launching pad for your same old mindless accusations and indifference toward a mans prayer. Reindeer games not playing today. Put up your own post on your site, then you can play all you want. Tada.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      @john

      What a ridiculous thing to make an issue. According atheists we evolved. Therefore, the mess you so loudly proclaim would be due to do the haphazard nature of such a process. If that is the religious belief you are so defensive of, why don’t you just say so? Are you afraid we would roll our eyes chuckle at your sensitivity?

      Even if God chose to bring us into existence via some evolutionary process (I was not there so I don’t know.), the notion that any of us could much improve upon the design of our bodies is preposterous. While we might wish to be wiser, stronger, more nimble, and adaptable, but we don’t know how to make it so. We may eventually be able to make some incremental improvements, but substantially change our design? Not in the foreseeable future. In fact, we are more likely to exterminate our race than we are to improve it.

      1 Corinthians 15 promises us new and improved bodies. As Genesis 3 suggests, we are not suppose to much like our current situation. Nevertheless, the fact life exists at all is a marvel. And the variety and beauty of the life on this little earth, especially in the midst of such a harsh and largely empty universe, is miraculous.

      Even after God cursed the ground for our sake, we can “find” evidence of our Creator.

      Romans 1:18-20 Good News Translation (GNT)

      18 God’s anger is revealed from heaven against all the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways prevent the truth from being known. 19 God punishes them, because what can be known about God is plain to them, for God himself made it plain. 20 Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all!

      Anyway, when I go to the doctor, I want that doctor to see me the way Moses Maimonides prayed to see his patients. If you want to be perceived as convoluted mess — a haphazard organic nightmare that is never going to win any longevity awards — I think that strange, but I fear you can find such doctors.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Some balance you bring here CT; above and beyond the agreement of the incredible design of man, especially appreciated the last paragraph.

        To see an MD, similar in spirit to MM, would be a huge blessing.

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      • john zande says:

        While we might wish to be wiser, stronger, more nimble, and adaptable, but we don’t know how to make it so.

        LOL! Don’t we? Ever visited a medical research lab, CT? How about a chemist? Obviously not….

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        • ColorStorm says:

          A bit of irony here, forgetting that the subject of this post is a man who gave his life for medicine as given by God…………and after a long train of years, science, and learning by men who have traded on his oath, now you are crying to the same resource to justify godlessness.

          ‘Hypocritic oath’ perhaps?

          An award winning appeal worthy of comedy that came up well short. Yea, your new legends maybe can create an extra little toe, maybe place it on the elbow to help people walk on their hands.

          Your last line is embarrassing john, but I do not see an apology to CT on your radar.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @john

          Now whose imagination is running away with him. Do you have any examples of supermen produced by science? I don’t think so.

          What MDs do today is what Moses Maimonides sought to do hundreds of years ago. When our bodies suffer from disease, birth defects, or trauma, we try to cure the diseases (or, better yet, prevent their occurrence) or make repairs. Thanks to men like Moses Maimonides, our knowledge has increased so we live a bit longer and more comfortably. With proper training, we can even do things we once thought impossible, but we have yet to alter the basic design.

          So what is your point? You know the TRUTH, and you demand we adopt your TRUTH? Is that your excuse for silly criticism of a man who strove mightily for understanding? Then your excuse is inane.

          ColorStorm’s admiration of Moses Maimonides is both understandable and appropriate. Your criticism, on the other hand, smacks of simple jealousy. At best, Atheism has only few heroes worthy of such notice. Yet you would rather fight than switch. What foolishness will you not do to salve your pride? When will you realize that compared to our Maker we are as nothing? Thus, our pride must be in the One who made us and loves us. It is He who make us worthy.

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        • john zande says:

          ”Do you have any examples of supermen produced by science?”

          Certainly. Can a human being travel around the entire planet in 24hrs? Yes, by aircraft. Can a human being move at 40,000 km/h? Yes, in a rocket. Can a person in Brazil speak instantaneously with someone in Virginia? Yes, via the Internet. Can a human being in Delhi watch the entire planet slowly rotate in space 1,600,000 kilometres away? Yes, via DSCVR. Can a human being destroy all life on earth? Yes, by nuclear weapons. Can a human being peer into the subatomic realm? Yes, with an electron microscope. Can a human being lift 1,000 tonnes? Yes, with a crane. Can a human being create a biological supermen? Yes, by growth hormones and/or genetic engineering.

          Shall I continue?

          But, as is often the way with you, CT, your unmanageable anger and need to lash out at anything and everything that doesn’t fit your Young Earth Creationist Tea Party view of this world, has led you, once again, to miss the entire point of this thread. I am not commenting on Moses Maimonides (whose work, incidentally, was in no way whatsoever ever assisted by his religious belief), rather critiquing Colourstorm’s statement about the “genius” of the proposed “designer” of the human body. Or what, do you think adding useless vestigial structures like a tail bone is design genius? What about the fact that for the majority of the planet’s history human life would not have even been possible… Not until the Great Oxygen Catastrophe some two billion years ago. Is that genius in your mind’s eye?

          Indeed, if the “design” was a work of “genius,” then surely there would be no need for the work of someone like Moses Maimonides, would there?

          Now, this does however raise an interesting point doesn’t it? I mean, if, as you and CS are seemingly implying, medicine is so tremendously important, and something you think is (or at least should be) intimately associated to your religion, then why didn’t Jesus say a single thing about it? Did he offer any medical advice? Did he have a word to say about, for example, water purification and the nature of diseases? Did he utter a single sentence about health that might be considered unique or even marginally useful to a man like, for instance, Moses Maimonides?

          I look forward to your answer

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Yet in all this jz, you deny the human soul and spirit that makes man distinctly different than a common prairie dog who can neither count to three, fly a kite, or tell a lie to his mother.

          Everything you wrote speaks to a Creator, and man as the pinnacle of creation. Thank you.

          As far as your ‘new or useful charade,’ take it elsewhere, as you have been found out by many people many times.

          But tks for at least mentioning MM.

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        • theancients says:

          LOL… I just cannot control my laughter at JZ’s response to CT:
          CT: “Do you have any examples of supermen produced by science?”

          JZ: “Certainly. Can a human being travel around the entire planet in 24hrs? Yes, by aircraft. Can a human being move at 40,000 km/h? Yes, in a rocket. Can a person in Brazil speak instantaneously with someone in Virginia? Yes, via the Internet.”

          Seriously JZ… A superman would not need a machine to travel in.
          I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Muhammed Ali who was told by a flight attendant to buckle his seatbelt during moderate turbulence; to which he responded ‘superman don’t need no seatbelt. The attendant responded back -“superman don’t need no airplane either”..
          dude, you’re hilarious… arguing for both sides of your own argument!
          -convoluted mess — a haphazard organic nightmare OR
          – superman
          Which is it JZ?
          LOL

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Reminds me too Ancients of that giant fella, that clown of renown, the big mouthed Goliath of Gath, who unlike the fictitious Humpty Dumpty, had a great fall, courtesy of little David with one little stone and one big God.

          ‘Supermen’ have always been overrated. But super observation here, tkx A.

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        • theancients says:

          Funnily, it would have been better had he cited Goliath as an example of a superman – but that’s ‘fiction’ for him until it’s ‘not fiction’ [if you know what I mean].

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        • john zande says:

          You really are a Grade-A idiot, Ancients.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          C’mon john, no need to stoop so low. You were called using your own argument.

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        • john zande says:

          Called? LOL!

          Perhaps you can ask Ancients then to produce a man who can travel at 40,000 km/h without science. That was the absurd question forwarded by CT, wasn’t it?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Context john context. A man could ride a sea turtle and ‘swim’ faster than the speed of light (well maybe not, but you get the point) using the same ingenuity. Supermannish!

          Your ‘science’ blinds you to the innate creativity of man as God given, that’s the point. Without the recognition of ultimate Intelligence as Maimonides asserts, his practice would be nothing. And you are wrong to assume Almighty God played no part in his practice. Read it again.

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        • john zande says:

          Um, no, not using the same ingenuity. A turtle is natural. A rocket is not. It is engineered, using science. See the difference?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Sighs.

          Maybe i should have mentioned Jacque Cousteau commandeering the fins………..

          Do you hear me now…………….

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        • john zande says:

          And again, returning to the original point, if the “Designer” was a “genius” then the Maimonides of the world would never have been needed, would they?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Quote me correctly:

          More exactly, ‘the genius of the Designer……………’

          Let’s be sure to give respect to the Builder of the house………..and not only to the house.

          Which had more glory, the temple of Solomon in all its unmatched splendor, or Solomon himself…

          Things today are not as they were then john. You have no case, sorry.

          The scriptures tell the story perfectly. And btw, they also tell of the future. God knows everything, of which time is a mere incidental.

          Take it or leave it.

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        • theancients says:

          LOL… Coming from the man who thinks science has created supermen… that’s H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!

          Tell me what exactly is your complaint with your idol zlork, [your little god]…
          so, according to you he’s made his men a convoluted mess — a haphazard organic nightmare *… but! there is *HOPE because those same convoluted mess — a haphazard organic nightmare can be made into supermen simply by flying in an aircraft, or a rocket, or by speaking via the internet.

          You hear that CS… we’re all supermen!

          now look who has resorted to name-calling… poor JZ, doesn’t know if he’s going or coming.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @theancients

          I do not have anything to add to your February 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm comment. That was very well said.

          @John

          I noticed you got quite angry with theancients. Since you consider yourself something of an expert on the Old Testament, I think that disappointing. Whether you realize it or not theancients did you a favor.

          Proverbs 27:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

          5 Open rebuke is better
          Than love carefully concealed.

          Proverbs 19:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

          8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
          He who keeps understanding will find good.

          Proverbs 15:12New King James Version (NKJV)

          12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
          Nor will he go to the wise.

          Proverbs 12:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

          12 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
          But he who hates correction is stupid.

          Proverbs 9:8New King James Version (NKJV)

          8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
          Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

          This last proverb is a bit of a puzzle.

          Proverbs 28:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

          26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
          But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

          Here is the solution.

          Proverbs 3:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

          5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
          And lean not on your own understanding;

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Haven’t I read somewhere CS that the truth will set you free? You might consider trying it sometime —

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        • ColorStorm says:

          This is your last comment on this post regarding a man (Moses M.) whose life and work was exceptional.

          You have conveniently avoided the HEART of this tribute, given by his own words, and somehow tried to do damage to my opinion of him.

          Hope you are happy trying to steal goodness from others.

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        • john zande says:

          Sorry CT, won’t respond any further on this thread. Colourstorm is now censoring and deleting my comments, so there’s no point in continuing if I can’t communicate freely.

          CS SEZ: Really john? Yet you calling a good man an idiot somehow made it to see daylight. Only so many insults per thread, and as you are wont, have tried (like your friend) to take a good post into the land of oblivion. Surely you can muster up a little sympathy for my hesitation to allow every single keystroke of irrelevance.

          Even arch’s petulant diversions were cut short. Read your da_n comments one by one, and tell us how they addressed the good doctor and his faith in God.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Only so many insults per thread” – Can you count that far without taking off your shoes?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Lord God above, I understand that patience is virtuous, but my cup runneth over……

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          I can’t help it if you’re a messy drinker.

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  3. That was beautiful! I’ve never read that prayer before, thanks for sharing it. The human body is simply amazing, as is biology, and all of creation! But I must say, watching healing take place, really can give you a feel for faith. Wonderfully and fearfully made, indeed. What is really astounding, even today we know so little. Our technology is incredible, our skills are amazing, but we have not even begun to scratch the surface of our own design!

    Today there’s a lot of red tape, bureaucracy in healthcare, but there is also love. There are people who darn near kill themselves trying to make others comfortable, and when you really reach the end of your rope, what excuse can you give for caring except to look up? “Oh, God, Thou has appointed me to watch over the life and death of Thy creatures.” It’s that simple.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yes, as you know ms bytes, certain things have a shelf life, and this mans life is a testament to ‘God making man in his image.’

      It is written that ‘the righteous tend to life,’ and this thought is dripping all over his words, and this prayer as stated adorns many a hospitals walls.

      And rightly so.

      Love your emphasis in your final thought. If its pure, God is involved.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Do you know anyone who can regrow limbs?

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Take your complaints to the Creator, as His wisdom will shut your mouth and stop your tongue.

        –All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

        There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

        There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.–

        Silence whippersnapper!

        Btw, between you and your friend, you have added nothing to recognize a physicians heart (AS PRESENTED HERE) for the people of earth, also known as humanity. Nice work.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        fearfully? What kind of loving god would want to make anyone fear?

        CS SEZ: In the thousands of ways this has been answered, one more reason will lead to a thousand more complaints, so no thank you. Maybe someone else will display a bit more patience.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          If you really ARE in the medical field, you should have lots of patients —

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Old old joke.

          But as the good doctor states in his prayer, many are ill, and I would insert, that to reject a Creator reveals a certain infirm of the mind. Not an insult, just a fact.

          The great Physician can remove that malady easily enough. Men turn TO God, FROM idols every day.

          Without God we idolize ourselves, which all your weak objections prove.

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  4. Tricia says:

    What a beautiful prayer so chock full of wisdom, grace and humility it’s almost impossible for me to see how anyone could not be marveled by it. I say almost because of the many whose pride prevents them from doing what M Maimonides so obviously lived when he says, “Today he can discover his errors of yesterday and tomorrow he can obtain a new light on what he thinks himself sure of today. ” Yes, the beginning of knowledge happens when we realize how little we know and allow the scales to fall in the light of God’s truth.

    Thank you for the intro to this interesting man ColorStorm, I will surely look in to him more.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx trish, MM is not very well liked in certain circles. His crime? Gasp, wait for it.

      He believed the scriptures as the word of God, and it appears as you saw here, he had quite a mantle of blessing to be able to pen such words of respect toward the Creator, with a heart bent on aiding his fellow man.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      CS SEZ: No arch- go ahead and complain to tricia that I am withholding ‘truth.’ Your vids and links suggesting ‘wisdom’ is not found in God is insulting, and will not be given further air time. What you pretend to be questionable, has long been settled, and the insidious attempts to ignore a rather good prayer by a Jewish doctor and scholar is ignorant to be blunt.

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      • Tricia says:

        Well said CS. I know I’ve remarked on this before but it always strikes me as so odd that those so completely opposed to your impressive defense and explanations of a Creator continue to come here and will go back and forth with you over and over trying to prove some irrelevant point. Who has time for that? If you don’t believe, than you don’t believe, why not move on? Unless perhaps the struggle is internal, a virtual shadow box tournament with oneself….

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        • ColorStorm says:

          This post trish did serve a very good purpose. To bring to the table the words of a good man with a good heart giving respect to a good God.

          But yes, somehow someway, my appreciation of this good man is suspect. Go figure.

          Some things are timeless, and I am certain that only the most hardest of hearts could fault such beauty of the human soul towards hurting and ailing people.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          What’s a soul? Can you show me one?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          I thought we were through this already………

          What is the wind? Show it to me….

          The scent of that tiny lily that puts a smile on our face in reverence; that scent that cannot be seen……….that essence that speaks to a different kind of life…………

          But since you persist: since you do not believe the words of Moses………..neither will you believe the words of Christ.

          But you can change that. Today. Now.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Do you mean the Moses that led 2/3 of the population of Egypt ********************************erased, irrelevant, insulting to THIS post

          And as for “the words of Christ, ********************************erased, hearsay, insulting, irrelevant to THIS post.
          You do not have free reign arch as you would like to imagine. This is not a playground for the promotion of atheism. Get your own site, or have you been banned for crap like this?

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  6. “Can a human being travel around the entire planet in 24hrs? Yes, by aircraft. Can a human being move at 40,000 km/h? Yes, in a rocket….”

    So once again we see here that faith has an evidence, a substance to it. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Just as Moses Maimonides had a vision and a prayer for medicine, we too have a vision and a prayer for a King and a Kingdom. Those back in the olden days would have laughed outright at the thought of rockets and heart transplants, and likely engaged in as much mockery and ridicule as some do about faith today. And yet here we are, living in the world of science fiction, accepting as normal things that people once declared impossible and scoffed over.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      here we are, living in the world of science fiction, accepting as normal things that people once declared impossible and scoffed over.

      And yet they believed in ‘magic,’ and some of the ignorant among us still do.

      CS SEZ: Here we see an attempt to present belief in God as ‘magic,’ which is merely sleight of hand meant to deceive.
      There is no deception in God, AT ALL. In Him is light, there is no feigning, nor shadow of turning. There is no illusion nor intent to ‘trick.’ Sunlight is clear as day. Truth is obvious to an honest heart, magic, eh, not so much.

      He made the stars also. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr and Mrs Doubtfire.

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      • Kind of interesting and tragic, Colorstorm. When I think of magic, I see that fun loving uncle who liked to “magically” pull quarters from his ears. While some see only deception, trickery, illusion, I see great love, affection, someone willing to entertain and delight the kids.

        Puts a new twist on having the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Sometimes, proudly reveling in our own skepticism really does blind us to the truth, to the gifts to be found there. Well, humpf, I don’t want that quarter, because it’s obviously an illusion, a magic trick, and I, I am simply too smart for such things.

        Ai yi yi, thinking themselves wise, they became fools. Call me crazy, but I’ll take the quarter and the Spirit behind it. 😉

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Tkx for this clarification ib; I could have made it more clearer, as the INTENT behind your uncle was pure delight.

          But with God, yep, no trickery there, it’s kinda hard to hide the sun and moon and all of creation……….. 😉

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Ah yes, context. Man traveling at the speed of sound makes him superman? Please. Even the physically strongest of men (Hulk Hogan etc) could not unseat a frozen bolt that a thousand horses could not budge. Superman shmooperman. Humbug.

      Knowledge hardly makes mankind super. Even Joshua and the tumbling walls would scoff at the idea of him being super. Peter and John seeing a lame man walk hardly made them super. Context, as you suggest here ms bytes. (yep, they were ridiculed)

      Faith. Evidence. Substance. Great comment. Can’t find fault in the last line either 😉

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    • john zande says:

      So once again we see here that faith has an evidence, a substance to it.

      Errum, what? What has faith (in any flavour of religion) to do with aeronatic engineering? This I’ve got to hear…

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