Dying to Believe

The book

OK, people. Somebody is not reading the blog. There are at least two:

Pa. couple sent to prison for 2nd prayer death of child
AP 4:10 p.m. EST February 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A couple who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who was sick but didn’t see a doctor.

A judge told Herbert and Catherine Schaible that it wasn’t 8-month-old Brandon’s time to die.

“You’ve killed two of your children … not God, not your church, not religious devotion — you,” Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner said.

The Schaibles pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in Brandon’s death last year from pneumonia. They are third-generation members of a small Pentacostal community, the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia.

Both expressed remorse and apologized for violating a court order to seek medical care for their children after the 2009 death of a 2-year-old son of untreated pneumonia.

They have seven surviving children.

Jesus! Seven more left. These people have their work cut out for themselves.

No, seriously. There was no reason for the first two to die. I explained it all before:

Want some really good news? OK, here it is.

It’s a work of fiction. You don’t have to go along with what’s in the Bible. Somebody made all this stuff up. You do not need to die.

Wait! There’s even better news. You do not need to go to prison either. No, really. All you have to do is to quit killing the kids. Sounds too easy to be true, but you should try it sometime. And while you’re at it, quit reading the Bible. The Bible is a sorry work of fiction, and there is a lot of false information in it. Do not, I repeat, do not base your life on the Bible. Your children can die.

Here are the particularly offending passages in the Bible:

James 5

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

But it’s all fiction.

If it’s fiction you want, here’s a much better read:

And the kids don’t have to die.

And you don’t have to go to jail.

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