Monday, May 25, 2015

Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy: The Conflict Between Man's Wisdom Versus God's Wisdom.

               In March, 2015, the New York Times announced to the world that Dame Angelina Jolie has undergone a preventive double mastectomy to save her from cancer. The free Dictionary defines mastectomy as the surgical removal of the breast for the treatment or prevention of breast cancer.”[1]  This year, she took out her ovaries and fallopian tubes to preempt against cancer.[2] It would seem to me that the more humanity gets enlightened, the more they think they are like God. They are borrowing from the devil’s old lies. Next time, she will cut off her legs and then her hands and finally her head to keep her away from cancer. What will Angelina Jolie cut off next? What should those who have depression in the family cut off: their minds or just take out their brains? While prevention is a concept buttressed in the bible, the bible encourages us to live by faith and not by sight. This article will undercut her arguments for her act through psychological, biblical and medical knowledge and will propose a better way of prevention
Our own UN envoy is living by sight rather than faith. While her act may be plausible in the eyes of the godless and faithless, it is a very ungodly act to be totally discouraged. Amy Robach and Robin Roberts had breasts cancer but were healed and are cancer free now. The man who was lame for 40 years and began to walk, or the woman who suffered from cancer for almost 12 years before being freed show that there is room for miracles.
Jolie was told by her doctors that she carries “a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.” Her fears could be founded because her mother (Marcia Lynne Bertran) died of cancer at the age of 56. After she had the surgery, she received fillers and implants. However, she added a caveat that surgery may not be the right decision for every woman. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists a dozen complications that may arise out of breasts fillers and implants.[3] Man was made perfect, but he had sought his own inventions (Ecl 7:29). In other words, it is not the omega code to breasts and ovarian cancers. If cancer or any diseases runs in a family up to the fourth generation, that is a generational curse. Consequently, generational and hereditary diseases could only find a solution in God’s deliverance. Otherwise, what should those with diabetes do? Should they just empty every pint of blood from their bodies?
Her purpose of doing it was to avert breast cancer, and her purpose of telling the world was that women all over the world could extricate themselves out of the breast cancer quagmire. After her announcement, a couple of stars like Sandra Lee, Rita Wilson, Samantha Harris, began coming out that they were going to take the surgery. Jolie was not the first woman to do a mastectomy because women like Christina Applegate, Giuliana Rancic, Zoraida Sambolin had done it, but Jolie is the first with this preventive mastectomy. There are some reasons why this act must be discouraged.
Our bodies don’t belong to us despite the dackdrop of the popular feminist slogan, “My body, my decision.”The Bible states clearly that our bodies belong to God (I Cor 3:16-17). No mortal owns their body; God owns every body, so Angelina Jolie cannot just alter her body the way she wants. What shall it profit Angelina Jolie if she can mortify her body, but she cannot mortify sin? If our bodies do not belong to us, then we are in a borrowed body and will therefore give it back. As such, we walk by faith and not by sight because we will have to one day meet God who gave us the body, and we will give account on how well we used it (2 Cor 5:6-10). Sicknesses caused by disobeying God’s word are several times not seen by the naked eyes. For example, when people eat communion while living in sin, they may be sick (I Cor 11: 29-30). That sickness could even be cancer. Cutting parts of their bodies to preempt will be for no avail. The cause of their sickness is spiritual. The key to a healthy living is not to incise our organs but to obey to the scripture. I Tim 4:8. Corinthians 8:13-15; Rom. 1:21-23. It should be noted that, the godless we become as a society, the more unhealthy and sick we become. 
Medically, stress can double breast cancer  as we read here, “Breast cancer is largely a disease driven by the hormone oestrogen, and it is possible that feelings of stress could cause changes in hormone levels which then affect healthy cell growth within the breast.”[4][5]She may take away her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes, but if she lives a stressful life, cancer will not sleep far from her. Divorce has been proven to increase the risks of breasts cancer too.[6] Jolie's own mother (RIP) was legally married only for 5 years. The rest of the time, she had concubinage and boyfriends. Those numerous breakups could have precipitated her bad health because breakups cause bad health. Consequently, Jolie's risk of breasts and ovarian cancers could have been due to her lifestyle of changing men and perhaps women. She might want to start thinking about living in this marriage with Brad Pitt for better or for worse rather than follow in her mother's footsteps. It has been proven that the abuse of prescription pain medications, talk less of illicit drugs “hijack” your brain.[7] When the brain is altered, one requires more drugs and the more drugs, restrict blood flow into the brain which limits ones’ ability to fight diseases or the regeneration of cells.
Psychology teaches that that negative gossip affects negatively our health. Binocular rivalry, “highlights the brain's ability to shape our experience, even beneath our awareness.”[8] Consequently, as people spend time gossiping others, they plunge themselves into wanton and reckless hatred and subsequent ill health that leads them to their graves or some egregious sickness. The best way to deal with that will not be by cutting off your tongue; it will be by living in the spirit because no one can tame the tongue (James 3:8).
In some places, HIV has killed way more than breast cancer. Should those who think they will have HIV cut off their penises and remove their vaginas? Consequently, if people lived according to God’s prescriptions, they will escape premature death or life of valetudinarians. You can take away all your breasts, but you still leave other organs to be attacked by cancer if you are still smoking: whether cigarettes or weed or doing other illicit drugs and abusing prescription drugs.
To be diagnosed earlier does not negate the existence of a disease, and the treatment thereof may be cheap but it will still be costly. The best way of prevention is to avoid living lifestyles that will promote sickness.  Would Jolie then cut off her head if she found out that she will have brain cancer? Those who foresee themselves with lung cancer can just go ahead and take out their lungs. That is where the folly of her act ends. Jolie’s mind to bless the world is more suitable and healthier than the one who seized the men of other women. That renewed mind is more valuable than a more renewed body.
Our focus should not be how long we live, but where will spend eternity since our life on earth is like vapor anyway. Jolie can chop off all her body parts, she will not live eternally. That is vanity of vanity and all is vanity.
Christians sing, “All to Jesus I Surrender”, But they have surrendered nothing. Death is a constant in the human body since the day we were born. Entropy shows that we were born towards degeneration rather than towards regeneration. It is the human mind and spirit that must regenerate. That only retards the degenerative process of the body. God gave the Sabbath for people to rest, but due to our race in the pursuit of the American Dream, many are slaves to jobs so they could be counted. No wonder we are a society of valetudinarians. Many are working but cannot even enjoy the money. The quest for money has ensnared them and paid them back with unhealthy minds and bodies (I Tim 6:10). By listening and undergoing the double mastectomy, Jolie upholds the wisdom of men above the wisdom of God; she underscores medical knowledge above the wise counsel of God. Before medicine, God existed, for God created medicine and the doctors who practice medicine.

[1] "Mastectomy." N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
[2] "Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes Removed -" CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
[3] "Breast Augmentation Augmentation Mammaplasty." Breast Augmentation. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
 [4] "Stress Doubles Breast Cancer." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
[5] Kolata, Gina. "Does Stress Cause Cancer? Probably Not, Research Finds." The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Nov. 2005. Web. 26 May 2015.
[6] Susan Quilliam of The School of Life. "How Divorce Can Damage Your Health." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
[7] "How Prescription Pain Meds Hijack Your Brain." Psychology Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
[8] "The Visual Impact of Gossip." The Visual Impact of Gossip. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.

Until then, her act is godless and should not be emulated! 

St Arrey of Ntenako.

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