The Symbolism of the Serpent: Moses and the British Medical Association

The British Medical Association (BMA) is Britain’s leading trade union for doctors and health professionals. With a membership of around 160,000 medical professionals, it is inarguable that the BMA holds powerful influence in health and medical oriented legislation.

The BMA logo is symbolic of its purpose: a serpent wrapped around a pole – commonly referred to as ‘The Rod of Asclepius’. The serpent-entwined rod was said by the pagan Greeks to be wielded by the Greek god Asclepius who was deemed responsible for healing and medicine. The original Hippocratic Oath – which swears to protect and seek to preserve patients’ lives begins with an invocation of the same mythological power.

The concept of the serpent-entwined rod predates Asclepius however. In the Bible book of Numbers, it is this same image that God instructed Moses to make when the wilderness wandering Hebrews were dying from a rebellion caused serpent infestation. All who were bitten by a serpent were instructed to look at the brass made serpent on a rod and they would find healing and life. Many years later, 2 Kings 18 records how the Israelites had eventually taken to worshipping the image referred to derogatorily as ‘Nehushtan’, leading King Hezekiah to destroy the artefact. The importance of the symbol remained, however, as Jesus references the same in John 3.14-15.

‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.’ (ESV).

Preservation. Protection. Trust. Hope. Help. Healing. Life. All words that are associated with the insignia the BMA bears.

If only the BMA itself could be associated with the same words.

Disturbing leaked guidance distributed to BMA members, says medical professionals should be allowed to remove tubes giving food and water to those who cannot feed themselves. Doctors will be enabled to decide to end the lives of patients with severe dementia or other degenerative diseases by effectively starving and dehydrating them. The BMA document indicates the new rules should cover.

“…those patients who have a recognised degenerative condition – such as advanced dementia, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease – that is likely to result in the patient being unable to take sufficient nutrition orally.”

The guidelines could potentially include stroke victims.

The BMA’s justification for this?

“Due to the degenerative nature of their condition, these patients are on an expected downward trajectory and will inevitably die, usually as a result of their underlying condition, although perhaps not imminently and could, potentially, go on living for many years.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Regan King