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Is There a Way for Christians to be Exempted from Obamacare?

Janis M. Betz, R.N., believes that Christians may be able to request an exemption from Obamacare and avoid enrollment and the penalty.

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In September 1997, Janis M. Betz, R.N., B.S.N. founded Healthy Journey (incorporated in 2003) out of her burden to help people become well from illnesses related to diet and living habit choices.

Janis M. Betz received her Nursing diploma from the Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1984. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1991 at Kutztown University. She has studied nutrition and lifestyle and its affects on health for many years. Janis has written two books, The Journey to Ultimate Health and Your Healthy Journey. Janis is currently working on two more books. She is also a workshop and seminar speaker.

The government is only promising to provide health insurance. They are not promising to pay for your health care. To be under the tyrannical thumb of this oppressive health insurance mandate will bring you into the bondage of what they say you need to do to stay in the program or to get a lower cost. This is another step closer to complete control over everything about you.  If the government wants to make purchasing insurance an option and not mandatory, then it would not be considered tyranny.

There is a possible way out of this tyranny: to request an exemption based on Christian objection.

On page 107, Obamacare gives religious exemptions to Muslims, Amish, and Christian Science. They do not have to buy it, nor do they have to pay any penalty “tax” if they do not have insurance.

Muslims are exempted because their religion considers insurance to be “gambling”, “risk-taking”, and “usury” and is thus banned.

The Amish culture is exempted because they have their own system of payment.

Christian Scientists are exempted because they do not believe in going to doctors, but pray for healing, and if it does not happen and you die, then it was God’s will.

Obamacare has set precedents in exempting religious groups based on their beliefs and convictions; therefore, I am petitioning for the Christian faith to have the same exemption based on our beliefs and convictions.

Those who practice the Christian faith and follow Scriptural teaching are forbidden to practice sorcery (Galatians 5:19-21). The word for “sorcery” in Greek is “pharmakia,” which is where we get the word “pharmacy.” The definition of sorcery/pharmakia in the Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words is as follows; “the use of medicine, drugs, spells, and poisoning.”

The Mosby's Medical, Nursing & Allied Health Dictionary sites the Greek word for “pharmacist” as “pharmakon.”

In the section of Greek word meaning, of The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible gives the following definition; “pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell giving potion); a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner, i.e.(by extension) a magician: - sorcerer.”  This section also gives the following definition; “pharmakeia ; medication (“pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): - sorcery, witchcraft.”

Christians can use this information along with the Scripture of Galatian 5: 19-21 to base their exemption.

I am not writing this document to make people feel guilt or condemnation nor to provoke people to stop taking medications. I am a nurse so I do see a need for medications for some situations, such as antibiotics for a bacterial infection, brain chemistry balancing medications for mental illness, and pain medication for acute pain. Sadly, going to doctors and taking medications is an epidemic, and it has become a way of life for to many people. Staggering amounts of people are dependent on prescription drugs to manage their disease state instead of correcting the cause without medications, i.e. changing your diet and lifestyle.

As a nurse, I do know that there is a place for medical doctors and pharmaceuticals, but it should be a resource and never be a way of life.

I encourage you to write to your representatives at both the state and Federal levels requesting exemption based on religious objection. This exemption petition could be attached to your tax return, and be used in response to the governments attempt to tyrannically extort penalty money “tax” for not having insurance.  A sample letter is listed on my web site www.healthyjourney.org.

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