Grey’s Anatomy’s monumental theological debate

by Leah Rosenberg

Grey’s Anatomy sometimes has fascinating medical cases and scenes. And this scene between a dying Rabbi and a Catholic doctor is definitely worth seeing.

Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy is a popular medical drama. If you have ever seen the show, you will know that it is filled with out of the box medical cases and unique people.

It is a TV show that will most definitely keep you on your toes.  And when they bring religion into it, it probably will be interesting.  As you can clearly see from this scene…

The Theological Debate

When a Catholic doctor and her dying patient who is a rabbi discuss God, it will keep you glued to the screen. The way Grey’s Anatomy portrayed this debate is truly captivating.

The scene keeps you wondering what each person will say next.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  And why do good things happen to bad people?  Is life supposed to be “fair?”  These questions have been asked for thousands of years.

The rabbis perfect answer? “If people only believed in God when things were good, I guarantee you after the Holocaust, not a single Jew would be a believer.”  We are not God, nor do we run the world. How can we know why some suffer, why people die, why there is pain, and why so many have challenges?

Having the answers to those questions is not what it means to believe in God.


God cares about human life. He did not just create the world and leave it to run by itself, for everything to be left to happen “randomly.” God controls everything. And having faith in Him changes the mindset of believers across all religions.

This Grey’s Anatomy scene is touching and heartbreaking. But it is also so important to understand the message that it is giving to viewers all over the world.

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