Today, I feel the spirit of preaching on me! 😊
The debate as to whether God’s people should seek help from physicians, as well as healing from the LORD, is also very ancient.
Let’s go over what the Bible says about this subject.
II Chronicles 16:12
“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians.”
Two years before he died, Asa was diseased in his feet. Making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from them, which was to be had from God only, were his sin and folly. In all conflicts and sufferings, we need especially to look to our own hearts, that they may be perfect towards God, by faith, patience, and obedience.
People should seek the help of physicians however, as stated by the greatest Healer of all – Jesus Christ. Keep in mind also that Luke, the author of Luke and Acts, was a physician (“4:14 Luke, the beloved physician” Colossians 4:14 KJV) – so Christians seeking the help of physicians is hardly un-Christian or unfaithful. But we need to do it by having our eyes on Jesus, the ultimate Healer! 😊
“9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matthew 9:12 KJV)
Ironically, it was Luke the physician who also recorded (Mark records the same incident) of how physicians have limits to what they can do to heal.
It’s then that miraculous healing takes over i.e. there’s no need to do something miraculously that can be accomplished by a physician.
“8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 8:44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
8:45 And Jesus said, Who touched me?
When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
8:46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
8:47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48 KJV)
In the case of a young “lunatic” who was suffering from seizures, Jesus explained how faith is vital before, God willing, according to God’s Plan and Purpose, the Holy Spirit heals:
“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.”
“Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me.”
“And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.”
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:14-20 KJV).
See, faith is the key to healing. Faith is the complete trust in God.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The problem arises when we trust more the medical doctors than God.
For some, like my parents, medicine had become some sort of secular religion. They worshiped their doctors. They believe MDs know everything and cure all illnesses.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Due to the triumphs of antibiotics, pharmaceutical creations, the ascendancy in life expectancy and highly-touted restorative surgeries, it has led to the expectation that medicine could fix anything.
Critics of modern medicine today see it as a more of a business than a noble vocation – a place where profits outweigh the importance and safety of people. Critics believe the healing of human beings has become a vast commercial enterprise, often with under-the-table ties to the pharmaceutical giants.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TAKEN AS DIRECTED KILL 106,000 AMERICANS A YEAR.
This statement about drug deaths is unfortunately true, and it’s been confirmed in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It easily exceeds that.
- A recent Johns Hopkins study claims more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical errors. Other reports claim the numbers to be as high as 440,000.
- Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
Pharmageddon is “the prospect of a world in which medicines and medicine produce
It is not surprising then that there’s a redirecting towards ‘alternative medicine’, seen as less invasive, more personal, gentler, of course, more natural than its high-tech counterpart.
There is a yearning in people to get back to more natural ways of medicine and healing.
The media’s persistent pharmaceutical ads targeting every imaginable demographic and the FDA have almost totally erased the age-old knowledge of natural medicine from our thinking.
And increasing disassociation from our roots as careful stewards of the earth hasn’t helped. Almost erased is the notion that God supplied us with an endless amount of healing medicine for our use and that we can steward it with wisdom.
DRUGS VS. HERBS AS MEDICINE
“The Bible condemns the use of poisons for medicine and labels it as sorcery, and very plainly tells us that true medicine is leaves. The common name used for medical leaves is herbs.
Ps.104:14 says that He has given us “herbs for the service of man.”
Almost prophetically, Thomas Jefferson gave us this warning:
“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Remember, this statement was made about 100 years before there ever even was an FDA!
Do you believe for a minute that the government’s health care plan (under any administration) is designed to help us live longer healthier lives?
Do you know how easy it is for medical universities (funded by pharmaceutical companies) to convince new doctors that “drugs save lives”?
Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the Bible, which lists every word in the Bible, lists the word “sorcery” as word #5332 and tells us that it is translated from the original Greek word “pharmakon.” It gives the definition as: a drug i.e. a spell-giving potion, a druggist, a poisoner.
Look in Webster’s 2nd Collegiate Dictionary published in 1980 under the word “pharmaceutical.” The definition reads: “pharmaceutical” the practice of witchcraft or the use of poison.
In other words, the joy, love, and peace of Jesus is our medicine. If we have him indwelling in us, it is the ultimate medicine! The cure to all our aches and pains!
If medicine and drugs are the same thing, this would, at first glance, seem to reveal a contradiction in the Bible. This question is answered in the very next text listed in the concordance under medicine: Ez. 47:12, “Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
The Bible is telling us that medicine is good and it tells us where to obtain it: from the leaves or what we commonly call “herbs“.
You see, God gave us the healing power of the herbs on day 3:
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
God knew we would need plants, herbs to heal our bodies.
If possible, avoid prescriptions altogether.
Turn to natural and homeopathic remedies for illnesses and ailments. It’s shocking to find out just how many problems are actually caused by the man-made drugs that are supposed to keep a person healthy!
Eat right, listen to and pay attention to your body.
Start questioning what pharmaceutical companies and doctors tell us.
Don’t simply accept that their shiny new medicine is the answer we’ve all been waiting for to save us from all of our problems.
FYI, I am not opposed to medical doctors and conventional medicine at all. I worked in Boston with the best and smartest doctors in the country.
I was really amazed and impressed by how efficient they are.
They save lives in case of trauma, accidents, emergencies. There is no doubt in my mind that if I have a car accident, I want the best ER doctors to take care of me and save my life. This is true for anyone.
In cases of emergencies, they are great! But for chronic illnesses, this is a complete different story.
The concern arises when we put our faith in a medical system that is sick, that is capitalistic, that is evil.
We should always have our eyes on our healer, Jesus.