Healthcare and the availability of these services are crucial today, especially knowing that we live in a time of the global pandemic. In fact, medicine is a need of mankind. New methods and approaches in treatment are becoming more accessible, which increases the quality of health care.
But even when people have so much faith in medicine, they continue to pray to God. Many hospitals around the world have altars and places of worship, which is accepted as a normal part of the system.
Every day we witness the advances in medicine, and according to My Real God, the miracles that come from God and our faith.
Do these two things go together? What does the Bible have to say about medicine?
It’s so wrong to believe that the Bible says that “Prayer is the best medicine” or “God is the best doctor” because we all know things aren’t like that. Yes, our faith can help the mindset we maintain to be more positive, and let us trust the doctors when we undergo some treatment. But, we will mention also a few quotes, just to prove that the Bible supports medical science.
Isaiah 38:21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”
This one shows us that even in the Bible, there are some examples of traditional and alternative medicine, which means it’s approved by this book.
Also, there are references that show us even Jesus recommended visiting a doctor when the person has some health issue:
Matthew 9:12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do.”
Or another example:
Genesis 50:2 Then Joseph told the physicians who served him to embalm his father’s body; so Jacob was embalmed.
Wrong interpretations and misconceptions
There is nothing wrong to believe that there is some force somewhere in the Universe that helps you heal when your condition is critical. People can really get confused and interpret the Bible verses and cites as fighting against science of any type.
But, the Bible is teaching us to embrace life lessons and turn them into wisdom, so we can help ourselves in hard times. Yes, medical science will help with the physical symptoms, but we all know that when we are sick, our mental health can suffer too.
In this case, our faith and trust will help us face the challenge, and religion is one of the most anticipated ways to accept this wisdom. Our body will heal, but so will do our emotional and mental health.
As you can see, that’s the point where the Bible and medicine cross their paths.
There are examples of extremely religious people who are against the medical treatments or deny taking painkillers when they suffer.
But, can a person be religious and deny the medicine, or embrace the science and go against the religion? The key is to balance between them healthily.
A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones – Proverbs 17:22.