|Is going to the doctor a sign of weak faith?|
Is going to the doctor a sign of weak faith?
Some forms of faith-healing teaching states that since God is capable of healing the body as an answer to our prayers it would be sinful or at least showing a lack of faith to go to the doctor. Such teaching is seriously flawed.
The Bible speaks of health care in a positive light but with the knowledge that it is limited. Isaiah 1:6 talks about binding up wounds. James 5:14 speaks of anointing the sick with oil. The Good Samaritan poured in oil and wine to the wounds of the man on the side of the road in Luke 10:34. Timothy took wine for his stomach infirmity in 1 Timothy 5:23. Revelation 3:18 says that the blind should anoint their eyes with eye salve.
Luke is the best-known doctor in the Bible. His vocabulary and mention of various illnesses mentioned in his gospel show us that he was very aware of the meager technology of his day. Although the Great Physician, Christ, was capable of healing what earthly physicians cannot, he does not condemn the use of medical treatments.
“Lord, you know that my son is at home and very sick. Please heal him.”
When he arrived home, his son ran out to meet him with bright eyes.
After immigrating to the United States, my friend had a severe case of stones in his gall bladder. After suffering a sleepless night with severe pain, he agreed to go to the hospital. After a successful surgery, he was back at work 7 days later. If he had been in Guatemala, he likely would have prayed, just as he did the night he was in pain. The visit to the doctor would not have been an option, let alone surgery. In both instances, he prayed and availed himself of the best help he had available. The lesson is that if you have access to good health care, you should not consider it a lack of faith to take advantage of it.
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