Physicians and the Bible
“And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.” II Chronicles 16:12
The above verse was about King Asa, who at the beginning of his reign did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. In his final years he put his trust in the King of Syria, instead of the Lord, for his protection. When he was diseased in his feet, possibly gout that turned fatal, he again put his trust in man (physicians). This clearly is an indication that good medicine does not violate Godly principals found in the Holy Scriptures. Just like other areas of life, such as science and education, we must follow those same basic principals. For example:
Picture a scientist who spends years of study in the area of the origins of the universe. If he was taught evolution, he will come to the wrong conclusions. On the other hand, if he was brought up upon a creation basis, then he or she will come to the right understanding.
In Job 13:4, Job talks about physicians that are of no value. This is not to say that all physicians are “no good”, because Luke was a “beloved physician”. What procedures are to be followed? Procedures that are governed by the laws of God are the ones that we must follow.
History of Medicine
As early as 2300 BC, physicians in Egypt, as well as early America, performed successful surgeries such as brain surgery. Some of these surgeries were cuts made in the skull to relieve excess pressure. The reason we know this is that the skulls found in that time era showed re-growth in the area where the surgery took place, indicating that the patient lived after the procedure.
For countless centuries bloodletting was used for different medical reasons. Many times it would seem that this procedure was successful, but it had no medical use. The Bible tells us that in Deuteronomy 12:23 “…for the Blood is the life…” Early on the morning of December 14, 1799, George Washington woke up with a sore throat. When the doctors were called, his condition became worse. Gradually he was weakened by the medical treatment which included frequent bloodletting. George Washington eventually bled to death.
Sterilization of Medical Instruments
During the middle of the nineteenth century, more than 50% of hospital patients died from sepsis. A common saying among surgeons during that day was “the surgery was successful but the patient died”.
Dr. Joseph Lister, who is responsible for reducing post-surgical deaths from over 50% to less than 10%, started his research by studying the cleansing laws found in Leviticus. Even though his procedures are used today in every hospital, he was sharply criticized by most hospitals and surgeons.
In Genesis 17:12, God’s word tells us that on the eighth day all male infants were to be circumcised. Some 30 years ago medical researchers found that vitamin K reaches its highest level in the blood by the eighth day, making it perfect for this procedure (This is when the mother nurses that the level rises). Our three sons were circumcised on the eighth day and each time the doctor commented about how there was no bleeding at all.
A Personal Testimony
Some years ago when my wife and I first got married, we were unable to have children. During the first five years of our marriage my wife conceived twice but they both ended in a miscarriage in the first trimester. We soon realized that she conceived only when she had recently taken antibiotics. When we talked to several doctors, they said it was of no account and said we may not be able to have children.
We found a medical report that talked about a bacteria that some women have that can cause them not to conceive or lead to early miscarriage. It also said that it will not show up on most test doctors give, but that it could be destroyed by antibiotics. When we showed this to our doctor, he became very upset and told us to leave medicine to the experts. He would not even prescribe antibiotics just to see if it would work. My wife and I were heartbroken. Some time later, we found out about a natural antibiotic that did not need a prescription. After one month of my wife taking it, she soon conceived and eight children later we have not had any problems. Praise the Lord!!!
Years ago, when our son Zachary was born, his cord came out first, which can easily kill the child. Standard procedure calls for the mother to get on her knees, as the physician holds the cord, so that it will not get pinched. Preparations are made for an emergency C-section while the chance of the child surviving diminishes greatly.
In 18 years of experience our midwife had never had one of these cases. She had known of this happening and had studied on it, but had no experience in this area. She cried unto the Lord for wisdom and was able to place the cord under our boy’s neck, thus allowing him to come out safely.
Making wise choices
Today it seems people are allowing doctors to make medical decisions for their family when it should be the families making those decisions. We should listen to what doctors have to say as that is their field, but they should not be the final say so.
“There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.” Proverbs21:30
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6
Most importantly we need to consider the most important decision we will ever make will be concerning eternity.
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13