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Should Christians Use Doctors and Medicine? Part 1

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Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 1 of a new series titled "SHOULD CHRISTIANS USE DOCTORS AND MEDICINE?" from Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice said... Some preachers who draw big crowds by their healing meetings claim that it is a sin to go to a doctor, or at least for a Christian it shows a lack of faith in God. But that teaching is not found in the Bible; it is inconsistent with common sense and with God's way of doing His work in other realms. There are a number of Scriptures which show it is no sin to consult a physician, if it be done in faith, depending on God to use the doctor, and no sin to take medicine if it be in faith, depending on God to bless and use the medicine which He Himself has supplied in nature for mankind. A typical case of healing in answer to prayer in the Bible, where God used means in the cure, is that of King Hezekiah. Isaiah 38:1-5 says, "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years." What a wonderful case of answer to a prayer for healing! Did Hezekiah instantly get out of bed, call all the doctor's imposters and vow he would never take another dose of medicine? He did not! The way he got well is told in the same chapter, Isaiah 38:21, "For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover."