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Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« on: July 11, 2009, 05:46:04 AM »
We have had a couple of cases in the news where people were on trial because they didn't take their kids to the doctor. The children either were very sick or in one case died. The parents of that child said they believed in prayer and that seeking medical help wasn't something they believed in. Should a person's faith stop them from getting medical help?

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2009, 02:31:24 PM »
no. to put it simply, if such individuals truly believe that god is the creator or original of all, then they should also appreciate that mankind has been graced with an inventive nature, and if god is responsible for all then he is also the one that has "allowed" medical treatments to be where they can have access to them. and should consider themselves fortunate as not everyone does.

so in a sense it is hypocrisy for them not to make use of all that god might help them with.
if all you see is 'suffering' then that is all you will feel. look for what is better in yourself and see only that.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2009, 08:40:17 AM »
I believe that somewhere in the Bible it states that , God uses doctors as a tool to help when some one has to go to the doctors . I will look it up and let you know what I find out for you . But I have heard of people not going to the doctors because they do not believe some of the methods that they use. I know of a young lady that does not believe in getting some of the vaccines and that is how her mother was raised as well . 

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 04:44:02 AM »
It doesn't make sense to avoid the doctors due to the expectation that God will cure your kids 'directly'. God created the Universe. He also set the system. He decide the ways it works. In other words, He make the Law. It doesn't make sense to expect He broking the Law He created.
You feel hungry, you eat and you feel satisfied. That's the way it works. God will not make you satisfied 'directly'. It's just the same with your health.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009, 07:03:01 AM »
I am not saying to avoid doctors , I believe that the doctors are put in to the profession that they are in to help and god will help by guiding them . It does not mean that you will be cured right away . It may take time .

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2009, 04:18:08 AM »
Faith should not prevent a person from seeking medical attention. Although some religions do, and we can't do anything about that. However, it is my belief that God sends help or answers to our prayers through other people. And the answer to a sick person's prayer may come in the person of a medical practitioner. That's how science and religion can exist.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2009, 04:54:44 AM »
I agree with most of the responses. Faith should not prevent someone from seeking the help of doctors. Although God is indeed the ultimate source of healing and health, we shouldn't presume on Him to take direct action in our situation or to do a miracle for us when He has already provided available means for this. But His word says that the just shall live by faith. If he places a strong unction on a person not to consult a doctor and to wait on His healing instead, then not going to the doctor in this situation would be justified. HOwever, one needs to have an ongoing relationship with God and be familiar with His voice and leading to be able to make this decision.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2009, 02:52:27 PM »
Personally I feel that Doctors are direct servants of the God and they were really to help and serve people. So its not something like going to doctor is not God wants and he don't like it. God directly can't take care of each and everybody, so he has lot of employees to support him with his duty.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2009, 06:45:59 PM »
i strongly believe in the power of prayer and how it changed and saved thousands of lives all over the world. having faith with the all powerful creator--GOD, is the wisest decision one could ever have. but don't you think having faith in God also means having faith in those people he created and called to help save people's lives--say, like the doctors?

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2009, 06:49:27 PM »
I agree with most of the responses before me. Faith should not prevent you from getting medical aid, especially from many of the responses, if you are Christian. The ones I know who do not go to doctors because they do not "believe in them" say so because those are the doctors to focus on treating the illness, not the person. Of course now they are trying to prevent doctors from being like that, however, yes it can blind people from realizing that doctors are a gift from God.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2009, 01:39:30 AM »
Simply put, God helps those who help themselves.  God created all people, including doctors, so use them!

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009, 04:00:14 AM »
God uses the doctor to heal you just as he can heal you supernaturally. If you are a Christian, you will notice that the Apostle Luke was a physician - and he is said to also believe in God as did the Apostle Paul who healed the people by the divine power of God.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2009, 08:21:24 PM »
No, I think the two should go hand in hand. Modern medicine has its good points, and people also need to have faith of the healing power of God.

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2009, 09:40:36 PM »
I agree with a majority of posts but I feel that it is also to try and find a doctor that has your same beliefs so that they know where you are coming from on the beliefs .

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Re: Should faith prevent one from going to the doctor?
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2009, 03:55:26 PM »
I don't think so. Faith is a feeling which should reflects in behavior and work of a person, but it should not be interfere with other aspects of life. A doctor is essential to treat ailments.


 

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