Posted by James K on August 17, 2006, at 23:54:00
In reply to feeling unsure of medication and God, posted by nickguy on August 17, 2006, at 18:23:44
Hey Nickguy. nice to meet you. I like what finelinebob had to say.
Your question got me thinking. I'm going to be cautious even though this is the faith board and put qualifications on my response that I'm not pushing one faith over the other or anything, but you mentioned Paul, so I'm going to answer with other New Testament ideas.
My first thought was Jesus saying if your ox went in a pit or ditch, on the Sabbath you would get it out. Even though some of the point of that is about legalism, I think the idea of doing what is necessary in real life terms is addressed there.
Even better to your situation to my mind though is the parable of the good Samaritan. This guy was injured, and another helped him, and got him medical treatment.
So I think there is precedent for the idea of needing help, and medical treatment. And the people that supply it are the good guys.
Jonah and Job both suffered in the Bible for different reasons. God may have reasons or tests. These are complicated theological ideas. But I believe from a Christian standpoint, Jesus isn't asking us to take what we don't have to, and might be asking us to help ourselves the best we can.
if you can trust an individual doctor or pharmaceutical company is a whole nother can of worms, but I think trying to help yourself and using the available resources is right.