What Does the Bible Say About Doctors?
Are They a Gift from God?
The word “Physician” is not mentioned in the Bible
Neither the word Physician nor the word Doctor is used in the Bible. The word mistranslated as Physician is actually the word healer. It is the translatorswho have presumptuously – and wrongly – defined a Physician – a present-day Doctor - as a healer.
But the Bible, in the original, says something quite different.
Who claims to be our Healer?
God says, “I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
“I will take away sickness from among you. . .” Exodus 23:25,26
“He forgives all my sins and heals ALL my Diseases.” Psalm 103:3
“I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds.” Jeremiah 30:17
“The Lord will remove from you all sickness. . .” Deuteronomy 7:15
“My counsel shall stand, and I WILL do ALL my pleasure.: Isaiah 46:10
“Yes, I have spoken it. I will also bring it to Pass. I have purposed it. I will also do it.” Isaiah 46:11
“God cannot lie.” Titus 1:2
“I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass. Ezekiel 12:25
When Jesus was on earth, He NEVER referred anyone to a Physician
God needs no middle men. When Jesus was on earth, when someone came to Him for healing, He never referred the person to Luke, the “Physician.” Jesus healed the person directly and personally. And He healed him either with His Word – which we have today, in the form of the Bible – or He healed him with natural methods – clay, water, etc.
Jesus NEVER used drugs, although we know that some types of drugs were available in His time. When Jesus was on the Cross, He was offered a type of drug to ease His pain, but He refused it.
In the Bible, What was the consequence of seeking out anyone else except God for healing?
Asa, King of Israel sought out the physicians INSTEAD of depending on the Lord – and Asa DIED!
“And Asa, in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, was diseased in his feet (probably diabetes), until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought NOT to the Lord, but to the physicians (human “healers”)
“And Asa died . . . and rested with his fathers (ancestors).” 2 Chronicles 16:12,13
Ahaziah, King of Israel, and son of the wicked King Ahab (who was married to Jezebel), was ill and did not seek God, but sought the god of Ekron – sorcerers. And Ahaziah DIED!
“And Ahaziah was sick and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover of this disease.
“But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the King of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is NOT a God in Israel, that you go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
“Now, therefore, thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt NOT come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt SURELY DIE.” 2 Kings 1:2-4
God is our Healer and He doesn’t share that job with humanity. The consequence of seeking out anyone except the Lord for healing – is death!
But HOW Does God Heal?
Jesus certainly did miraculous healings when He was on earth, but there was always ONE requirement. The person wanting to be healed HAD TO BELIEVE. He or she had to believe that Jesus WOULD do what He had already PROMISED to do – and that is to heal ALL our diseases. (Psalm 103:3)
If a person BELIEVES in Jesus, then they will follow His ways, and not “man’s” (the doctors’) ways.
Jesus said, “If you LOVE Me, KEEP My Commandments.” John 14:15
Here is the way God heals ALL our diseases:
“Thou shalt therefore keep the Commandments, and the statutes (laws – including God’s Ten Natural Health Laws) and the judgments (decrees) that I command thee this day, to do them.
“Wherefore it shall come to pass, if you hearken to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy that He swore unto your fathers:
“And He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy grain, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy cattle, and thy flocks of thy sheep, in the land that He swore unto thy fathers to give thee.
“Thou shalt be blessed above all people; there shall not be male or female barren among you (the cure for infertility!) or among your cattle.
“And the Lord will take away from thee ALL sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt (symbolic for Sin), which thou knowest, upon thee: but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.” Deuteronomy 7:11-15
When God told Moses to build the sanctuary in the wilderness, God gave very specific directions for how it was to be built – down to the last tassel on the robes of the priests. It was up to Moses to follow God’s plans explicitly and NOT to follow his own plans. Moses was NOT ALLOWED to consult with the human “experts” on sanctuary-building. God gave the directions, and Moses carried out EXACTLY what God had told Him to do.
God not only made the PROMISE, God also gave the PROCESS by which His PROMISE was to be accomplished.
The ONLY one who can fulfill a PROMISE, is the ONE who made it.
When God promised Noah He would save him and his family from the flood, God gave Noah very explicit instructions on how to build the ark – including what kind of wood, the specific dimensions of the boat, etc. Noah was not allowed to consult the human “experts” on boat-building. It was up to Noah to follow God’s plans explicitly and NOT to follow his own plans. God gave the directions, and Noah carried out EXACTLY what God told Him to do.
It was by following God’s instructions explicitly that Noah and his family would be saved.
God not only made the PROMISE, God also gave the PROCESS by which His PROMISE was to be accomplished.
Disease is a Spiritual Problem
When God PROMISES to “heal ALL our diseases,” God also gives us the PROCESS by which His PROMISE is to be accomplished. We are not allowed to consult human “experts” on healing, such as the orthodox medical doctors, but we must follow ONLY God’s way.
God not only has made the PROMISE, God also gives us the PROCESS by which His PROMISE is to be accomplished.
Disease, virtually ALL disease, BEGINS as a Spiritual problem. It begins in the “heart” because we want to live, eat, think, act, and handle stress our OWN way, rather than GOD’S way. We are in rebellion against God, whether we realize and acknowledge it or not. Only MUCH later do the physical symptoms appear - as a result our OWN bad decisions.
We believe we have Free Will and the right to exercise it, but Jesus said,
“I came NOT to do My OWN will, but the WILL of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38
We give ourselves disease, one day at a time, by following OUR OWN will, rather than following GOD’S WILL for our life.
Shouldn’t I Pray for a Miraculous Healing?
Certainly God can perform a miraculous healing, but what good would that do in your life? It would allow you to continue to live, eat, think, act, and handle stress your OWN way, rather than changing your heart. It would just be another carnal wish for a “Quick Fix” and you would eventually develop your disease again because you would not have CHANGED the way you were living, eating, thinking, acting and handling stress.
Christians, particularly, are looking for a miraculous healing – a Quick Fix, even though miraculous healings do NOT change lives. When Jesus healed the Ten Lepers, how many came back to thank Him? Only one! Their hearts were not changed.
The "Latter Rain" - How will we recognize it? Is it Already Here?
The Christian churches are praising the Lord for what they consider to be the present-day "outpouring of the Holy Spirit" in signs and wonders, including speaking in tongues and miraculous healings just like the events that occurred with the apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost fifty days after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, 2000 years ago.
Often quoted is the passage in Joel that refers to God's Spirit being poured out on all flesh.
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. . . and I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth. . . before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come." Joel 2:28-31
Two specific time periods for the "outpouring of the Holy Spirit" are spoken of in the Bible where they are referred to as the "Early rain" and the "Latter rain," symbolized by the early and latter rains of the harvest season. Leviticus 26:1-14, Deuteronomy 11:14, Proverbs 16:15, Hosea 6:3, Matt 5:45, James 5:7.
As mentioned, the "Early Rain" is considered by most Christians to have been given to the apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost. In speaking of this occurrence, the Bible says the apostles were together in the upper room with over 100 other Christians. "And they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak clearly (literal translation). . . and they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, 'Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And yet we hear in the dialect in which we were born, Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites. . . in Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the regions of Libya…We hear them speaking in our own language…" Acts 2:7-11
Obviously, the languages (tongues) in which the apostles were speaking were known languages of the time. Their languages were perfectly understood by those from the various respective countries. What they were speaking was NOT an unknown tongue because everyone "understood in his own dialect (dialektos - in Greek)." Acts 2:8
In the subsequent weeks and months, the apostles performed many miraculous healings (See Acts 3:1-13, 6:8) and spoke boldly about the resurrection of Jesus even after they were strongly warned against it, and even after they were imprisoned and beaten.
Characteristics of the "Early Rain" included:
1) Miraculous, instantaneous healings
2) Bold speaking for the Lord
3) Speaking in known languages
4) Preaching of the true Gospel
5) The Spirit fell ONLY on those who had left the organized church. We have NO record that it fell on ANYONE who was IN the organized church of those who considered themselves the "Chosen People."
6) It not only fell ONLY on those who had LEFT that church, but it fell ONLY on those who were being PERSECUTED BY that very same "Church." (The apostles were hiding in the Upper Room "for fear of the Jews.")
We have reason to believe that the "Latter Rain" will have similar manifestations. In fact, many Christians believe that this predicted "Latter Rain" is going on right now in the churches, exemplified by an exciting movement of "Spirit-filled" Christians who are speaking in unknown languages and are being miraculously "healed!"
But we must carefully search the Scriptures to understand the characteristics of the "Latter Rain" and how they relate to the "Early Rain", the apostles Day of Pentecost.
What are the "keys" in the analysis of the "Early Rain"
to unlock the understanding of the "Latter Rain"?
Jesus received a visitor one evening, Nicodemus, a respected religious leader, a Pharisee, inquiring about Jesus' teachings. "You must be born again," Jesus told him. "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Nicodemus asked.
Jesus explained that the first birth, is physical, natural, but the second birth is a spiritual birth. "That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:6 He went on to chide Nicodemus saying, "You are a master of Israel and you don't know these things?" In other words, "You are one of the main leaders, one of the Biblical scholars, of the most religious people on earth and you don't understand this basic spiritual principle?"
The key is found in 1 Corinthians 15:44-49. Here Paul speaks of two situations, first the natural or physical, and secondly the spiritual.
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul (a physical, natural human being); the last Adam (Christ) was made a life-giving spirit (a spiritual being).
"However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
"The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven."
This passage gives a very important interpretive rule; the first is ALWAYS natural, or physical, and the second is ALWAYS spiritual.
Jesus was explaining this principle to Nicodemus when He said, "The first birth is physical, but the second birth, being born again, is spiritual.
First birth = physical
Second birth = spiritual
1 Cor 2:14 says, "The unspiritual man (the natural, or "soulish" man) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him; and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned (understood)."
This text tells us that the natural man, the unspiritual man, cannot understand spiritual things. "They are foolishness to him."
The original Greek word translated as "natural" in the King James Version, is more accurately translated "soulish." The word "soul" is applied in the Bible to any creature that has the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), such as birds, beasts, and man. The word "soul" in the Bible is never used to describe plants and trees, etc. or non-living things, things which do NOT have the five senses.
Therefore, we can see that the "natural" man, also called the "soulish" man, CANNOT understand spiritual things. In other words, spiritual things CANNOT be understood with the five senses. They can only be discerned (understood) spiritually. Spiritual understanding does NOT use the five senses.
We have already learned that the "first" is always natural or physical, such as the "first" birth (it's the natural birth of a child) but the "second" birth, or being "born again" is spiritual. The natural birth of a child can easily be detected by the five senses. It can be seen, heard and felt.
However, the "second" birth, being "born again" CANNOT be detected with the five senses. God changes the heart quietly and slowly which cannot be detected by the senses. Only the result can be seen, just like the working of the wind. The wind itself cannot be seen, only the result of the wind. John 3:8
The Lamb of God
The same principle operates for many things in the Bible. The lamb sacrificed for sin in the temple in the Old Testament was the "first" - the physical. But it looked forward to the "Lamb of God" who by His physical death would give us spiritual salvation. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the "second" - Spiritual fulfillment of the literal, physical sacrificial lamb in the Old Testament sanctuary service.
Manna - Bread from Heaven
The manna that rained down from heaven when the Israelites were in the wilderness was the "first" bread, looking forward to the "second" - the spiritual bread from heaven, Jesus Christ. (John 6:47-52). But the Jews of Jesus' time ONLY understood it literally. They could not understand the spiritual application because "spiritual things are (ONLY) spiritually discerned."
The Old and New Covenant
The Old Covenant was the Ten Commandments written in stone. They were physical, they could be seen and touched. And most importantly, humanity was unable to keep them under their own power.
The New Covenant is the SAME Ten Commandments, all ten of them, but now they are no longer written in stone, but Jesus says, "I will write my law on the fleshy tables of your heart." (2 Cor 3:3) Now humanity CAN keep them but ONLY through the power of Jesus living in you.
Some say that since Jesus died on the Cross, we're now living under grace, we are NOT under the law because the law was done away at the Cross. However the law was NOT done away with at the Cross, it is still the very same law that is operating, but the NEW Covenant is Jesus' promise to write that very same law in our hearts, so we will do right because it IS right, not just because we are told to do it.
The First and Second Deaths!
The first death is in us when we are born. As soon as a baby is born, its cells begin to die. That is the "first" death. The "second" death according to 1 Cor 15:44-49, MUST be a spiritual death. That's the death Paul talks so much about: "I die daily", (1 Cor 15:31), "I am crucified with Christ" (Gal 2:20), "putting off the old man of sin" (Col 3:9). This is obviously a spiritual, not a physical, death.
In Rev 20:14 we are told that "Death and Hades (the unseen) are thrown into the lake of fire." How can "Death and the Unseen" be thrown into a literal "lake of fire?"
Obviously the "lake of fire" is symbolic. So what does it mean? We are told in Revelation that "waters" mean people and multitudes. (Rev 17:15) The "Beast" comes up out of the "sea" (Rev 13:1,2) which means it rises in a populated area. So "sea", because it is water, means people. A "lake" is also water, so it also must mean peoples and multitudes.
The word "fire" is used symbolically and spiritually repeatedly in the Bible. We go through "fiery trials" (1 Peter 4:12). "Buy of Me gold tried in the fire" (Rev 3:18). "Heap coals of fire on his head. . ." (Romans 12:20).
So the "lake of fire" according to the symbology of Revelation, means fiery trials caused by reaping what we have sown. We are put right back in the midst of the people we have wronged in order to reap what we have sown in order to be spiritually purified.
Faith based on miracles is NOT faith!
Simon (Magus) (Acts 8:9) was amazed at the power of the apostles. His case is an example of "faith" founded on miracles, which is very different from the faith which is based on God's word, apart from the evidence of the senses. Many believed in the Lord when they beheld the signs which He did, yet Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew what was in humanity (John 2:23-25) (Concordant Commentary pg 190).
Acts 8:19: Among the nations in Paul's later ministries, the spirit is received on believing, without the intervention of apostles, or baptism, or laying on of hands (Eph 1:13). It is no longer manifested by signs and miraculous healings
Signs and Wonder
Paul performs miracles early in his ministry
The need for signs and wonders, in order to believe, is a sign of spiritual immaturity. Early in his ministry Paul performed many miracles. People were healed if they just touched his handkerchief.
"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them." Acts 19:11,12
Paul raised Eutychus from the dead. Acts 20:9-12
Later in Paul's ministry, NO miracles are seen.
Healings are by NATURAL REMEDIES.
But later in Paul's ministry he tells Timothy to drink (unfermented) wine for his stomach troubles, a natural remedy, rather than sending him a handkerchief so he could be instantly healed (1 Tim 5:23). Also Paul does not miraculously heal his co-worker, Epaphroditus, who almost died. He obviously got well the long, slow way.
"Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
"For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
"For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow." Philippians 2:25-27
Paul obviously did NOT heal Epaphroditus miraculously.
The Early Rain, the "First of the two "Rains", was characterized by visible miracles, including resurrections and miraculous healings. These could easily be detected by the 5 senses. No one had to be "spiritual" in order to detect and understand these healings. Even pagans were able to detect these signs.
According to 1 Cor 15:44-49, the "First" is always "natural or physical" so the "Early Rain" as we see, is able to be detected by the "natural" or "soulish" man, meaning it can be detected with the five senses.
But the "Second" is ALWAYS "Spiritual." It CANNOT be detected with the five senses.
Some say that means that "healings" will not be a part of the "Latter Rain." But that is NOT the correct conclusion.
Healings WILL be part of the "Latter Rain", but the healings characteristic of the "Latter Rain" will NOT be miraculous, they will occur slowly and imperceptibly, first by a change in the heart, and then by a slow progressive improvement in the disease by following God's totally natural Health Plan. This is in accord with the way the Holy Spirit works in the Second Birth (being born again.)
This PROCESS will NOT be detectable with the five senses, only the result will be detected. The ability of God's Natural Health Plan to heal even the most advanced cancer will NOT be understood by those who are not spiritual, because "Spiritual things are spiritually discerned."
"The natural (soulish or unspiritual) man receiveth NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because spiritual things are spiritually discerned." 1 Cor 2:14
This is the reason that doctors, scientists, Bible scholars, many theologians and most ministers CANNOT understand how people with advanced, life-threatening diseases can get well by following God's Natural Health Plan. They are totally UNABLE to understand it because they can only obtain information through their five senses. They are UNABLE to understand Spiritual things.
"And they preached the GOSPEL" boldly!
The word "gospel" means GOOD NEWS! Is it "Good News" that God will save only a small minority of all those who have ever lived on the earth, maybe 20% or so, and the rest will be doomed to burning forever - or a period of time, (i.e. "as long as they deserve") or they will be permanently annihilated or permanently separated from God in some, as yet unknown, manner?
Saving 20% and destroying 80%! That is NOT Good News no matter how you look at it!
The "Good News" shown throughout the entire Bible is that God is going to save EVERYONE! He's not going to destroy ANYONE by burning or permanent annihilation. Of course, He won't save anyone IN their sins, only FROM their sins.
Look at these examples in the Old Testament.
1) The lamb was brought to the sanctuary by the Israelite. The Israelite symbolically transferred his own sin to the lamb by placing his hands on the lamb.
2) Then the lamb was burned up - NOT the Israelite, showing us that it was the sin that was burned up, NOT the sinner!
This clearly shows us that the "sin" will be burned out of our lives by "fiery trials", we will be "gold tried in the fire." The sinner will NOT be burned up.
3) When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, what was burned up? Certainly NOT them! It was their bonds that were burned off, the ropes that held them in bondage. The ropes represented the bondage of sin. These were burned off, but the three young men were not touched with the fire. In addition, a fourth person was in the fire with them, "One like the Son of Men" - Jesus.
This episode of the three young men in the fiery furnace is the Old Testament "Physical" representation of the New Testament "Spiritual" application of the Third Angel's Message in Rev. 14:9-12.
Verse 10: Those who take the Mark of the Beast "shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb."
The Greek word for brimstone is theion, which means divine. It comes from the root word Theios which means divinty or the Godhead.
This torment with fire and brimstone occurs "in the presence of the Lamb" meaning that Jesus promises to go through the fire with us, just as He did with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. That is truly Good News! Only this time the fire symbolizes the "fiery trials" that the New Testament speaks about, not literal fire.
If you think it is a "stretch" to interpret this "fire" of Rev 14:10 as the "fiery trials" of purification form sin, then you must explain why the "fire" must be interpreted literally when all the rest of the passage is interpreted symbolically, such as: beast, image, mark, forehead, hand, drinking wrath, pouring indignation into a cup.
ALL of these terms are interpreted symbolically, NOT literally. Then WHY would anyone just pick ONE term from that passage, the term "fire and brimstone" and interpret that literally?
Also remember the rule of "firsts" and "seconds", the first being physical and the second being spiritual. (1 Cor 15:44-49) The wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by literal fire and brimstone. The wicked resurrected in the second resurrection will be spiritually "destroyed" by having the sin purified out of them by going through "fiery trials" - reaping what they have sown.
Other New Testament texts that reveal that God is going to save EVERYONE!
1) How long did the shepherd search for the sheep? (Luke 15:4) Answer: Until he found it. There was NO cutoff time. (text) Note also that at the time he went looking for the sheep, ALL the rest were ALREADY in the fold. Only ONE was missing, and he searched until he found THAT LAST ONE!
2) How long did the woman search for the coin? (Luke 15:8) UNTIL SHE FOUND IT! Again there was NO cutoff time.
3) Jesus said He came to "seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) EVERYONE has been "lost" at one time or another. So that means Jesus will save EVERYONE!
For many more texts showing that God will save everyone, see the study entitled "What Happens At The Judgment" at www.g