Doctors Are Good

July 22, 2010

AnnArbor.com has an interesting article about the Christian Science Church in Ann Arbor. When I was a kid, my parents were Christian Scientists for a good stint. Being in Ann Arbor, I actually attended this church for a good part of my childhood. The author describes the Christian Science Church and notes that “Christian Scientists stand out from other Christians because of their beliefs about healing.” To be more clear, Christian Scientists don’t go to doctors. They believe that prayer can heal all sicknesses and injuries and that doctors are not necessary.
But I do have a few problems with the Christian Science faith. The first is that it is quite unbiblical. The Jesus of the Bible was a Palestinian Jew. The Jews worshiped a Creator God. God created the physical and called it “good” (Gen 1:31). When the Jews thought about life after death they didn’t talk about dying and going to heaven they talked about physical resurrection (Dan 12:2). What was their hope? Physical land (Canaan). So when Jesus came, he came as someone with that perspective. He lived a life of spending time with friends, drinking wine, and eating fish. And when he was killed he died a real death. When he rose again he rose again in the flesh (and asked for more fish to prove it was the flesh and not just a spirit).

In short, the Bible is about a Creator God whose Creation operates mostly in the physical realm. There is a spirit world but it is not as important, Biblically speaking, as the physical.
So when we practice medicine, we use physical solutions to physical problems. When we fall and break a bone, we can study physically what happens to the bones (that God made and called good) and we can study how to fix the bones.

Don’t get me wrong. Prayer is important. God is in control. But he made the physical and there is nothing wrong with using physical means to cure physical problems.

When I was a kid, my parents were Christian Scientists for a good stint. Being in Ann Arbor, I actually attended this church for a good part of my childhood. As a kid, I learned a lot of Bible stories through the church.

But I do have a few problems with the Christian Science faith. The first is that it is quite unbiblical. The Jesus of the Bible was a Palestinian Jew. The Jews worshiped a Creator God. God created the physical and called it “good” (Gen 1:31). When the Jews thought about life after death they didn’t talk about dying and going to heaven they talked about physical resurrection (Dan 12:2). What was their hope? Physical land (Canaan). So when Jesus came, he came as someone with that perspective. He lived a life of spending time with friends, drinking wine, and eating fish. And when he was killed he died a real death. When he rose again he rose again in the flesh (and asked for more fish to prove it was the flesh and not just a spirit).

In short, the Bible is about a Creator God whose Creation operates mostly in the physical realm. There is a spirit world but it is not as important, Biblically speaking, as the physical.

So when we practice medicine, we use physical solutions to physical problems. When we fall and break a bone, we can study physically what happens to the bones (that God made and called good) and we can study how to fix the bones.
Don’t get me wrong. Prayer is important. God is in control. But he made the physical and there is nothing wrong with using physical means to cure physical problems.

So, go to the doctor. Doctors are good. But pray. Prayer is good too. God can use doctors to heal you just as well as using miracles.

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