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Is Taking Medicine A Sin

Is taking modern medicine a sin in that you are trusting the meds to help you and not God?

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many medicines have natural remedies that could be used but pharmaceutical drug lords spend lots of money to make sure these remedies are known as quackery

MANY medicines MASK underlying issue and produce dozens of other side effects that can kill ...12 or so ads every hour in 1 tv show to see risks using legal drugs

less than 100 people died over a TEN year period using natural

MORE than 100,000 DIE EVERY YEAR taking legal medicine

Doctors and medicine have their place but most forget just MONEY making business ... diabetic could lose weight never needing bandaid drugs ...Doctors prescribes drugs for diabetics to keep them coming back ...patients become residual income ...more visits MORE MONEY
---Rhonda on 3/20/09

As a Christian I believe that God has provided us with medicines to help heal us. The Father provides for us in many forms.

It's kind of like the joke about the preacher who is stranded on his roof during a great flood. A helicopter comes along and offers to rescue him. The preacher tells them, "Thanks, but God shall rescue me". A while later a man in a boat comes along and offers to rescue the man. Again, he tells them "Thanks, but God shall rescue me". Eventually the waters rise and sweep the preacher from his roof and he drowns. He stands in front of the Father and asks him "Father, why did you not rescue me?" to which the Father replies, "I sent you an helicopter and a boat and you refused".
---Scott on 3/16/09

It's trust God to use physicians to help heal you. You need both Luke was a physician yet he worked with Christ!
---Carla3939 on 11/29/08


I am not a religous person,so I find it hard to trust in God to fix an illness? But in saying that I do believe in something else out there that is greater than us. I think trusting in both, medical and God would be the best bet, and moderen medicine being a sin seems a bit silly, Nobody wants to be sick, so of course you will try to fix your sickness and ruling out all your options to better yourself is silly.

Just my thoughts,
---Matt on 12/11/07

My knowledge is that tobacco is not harmful. Nicotine is. It is added to get people addicted so the tobacco peddlers can get rich. The more people are hooked and can't quit, the richer the killers get. How sad. God delivered me from cigs almost 7 yrs ago. I thank God for His mercy. I am cig-free today! Hallelujah!
---Robyn on 5/21/07

No ... God gave brains to the doctors, physicists and researchers who have created those medicines.
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/21/07

Does God say anywhere in His word.."Thou shalt not take medecine". I am a christian nurse.I believe both God and modern medecine can complement each other,He allows both,I am talking pharmaceutical drugs, where would we be without antibiotics that have saved countless lives/analgesia for excruiting pain?.God still has the power to make any medecation effective or not. I will not condemn myself by taking tabs, but God is always my first choice.
---karin on 9/4/06

I actually had to trust God that the medicines that the doctor gives me are the right ones. Even though I realise that not all Christians believe taking medicine is right, Christians should not tell other Christians to not take medication. God made the doctors to help the sick.
---Helen_5378 on 8/20/06

nicotine and tar are natural substances of tobacco. They grow it here where I live and if you work with tobacco, your hands are black from tar and you can smell the nicotine. I don't know where Alan came up with his comment that nicotine is not naturally in tobacco.
---shira on 8/20/06

Jack, I have heard the term recreational drugs on many occasions. What I meant was that my knowledge of the drugs themselves is extremely limited. I was brought up in a much more gentle age than the young ones see now. We were ignorant (and I am still) yet mainly safe. Nowadays they are so knowledgeable but very unsafe. We used to take into our bodies just what was needed to keep us alive and healthy. Sadly things have changed dramatically.
---M.P. on 8/7/06

M.P.--Sorry for using other names for recreational drugs. Didn't mean to confuse..just to show that they have medical names like anything your Doctor prescribes...because they are SERIOUS DRUGS.
---Donna2277 on 8/3/06

Yep, Ryan, food is addictive. If forced to do without, people will do ANYTHING to get some! In third world countries, thousands die from the side effects of withdrawal.
---Donna2277 on 8/3/06

** Jack, my knowledge of recreationals drugs is ZERO.**

Generally speaking, when speaking of a "drug addict" or "taking drugs," it refers to the use of recreational drugs (such as crystal meth, Ecstasy, etc) or the recreational abuse of legitimate medicines.

I'm surprised you've never heard the term 'recreational drugs" before.
---Jack on 8/3/06

Take heart f.f. it looks as if you are not the only one, many here don't seem to know much about these substances either. What a confusing lot of answers have been given here. Personally I don't know much more than you except that I know that opium comes from poppies. Some drugs seem to have several names which makes it all more confusing. However, like you, I did think that tobacco already contained nicotine, thanks Alan for confirming that
---M.P. on 8/3/06

2. Until I read Ryan's entry below I always thought that nicotine was a natural substance already in the tobacco plant and that tobacco was addictive. Ryan says otherwise and, if he is correct, I agree with Creamcup in that it should be taken out.
---f.f. on 8/3/06

Jack, my knowledge of recreationals drugs is ZERO. Words like cannabis, opium, cocaine etc. are just that - words. I know people use these substances illegally and that the effects of them are harmful but that is where my knowledge on the subject ended, until you enlightened me. Thanks.
---f.f. on 8/3/06

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CreamCup ... They don't "put nicotine in cigarettes" It is there inevitably, because nicotine is in the tobacco. Did you know that the latin name of the tobacco plant is nicotiana?
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/3/06

Nicotine isn't added to cigarettes. It's produced when the tobacco burns. Years ago, when I was trying to quit smoking (before the Lord delivered me) there were experiments trying to produce a nicotine free cigarette. They came up with a few but nobody liked them. Nicotine is primarily what produces the enjoyable effects of smoking.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06

If you do not believe food is addictive; Try to take away a candy bar from a three year old.
---Ryan on 8/2/06

Ryan, your right. In my opinion they should make it illegal to put nicotine in cigarettes. It is poison. Food is needed to keep us alive and healthy. I doubt food is addictive, but perhaps it is habit forming to over eat. Eating should be done in moderation, according to our age and how active we are.
---Creamcup on 8/2/06

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**Thankyou for pointing out some of the good uses of cocaine that have been discovered.**

ff--Did you ALWAYS think cocaine was a recreational drug? It was invented and manufactured originally--and still is--for its use as a topical anaesthetic. That was its original use.
---Jack on 8/2/06

John T.--Exactly. THC has been studied extensively. It's been used, with limited effectiveness, to treat glaucoma, pain, nausea. But risk outweighs the benefit. Even where legal, most doctors refuse to prescribe it...who knows what's in a "joint"?. There's no standard for marijuana brownies. If marijuana was "harmless" as many people claim,it wouldn't matter. But it isn't. Most doctors won't accept the liability of prescribing a drug if they can't specify the the dose.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06

creamcup-food is also addictive. That is my point. Nicotine and the chemicals in ciggaretes are addictive but tobacco itself is not addictive.
---Ryan on 8/2/06

Jack in an earlier response regarding cocaine I said "The correct way is still awaiting discovery." Thankyou for pointing out some of the good uses of cocaine that have been discovered. I did not know this.
---f.f. on 8/2/06

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Cocaine used to be rubbed on the body where doctors needed to numb an area for surgery or pain relief. For the ones who refuse to take medication, what do you do for toothaches IMHO the worst pain ever? Will you go to the dentist? If so do you let him use novacane before he starts pulling.
---bethie on 8/2/06

I remember how I gave to my children tincture of opium for teething, and took it myself for stomach cramps. It was even available in an over-the-counter version of Kaopectate.

My wife remembers her grandmother taking a cutting off her peyote cactus in Puerto Rico and making a medicinal tea from it. Some of her Spanish and Mexican coworkers also remember the same thing.
---John_T on 8/2/06

"Medical Marijuana" is a sham!

If it were truly for medicinal purposes, there would be standard levels of THC in each metered PILL.

Doing a doobie, increases the risk of lung cancer, etc, and thus is not an acceptable MEDICAL practice.

If there was legitimate medical reasons for it, there would be standard dosages, and standard, non-harmful delivery systems, like a pill.
---John_T on 8/2/06

Proverbs 17:22 and Ezekiel 47:12 mention medicine.

Ryan, tobacco in cigarettes is extremely addictive. Alcohol is addictive to many people.
---Creamcup on 8/2/06

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Glad you're feeling better,Helen. For myself, I find that if I'm sick or in pain I may feel weak spiritually, too..The last thing I need is to feel guilty for seeking relief in medication.

When health returns, I gratefully realize anew the faithfulness of God.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06

Exucah--Medicine does SOMETIMES heal. Antibiotics CURE infection...and just because you take the 10-14 day course your doctor prescribes doesn't mean you will take pills the rest of your life. Surgery CURES many conditions permanently. But without God nothing would heal. And I believe God has given medical science and medications to us. He sometimes heals by His touch alone.I accept either and praise God for both.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06

Food is in a different category, since people do need to eat. Only the way they do it may be harmful..Healthy foods are GOOD for the body. Nobody NEEDS marijuana, alcohol or nicotine. And the effects ALWAYS pose some danger. (yes,even marijuana because judgement and space/time perception are affected). And all have the potential for damage to brain cells.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06

Rebecca D-- Believe me, there are many drugs more effective for MS than marijuana, no matter what Montel says. Same with cancer..much better drugs for nausea, appetite and pain than marijuana...with fewer side effects. Ah, but it's the side effects that people want!(with MS or cancer,it's hard to blame them). Alcohol has some minor therapeutic effects And cocaine, as Jack mentions, used topically.
---Donna2277 on 8/2/06

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Exzucuh - What about the woman with the issue of blood -- she had spent all her money on doctors for years, until Jesus healed her. I would not recommend for anybody to live without medication like I did -- when it is a mental problem it is absolute hell, not to mention that one cannot even think straight let alone praise the Lord.
---Helen_5378 on 8/1/06

"But it is used as a topical anasthetic for nose and eye surgery."

This is true alright. My brother was given cocaine when he had nasal surgery.
---augusta on 8/1/06

** Jack, LOL I have never seen a person using cocaine get healed.**

Et reliqua.

I never said that cocaine was a curative.

But it is used as a topical anasthetic for nose and eye surgery.

That's its legitimate use. Look it up on the web.

Of course, any medicine can be abused. I'm certainly not recommending its recreational use.
---Jack on 8/1/06

If were are qualifying narcotics as anything that immediately stimulates centers of the brain should we not also include food? Especially sugar. Food can be just as adictive as drugs. Look at salty, sweet, sour. these flavors are very addictive. People also overdose on food look at the numerous accounts of obesity in the western civilization. Tobacco, Alcohol, food and marijuana are not harmful if consumed in moderation.
---Ryan on 8/1/06

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Bruce: No, my husband is a preacher (not a Pastor) and a Police Officer. Barbara, alot of people's bodies can't handle marjunia, so therefore they overdose, buy just a few hits. It kills so many millions of braincells, moreso than alcohol. I'm not saying I am an expert, I just know what my husband has witnessed.
---Rebecca_D on 8/1/06

Just because people get hooked on cocaine does not mean that God did not give it to us for a good reason. It is the way that it is being used that is wrong. The correct way is still awaiting discovery.Everything that God made is good, it is man's use of much of it that is wrong. God provided food, drink, sex for man. He did not say get fat by over-eating, develop liver failure through too much alcohol or have multiple sex partners and catch S.T.D.s. We either use or abuse what He gives us.
---f.f. on 8/1/06

Jack, LOL I have never seen a person using cocaine get healed. One snort and you're hooked. I dated 2 cocaine users, and one snort was good for them for the night. Yet their body took on other ailments, other sicknesses, etc.,
Jack, do you recommend cocain for spinal pain? Epidural injections while in labor? snorting to cure sinusitis? What ailments does cocain help? Doesn't it distort your mind and give you a high, taking you out of your right senses and into another world while snorting it?
---Donna9759 on 8/1/06

Medication and Doctors can help you they cannot heal you if you get caught up in that mentality you will never be healed you will take medicine all your life and give doctors all your money.
---Exzucuh on 8/1/06

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I agree with Exzucah on the connection of drugs and sorcery...but it is not the drugs in and of themselves, it is the misuse, and as Exzucah said "What Jesus is saying is they were decieved by Drugs, medications, they put their hope in them rather than Jesus."
---christina on 8/1/06

No God wants you healed. God loves you and he created doctors and gave them the wisdom to help you until you understand the authority you have as a believer and receive your miracle.
---Susan on 8/1/06

Donna 2277 - I agree with you wholeheartedly. Actually I was at one time so against taking medicine as a Christian, but now I know how wrong I was. I got so sick that in the end I gladly took the meds. I am so glad that the Lord made doctors to make us feel better.
---Helen_5378 on 8/1/06

Cannabinoid (marijuana), ethanol (alcohol) and nicotine (as found in cigarettes) are every bit as much drugs as those you get by prescription. But they aren't controlled by the FDA and there is no "therapeutic dose". Nothing "sinful" about these substances in themselves. Trouble is, they aren't used as "medicine",tho people like to think so. They are used because they provide IMMEDIATE stimulation of pleasure centers in the brain, thus they are widely MISused by sinful man.
---Donna2277 on 7/31/06

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Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
What Jesus is saying is they were decieved by Drugs, medications, they put their hope in them rather than Jesus.
---Exzucuh on 7/31/06

Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their (SORCERIES)nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Sorceries definition
5331. pharmakeia
Search for G5331 in KJVSL
jarmakeia pharmakeia far-mak-i'-ah
from 5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extension) magic
(literally or figuratively):--sorcery, witchcraft.
See Greek 5332
---Exzucuh on 7/31/06

What is a "dose" of marijuana? How would you define an "overdose". You don't have to die of either alcohol or marijuana poisoning for them to be dangerous. Alcohol has killed thousands in the form of drunk drivers (who often live to endanger more people). Marijuana distorts a persons sense of time e.g. the amount braking time a car takes to stop. And it takes a very small amount to produce this effect.
---Donna2277 on 7/31/06

Your husband is a police officer and a pastor?
---Bruce5656 on 7/31/06

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And Alan...I would say I agree with that statement. My body is of this earth, and the flesh constantly whispers in my ear against God's plan and will for my life. So I am not of God, at least not here on Earth. I sin and am not worthy of God's mercy. What a wonderful God indeed, that he still forgives, loves and wants me in his kingdom.
---mary on 7/31/06

Rebecca D...just because your hub is a police officer does not make YOU an expert.
---barbara on 7/31/06

My point Alan was to say that you can not have one be a sin and not the other. If meds are okay...which most people believe they are...then smoking and alcohol are also okay, in moderation of course. Anything in excess, or abused is dangerous, but not necessarily a sin. I do not smoke...just wanted to raise the point, If you can take meds to ease your pain, then you can smoke to ease your nerves. Neither are a sin. :)
---mary on 7/31/06

Actually Rebecca D, You are right, but not overdose, you would have to consume 40,000 times as much marijuana as you needed to get stoned. In contrast to alcohol, you would need to only consume 4 times -10 times as much as you needed to get drunk. It is easy to see how upwards of 5000 people die from alcohol overdoses every year and no one EVER dies of a marijuana overdose.
---barbara on 7/31/06

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Mary; yes a person can overdose on Marjunia, one hit off of a joint is equal to smoking 5 cigarettes. My husband is a Police Officer so I know a person can overdose on this. I have never took anything illegal, but I have a good idea what drugs and dope can do to a person.
---Rebecca_D on 7/31/06

Mary ... on that basis, you are of this world, and therefore anything you do is not of God.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/31/06

Rebecca D: FYI, I don't think you can actually overdose from using marijuana. The effects are the same from smoking cigarettes (other than the getting high part), but I have never heard of anyone dying from using it like cocain or heroin.

On a similar has been stated here that meds have been given by God for people to ease their pain and suffering. Then is it okay to drink when you are in pain...or smoke to calm your nerves. Who determines what is from God and what is not. Are meds not of this world and therefore not of God?
---Mary on 7/31/06

Believe me, if you are sick enough, you will not argue theology. You will do or take what ever has a chance to make you better.
---Donna2277 on 7/31/06

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People who have MS use Marjuania, for their pain if they can afford it and if it is legal for them to do so. Montel Williams said that he uses Marjuania for his MS. But if these drugs were legal, the crime would be low, but the death would be high.
---Rebecca_D on 7/31/06

Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't herbs used in biblical times, and even recommended in the word? Many things have benificial as well as dangerous uses...does not make them bad, it is how they are used.
---christina on 7/31/06

Bruce, there's not a single medicine that cannot be abused.

Cocaine has legitimate medical uses; that's why it was invented.
---Jack on 7/31/06

No it isn't. I had a tube in my right sid (kidney) for 4 months and had to have that kidney taken out. If it hadn't been for pain pills helping me with the pain, I don't know what I would have done. I hurt so bad. God gives DR's knowledge on these things to help our bodies. Exzucuh, God does heal through medicine. Ever had an infection Kidney or bladder infection? the antibodic that you take cures you from that. so yes God does heal through medicine. It did me while I had my surgery.
---Rebecca_D on 7/31/06

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The logic medicine must be OK because God created the raw materials fails because God also created the raw materials for deadly drugs like cocaine etc. yet I would like to think that you would not sanction its use.
---Bruce5656 on 7/31/06

Medicine never heals? Give me a break. Antibiotics kill bacteria that the body cannot, chemotherapy and radiotherapy kill cancer cells that the body cannot, surgery (thank God for radical prostatectomys!)can remove cancer, repair defective parts - heart valves for example, remove aneurysms etc etc.
---Bruce5656 on 7/31/06

Medicine is sanctioned in scripture: Jesus refered to doctors in a positive light - Matt 9:12, and Luke is refered to as "our beloved physician - Col 4:14. This refers to his present status as a doctor. It does not refer to his previous life experience before conversion. If he was to have given up the practice of medicine following conversion, he would not be addressed in such a way. "They did not call Paul our "beloved murderer" for example."
---Bruce5656 on 7/31/06

I disagree with the statement that God never heals through medicine. In fact, I believe, there IS no healing without the power of God. Doctors "treat" conditions, the Lord medical or surgical means, and sometimes by HIS touch alone. In an emergency, especially, I see nothing wrong with calling 911 and calling on the name of the Lord, both. There's no incompatibility between the two.
---Donna2277 on 7/30/06

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Nobody in this day and age need suffer when there is medication available to help. Christians who genuinely need medical help need to beware of those who proclaim that you should not take it --- if that were so, then God would not have had people to make it. To any Christian who needs meds, please do not allow anybody to make you feel guilty about it.
---Helen_5378 on 7/30/06

2/... There are Christians who believe that we should not take any medicine to the point of almost crucifying someone who does take something. Well, I would just like to say, that until you have walked in my shoes and suffered what I suffer please back off from judging on this issue. I praise God for the medicine that He got people to make so that I can feel better.
---Helen_5378 on 7/30/06

No, it is not a sin for a Christian to take medicine. This is something that I struggled with as a Christian, and refused to take anything to help me. It wasn't until I was very ill and the Lord got me a new doctor that I gave in and allowed myself to be medicated. I am very glad that I did. I still do have problems because the medication is like a bandage, so I still have to trust the Lord wholeheartedly in my faith walk with Him. (continued...)
---Helen_5378 on 7/30/06

I really feel sorry for many of you I can see why you cannot get a miracle, I don't judge you because I was there myself once, but I kept seeking God for faith because I knew I did not have it and did not make excuses justifing my unbelief, I thank God for his Grace and I hope if you need a miracle you can find someone to have faith for you.
---Exzucuh on 7/30/06

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Who do you think created the raw material for medicine in the first place? (God!) All we are doing by taking medicine is using what God created in the first place. (Granted, man has come up with the correct elements to make it work.) It's no sin to take medicine if you need it. It may be a sin not to take it. Our body is "a temple of the Holy Spirit", and it's our obigation to take care of it. If this means taking medicine as instructed by a doctor, than take it.
---wivv on 7/30/06

Taking medicine is not a sin, but God never heals through medicine .Medicine itself cannot heal but aids the body in it's ability to heal itself naturally.If you have to take medicine all the time where is your healing. If you have to take medicine or have medical treatment Go to God first and be prayed for, in an emergency lay hands on yourself or get someone else to pray and then let the Doctors do their thing , but trust in God for your healing , believing the report of the Lord.
---Exzucuh on 7/30/06

2. There, he stood before God and asked: why didn't you save me? I was always faithful and trusted you all my life. And God answered: Oh, man? Didn't I send three boats to save you but you refused all of them. I believe, God uses meds and and doctors to help you, if you don't take the medicine I think you are just refusing the boat.
---Dawn on 7/30/06

1. This question reminds me of a joke however it is not my intention to make fun of you or your question.Once, a river flooded a village and everybody was rescued except for an old man who believed God himself would save him and take care of him. He was sitting on the top of his house when a boat came to rescue him but he refused to go. This happened three times, then the water reached the roof and the old guy died and went to heaven.
---dawn on 7/30/06

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My dad is 59 and my mom is 56 and they do not take any medication. I do not like to even take asprin. The current health care system is based on treating symptoms and not addressing the root of the issue. My family uses chiropractics, natural herbs and remedies, good diet and exercise to keep healthy. And the most important ingrediant in any health system is focus on the Spirit. Illness and disease are a result of Adam's sin.
---Ryan on 7/30/06

Sometimes God heals through medicine.
---ralph on 7/30/06

If taking medicine is a sin, Paul was counseling Timothy to engage in sinful behavior. I Timothy 5:23
---Ed on 7/30/06

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