"But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."
The blessings of modern medicine have saved many lives. Unfortunately, modern medicine's accomplishments have led many people to believe that good medical treatment is more important than God's healing power when you are sick. Astounding medical discoveries are being made all the time. For example, 60 percent of those with diabetes suffer nerve damage. This nerve damage can result in the body's inability to control blood pressure as well as other problems. In some diabetics, branching nerve cells swell, cutting off normal cell communication.
Medical researchers have been testing a growth factor known as IGF 1 to see if it will stop this damage. To their surprise, not only did it stop the nerve damage in diabetic rats, it actually reversed the damage that had already been done! Tests are continuing to see if this treatment is safe for humans.
Do advances like this mean that God is becoming less important in the healing process, as many think? The truth is, all healing comes from God. So when you pray for healing, know that if it is God's will, God will heal you. In our usual experience, He uses modern medicine to do that, but if He wants, He will simply touch you with good health.
Modern medicine is a blessing from God for our good. Despite its accomplishments, however, modern medicine can never heal the root cause of our illnesses – sin. Only Jesus Christ can do that.
Notes: "Compound reverses diabetes damage," Science News, 12/11/99, p. 381.
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