Is there Scriptural authority for healing disease by means...

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Is there Scriptural authority for healing disease by means of drugs and medicines? We maintain that a fair reading and analysis of Scripture teaching answers this question in the negative. The whole system of materia medica has its foundation in the teaching and practice of the schools of philosophy antedating the inauguration of the Christian era. Even in the Old Testament we read much of healing through spiritual means and prayer. Old Testament statements such as this from the 103d Psalm are numerous: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases."

The teachings of Jesus are very plain and explicit. He thus commanded his disciples: "Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, norscrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat." At the close of the book of Matthew we find his final commandment: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." While in the fourteenth chapter of John he utters the following plain injunction: "Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

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