If you’re sick, does that mean you don’t have enough faith in God?

by jimmyakin

in Apologetics, Bible

Can you receive medical treatment when you're sick? Or does that indicate a lack of faith?

According to some Christians, we shouldn’t ever be sick. If we ever are sick, it represents a failure on our part.

We haven’t had enough faith, they may say, for if we had perfect faith, God would heal us.

Some would see going to the doctor as a sign of bad or weak faith.

It would be nice if we could be healed, instantly, of any sickness or infirmity.

It would also be a great evangelization tool, if people saw Christians never got sick.

But the fact is that God allows sickness in our lives.

In fact, I’ve been sick for the last week with a bad cold, but I’m feeling better.

At least I’m feeling enough better to make this video, and I thought I’d to one about sickness.

Here are some biblical reasons why being sick does not indicate a lack of faith, and why it’s okay to go to the doctor.

(Click here to watch the video on YouTube.)


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Curious January 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hello Jimmy, Sorry to see you are sick. Your whole discussion was really aimed at a strain of protestantism which teaches the “prosperity gospel”, or close relatives.  Unfortunately, being protestants, they will not consier Sirach normative as it is in their “Apocrypha”.  I wish you would have addressed this point, or used other scripture to make your point.  Unfortunately, I think Sirach is fairly unique in making your case.

Bill912 February 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Jimmy, try Zicam.  It really does shorten the intensity and duration of a cold. 
We now return you to our regularly scheduled blog post…

Bill912 February 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

St. Paul called St. Luke “the good physician”.  There is no record of his adding “but he should find another profession”.

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