Pharmaceuticals, are they witchcraft/sorcery

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I'm curious where we ought to draw the line with medications in accordance with the Bible saying pharmaceuticals are sorcery. How are we to know if any pharmaceuticals are ok, and which ones? I especially wonder about psych meds but what about opiate pain pills. You see, I've been through terrible experiences with medications in my life because I've dealt with chronic, excruciating pain, depression, and anxiety since I was a teenager. Now I'm starting to question if I should be on medications at all, because I want to be obedient to God. However, the health issues are real. And I still pray every day for healing that I just don't have. I don't think God heals everyone in this lifetime, in this world. I appreciate any biblical responses. Thank you.
 
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[for me anyway] "witchcraft" used in (Galatians 5:20) exactly does mean pharmaceuticals: it is a matter of using such to alter the mind that is contrary to the will of God, but not such as is prescribed for a true medical condition; for God created plants for medical needs, but not to be exploited.
 
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The word pharmaceutical or pharmacy comes from the word 'Pharmakeia' which is witchcraft..But! If you cannot trust God for your healing then you need to go to doctors until you can. That's why God gave us doctors...You do NOT depend on the drugs they give you but you do use them. Until you can trust God for your healing. Do you understand what I mean? The improper use of a drug is directly linked to witchcraft but properly used is not. Even properly used though, is a poor second to trusting God for your healing which Jesus bought and paid for, for YOU
 
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Medicine has nothing to do with witchcraft. Nothing at all.

Witchcraft is the attempt to harness supernatural spiritual powers. Medicine is making use of natural resources for healing.
 
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First be welcome to Talk Jesus @Amie Brodersen
Always a joy to welcome another Sister in Christ Jesus to this online Christian Community of Believers!

Now to drugs/medicines.

In ancient times as well as in today's society you had practices that would incorporate medicine with spell casting. Dealing with a society that was deeply influenced by the Supernatural. The use of both provided a belief that healing powers were being brought to the service of the healer to use upon those in need. Practices, still are done today, but mostly in societies that still have a foot in both the scientific and spiritual. New Age practices are one of these as well as some Tribal practices.

As a Christian, the use of medicines are not something to toss aside if proscribed by a physician. Still, I am of the belief like Brother Bendito that until ones faith is such that it will no longer be needed, continuing the use of something proscribed by a physician is the way to go.

Understanding that placing ones faith in God, also means that one might not necessarily be healed. It's about trusting that whatever the circumstances you find yourself in that it is God that you turn to. Letting His will to be done in and through you is ultimately what we seek to have fulfilled in all aspects of our life.

If just a curiosity, then I hope this has been of some help.

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Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou [art] my praise. Jeremiah 17:14

And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. Luke 5:31
 
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Medicine has nothing to do with witchcraft. Nothing at all.

Witchcraft is the attempt to harness supernatural spiritual powers. Medicine is making use of natural resources for healing.
I would agree with most of this... but.... I harness supernatural spiritual powers daily through the Holy Spirit and prayers. So doing so without God in the equation would be my definition.
 
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I get your point. I did think carefully about how to describe witchcraft, even if those thoughts didn't make it to the thread

I think the distinction is even more fundamental than the way you describe. It's about which way the power flows. My guess - and hope - is that your faith is founded on submitting to God, proclaiming his lordship over every part of your life?

Remember the story of Simon the Sorcerer in the book of Acts? It's possible to have a 'witchcraft' approach to the one true God.

Witchcraft : do my will
Christianity : thy will be done.

We should go to another thread if you want to to-and-fro on this.
 
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I get your point. I did think carefully about how to describe witchcraft, even if those thoughts didn't make it to the thread

I think the distinction is even more fundamental than the way you describe. It's about which way the power flows. My guess - and hope - is that your faith is founded on submitting to God, proclaiming his lordship over every part of your life?

Remember the story of Simon the Sorcerer in the book of Acts? It's possible to have a 'witchcraft' approach to the one true God.

Witchcraft : do my will
Christianity : thy will be done.

We should go to another thread if you want to to-and-fro on this.
No need, I agree with you.
 
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Years ago there was a young lady at the church I went to. She was a believer and part of a Christian family. At some point - as a teen -- she started having problems with horrible thoughts going through her mind. It really upset her. She shared it with her parents and they prayed with her about it. They wanted to make sure it wasn't something spiritual that needed to be taken care of. Finally they decided to go to a doctor. And he suggested a specialist. They were told that sometimes there is a chemical imbalance in the brain that needs to be dealt with. They were told that medication could help. They were Very hesitant but decided to give it a try. It Worked. The drug was able to get rid of her symptoms.

And the pain medications -- very real horrible pain that needs to be dealt with. My husband experiences real pain and the meds he can take are highly addictive. He only takes it when he has to. It will make him 'doppy' for a day or so.

Back in the old days -- the Indians knew how to use natural herbs and such for pretty much Everything.

There Is a big difference between a witch doctor and medicine. And there Are countries where the 'witch doctor' is the boss. He is capable of doing many things to control the people in a village. So, depending on a person's background, there Might be reason to question pharmacy products. But to equate the two is not doing modern medicine credit where it's due.

And we Do need to realize that sometimes healing will take place in heaven. And sometimes here on earth. Sometimes a person with chronic illnesses can be a real Christian blessing to their Dr's and other patients they are around.

And there Is the medical marijuana that Is used and fairly successfully. But there are also Lots of people who use it that Don't need it. They just like the idea of being able to use 'pot' legally. It's been said that there are legal drugs that can be used instead of medical marijuana and are very affective.

And there are some drugs that are advertized that have so many bad side affects listed that a person wonders if the drug is worse than the disease it's trying to treat.

We need to take care of our bodies. Work with good nutrition , exercise, lots of water, no smoking or alcohol. Avoid junk food. Fruits, veggies. Etc.

Just like our bodies can get sick and need help -- so can our brains get sick and need help. As well as our emotions.
 

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