How Should A Christian Think About Medical Intervention

How Should A Christian Think About Medical Intervention


It seems like every day there’s another headline about a new drug or procedure that can alter your life in ways you never would’ve thought possible. When you face a difficult health situation, how do you decide what to do? In this post, we’ll look at three important questions for Christians to ask about medical intervention: Does it work? What does the Bible say? How does my conscience feel about it?

What Is Medical Intervention?

Medical intervention refers to the treatment of illness or injury by medical means, as surgery, drugs, or psychotherapy. It can also refer to the prevention of disease or injury by diagnosis and treatment of potential health problems. In some cases, medical interventions are considered part of preventative care.

Medical intervention is not the same as medical treatment. Medical treatments are specific actions used in order to diagnose a patient’s condition and make them healthy again.

How Should A Christian Think About Medical Intervention?

Medical intervention is a very broad term. It covers everything from the use of medical science to heal, through prayer and faith healing, to supernatural healing by God.

Please note that there are no guarantees for any of the above methods. The Bible does not say that every time someone prays for healing, they will definitely be healed or conversely that anyone who receives medical treatment will not get better.

I find it helpful to think about these things in terms of what we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit, soul and body be preserved complete without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (NKJV). For example if someone has an accident they might have multiple injuries including broken bones and internal bleeding which could lead to death if untreated with surgery etc., but as long as they survive then they will be completely restored when Christ returns – body (soul) mind (spirit) all three parts reunited together again!

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How Christians Should Talk About Health and Disease

It is important that we Christians use plain talk when discussing health and disease. Let’s be careful not to use medical jargon, or make sweeping statements that imply some kind of dualism: “All illness is spiritual,” or “There is no such thing as physical pain.”

As Christians, we know this isn’t true. There are certainly cases where a person’s poor lifestyle choices have led to physical ailments. For example, smoking excessively can cause lung cancer; eating unhealthy foods can lead to obesity; drinking too much alcohol can hurt your liver; taking recreational drugs can ultimately lead to addiction issues such as alcoholism or drug abuse. However, there are also plenty of examples where people suffer from chronic illnesses without any clear cause—a condition known as idiopathic disease (meaning “of unknown cause”).

In addition, while many of these types of diseases do not have an obvious spiritual component (such as diabetes), they still affect the body in some way and therefore could benefit from treatment with natural remedies like herbs and prayer therapy (also known as faith healing).

Talking with Non-Christians about Health and Disease

It’s important to remember that the Bible does not teach that we are healed the same way God heals the body. The Bible teaches that when Christians pray, they receive from God whatever is necessary for their healing (1 Timothy 2:5). Healing comes directly from God and what He gives His people depends on what is needed at any particular time. But even when it comes to medical intervention and medication, we need to be careful not to make it sound like we believe in karma—that our sicknesses are punishments for bad things we did in the past—or that somehow our faith makes us immune from suffering or death.

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Intercessory Prayer by a Third Party on Behalf of the Ill

The Bible doesn’t say much about the issue of medical intervention. However, it does give us some principles to consider when talking about health and disease in our Christian communities.

  • The first thing we need to do is realize that our society thinks differently about medicine than we do. Many people will accept as a given that doctors are able to diagnose illnesses or injuries accurately and offer effective treatments for them; but this does not mean that this is actually true—Doctors aren’t always right! And even if they did know exactly what was wrong with you, their treatment might not work anyway because there are many things beyond our control (i.e., genetics or environmental factors).
  • Second, let’s remember that while God may choose not to heal someone who has been suffering from an illness for a long time (and instead allow them on his own terms), it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s abandoned them either! In fact, Scripture makes clear that even though Jesus was able apply healing miracles only at times during his ministry (John 5:1-18), he still cared deeply about those afflicted with various diseases – even those who were close friends like Lazarus (John 11). This shows how much attention should be paid when considering why someone hasn’t recovered yet after receiving medical care: perhaps their faith wasn’t strong enough when asking God for help in recovering from their illness? Or maybe there were other factors involved besides just bad luck? Some people have already had surgery once before only then having complications arise later on down the road causing additional problems which resulted in needing another surgery–this could happen again too! So don’t assume something bad happened because all hope seems lost: sometimes patience pays off big time later on down life’s journey when things seem hopeless now.”

We need to think biblically about how God wants us to deal with sickness.

The best way to think about this is to start with the Bible, because God has spoken clearly on the matter of our bodies. The Bible teaches that He created our bodies in His image and gave them as temples for His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and therefore, it is sinful to mistreat them or use them in ways that He would not approve.

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So when it comes down to it, we have two choices: we can trust God with our health, or trust doctors and medication instead. These are not necessarily mutually exclusive options! For example, if you are sick but do not want any medical intervention—perhaps due to concerns about finances or side effects—there is nothing wrong with taking herbal remedies like echinacea tea or olive leaf extract capsules while relying on God’s power alone (Matthew 4:23).

But if you do choose medical intervention such as surgery or prescription drugs—and there are many who would advise against both—then this becomes tricky territory because there is no clear scriptural guidance telling us how exactly our bodies should be treated medically speaking; so here I will simply give my personal opinion based on what I’ve seen through my own family members’ experiences over the years…


I think it’s important to keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. Every Christian has the freedom to make his or her own decision about what is best for them and their family, and every person must discern for themselves how much medical intervention they feel comfortable with. However, we hope this blog post has provided you with some helpful information as well as guidance on where to look for more resources. No matter your choice, God loves us all and wants us to seek Him first—because ultimately, He knows what’s best for each of His children.

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