Health and Healing
Does the Bible forbid us from eating pork?
From the perspective of the Bible, legally, the answer is no. The Scripture says that all things are cleansed by the Word and prayer. And it also says that Jesus declared all food to be clean. So nothing is impure to eat – you can eat shrimp, lobster, whatever you want. Second Timothy says that all things are sanctified through the Word and prayer. From a health perspective, that’s a different question; you have to be a self-governing individual. So for pork, or any food, you have to decide whether it’s healthy for you. So if you want to indulge yourself sometimes, no matter what the food is, there’s nothing wrong with it from a biblical standpoint.
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How do I know whether I should avoid things that aren’t explicitly prohibited in Scripture – like yoga and acupuncture?
The Scripture has to be your guide. When you’re considering going to other
sources to produce the joy, peace, and healing that you are longing for, you’ve
got to first go to the Word of God. The Word of God is your source. The Word
will fill and satisfy that need in your life. Once you identify why you are
interested in those things, go to God and ask Him to fill that need.
Most Christians just want rules. They want to be told, “Yes, you can do this”
and “No, you can’t do that.” God doesn’t want that kind of relationship with
you; He wants to satisfy the deepest need of your soul. And one of the things
that you desire in your soul is the peace and the joy and the sense of euphoria
that comes from hypnosis, yoga, or some other mystical activity. All of these
things are alternative sources of power, and sources of power other than the
Word of God need to be avoided. The general rule of thumb is that those things
are unhealthy and unscriptural and will lead to further problems down the road
in your life because they open you up to evil spiritual forces.
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In 2 Timothy 4:20, Paul said, “I left Trophimus behind sick.” Why would he leave Trophimus behind sick? And why would not Trophimus claim his own healing by the blood of Jesus?
Paul’s mission in life was to preach the Gospel. He loved the people who
served with him, but he couldn’t nurse all of them back to health. Why didn’t
Trophimus claim his healing? I’m sure he was standing on the Word for his
healing. I’m sure he was believing God for his healing. But there’s a difference
between believing God for your healing and seeing that healing actually show up.
In the meantime, you need to stand on the Word for your healing, but you should
probably get some rest also. And you have to use some wisdom. And I’m sure that
Paul wanted Trophimus to use wisdom if he was dealing with symptoms in his body.
Paul didn’t want Trophimus to go out in the cold because the very first next
verse says, “Do thy diligence to come before winter.” We know that cold weather
was coming and Paul and Trophimus had to walk everywhere they went. I’m sure
that Paul wanted Trophimus to recover.
I don’t believe that when we say, “I’m healed by the stripes of Jesus” we should
put the Lord to the test by saying, “All right, I’m sick, but don’t worry about
it – I’m standing on the Word for my healing.” People need to use common sense
in taking care of their bodies and not getting in a situation where they can
worsen their condition by not getting better first. Paul just wanted Trophimus
to get better first.
A lot of times people feel condemned when they don’t get healed. They feel
condemned if their life isn’t perfect. And I want you to know that the church is
not a place of perfect people. The church is a place of imperfect people. The
church is a place of people who have fallen, people who have stumbled, people
who have messed up. They should be able to find comfort, encouragement, and
strength here. God is the God of second chances. The church ought to be a place
of second chances.
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Can everyone be healed? Even if they’re blind? Through their faith and their belief? If they believe and apply the principles?
Let’s look at it this way. Spiritually, logically and biblically, the answer
is yes. Everybody can be healed. That’s the biblical answer because the Bible
says that Jesus went about doing good and healing all. He went about healing
all. Of all the people that came to Him, He never turned somebody away and said,
“I’m sorry. I can’t heal you today.”
So, we have to start with the basics in Scripture that Jesus healed everybody
that came to Him by faith and that truly believed that He could do it.
Everybody. There’s never a place in the Bible where it says that He did not heal
them. Now, we have to look at it from that point of view. Secondly, we have to
remember that according to Hebrews 13:7-8, the Bible says that “Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday, today and forever.” So, if He healed everybody yesterday,
then He is the same that will heal everybody today. So we need to believe that
Now, the better question to ask is “Why isn’t everybody healed? Why doesn’t
every blind or lame person get healed? Why can’t we just walk through hospitals
and raise everybody from the dead?” Well, everything has to be cultivated by
seeds and things have to take time to grow sometimes. People don’t just
automatically and all of a sudden have faith.
The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” For years, we’re
trained to believe what we see and we have to be trained for years again to
believe what God’s Word says. That takes time and takes us changing the way we
think. It takes people around us to truly believe. And it takes the gift of
miracles and the gifts of healing that 1 Corinthians chapter 12 talks about.
These are gifts from God that we have to make sure that we’re asking Him for.
And we have to be humble enough and be willing to obey Him and not try to argue
our way out of miracles or talk our way out of them and say, “Well, I don’t
really believe.” Well, you’re not going to have anything. I’d rather believe and
not see it happened than to not believe and not see it happen. If you want to
have faith for healing or for a miracle, you have to “eat” the Word of God which
is what faith is made of. Feed your faith and starve your doubts.
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I have a question about childhood vaccinations. What does the Bible say about this? There’s so much information and I’m confused as to whether I should have my kids vaccinated.
First of all, I want to acknowledge and agree with you that there are a lot
of conflicting reports about vaccinations and about all of these what seemingly
are customary, normal things that you should vaccinate your child with. But
studies have come out that show that’s not necessarily the case and it’s not
necessarily essential that you do vaccinate your child. But because I’m not a
medical practitioner, I cannot speak to the issue intelligently other than to
say we don’t find anything in the Bible about it. Clearly, the Bible speaks of
using the principles of wisdom, the principles of understanding and knowledge,
get the knowledge, search out the facts, get knowledge, get wisdom and then make
I would advise you to talk to the medical professionals that you know and that
you trust. One of them that I know and trust is Dr. Mayer Eisenstein. He’s on
Christian radio every Saturday. You can call his office at Home First Medical
Practice I think in Rolling Meadows, IL. They have a lot of information about
this subject that can help clear up some of this confusion. You need to hear
from the other side of the fence also and then make an intelligent decision. The
Bible says if you’re going to build a tower, to count the costs to see if you
have enough to build it. So you need to count the costs. You weigh out the
facts, examine both sides of an argument like that, something so essential and
critical to the health of our children. It needs to be studied out; it needs to
be evaluated appropriately.
But to answer your question directly, there isn’t any Scripture that I know of
that speaks to that other than to search out for wisdom, to search out for
knowledge, to search out understanding. Which it sounds like that’s what you’re
doing. And when in doubt, side with what is going to be the safest and what is
going to be the healthiest for your children and for your family.