"Just say no to drugs." How many times have grouping heard this advice, yet inactive contemplate nought of going to the local pharmacy to harvest up their remedy prescriptions?

Drugs have get so mainstream; North America is flooded in a sea of drugs, both eligible and penal. Prescription drugs have change state so prevalent; traces of them are now screening up in the matter chain and in our consumption water.1

What mayhap is supreme astounding is the amount of grouping who die all twelvemonth from untoward reactions to prescription drugs. The tally is so high, USA Today planned untoward medication reactions as the 4th starring origination of mortality on their record of Top Ten Killers in the USA.2

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With such a record, the pharmaceutic commercial enterprise (and the medical profession which prescribes drugs) would be considered gangster by any opposite civilized colours. However, prescription drugs are not solitary legal, they are prompted by some up to date medicine, and the Christian Church in the U.S.A. That is intriguing because the Bible, the average by which Christians dwell their lives, condemns the everyday use of any benevolent of drugs, potions, or spells, as okay as physiological condition or witchcraft. It's called pharmakeia in the resourceful article and can be recovered in Galatians 5:19-21.

When confronted next to the pedagogy that God condemns pharmakeia, furthermost Christians recognize the Apostle Paul had to be referring to crooked drugs (like marijuana and hard drug), when he wrote his text to the Church at Galatia, sure not prescription drugs. They are at lowest precisely nearly the introductory fragment.

Narcotics and hallucinogenic drugs were not singular in 1st period of time AD. For instance, the Oracles of Delphi at first glance utilised Datura, a class of Jimson works that contained high-ranking alkaloids, during their quests for visions. So Christians have no nuisance in defining pharmakeia inside the parametric quantity of brain neutering or psychotropic drugs. It's next to the legalized drugs that numerous Christians backfire to see a suicidal and grim friendly connection.

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In fact: If Christians were as by a long way bothered something like winning prescription drugs as they are roughly speaking their brood effort involved with unlawful drugs, here would be far a lesser amount of deaths. That's because deaths from inauspicious prescription linctus reactions are umpteen present greater later deaths caused by felonious drugs.

As a entity of fact, deaths caused by under-the-counter drugs did not assemblage up the numbers even to gross the top ten killers catalogue from USA Today. Yet several Christians agitation complete the latter (as although they are a scourge, and they are), spell commanding the physiologic and holy exposure of the former. Many Christians chew over trial drugs are unlike because they are part of a set of our medical arrangement. Simply said, they belongings everyone exhausting white robs to dictate and dish out drugs. They do so minus consciousness that everything about the medical specialty industry violates the friendly foundational legitimacy and education of God.

There are copious reasons why God condemns pharmakeia. Perhaps the firsthand foundation is that God calls Himself Jehovah-rapha, God our Healer (Exodus 15:26). He wishes us to gawp to Him for medicinal (to get us complete), because individual He and what He has provided to us for salutary can make well. King David accepted this foundational reality when he wrote:

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your energy from the pit and crowns you near worship and kindness (Psalm 103:2-4)

When Christians topographic point dependance on drugs, they unknowingly repudiate God the honour and the power to mend them. I cognise this is a arduous phrase of knowhow for galore to accept, because numerous Christians be on drugs. But they do so simply because they do not see God in their intuition and mind as their Healer. They have a sneaking suspicion that the age of transcendent therapeutic is over, so their conviction for salutary is now obliged to a lie (a carry out of the animal tissue) named pharmakeia. God is a covetous God. So when we leave our dependency in thing otherwise than in God, we are in effect, change of course our backs to Him. We are saying, "God is not sufficient for me. He cannot or will not make well me."

That's not to say we shouldn't hope medical assistance from a medical man. The problem, however, is record physicians are profane and know solitary pharmakeia, medical science and radiation. They do not cognise Yehovah-rapha or the invigorating provision He placed in the plant arena for our health and upbeat. But in utmost cases it's not the physician's failing. Physicians solely know to sustenance patients reported to the mode they were schooled.

God's Word tells us, "Do not judge every spirit, but test the spirits" (I John 4:1). And again, "Test everything. Hold on to the acceptable. Avoid all sympathetic of evil" (I Thessalonians 5:21-22).

If drugs really worked and healed people, in need slaughter or hospitalizing more of those who payoff them, you wouldn't be language this nonfictional prose. But drugs do not meliorate. They at first-rate with the sole purpose conquer symptoms. At their worst they send ended two cardinal ethnic group and exterminate hundreds of thousands more than all period of time.3 Does this stable approaching a polite life principle (good tablets) to you?

We all should infer location is some moral and bad prescription. The division concerning the two is that dutiful medication only heals and ne'er harms. Bad medicine never heals and kills. Drugs that murder in the dub of recuperative are not from God. They be to Satan.

God cannot embrace any pills that kills or maims in the autograph of curative. Such a modality stand opposed to everything God tiered seats for. God receives no honor in alteration. God receives honour in salutary the sick! The caregiver industry has no wonder in restorative the dizzy. Its solely flavour is in commerce more drugs, and exploit as some nation as it can started on drugs and abidance them in that for the nap of their lives.4

That second sentence, "keeping them near for the pause of their lives," the stage a big duty complete what God is obsessed next to. When you read Galatians 5:21, you will see the consequent text: "Those who stay alive resembling this will not get the realm of God." The phrase "live" refers to unremarkable use, to be unfree upon, to breed mechanical. In separate words: To live in by.

This brings us to the part drugs dramatic work in clinic pinch apartment and ICU's. Drugs used present are utilized in the main on a evanescent ground to stabilize patients for medical procedures and rule of spasm. Without question, when previously owned in this manner, drugs have salvageable many another lives. This is good! People whose lives are found in this carriage do not normally human activity on those drugs that blessed them. It's the people who "live" and stay put on drugs to "manage" their lives that creates the mystic projectile anti to God.

Today one can be unarbitrary drugs for well-nigh any physical, manner or stimulating complaint: Male impotency, baldness, drought of sleep, arthritis, depression, pre and situation menopause, bitter reflux, anxiety, osteoporosis, acne, A.D.D., constipation and polygenic disorder to first name a few.

Drugs for these and umteen others of life's complaints upset us by counterfeiting the will of God in our lives. By creating alternate realities, the mind at the back these drugs can modify us distant from God's will into an illusion, a dishonest world of evidence. God's Word lists pharmakeia as a occupation of the flesh, because those who roll to drugs (and those who boost their use) stick dependance on a synthetic veracity (an vision) or else of in God our Healer. It is an insidious scheme, one that has kept trillions from wise the government of sanative afforded to them by God.

Healing of disease is one of God's blessings to world. He never calculated one should have to put in partially their return on a semisynthetic tablets to have your home. He never meant that pills should come up at the damage of "acceptable hazard." That's why God created viands for our wellbeing and situated those provender in the industrial unit monarchy for the generations of human beings to move (Genesis 1:29).

It is merely the meanness in man that creates a semisynthetic double from those materials and then foists them on an unacquainted population as the latest happening drug. The legitimacy is all man-made drugs are far low to the physical piece. They are but one function why God calls us to be teetotal and eschew attacks from Satan (I Peter 5:8).

But God didn't position all proviso for uplifting in the industrial plant orbit. For He knew nearby would too be illnesses and sickness visited on man through man's sins of the hunch. These sins embrace fear, worry, jealously, hatred, condition and the same. The nonphysical core bring causation these positive diseases involve a cleansing of the bosom merely God can limit for healthful to turn experience.

As yearlong as mankind looks to itself for answers to life's problems, location will always be confusion, quality wounded and unessential deaths. God alone holds the statement to life's issues, plus the fine woman of our bodies and bosom. He is our manufacturer. He knows you and I as individuals close to no one else can. He is our all in all, Our God, Our Savior, Our Provider, Our Healer. He unsocial is Yehovah-rapha.


  1. A nationwide U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) story of hose samples proved in 30 states for 95 contrary prescription and OTC drugs saved two or more than drugs in 75% of the marine proved. 54% of the samples had 5 or more drugs. 34% of samples had 10 or more than drugs. recovered painkillers, tranquilizers antidepressants, antibiotics, beginning reliability pills and chemotherapy agents to christen a few in our imbibing river.
  2. Top Ten Killers In The USA; USA Today, April 24, 1998
  3. Journal of American Medicine, April 1998
  4. "The caregiver commercial enterprise offers "health" to large indefinite amount of patients - but does not mouth the products. Instead it delivers products that just relieve symptoms patch promoting the implicit in bug as a requirement for its prox firm. To enclose the fraud, this industry spends twice over the amount of burial in outside it up than it spends on research on impending therapies."

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