A guest post written by Susan Spears
As a Christian Scientist, I have encountered the belief that God made doctors for us to go to for healing. Since God made the doctors, then being in the faith that relies on prayer instead of doctors is foolish, or short sighted, or just plain wrong. But did God literally make doctors?
St. Paul said,“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
A long quote, but it really gets to the point. God did not make doctors. What he made or gave was the ability for each man to express a portion of the unlimited characteristics of God. God is the healer. And doctors reflect God’s compassion and care through their own healing practice.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Spirit [God] diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof. God creates all forms of reality.”
So I can say with conviction that prayer is sufficient in meeting a person’s needs, whether health, relationship, or economical. And I can also be extremely grateful for the love and regard expressed by doctors as they care for their patients.