Inspired by this post regarding moving mountains by faith.

God has told us to rely on him (Matthew 6:25-34) for all things.

Also, James 5:15 says

And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.

So, since we should rely on God for all things and God will heal us, should we ever need to go to the doctor?

Similarly, since God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom, should we ever trust a doctor?

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How does God heal? Through whom does God offer healing and wholeness?

I know several health care professionals (including some physicians, nurses, and physical therapists) who chose those demanding professions because they hope to serve as God's hands for the healing of their little part of the world.

So, my answer is "Yes, go to the doctor."

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    Christ never criticized Luke's profession, that we know of... If Christ thought doctors were not to be trusted, He surely had plenty of opportunity to tell us that.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 19:27
  • @Flimzy back in Jesus' time, doctors didn't really know what they were doing. Heck we still used leeches up until the 19th century for bloodletting
    – Patrick
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 19:41
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    @Patrick: According to many, in modern times doctors don't really know what they are doing. :)
    – Flimzy
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 19:42
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    @Flimzy: I'll dispute that one anyday. If it hadn't been for two different teams of very competent doctors, I would have one brother who died soon after birth and another who can't walk. Instead, they're both completely healthy today.
    – Mason Wheeler
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 23:55
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    God uses means all the time to accomplish His ends - those means may be a doctor, or they may be a miracle ... but He [typically] tends towards the non-miraculous; if not, Paul would not have told Timothy to "take a little wine for your health", he would have told him "just pray, and God'll fix it"
    – warren
    Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 15:51

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