Originally created 09/07/02

Don't limit God and stay healthy

In response to both Timothy Fellows and Daru Ib-Shamiq regarding religion and medicine, I say: Why do we ever try to or think we can limit God as to how he can heal us?

As a graduate of Oral Roberts University and the Medical College of Georgia, as well as a 10-year breast cancer survivor and a practicing physician in internal medicine, I have seen God work mightily through prayer and medicine.

In my own journey of healing, as well as counseling and treating patients with both life-threatening and chronic medical illnesses, I found that a holistic approach of body, mind and spirit is where the real miracles of prayer and medicine happen.

God calls us to be responsible in all we do, which includes taking care of our bodies, which the Bible refers to as the "temple of the Holy Spirit."

If we ate a healthy diet of lean meats, whole grains and at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day and exercised for at least 30 minutes 3-5 times each week, as all the major health organizations and the Bible suggest, our bodies would be immensely more healthy ...

If we were filling our minds and hearts with positive, uplifting and inspirational people, thoughts, ideas, books and - on rare occasion - television, our families, schools, workplaces and communities would be drastically improved. Instead, we fill our minds with trash TV, music, movies, radio, etc., and wonder why the whole world seems so screwed up.

And, finally, if we acknowledged and worked on daily the spiritual aspect of our lives through daily devotions, prayers and worship in our communities of faith, how different our lives would really be. When we begin to see ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience, instead of human beings having the occasional spiritual experience, we can begin to see our lives in a much more eternal and meaningful perspective ...

My conclusion to the "issue of prayer and medicine?" Don't limit God. Take personal responsibility for your body, mind and spirit and watch the miracles happen. I see them every day.

Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D. FACP, Thomson, Ga.


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