Is Taking Medication A Form of Witchcraft?

Episode 455 Show Notes 

From the Show

We don’t realize how devastating mental health issues are in so many Christian churches. Too often we tell people to just pray and read their Bibles and those things are great and I hope that you do pray and read the Scriptures. But we would never tell someone with a broken leg to just pray and read their Bible more. We would tell them to go to the doctor.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Hello, my name is Lou from Vincenza, Italy. I trust this note finds you and your families all well and safe from the virus. My question is regarding 2 Samuel 21:1–14, this passage has always perplexed me. It appears that David allows seven of Saul's heirs to be put to death by the Gibeonites for revenge and in order to answer prayer on behalf of the land (v. 14). Am I reading this correctly? Is there a deeper meaning that I'm missing? 

2. When you are attacked by demons, how does that affect your salvation? 

3. How should we interpret the psalms? I heard someone say that all the psalms are about Jesus and not just the messianic ones. Isn't that overdoing it? Some of the Psalms speak of sin and envy and fleshly problems. This seems to be some kind of overly Christological Hermeneutic? I heard Martin Luther had interpreted Psalm 1 as thinking of Christ as the Blessed Man in 1513, but then when he came back to the book decades later he changed his mind and interpreted it literally. 

4. I am on several different medications to battle some odd anxiety issues that I have, for really no apparent reason. I know that pharmacy comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, which means witchcraft. I know that we are forbidden in God’s word to associate with witchcraft, and so I’ve had this burden on my spirit about being on medications, but without them I physically cannot function. What are your thoughts on that?

Resources

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Michael Horton

Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures by Dennis Johnson

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