Below is chapter 1 from my new booklet, Are Doctors From God? This booklet is designed to get you rethinking about subjects that many of us have never taken the time to rethink, particularly in why we believe what we believe in regards to how healing occurs. This booklet is currently for sale as an eBooklet. This is an excellent booklet for you to read through, as well as to share with friends that you would like to invite on a journey into divine healing. By asking some ask excellent questions about why you currently have the beliefs you do, it gives an opportunity to re-examine whether those foundational beliefs are built upon Christ the Healer. I am currently working on a larger book that will dig much more in-depth into the topic below, and related topics.
Chapter 1: The father of Medicine
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Matthew 23:9
Around 2600 BC, there was an Egyptian named Imhotep that worked with the pharaoh of the time, King Djoser. Imhotep was known to be a man of many talents, many of which indicated a complex thinking capability. For this reason, Imhotep was sought after and influential. Imhotep designed the first pyramid of Egypt, which was a tomb for the pharaoh. Imhotep was a high priest of the sun god Ra. Imhotep was also the oldest physician known to mankind.
Approximately 2100 years later, around 460 BC, a Greek man named Hippocrates was born. During his life, Hippocrates traveled to Egypt to study the teachings of the Egyptian physicians. Many of the Egyptian physicians taught that sickness and disease was a direct result of being punished by the gods. It is easy to understand why the Egyptians would believe this.
Although the exact timeframe is debated, at some point likely at least 1000 years before the life of Hippocrates was the life of Moses. In the biblical book of Exodus 9:1-12 and Exodus chapters 11 and 12, there is an account of God striking the Egyptians with multiple plagues. This was done intentionally because Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go free from slavery. These plagues included sickness that killed Egyptian livestock, as well as boils and sores on the bodies of the Egyptians, as well as their animals. There was also a final plague that included the death of the firstborn child in every Egyptian household. Although the Egyptians did not place their faith in the God of the Bible, it was likely well known in the Egyptian culture that there was indeed a God that could strike them with sickness and disease and kill them. Thus the Egyptians attributed sickness to their gods.
Both influenced by and dissatisfied with at least some of what he saw in Egypt, Hippocrates set out on a mission to change some of the principles of healthcare. Hippocrates wanted to shift people from believing that sickness was a result of being punished by God or the pagan gods, and instead propose the idea that every sickness had a natural cause. Find the cause, find the cure was the way of thinking. Hippocrates returned to Greece and eventually created a school of medicine in Kos. With his disciples, Hippocrates pioneered new principles of medicine. The students of Hippocrates wrote these principles down in numerous books which have survived until today. These principles led a reformation in the world of healthcare. Due to this, Hippocrates is well-known as “the father of medicine.”
Examining Hippocrates & The source(s) of his beliefs
Where did Hippocrates get these new principles from? Did Hippocrates have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or the God of the Bible? Did Hippocrates truly understand sickness and disease?
Jesus Christ had not yet come to earth in the flesh to reveal God to mankind at the time Hippocrates lived. Therefore, it is not possible that Hippocrates received these new healthcare principles from Jesus Christ. It is also very unlikely that Hippocrates had a personal relationship with the God of the Bible. Hippocrates was a Gentile, and God did not reside much with the Gentiles at this time in history. Also, Hippocrates studied teachings from other gods. Because Hippocrates did not have a relationship with the one true God that heals His children, Hippocrates had to find another means to attempt to learn about sickness and healing.
Isaiah 53:3 He was a man knowing sickness (grief in some translations, but the original Hebrew means sickness).
Isaiah 53:3 declares that the Savior would be a man that understood sickness. In other words, scripture declares there is only one man that was sent down from heaven that perfectly understood how sickness worked. And this man was not Hippocrates; it was – and still is – Jesus Christ.
John 1:3 declares that all things in the Beginning were made through Jesus. Genesis 1:26-27 is the historical account of God creating mankind, stating “let us make man in our own image…” Who is this us that God is talking about? Jesus Christ was there. He was there when the human body was first formed and created. He understands healing.
END OF CHAPTER 1
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