Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
"You have blocked approach to yourself." (Lamentations 3:44)
When faced with a health problem, each adult Christian must "carry his own load" of responsibility in choosing treatment. (Galatians 6:5) But we should remember that our choice of therapy matters to Jehovah. Just as respect for Bible principles moves us to "abstain . . . from blood," so our deep regard for God's Word should impel us to avoid resorting to therapies that could harm us spiritually or affect our relationship with Jehovah. (Acts 15:20) Some diagnostic and therapeutic procedures border on the use of the uncanny. Jehovah disapproved of apostate Israelites who resorted to "uncanny power," or spiritistic practices. He declared: "Stop bringing in any more valueless grain offerings . . . I cannot put up with the use of uncanny power along with the solemn assembly." (Isaiah 1:13) A period of illness surely is no time to do something that might hinder our prayers and jeopardize our relationship with God.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 3:10)