To offer some clarification as to historical Christian perspective relative to medicine, is to understand the following quote:
"A supremely good and intelligent God would not have created a man who right from the beginning was vulnerable to illness and bodily defect, and the fact is that God did not create such a man."
The religious Christian view is that man was made in God's image and therefore was considered perfect, without flaws, and therefore is not prone to illness.
Historically, that is the justification for the opposition to the rise of modern medicine and its benefits. All illness was assumed to be the result of as God's will. Illness was a form of His punishment for sins and evil deeds. The Bible teaches "trust in God, prayer, and fasting" as the way to be healed from illness, rather than trusting in human doctors or healers.
From the Christian point of view, human doctors, or healers were obviously contradicting and working in opposition to God's will. In effect they were Satan's assistants.
Add to this the prevailing view, that most doctors of the Middles ages and the Renaissance were Jewish.
To clarify, in most areas of Europe, for example, Jews were restricted as to their participation is the community, in some areas not allowed to own land and were limited as to their options to earn a living. Many turned to medicine. Given the strong anti Semitic attitudes of the times, doctors as well as their medicines were shunned by the religious masses.
That it was the devil's work was confirmed when, "The 1246 council of Béziers had pronounced excommunication on Christians resorting to Jewish physicians and urged the ancient prohibition as vehemently as ever, "Rather die in Christ than be 'cured' by a Jewish doctor and Satan".
In 1610, we find the medical faculty of Vienna going on formal record that Jewish doctors are required by their religious law to kill every tenth Christian patient by dealing out the wrong drugs."
Martin Luther, the founder of Lutheranism a virulent anti Semite, stated "By the Jewish physician's "fiendish arts" many a Christian patient was allegedly poisoned. If the Jews could kill us all, they would gladly do so, aye, and often do it, especially those who profess to be physicians. They know all that is known about medicine in Germany; they can give poison to a man of which he will die in an hour, or in ten or twenty years."
When Christianity took over Europe, scientific and engineering advancement virtually stopped. The great Roman aqueducts represented one of the greatest engineering feats of the ancient world and provided clean water to cities and industrial sites for centuries. When the Christians took over they no longer supported these great public services and the aqueducts became ruins -- monuments of the past glory of Rome. Christianity banned the Roman bath houses and bathing itself became an act of sin. The ancient Roman sewers no longer worked. For centuries after, Christians lived in filth, ignorance, and disease.
During the Black Death in the 1300s, the masses turned to the Church instead of medicine. The Church explained that the plague came as an act of God, not nature, as a punishment for sins of not obeying Church authority. The Church banned Greek and Roman medicine to fight the plague and considered it heresy. After the plague, the Church banned any formal discipline of medicine.
"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.... (James 5:14-15)
A quote form a Christian Scientist . ( An oxymoron if I ever heard of one. )
"My own practice of Christian Science is not an exercise in blind faith, but is based on its effectiveness in my life.
During the pregnancy of my first child, I was diagnosed with a form of diabetes that was completely healed through prayer. The physician could not explain what had happened, but said that it would likely return with future pregnancies, which it did not."
Numerous instances of healing, in which so-called material disease does not follow its supposedly natural course after Christian Science treatment has been introduced to the case, help to make this more apparent. Malaria, typhoid fever, cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, for example, have been arrested and healed in this way."
Abilene, Texas, USA
How do you argue with that logic. ?