First off, let no one get angry at me for posting this, it is not an attack at anyone, but I do feel led to share.
Just ask your Lord God to guide you and help you understand what he wants for your life. But these are some things I cannot ignore and have found the last few years that really get me thinking.
PHARMAKEIA(sorcery, witchcraft) "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft ; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. --Gal 5:19-21 (NIV)
The Greek word here used for "witchcraft" is:
"Pharmakeia" (Eng., pharmacy etc.) primarily signified the use of medicine, DRUGS, SPELLS; then, POISONING; then, SORCERY, Galatians 5:20, R.V., "sorcery" (A.V., "witchcraft"), mentioned as one of "the works of the flesh." See also Rev. 9:21; 18:23
In the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament ca. 200 B.C.), Ex. 7:11,22; 8:7, 18; Isa. 47:9,12
"In sorcery, the use of Drugs, whether simple or potent, was generally accompanied by Incantations and appeals to occult powers, with the provision of various charms, amulets, etc., professedly designed to keep the applicant or patient from the attention and power of demons, but actually to impress the applicant with the mysterious resources and powers of the sorcerer."
Strong's # 5331:pharmakeia (far-mak-i'-ah); from 5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively): KJV-- sorcery, witchcraft. (DIC)
true healing will be from god's creation and source, but something to think about is how he will heal:
|Rev 22:2||In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations|
and though this world is yet cursed, even now we can get bodily healing from some trees and leaves of plants! i personally believe that is his design for sicknesses, not chemicals (pharmacy).
In the past many christians may have been part of these things, but that is our old life and we are free from that. Let us not be deceived, LET's STUDY ALL OF GOD's WORD DEEPLY.