Use Medicine

1 Timothy Bible Background

New Testament: 1Ti 5.23

To read the Bible in a year, read First Timothy 5 on October 25, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Various groups of people believe that using medicine is not right. Some base that belief on what they think the Bible teaches, and others just think that modern medicine is evil. However, Timothy had problems with illness and Paul by the Holy Spirit told him:

No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.

– 1 Timothy 5.23

Did Timothy think that he was a purist by not using medicine, believing that if he just drank pure water, he would prevent his frequent health issues? We do not know all of his reasoning, but as you can see, Paul let him know that he could use medicine to help with his health problems. It must be that he needed the small amount of alcohol in wine to prevent or to cure some kind of problem.


  • What do you think of using modern medicine?
  • Do you try to do natural things to fix your health before trying medicine?

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