“Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” (Psalm 108:12) This truth from the Word of God goes against the very being of mankind, for it says that whatever form of assistance they offer is completely useless, it holds no value whatsoever.
The debate can begin, if you like, with the medical profession, “Has not God given those doctors and nurses the ability to learn about the human body, to cure us of our ailments?” Yes, but for what end? So that the lost will have a little more time before they are cast into eternal damnation, for you cannot justifiably say that it would give them more time to repent, there is no place in the Scriptures that proclaims that, especially in the light of the many verses of predestined before the foundation of the world. (Eph. 1:4)
And if one is a born-again believer and seeks to live longer by employing the services of these medical professionals, but does not use that so-called “extended time” for His glory, what was the point? I thought to live is Christ, and to die is gain? (Phil. 1:21) “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)
The healing that Christ offers is of the soul, of the escape from the default location of hell, all help that mankind offers is in vain if it is not set towards that same mark, anything else is only adjusted toward the temporal, the curing of the maladies of the flesh.
It never ceases to amaze me when someone is sick how eager some are to proclaim they must go to a physician, then perhaps as an after thought offer prayers for them, if not a visit to the clinic, then items from the apothecary’s shelf to ease their ailments. Prayers may indeed be offered for them, but rarely in the presence of the one who is ill, it is the body’s healing they are concerned with, not the soul’s intent to seek God in these times. The help of man is always vain if it does not lead the lost to the cross, or if it does not encourage and lift up the brother or sister in Christ to the Lord, and contrary to what nearly all will proclaim, it is useless and a waste of time.
But you say that would show no compassion, it would not be loving our neighbor or our enemy. What is love if it is not directed to the Most High, how can one be healed in the body and say that it glorifies the Lord Jesus if Jesus is not even part of the equation? I have had people, wicked people, ask me to pray for them when they have received a scary report from their doctor, when the diagnosis is bleak, and I have told each of them the only prayer I can offer you is that you would repent and call upon the Lord for the salvation of your soul. I got strange looks each time, they thought because I have a personal relationship with the Lord, I could simply request that He would heal their body so they could continue to live in open rebellion, in sin against Him. Needless to say, sadly, all who survived their “close call with death” had little to nothing to say to me afterwards and are still on their way to the default location.
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jer. 17:5) It matters not how much empathy you have or do not have, if you can walk past the sick and dying or stop to help them, if all you are concerned about is the healing of their flesh for the continuation of life then you do not understand Philippians 1:21, and if you are indeed a born-again believer, then you are remiss in your duties.