Three years ago, I had robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer. I knew then that doctors are not the ultimate source of the cure for a disease like mine.
Instead, from a faith perspective, physicians hone their God-given abilities to save lives and become vehicles through which God operates, in my case quite literally!
It’s true that there’s a stereotype that doctors act as if they were God, and there’s some truth to that when a physician acts in an authoritarian manner. In a religious sense doctors are God, or more precisely, are an extension of God, imbued with divine healing powers
Of course we could say this about most individuals in the helping professions, such as social workers, nurses and even clergymen like me. The core idea, in rabbinic Judaism and other religions that emphasize stewardship, is that all human beings are God’s partners in the ongoing process of creation.
I hasten to add that in both Jewish and Christian tradition we are not God’s peers but only God’s junior partners! In that respect my capacity to bounce back from my operation was my doing, my doctor's doing, and an act of God.