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Suffering and Sickness
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Mary (anon) · 13 years, 2 months ago
There are several ministers who make it seem like everybody who is sick or is not sitting on a fat wallet had to commit some big sin.  Everybody sins, but I just don't believe this is the only cause.  Can I get some comments on this?
Praiser #1 · 13 years, 2 months ago
People can't think past what they understand. If they don't understand something they can't explain . . . well you know what I'm trying to say. That's why it's important for us to read for ourselves. I respect ministers and their positions, but I know all of them don't always know what they are talking about. Sometimes they know what they are talking about, but they don't know how to make us know what they are talking about. Ask God for the gift of discernment, so you can tell the rightly divided Word of Truth from fluff and stuff.
Wandra · 13 years, 2 months ago
I would like to know a minister's thoughts on this!
Eva · 13 years, 2 months ago
Can sin cause sickness? Does sin in your life result in you being sick? Always?

When you put God back into the equation and when you accept personal responsibility, that suggests that we could avoid a lot of visits to the psychiatrist and get rid of a lot of hospital beds if we would just train our children (and ourselves) to:

Avoid sinful behavior
Accept personal responsibility
Deal with sin in our life Biblically (confess, repent)

Can sin actually cause a person to become sick? Look at these interesting Scriptures:

Envy is said to have a damaging effect on the bones. I like the way the NIV states it in Prov. 14:30, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Prov. 18:14 seems to indicate that a healthy spirit can sustain a man in his sickness, but a wounded spirit leaves you open to problems
We have long understood the importance of bone marrow in the ongoing health of a person and its ability to fight off illness. The Psalmist reminds us that, “there is no health in my bones because of my sin.” (Ps 38:3 NASB)
Prov 16:24 tells us that, “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Thus, harsh and hateful words are not healthy for the bones and the physical wellness of the individual.

Ps. 32:1-4 tells us that a person in sin finds his bones wasted away and his skin becoming dry as in the heat of summer. David’s depression (v. 4 - God’s hand was heavy on him) was a result of sin in his life that had not been properly dealt with.
1 Peter 3:16 tells us that a good conscience depends on good behavior
Even Jesus said to a man that He had healed in John 5:14, “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” The implication seems to be that his original sickness came from sin and thus if he, indeed, continued in such sin, even worse judgments might possibly come upon him.
1 Cor. 11:30 . Sickness and even death was a rod of chastisement for sinful behavior.
Prov. 3:5-8 contains my life verse. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” This gives excellent guidance for a happy and fulfilling life.

the 38th Psalm discusses “Sickness and suffering brought on by sin.” Look at David’s description of his emotional, mental and physical health as a result of sin in his life. Here are verses 7-10 from the Message, “All my insides are on fire, my body is a wreck. I'm on my last legs; I've had it— my life is a vomit of groans. Lord, my longings are sitting in plain sight, my groans an old story to you. My heart's about to break; I'm a burned-out case. Cataracts blind me to God and good.” “My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.”

James 5:14-16 is a familiar verse to the church. Many refer to it when facing severe illness as they call for anointing of oil and the prayers of the elders. The key to healing in this setting is man’s confession. God’s remedy for man’s problems is confession. The concealing of transgressions brings misery, defeat and ruin, but the confession and forsaking of sin will bring merciful pardon and relief and health.

Now, just so you understand, I don’t believe that all sickness is a direct result of sin in one’s life. Bad things happen to good people for the purpose of punishment, for purification and for preparation. Our bodies along with the entire creation were adversely affected by the introduction of sin into the Garden of Eden by the self-willed choice of mankind. Some sickness (mental and physical) is a result of the natural decay and unknown reasons, but not nearly as much as modern man would like to believe.

Confess that sin!
Pam (anon) · 13 years, 2 months ago
Sickness is not the result of a particular sin that a person committs or personal sin. It comes from Adam and Eve's original sin. It is a result of man's separation from God.

Site Administrator · 13 years, 2 months ago
I’m no expert, but I did some research. Just like in Job’s case, the assumption that trouble comes ONLY because people sin is incorrect.

This is a quote from one of the Bible commentaries I consulted:

<People make the mistake today when they assert that sickness or lack of material blessing is a sign of unconfessed sin or extreme lack of faith. Though normally (but not always) following God leads to a happier life, and rebelling against God normally (but not always) leads to an unhappy life. God is in control. In our world invaded by sin, calamity, and suffering may come to good and bad alike.

This does not mean that God is indifferent, uncaring, unjust, or powerless to protect us. Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world where both believers and unbelievers are hit with the tragic consequences of sin. God allows evil for a time although He often turns it around for our good (Romans 8:28). We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure He is all-powerful and He knows what He is doing. The next time you face trials and dilemmas, see them as opportunities to turn to God for strength. You will find a God who only desires to show His love and compassion to you. If you can trust Him in pain, confusion, and loneliness, you will win the victory and eliminate doubt, one of Satan’s greatest footholds in your life. Make God your foundation. You can never be separated from His love. >

Other references suggest that suffering can be a result of satanic or demonic attacks, preparation for special service, testing, natural consequence, or for unknown reasons. Satanic or demonic attacks require prayer, strength and deliverance. If we are being prepared for special service, we have to resist the urge to pity ourselves and to help others while we persevere. When we are being tested, we have to accept the assistance of other believers and trust God to work His purpose through us. If our suffering is from natural causes that we aren’t responsible for, we must recognize that we live in a sinful world and that good people and bad people will suffer. But the good people have a promise from God that trouble won’t last always. When we suffer for unknown reasons, we have to proclaim our faith, know that God cares, and wait patiently for His help.

Does reading this help? Read Job 42:1-17, too. Check with your pastor or another minister you trust.
Dorothy Page · 13 years, 2 months ago
I truly believe its just a " test" when God allows things to happen in our lives sometimes. We need to be strong and keep the faith and remember that trouble dont last always! God is awesome and he loves us

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