· 10 years, 10 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!