Archives for: January 2005, 14
I only know one person who is never sick. She never catches a cold. When her kids were little, she never picked up the viruses they brought home from school. She has never had the flu or strep throat. Her husband bragged about her incredible immune systemâ€¦until she was diagnosed with Lupus. Her incredible immune system began attacking her own body.
So I am puzzled at the people in the Christian community and the BTD community who make the mistake of thinking that a person should never be sick, and that if they are sick it's because they have done something wrong.
In the Christian community the focus is on faith and sin. There are lots of verses in the Bible that deal with sickness. Some of them have to do with a lack of faith and some have to do with sin. Faith Healers will say to someone who is sick, "If you just had faith you would get well," or "If you're not better, it is because there is hidden sin in your life."
There are people in the BTD community who are parallels to Faith Healers. They say things likeâ€¦if you were eating rightâ€¦if you did this cleanseâ€¦if you followed the BTD perfectlyâ€¦then you would not have gotten sick.
Don't get me wrong about sin and prayer. When I am sick I examine my life and make sure that my relationship with God is right and that I have not let anger, bitterness, or another sin creep in to rob me of my spiritual and physical health.
I pray for people who are sick. On a couple of occasions I have been one of many praying for someone who seemed hopelessly ill, and who miraculously recovered. On other occasions I have prayed for people hopelessly ill, and God chose to take them home. I do not pray to manipulate God. I pray to let Him know my concerns, and I trust Him to answer in His own will and way.
Don't get me wrong about the BTD either. I often write that the BTD has eradicated several chronic health problems. I blogged that last winter no one in my family had the flu or a serious cold. There is no doubt that I am healthier now than I was before the BTD.
But neither the Bible nor the BTD promises that you will never be sick again. Neither promises that you can live forever on this earth. In the Bible Jesus spoke of one instance where a sickness was "for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Paul prayed three times about an illness that God chose not to heal. Last fall Dr. D'Adamo wrote about catching a virus.
So eat beneficial food. Enjoy better health. When some little germ sneaks past your immune system, pray and take advantage of all available natural remedies. If you are still sick, take advantage of modern medicine. And don't let anyone make you feel false guilt!