Sickness

Thankfully the Bible is very clear when it comes to sickness. However, this is almost a "hidden" message because some in the Church haven't fully embraced it and some distort the message. As a result, some of those who need to hear this message the most, do not, and those who turn to the Church in desperation, often never get to. Beliefs regarding sickness are all over the place but let me clearly explain sickness from a true Biblical perspective.

WE WILL ALL GET SICK

There was no sickness or death until sin entered the world (e.g. Romans 5:12–19 and 1 Corinthians 15:21–22). When sin entered in the Fall (Genesis 3), we all came under a curse. This has far reaching implications but this is how sickness and death entered the picture. Sickness has been with us all ever since and everyone gets sick in some way or another.

WHAT CAUSES SICKNESS

Even though we were/are under a curse, the Bible states, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree')" (Galatians 3:13). Those who are in Christ are no longer under the curse. Jesus suffered and died for our sins and sickness (Isaiah 53:4-5; Psalm 103:2-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24) on a cross, therefore he is cursed with our sins and became a curse. When he suffered and died for our sins, all our curses were laid on him, that is all the curses that we deserved because of our sins were on him when he died for us. Yet we still get sick.

In my research and experience, I believe that sickness can be the result of various things. We are going to naturally get sick because we all inherit sinfulness and the by-products of the fall. We also get sick by not properly taking care of our bodies, which the Bible calls a "temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19), "the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), and "the temple of the living God" (2 Corinthians 6:16). I believe a lot of sickness and pain is the result of something spiritual. In 1 Corinthians 11:30, Paul tells the Corinthians, "For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep," in reference to not recognizing the body of the Lord (can mean His body or the Church) during the Lord's Supper. A lot of sickness and pain results from attacks from evil spirits against the physical bodies of individuals, a "spirit of infermity." An example of this in the Bible comes from a doctor named Luke. In Luke 13:10-17, Dr. Luke tells how Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. He says, "there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God." Jesus then says to the ruler of the synagogue, "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" It's interesting that Jesus mentions she is a daughter of Abraham. In John 8:33, we read, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone." It's also interesting that Jesus said she was "loosed." This word in Greek is ἀπολύω, which is transliterated into English as apoluó, a compound word made up of the words apo- "away from" and luo "to loose, release." It is in the Perfect Tense, meaning that it took place in the past and continues in effect... "You were and are set free from your infirmity."

GOD DOESN'T WANT YOU SICK

There are a lot of different opinions on this issue but the truth of the matter is that God doesn't want you sick. God clearly uses sickness but it is faulty logic to assume that because God uses something, he caused or intended it.

HOW TO BE HEALED

If you are sick, I recommend you prayerfully find out exactly what you have, make sure you are in fact a genuine Christian, and pray for God to heal you. Being a Christian is not required for you to be healed but it is for God to hear your prayer. If that doesn't work. the Bible tells us what to do in James 5:14-15, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." Note that James ties healing and atonement for sins together, as does Isaiah in Isaiah 53:4-5 and David in Psalm 103:2-5. I would want other people to pray for me and there are prayer groups, prayer chains, etc. I would be careful who I had lay hands on me but the Bible says the elders of the Church, and they should be full of the Holy Spirit and experienced praying for healing. Of course, if it is serious you may need to call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital before calling the elders. I cannot tell you what to do beyond getting medical help, the Bible's instructions to pray and call the elders to anoint you. You need to be led by the Holy Spirit and follow the will of God for your healing. If I tried the above and it didn't work, I would consider if it had a spiritual origin, and find someone with healing and deliverance gifts to help discern why I wasn't getting healed. The leading people with healing gifts are said to be healing an average of around 80% of the people they pray for, and if one wasn't successful, I would go to the others until I was healed. Please read my page on healing. There I explain how healing doesn't neccesarily depend on your faith but often the faith of the person praying for you. There are many examples in Scripture where the people healed didn't exercise faith, and sometimes weren't even present.


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