Love Heals

Can Sin Cause Disease?

Could it be that our spiritual condition is the most important component of our physical health?

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Can sin cause disease? What if it were true? Could this be the breakthrough many people have been searching for? What if the things we’ve been doing to pursue health such as: eating right, and exercise, were trumped by our spiritual practices?


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Sanctification and the Consequences of Sin

The bible teaches that sanctification (becoming more like Christ) has benefits this side of heaven that go beyond exercise and healthy pursuits. (1 Timothy 4:8) If the wages of sin is death, (Romans 6:23) then the less sin we participate in the better off we’ll be.

In this age of grace that we’re living in, the notion that there are no consequences to sin has crept into our theology. Some would say that their sins have been paid for by Jesus on the cross. Therefore, we no longer have to concern ourselves with sin’s consequences.

They would use verses such as: “He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) or “I will not remember you sins” (Isaiah 43:25) Yes, that’s true. For genuine followers of Jesus Christ, when this life is over, our sins will not be counted against us. However, this doesn’t mean we escape sin’s consequences in this life.

Conditional Statements

Many of the promises or principles we find in scripture are conditional. We must not leave out the all important ifs, thens, and buts.

For example: we are told that when we follow God’s word carefully then we we find prosperity and success. (Joshua 1:8) In Deuteronomy we’re told that God’s blessings will overtake us if we are obedient. (Deuteronomy 28:2) But, disobedience leads to cursing. (Deuteronomy 28:15)

(Proverbs 3:7-8) tells us: “Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” Notice, turning to God and away from evil comes before we find health.

Fruit of the Spirit

Who would argue that the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) do not benefit our physical, and emotional well-being? Of course they do.

The published medical literature confirms that babies that receive love in the form of touch and being spoken or sung to, grow faster, and reach many developmental and emotional milestones more quickly. In addition, they have fewer social problems later in life.

Happiness and peace are excellent immune system stimulators. while depression and fear do the opposite. (Proverbs 17:22)

If godliness that leads to love, joy, peace, etc. bring health, then what do things like: hatred, anger, strife, un-forgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, and fear lead to? The opposite of course. We cannot escape the fact that we reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7)

It’s important to underscore that God isn’t the one that curses, or brings calamity on us. But, that our disobedience (sin) exposes us to evil and harm. (Proverbs 25:28) (Ephesians 4:26-27) (Romans 1:24)

The Law of Love

There are ungodly people that are healthy, and there are godly people who are sick. We cannot make any predictions or claim we know the source of someone’s illness. But, the fact remains that God’s law of love leads to blessings, health, and life, while the law of sin leads to sickness, disease and death. This is almost a truism, but one we must be reminded of from time to time.

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