Is Sin Related to Sickness?

“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

The previous blog post “Does God Allow Sickness for His Glory? received a great response on LinkedIn. Some readers cited verses to argue that God lovingly (?) uses sickness to glorify Himself. Others cited verses to claim that God never allows sickness for His glory. At one point, it seemed to me like a game of tennis with aggressive and prolonged volleying from one end of the court to the other. So does it mean that the Bible contradicts itself? No! Not if you interpret it correctly.

One question that bothers people sometimes is this: “My friend is saved – her sins have been forgiven and she does not have any unconfessed sin in her life; then why did this sickness come upon her?” When I began this series of posts on healing, I said it was on healing. So in a sense, whether you are sick because you committed sins or you are sick even though you have no unconfessed sin in your life – it does not matter. Jesus did not command “they shall lay hands on the sick who have repented, and they shall recover.” He simply said “they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:18)

Once you are healed – or during your healing – if you repent of your sins before God, the sickness loses legal grounds to be in you. But if you have not repented, the sickness can come back to you. But there it is – it can come back. This means it can go. So if a born again child of God commands in faith and with the authority he has, for healing to take place, the healing has to take place. In fact, Jesus did not even ask us to ‘pray’ for healing. He simply said we would lay hands on the sick and they would recover.

One more thing – those who fatalistically accept sickness saying it is God’s will for them to be sick; these people still go to the doctor to get treated. Why? If you do not want to tolerate the sickness physically, then why should your Father who formed your inward parts (Psalm 139:13) tolerate it? Wouldn’t He pull out all stops to ensure you got your healing? As I see it, it is basically a matter of indoctrination and sticking to your guns. But at all times Truth must stand. We children of God here on Earth, need to enforce God’s will (the Truth) here as it is in Heaven.

In the next post, we will discover why even sinners (saved and unsaved alike) can be healed even though they may have unconfessed sins in their life. Later, we will also see that the original promoter of sin was the devil – not God, Adam or Eve.

Praise the LORD!

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on October 1, 2012 - 11:48 PM

    Hi, kitoomal. How is it that unbeliever( who does not believe in Christ) are not sick? Are they sinners? Why is that they are not sick?

  2. #2 by KITOOMAL on October 2, 2012 - 12:41 PM

    Thanks for leaving your comment.

    There are actually a handful of reasons for falling sick. Often you see people who are not born again, enjoying a happy material life and (false) spiritual life. But if you were to look at them with God's eyes, their spirit would be dark. That's because they have not been cleansed by the blood of Jesus through their faith in him. If their mind and body is strong, they may not fall sick. But because of others' sins (e.g. pollution from factories, nuclear plant leaks etc.) they could fall sick because the legal basis for sin's consequences (sickness being just one of them) still exist in their lives – unless some Christian has been praying for them. But once they are born again, their spirits become completely clean, just like Jesus' spirit. So the legal basis no longer exists. However, just like when a baby is born, it is born perfect, but still needs to grow, a person who is born again still needs to grow mentally and emotionally to conform to the Bible. So you often see (born again) Christians sick while those who are not born again appear to enjoy healthy lives.

    Also, if people sin, they may invite the consequences in other ways like financial loss, relationship problems, mental agony, lawsuits etc. What sin will lead to what consequence is beyond the scope of this post.

    It is written in the Bible that all human beings have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…and that you are saved from going to hell only if you are born again (no matter which religion you were originally born into). There is no other way. And you can get born again (i.e. your sins are washed away) only by believing that Jesus is the Son of the Living God and he came as a human being, died to pay the price for the forgiveness of your sins and rose again to life…and that you acknowledge that you sinned and only he can save you and ask him to save you. If you are not a Christian, you should definitely read this blog post:

    Good news Friday:
    http://ketanrindani.blogspot.in/2009/04/good-news-friday.html

    Next…

    Christians would never fall sick if their minds would be renewed to the promises of the Bible. Christians are not intended to be the ones who would be sick but rather the ones who would heal the sick. Be sure of one thing: whether you are a Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, Jain, atheist or agnostic etc. God loves you and wants to save you. God desires for all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)

    God bless you!

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