Worse Than Germs
Sin is worse than germs. Sin is more harmful than any malady known to man.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A couple of decades ago I read an article in a large daily newspaper in which the writer and those quoted claimed that science would soon enable people to live much longer lives. They claimed that living 150 years and more would soon be common. The article discussed causes and cures of illness and death. It dealt with bacteria, viruses, wear and tear on the body, and man*s ability to solve those problems. It assumed that man would be able to bring about longer life. It reported on progress that medical science had already made. It assumed continued progress.
The article left sin out of the equation and did not mention God*s doctrines on the subjects of life and death and health.
The article made no mention of the fact that God gives life. It ignored the fact that sin is the original and ultimate cause of death. Neither did it mention eternal life. The writer and those quoted did not understand that death means separation from God. They did not understand the difference between physical life and spiritual life. Neither did they understand the difference between physical death and spiritual death. They seemed to believe that physical death is the only death and that it is a cessation of existence. They did not understand that many who are alive physically are dead spiritually. They did not understand that sin causes both kinds of death, physical and spiritual.
Ultimately God decides how healthy we will be and how long we will live. He gives us information in the Bible about things we can do that will shorten or lengthen our lives. He also gives us some ways to improve our health. They are often directly or indirectly connected to sin. The sin can be our own or someone else*s.
I believe that God has a perfect plan for determining the state of our health and the length of our lives. In His wisdom He knows that it is best for us not to have perfect access to His plan. We all fit into His plan in different ways. God gives us information on a need-to-know basis. We are better off not knowing the exact day of our death. We are better off not fully understanding how God determines the length of our lives.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; . . .
Job 21:23-24: One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
We can only guess at why some people die younger than others. Perhaps they had more or worse sin than we were aware of. Perhaps the Lord*s purpose is to mercifully bring them to Himself. Perhaps He will use someone*s death to impact someone else.
Isaiah 57:1: The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
How one treats his parents can be relevant to how long he lives.
Deuteronomy 5:16: Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Partaking of the Lord*s Supper unworthily can cause illness and death.
1 Corinthians 11:28-30: But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord*s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
There is a correlation between unconfessed and unforgiven sin and sickness and early death.
James 5:14-16: Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
God promised to prevent His chosen people Israel from getting the diseases that afflicted the Egyptians if they obeyed Him.
Exodus 15:26: And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
The Lord might permit illness for reasons other than judgment such as keeping a Christian humble or making him a blessing to someone else.
2 Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.