Why Many Christians Suffer from a Poor Health
It must be truly enchanting to devotedly surrender to a faith, relieved from responsibility over ultimate outcomes of life, because "it's all in god's hands", as they say. Quite probably, it must feel like being an innocent baby all over again, cuddled in security of the parent's arms, protected, loved, and cared for.
I have always been a sucker for empathizing with others, so this is not an exception ---up to a point that is, because I don't derive all that bliss from a divine source, but from within the depths of my own being.
Needless to introduce, but I am a spiritual, not a religious dude, which is to say that I do believe in universal intelligence, but not in any of those gods from holy books. Addressing religious folks here, not to worry, I won't try to convert you---even if that was possible.
Sympathy or a Deep Self-Suggestion
I am not sure that last statement is going to be enough to make us friends, for here I go ascribing less than robust health to some elements of Christian faith. Namely, Christians may be unknowingly harming themselves, both physically and mentally by sympathizing too much with their idol's suffering on the cross, somehow interpreting it as their "eternal debt to him", and resolute to share some of that suffering with their soul's idol.
Now, not that every single believer is likely to go to those extremes as to become a candidate for developing stigmata wounds on their palms and ankles, but unfortunately there are so many other places in our body and brain that could be hurt by nothing more than persistent feelings of guilt, debt, and fear.
That Healing Love Needs a Potency
Now, that's where my friendship with religious folks may be compromised, or at least challenged, because I am saying how our bodies are not too crazy about that image of "born sinners" having to redeem themselves by a constant repentance.
You see, our body needs something better than a humble submission in order to operate at its normal level. A meek kind of love, seriously weakened by those negative emotions in some believers is not that energetic boost to our 50 billion cells which need some spiritual motivation to live, not to prepare themselves for that crossover to the eternal afterlife.
I hope you are not rejecting biology and medical science with their good natured warnings, for after all, it's more than likely that you do visit a doctor when sick, and his office is not exactly somewhere behind that confession booth.
Cells Chronically Switched to Defensive Mode
There is another strong point to be made in connection with cellular biology, and as it relates to Christians' acquired attitude to view the world as "sinful", and "filled with dangers of the Devil's temptations".
It has become an established fact that our cells are very concerned and watchful about "how friendly" is their environment. That concern is stemming from their two basic modes of functioning---growth or defense, with only one being active at a time while suppressing another.
I am going to leave it to your imagination how much of the time Christian's body cells are spending with a shut off growth activity, while being under those impressions of an unfriendly, sinful, and dangerous world around them, "with evil things going on everywhere"---while switched to a defensive mode of functioning.
Inward Hate Projected onto the World
Christian folks may not be quite ready and willing to accept this, but in many ways people are projecting onto the world those same feelings that they are harboring in their hearts about themselves.
It takes hating our own sinfulness so that we can hate it outwardly. When we hate our lustful and "impure" feelings in ourselves, we notice it everywhere around us and in the world. Hating anything in ourselves we are assaulting the biological balance in us, practically turning vitamins into crap or compromising their absorbability.
Let me remind you that self-hate in a believer is much stronger than that one in a nonbeliever, because it has that special reinforcement of fear of displeasing god. You know, we can afford to displease our wife by being overly nice to the neighbor's pretty wife, but we can't justify those sinful thoughts about her in front of the celestial boss.
Demons Doing a Number on Child's Psyche
I must admit to my Christian fellow-men, they have quite some scary and graphic illustrations of their symbols of evil, I mean Satan and his demonic assistants. I am wondering how exposure to that eternal threat from hell must affect their mentality.
Most of those folks started their faith with an early indoctrination by parents or other primary caregivers, so they started developing that fear inspired by those horrific illustrations and stories early in their formative years.
Like that Jesuit Ignatius Loyola said : "Give me a boy under seven of age, and I'll give you a man". In those most impressionable and vulnerable years it must have been quite a task for a child to outweigh that fear with something more positive, so that it doesn't leave a permanent scar in his heart---considering the fact that fear is biologically much stronger emotion than love, and so much easier to trigger.
Love and Hate Don't Mix
Love certainly heals, but only when it's pure. Not when it has to coexist in the same heart with fear, hate, accusation, and possibly disgust for seven deadly sins, notably for lust. We can't be inspired by love of our god and expect his healing, if at the same time we fear temptations from Satan. Those two opposites are bound to cross each other out---with that stronger one prevailing.
Which one will it be? The current state of health is the answer to this question to every Christian individual. Many of them are trying hard to convince themselves it's love by preaching a lot about love, while hoping that the repeated theme of it will somehow sink into their nature as their intimate reality. Many of them are not even trying, attributing their poor health to god's will.
Placebo/Nocebo Effect at Work in Prayer
There is no doubt in my mind that many Christian folks benefit by praying for a better health. However, it's also my conviction that it doesn't get any further than producing a placebo effect, which then, through the well identified channels of self-suggestion positively affects their health.
But then, there is also something known as "nocebo" effect, the counterpart of placebo, which gets triggered by concerns over the negative aspects of religion, notably the mentioned ones of evil, personal and world's sinfulness.
In other words, negative suggestions work just as well, if not more readily than those positive ones contained in a prayer. If you are familiar with the science behind suggestions, just think what we are affecting by having in our prayer anything referring to "saving us from evil...from temptation..."
The sole mention of anything negative is bound to manifest it in our lives, because our subconscious nature doesn't understand negation like "no"-evil, "no"-temptation, it only hears "evil" and "temptation".
So, without knowing it, our wishful praying may be turning a positive placebo into a negative nocebo, hurting us more than helping us.
Not to Turn Life into a "Mental Suicide in Installments"
That part of Christian teaching which talks about a soul's salvation and eternal life may work like a double edge sword. On one hand, it may help some folks to get rid of that fear of dying that's a normal part of our survival instinct---although not a pleasant one.
But on the other hand it may make some others neglectful about their health, "counting on" much better times on that other world, and almost harboring a death wish, especially at times when too much is on their plate to deal with in their lives.
Remember what I said---your body cells are always spying on your thoughts, emotions, and attitudes. Many folks take for granted that they will just "fall asleep and get there to the other side". Don't count on that too much though. Many years of suffering may precede, so your best bet is to keep yourself healthy, and then one day---die healthy.
Life Is a Gift - Let's Not Be Ungrateful by Ruining It
Am I saying that Christianity is bad for you? Of course not, by far it's much better to be in a less than robust health than blowing yourself up in the name of religion. I hope I have been clear enough with my intentions, as I was simply pointing out that there are certain aspects of Christianity that, when somatized may produce bad health.
That may, or may not give my Christian readers (if any) a bit of an inspiration to focus more on those positive and health promoting aspects of their belief. From what I understand, every Christian is interpreting the teachings in their own personalized way, so there is nothing like a rigid rule there, which would require that they hire a good exorcist once a month to un-demonize their souls and their homes.
Even if they may take their presence in their bodies as "temporary" before that long journey into eternity, believers could show appreciation for life as a gift, and modify their faith to protect what's housing that life---their body.