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Natural Healing in Living the Seven Virtues

Updated on August 25, 2016

Do you believe that all disease and illness comes from outside of your physical body? Pollutants, toxins, chemicals, and waste in our environment all contribute to make us sick. Then there are viruses, germs, bacteria and other things we come in contact with. We cannot live in a bubble. But what about our own thoughts, biases, prejudices and hatred. Could those things also contribute to our becoming sick? Can sins in your life result in sickness?


Some believe that virtue is associated with Christianity, but actually the philosophers Plato and Aristotle wrote about it. Also, Bushido, the Japanese Samurai code includes a set of virtues. Many theologians and theorists have tried to define virtues albiet in many different terms.

According to The Word , Sin causes sickness. Sin is the cause for the existence of sickness in the world.

Sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Romans 5:12).

Think about the "social diseases" of those who live immoral lives. Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant in the world now and even affect innocent children.

Those who eat too much (gluttony) not only affect their own health but can influence others to do the same.

You place added stress on your body when you allow yourself to get upset or envious.

When you are slothful, you do not get enough exercise to keep your body in shape.


Seven Deadly Sins

  • Pride - excessive belief in your own attributes or abilities
  • Envy - desire for another person's status, abilities, situation or traits
  • Wrath - preferring fury and revenge over cooperation or love
  • Sloth - avoiding physical or spiritual work
  • Greed - desire for material wealth or gain
  • Gluttony - to consume more than your body requires
  • Lust - craving for the pleasures of the body

The Seven Virtues

  • Humility cures Pride - Be selfless and give respect. Give credit where credit is due. Do not glorify self.
  • Kindness cures Envy - Show friendship, charity, and compassion without prejudice.
  • Patience cures Wrath - Resolve conflicts peacefully, show mercy and forgive.
  • Diligence cures Sloth - Budget your time and monitor your activities to guard against laziness.
  • Liberality cures Greed - Be noble and generous in thoughts and actions.
  • Abstinence cures Gluttony - Practice moderation, self-control and abstinence.
  • Chastity cures Lust - According to one's state in life abstaining from sexual conduct. Achieving purity of thought through education and betterment.

James admonishes the sick: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed (James 5:15,16).

David said:Fools because of their transgressions, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted (Psalm 107:17-20).

Bad Habits

You injure your body through bad habits. Perhaps you are in bondage to one of these poisons: Liquor, tobacco, and narcotics. In I Corinthians 3:17 it says: If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Recognize your filthy habit as bondage and set your body free!!

God has promised blessings to those that are obedient. One example is found in Ephesians 6:2: Honor thy father and thy mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Disobedience brings disease and sickness. Obedience brings healing!

In Psalm 105:37 it tells how the people of Israel accepted both the body and blood of their Passover lamb. When God led them forth out of Egypt, there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

Christ himself warned one whom he had just healed in John 5:14: Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

So, are you convinced yet that sin causes sickness ? If not, read the story in Numbers, Chapter 12 about Miriam, Moses' sister who became leprous because of her evil speaking which kindled the Lord's anger. Criticizing is sin and it causes sickness.

Also, in 1 Corinthians II, Paul speaks directly about sickness among the Christian people: For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (die).

So, in conclusion, if you are suffering from sickness or disease, perhaps you need to humble yourself and look to the source of life for healing. The Seven Virtues are a good place to start.


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  • PlanksandNails profile image

    PlanksandNails 

    7 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

    You live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    Thanks for writing this hub and appreciate your thoughts here.

    Yes, I believe sin causes sickness and we should look closer at what it says. There are some good principles here, but there is a common perception that sin is the cause of every affliction which the Bible shows as false.

    Many "Christian" ministries bilk people of their money to sell their wares on this very statement, "sin causes sickness". Unfortunately, this is not a precise representation of the truth in God's Word.

    I appreciate your sincerity in your hub here, I am just augmenting another perspective. Please peruse this hub and tell me your thoughts as we both have thought about this theme.

    https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/You-are-S...

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes chinemeremz, I agree that Christ is the only way we can be healed totally. We cannot save ourselves. I appreciate your comments.

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    chinemeremz 

    7 years ago

    Going by your assertion, it could be true that Sin is the harbinger of Sickness and Death.

    I now wonder if Sin is the cause of all human infirmities, because I know that even powerful and righteous men of God get sick and die.

    Is it that this men committed some sin? Or did they submit to nature's calling?

    Thanks Elayne, this is rather beautiful, and one more thing, I truly believe in this ideology that sin causes diseases and death, because sickness found its way to our system via Adam, and for this reason we now suffer.

    But we now have Christ who took up our infirmities and our sorrows, that by his wounds we are healed.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your interesting comments True Cures. People nowadays don't like to be told they need to turn to the scriptures for the answers, but I agree with you, they are all there. I, too, believe in the King James Version of the Bible. I still go to church although so many seem like hypocrites and I am not perfect so we all stumble together. Hope you will feel peace and love through Christ. He is real.

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    True Cures 

    8 years ago from Payette Idaho

    Very nice job elayne001. I have a whole list of scriptures tucked away that explain sickness and death. It has always been my opinion, though a very unpopular one, that the bible gives us everything we need to remain healthy and happy.

    For years I used biblical scriptures in hopes of gaining "Christian" acceptance for what I do in regards to healing. Now when someone ask me if I am a "Christian" I tell them I don't know. Because most "Christian" congregations would sooner have me burned at the stake then allow me to suggest that we are intended to be healthy and disease free I no longer go to church.

    I guess I'm waiting to die so I can find out if I am a Christian still. I really appreciate the King James Version of the bible but see little of Christ in mainstream "Christianity" leaving me with lots of questions to be answered when I am dead.

    Great hub and very non-confrontational. Best wishes.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks you peacenhim for your comments. Some are naturally inclined towards a positive spirit, but I struggle with it. Peace.

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    peacenhim 

    8 years ago

    Very good article and well written! I definitely agree, sin and guilt can cause sickness and dis-ease. That's why it's important to have a pure heart....and a positive spirit. Thank you! God Bless!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks JannyC. Any time.

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    JannyC 

    8 years ago

    beautiful and soulful hub. I liked this.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Pamela99. Glad we agree that sin causes sickness.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Elayne, That was a very well written hub that made things crystal clear. The truth shall set your free and yes, I think sin causes sickness. Thanks.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    My Hello, hello, I am so fortunate to know a living saint. I hope to know you better.

    Thank you LianaK for your comments. It is a subject worthy of studying more.

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    LianaK 

    8 years ago

    Thank you for a very interesting hub. I agree with Sandyspider--these make sense. There is a strong connection with our souls and our bodies--just not researched very well. Thanks again and I hope to live by the seven virtues.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    According to your lists I think I am a living saint. Honestly. I do eny of these.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It was enjoyable to do the research on this subject. I learn so much writing for Hubpages. Aloha!

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    Ann Nonymous 

    8 years ago from Virginia

    Well done and nicely put together, elayne! And you really brought forth a well thought out hub and subject matter!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Sandyspider for your comments. Sounds easy enough, but we all know it isn't.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    This makes a lot of sense.

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