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Are You Sick and Suffering Because of Sin in Your Life?

Updated on January 21, 2016

Have you ever been through, or are going through a hard time in your life where financial hardship, sickness, broken relationships, and weakness etc… have or have been tormenting you?

Do you ever wonder why this uncomfortable issue is happening to you, or your family, and what may be causing it?

Have your friends, relatives, family, pastor etc… come up to you in sincerity and tried to tell you why the hardship is happening to you and what you must do about it?

Some problems might have a clear definition and are pretty cut and dry. For example, maybe someone has smoked for 25 years and now has lung cancer, or a husband has cheated on his wife and now she wants a divorce, but there are other issues that might not be as clear as to why they are happening.

The problem in the counterfeit "church" system today is that there are teachers and ministries teaching one aspect of suffering and defining it as the reason(s) for our problems without acknowledging the other aspects and/or contexts in the Bible. The problem is that one can, and often, come under bondage and oppression of religious teachings by not weighing and testing them with Scripture. There can be truth in part, but it isn't the whole. We need the whole truth, not partial truths.

Accuracy & Precision

The whole truth can be found in the terms of accuracy and precision. Accuracy can be defined as how close you are to the truth by tested values and precision is the degree of error between the results of the tested values. The closer the values are to each other, the greater the precision. For example, hitting the bullseye and being able to do it repeatedly with darts is being both accurate and precise.

Where the problem lies, pardon the pun, is the approximations we make when hearing half-truths and then applying it to our lives and to others. For example, in chemistry and physics, a high degree of precision and accuracy may be needed for something that is quite volatile to avoid an explosion, but an approximation or less accurate calculation might only be needed in an area where a rough estimation is required.

As followers of Jesus Christ we need a precise and accurate representation of truth, not a rough estimation. This can be determined by how accurately we research and study the Word of God. It may take time to read, reference, and/or experience similar circumstances that happened in the Bible in order to discern the whole truth. I believe the more we read the precise and accurate Word of God, the more precise and accurate our theology will become. From there, a proper context of truth can be derived.

Half -Truths

Here are some common half- truths about the cause of sickness taught in the modern "church" system today, which are accurate, but not precise:

  • The sin in your life (bitterness, un-forgiveness, judgementalism, laziness etc...) is causing your problem.
  • You are being disciplined by the Lord for you behavior (s).
  • You are demon possessed, tormented, or influenced by them.
  • You do not have enough faith to be healed.

These are but a few examples, I am sure many more could be added. You see, there is truth to each one of these phrases and there are a lot of references to back them up in Scripture, but they are not a precise, full representation of the whole truth. We need to read and focus on more than one "cherry picked" verse(s) in the Bible in order to understand the whole, valid picture (context), not just one aspect of it.

How many healing ministries use one aspect of the phrases above to take advantage of you and your money? They say, "If you only read our books, come to our conferences, or follow this new revelation from God, you can find true "healing.” The sad truth is many sincere believers come away brainwashed, oppressed with an empty wallet and still searching for answers.

The problem with these false teachers are that they twist truth by using only one aspect of it, take it out of context, and back it up with distorted interpretation from the Bible.

Let us us look at some Scripture verses to validate an accurate and precise perspective of why we may be sick or suffering.

For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.But when we are judged, we are DISCIPLINED by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. - 1 Corinthians 11:30-32

It is for DISCIPLINE that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not DISCIPLINE? But if you are without DISCIPLINE, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to DISCIPLINE us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they DISCIPLINED us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He DISCIPLINES us for our good,

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, SO THAT NOTHING WORSE HAPPENS TO YOU.” - John 5:14

So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, SO THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE; but let us go to him.” - John 11:14-14

And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was SO THAT THE WORKS OF GOD MIGHT BE DISPLAYED IN HIM. - John 9:2-3

And there was a woman who for eighteen years had a sickness CAUSED BY A SPIRIT; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. - Luke 13:11

“And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, WHOM SATAN HAS BOUND for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?” - Luke 13:16

These are only a few Biblical references that can be explored in order to give a fuller perspective of why we may be sick and burdened. The books of Job and Jonah are other good examples too.

False Ministries

Don’t get caught up on the religiosity of false teachings and ministries that rely on twisting half -truths for their own benefit. In the Bible, some of the many examples of suffering are a means of suffering with Jesus in order to develop the character of who we are in Him. It can be privilege learning, trusting (faith) and having an attitude of wanting to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. God is pleased when you suffer for righteousness and are persecuted for His names sake.

We live in a fallen and sinful world and sickness is all around us, but we have a Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has the power to overcome all our disease, sickness and hardships. Our sufferings may be a result of sin and may be to the contrary. We may not fully understand why good things happen to some, and not to others, but we can understand the character of God, who He is and why we are here. When Jesus Christ returns, we will be fully free from the sufferings of this cursed world and spend eternity with Him.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are AFFLICTED in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; PERSECUTED, but not forsaken; STRUCK DOWN, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. - 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our OUTER MAN IS DECAYING, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, LIGHT AFFLICTION is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Very nice essay on sin, suffering etc. I'm working on a series Seeds from Heaven in which similar subjects are addressed. Up 1 and Beautiful. Keep in touch please. RJ

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      There is a hidden confluence of events that are meant to be, whether for good or for ill...we make our own destinies only to a certain extent, after that, we're in God's hands (or on the wheel of Fate, if you prefer to think of it that way...) It's how we react to the events that shape our lives that determine who we are.

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      Pn'N 6 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

      Thank-you Paradise7 for your thoughts,

      Your comment got me thinking that the shortest distance from one point to the other is antipodal in terms of on this earth. If we think of that in the context of our lives and also in a spiritual sense, the direction we take will unlikely be a straight line because of the terranean changes along the way that can divert us off the straight and narrow. I agree that these changes in life can influence and evolve the characteristics of who we are.

      As a believer in Jesus Christ, I believe that He can give us the strength to follow the one road that ultimately leads to eternity with Him.

      “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

      Mathew 7:13-14

      Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

      John 14:6

      It’s not Jesus’ teachings that lead us to God, but Jesus as a person. That is why he said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

      The moment we start having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,that by His grace, He paid the price for our sins; we have started to live out our eternal destiny with Him because His Spirit dwells within us.

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      Pn'N 6 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

      Thanks RJ for your regards. Also, keep up the engaging text in your hubs.

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