The Next Time You Have A Physical Ailment Consider Checking Your Spiritual Health

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   6/2/2011

A man recently underwent surgery for a gold-ball sized brain tumor. He was also an active skeptic of the Christian faith.

His story is briefly noted in a recent Jews for Jesus newsletter. He took time to talk with Jews for Jesus missionaries-- but it wasn't out of his own curiosity; he wanted to put doubts in the minds of the missionaries. The newsletter did not make any connection between the tumor and his active skepticism, but I pondered it.

So might have Henry Wright, who penned the book, A More Excellent Way. His premise is that specific physical ailments are connected to specific spiritual issues. For example, could female reproductive ailments be connected to disrespect toward one's mother? Could bone diseases be connected to bitterness? Could doubt be connected to brain diseases?

Certainly, every illness is not the result of sin. Jesus made that clear in John 9. When responding to the disciples' question about a man's blindness, Jesus said, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." It's also important to recognize that we live in a fallen world. Trees fall and may cause death. Possibly diseases fall in the same unrhythmic manner. But, could it be that some medical cases are rooted in deeper spiritual issues?

Some in the secular world might nod at that. An article out of titled, "Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness," asserts that enacting forgiveness lowers one's blood pressure. And, one who forgives has fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Another article out of Mayo states that people who are spiritual are more quickly able to heal from illness or addiction.

There's more research out of Mayo on the connection between anger and heart health, and anxiety and mental/digestive disorders.

Mr. Wright includes testimonies in his book of people being healed of asthma, cancer and poor relationships. He asserts that steps to wellness include recognizing the possible roots of your disease, repenting, and "walking out" (or renewing your mind and changing behaviors).

There are several passages of scripture that give credibility to Mr. Wrights' claims. For example, Exodus 20:12 tells us that keeping a good relationship with our father and mother results in a longer life. And Proverbs 10:27 says, "The fear of the LORD adds length to life". The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which leads to following his commands. So this verse tells us that following the Lord's commands, in which we are to forgive each other, lengthens our lives. Other supporting passages are Deuteronomy 30:15 and Psalm 112:1-2.

The man who had the brain tumor was diagnosed two days before his surgery. Let's pray he becomes a Christian, if he hasn't already made that step. His spiritual health certainly will matter more to him in the long run.

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