I was having a debate with someone recently via a blog similar to this one. The issue up for discussion was can we have guaranteed healing because of Christ’s redemptive work. If you look at our church website, you will find a number of articles explaining that God’s will is healing.
In this debate, I mentioned that in the Lord’s prayer Jesus taught us to pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” There is no sickness in heaven, so it is obvious that there should be no sickness on earth.
The lady I was debating then said that well if that was true then there should be no hatred on earth because there is no hatred in heaven. I am not sure why she thought this invalidated my point, but as I was writing a response, I was struck by the fact that paralleling hate and sickness will give many people revelation on how to deal with sickness, and why sickness is still around.
Here is my post:
You are correct. Logically there should be zero hatred on earth and zero sickness.
However, you know that people still hate and still get sick.
However, if you have hate in your heart do you go: ah well, people get hate, this is a fallen world, and these things happen, I will just lie down and let hate win. Or would you go into the Word of God, find out Scriptures that deal with hate, learn them, meditate on them and change your mental attitude with the Word of God? Because if you take the former attitude you will be filled with hate even though the will of God is that you love your brother.
It is the same with sickness. If you have sickness in your body do you go: ah well, people get sick, this is a fallen world, I will just lie down and let sickness win. Or would you go into the Word of God, find out Scriptures that deal with sickness, learn them, meditate on them and change your physical body with the Word of God? Because if you take the former attitude you will be filled with sickness even though the will of God is your complete healing.
If you get sick, real faith is not denying the sickness. Real faith is deciding to live by the Scriptures of healing and fighting the good fight of faith and watching that sickness leave. It is so much fun to live healthy in the world, it is so much fun to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. I live by faith (in the Word) and not by sight (what I see).
The problem is that we have made sickness our friend in the church, we have told lies about it: we have said it teaches us humility, that it is a blessing in disguise, that Christ’s redemption is not really redemption from sickness, that it is something you cannot escape. But if you study the Word, you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.