Caring through Diseases & Medical Conditions

Caring for fallen people in a fallen world will inevitably involve health problems. What does the Bible say about disease and poor health?

Day One: Encouragement
No matter what our discouraging situation, there are encouraging verses in the Bible that can give us hope...
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Day Two: Terminal Illness
It certainly can be difficult to accept some of the sorrowful twists and turns that life brings our way. And there are few things that can stir the human soul more than the news of a terminal illness diagnosis. First of all, know that Jesus cares...
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For more, see "Celebrating Life in the Midst of Illness"

Day Three: Epilepsy
An account of a boy with epileptic-like seizures is recorded in three of the four Gospels. Only in Matthew's account (in the ESV and NKJV) is the word epileptic used to describe the boy; the NASB and KJV say "lunatic," based on the original Greek word's meaning of "moonstruck"...
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Day Four: HIV/AIDS
Fundamentally, all disease is a judgment from God. Adam and Eve did not know corruption of any kind before the Fall. When God pronounced judgment on Adam, death entered the world...
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Day Five: Cancer
The Bible does not say anything specifically about the disease of cancer. However, that does not mean that it does not address the issue of diseases. King Hezekiah was sick from a "boil" (2 Kings 20:6–8), which could have in reality been cancer under a different name...
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For more, see "Rejecting Medical Care"

Day Six: Pandemic Diseases
The recent Ebola outbreak has prompted many to ask why God allows—or even causes—pandemic diseases and whether such pandemic diseases are a sign of the end times. The Bible, particularly the Old Testament, describes numerous occasions when God brought plagues and diseases on both His people and His enemies "to make you see my power"...
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Day Seven: Intersexed
Babies that are born with both male and female sexual organs, or characteristics of both organs, are called hermaphrodites or intersex. A child who is in an intersexual state is classified in one of three categories...
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Day Eight: Alcoholism
Alcoholism is just one of many addictions that can take control of someone's life. Because its effects are obvious, drunkenness can appear to be a worse sin than others. However, the Bible makes no such distinctions...
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Published 3-28-16