Darryl's thoughts on the Christian Faith, Facts, and World Events
This meme came through my Facebook newsfeed last night. Due to time zone differences I decided not to get into a debate over this meme but rather to address it here.
The meme says that God "fails" to prevent injuries and "refuses" to heal them. Despite the intentionally blasphemous words and tone of the meme it does raise an important question: Why doesn't God choose to prevent all injuries and why doesn't God choose to heal all injuries?
Where do sicknesses and injuries come from?
Romans 5:12 gives us an important clue. "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all mankind, because all sinned—"
Genesis 1:21 also gives us an important clue. "And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."
It is logical to assume that there were no injuries, sickness, or death, before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. This is why God could call it "very good." Therefore, injuries, sickness, and death are consequences of humans' sins. God does not prevent all injuries, sicknesses, and death because they are part of His divine justice.
Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
In heaven, Revelation 21:4 promises, "and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be anymourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Why doesn't God choose to heal all diseases and injuries now?
James 2:1-4 provides a clue. "Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
From this passage we learn that suffering in various forms including sickness and injuries can have a positive result on our spiritual development.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 confirms this, "or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
God, who knows all things, may choose not to heal our injuries and sicknesses because they may produce a greater development in our spiritual life and character. This progress may result in eternal rewards in heaven. Even though we may not like our present suffering, we can trust that God will do what is best in our lives.
Also, God has created humans with the capacity to develop science and with it various treatments and cures for diseases and injures. We should give thanks to God for His blessings the come to us through science because if God did not exist, science would be impossible in a random universe.
A Christian Apologist, Author, Missionary, Husband, and Father. Darryl has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (CA), an MA in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University (CA), and a BA in Political Science from Truman State University (MO).