Benefiting from the Spiritual Side of Health
What is more important: Physical Health, or Spiritual Health?
For an agnostic or atheist, this is obviously a moot point, however a believer is very likely concerned about
both. But how does God feel about people's Physical and Spiritual Health?
While initially created perfect, the rejection of God by mankind led not only to a mortal body, but one that is
hopelessly flawed and imperfect. Medical science is not now, nor ever going to change that. Despite some
medical innovations, much of modern medicine remains a tradeoff between helping some conditions with
various drugs or surgery, only to replace them with other conditions, or at times creating even worse problems
altogether. At the same time, easier access to better nutrition, including nutritional supplements, only makes
up for the deficiencies created through modern food processing or environmental pollution, so there are really
no major gains made compared to thousands of years ago, when people did not have the same need for
In Biblical times, populations suffered and died from diseases that may be curable now, however nowadays,
society suffers and dies from diseases of "modern civilization," which did not exist then...
How concerned is God about the nutritional aspect of good health?
While some people spend every free minute in the gym to sculpture that perfect body, or they go through the
most stringent dietary rituals trying to achieve optimal - yet temporary, physical health, God is clearly more
concerned about an individual's spiritual health and eternal well-being, without neglecting basic premises of
keeping one's body physically healthy as well:
In early books of the Old Testament, God instructed his people on how to cultivate the land, and cautioned
them about unclean foods, including the adverse consequences of touching dead, diseased, and infectious
humans and animals, or using contaminated utensils. He spoke unfavorably against gluttony or drunkenness,
but not against the occasional consumption of alcohol. While it is unknown whether there had ever been a
time when vegetarianism was prevalent, eating meat throughout the Old and New Testament was neither a
sin, nor spoken against, with Jesus Himself not only eating fish, but also meat, the Passover lamb being one
example. The apostle Paul only admonished to abstain from meat (and wine) if it were to cause another
Christian believer to stumble or be offended, or made weak (Ro 14:21).
Old Testament teachings also included instructions on hygiene, and how to contain certain plagues such as
leprosy by segregating those afflicted. However, other than the 40 years when He made the Israelites wander
through the wilderness, and He Himself looked after their spiritual health and nutritional needs by providing
Manna (and miraculously preserving their clothes and shoes at that time), God seems to consider sickness as
just another of the many afflictions, tribulations, and imperfections of this world that the human race brought
upon itself as a result of [original] sin (Ge 3:16-19, Joh 16:33, Ac 14:22).
When Jesus healed one sick with the palsy, he said: ¶ Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.˜ (Mr 2:5), and when
subsequently accused of speaking blasphemies, he responded: ¶ Whether is it easier to say to the sick of
the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?˜ (Mr 2:9). Since it was
not mentioned that this man was demon possessed, suffering from birth, or that he was sick as a result of an
accident, sin may have played a part in this man's palsy. When healing another man, Jesus cautioned to
¶ ...sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.˜ (Joh 5:14), which follows that after diseases were
healed, they may have returned since all those who he healed were not likely to have remained sinless.
There have been occasions in the Scriptures where God struck some individuals with a particular disease for
their deeds (Nu 12:1-10, 2 Ki 5:27, 2Ch 21:12-15, 2Ch 26:18-20). Some believers were said to have been
weak and sickly because of unworthily taking part in sacraments (1Co 11:27-30). Others were sick because
of sin (Mic 6:13), wine (Ho 7:5), love / lust (2Sa 13:1-2), prophetic visions (Da 8:27), accidents (2Sa 4:4),
or afflictions attributed to Satan (Job 2:7, Lu 13:11-16).
The prescribed, or recreational use of drugs is another cause of disease, and while drugs are not literally
mentioned by name in the Scriptures, they are covered in specific translations of the word "sorcery." In all
Old Testament and some New Testament passages, sorcery refers to witchcraft and magic, but in Revelation
9:21, 18:23, 21:8, and 22:15 (the end times), the literal translation from the original Greek is "pharmakeia,"
or "spell-giving potion" (enchantment with drugs). Excessive use of alcohol (drunkenness), which is men-
tioned as sin in Galations 5:21, counters spiritual health, mental health, and physical health.
Not all who were - or are sick now, are suffering as a result of divine punishment for their sins: When asked
why a particular man was blind from birth - whether it was as a result of him, or his parents sinning - Jesus
answered, ¶ Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made
manifest in him.˜ (Joh 9:3, also Joh 11:4) - which illustrates that God places greater emphasis on the eternal
benefits of spiritual health, rather than the transient benefits of physical health.
Spiritual Health & Healing
How important is prayer?
Prayer is a form of spiritual communication with the Holy Trinity for Praise, Worship, Thanksgiving, and
Repentance, and it provides a means of communicating our desire for God to bless and fulfill the needs of
others, and to bring any concerns we have before the Lord for spiritual guidance. Daily prayer establishes a
relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, which is a requisite for spiritual health, forgiveness of sins,
and salvation (Joh 14:6, Col 1:14, Ro 10:9), and it provides emotional comfort and spiritual strength to with-
stand life's trials and tribulations, while the Holy Ghost empowers believers to bear fruit of the spirit.
Unfortunately, a lot of people think of prayer only as a petition to help them achieve a particular goal, or they
use prayer only during a crisis.
Before Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he assured them: ¶ ...for your Father knoweth what things ye
have need of, before ye ask him.˜ (Mat 6:8), and ¶ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteous-
ness; and all these things shall be added unto you.˜ (Mat 6:33).
As He was about to be betrayed and crucified, Jesus prayed ¶ O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup
pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as though wilt.˜ (Mat 26:39) - which shows that even under the
most trying circumstances, Jesus relinquished his power and submitted to his Father's will, that through his
death and resurrection, salvation was made possible to all those who believe in Him.
Does God answer prayers?
Many believers tend to think so, however their "answered prayers" for material things may be more wishful
thinking than reality. Proverbs 16:33 proclaims: ¶ The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof
is of the Lord.˜ In other words, events follow the Laws of Physics, as established by God, but - with few
exceptions - they are not affected by the prayers of believers. In fact, it is impossible to answer most
If a hundred believers play the lottery, and they all pray for winning the grand prize, obviously 99% will not
have their prayers answered. If several believers pray to finish first in a competition, does the winner really
have his or her prayers answered, but not the other competitors? Do Christians, who pray for success, fare
better in their endeavors than non-believers, who may wish on a Lucky Star, or simply credit themselves
(instead of God) for their talents and subsequent success? If they did, then obviously all - or at least most -
successful people would consist of Christians only.
Some religious people seem to believe that prayers for prosperity are still valid nowadays (1Ch 4:10), how-
ever just like the receiving of material blessings as a reward for righteousness by Abraham, Job, Solomon,
and others was made obsolete through the New Covenant of Christ, and became a stumbling block for many
wealthy "would be" believers (Mat 19:23-24), prayers for material blessings have equally become a futile
endeavor, as they only hinder the spiritual health and growth of a Christian believer.
With and without prayer, good and bad things happen to believers; and good and bad things happen to
unbelievers. Jesus said ¶ ...for he [your Father which is in heaven] maketh his sun to rise on the evil and
on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and unjust.˜ (Mat 5:45).
Prayers are most likely answered when directed towards spiritual health and blessings (2Ch 1:7-12, Jas
1:5), and they are always answered when in agreement with the will of God (1Joh 5:14-15), although even
then he may not promise a smooth passage -- only a safe landing.
When praying for God's will to shape our lives through his knowledge of the past, present, and future, (and
without the worries and anxieties to run our own lives), one begins to see the many blessings and even small
miracles taking place one would have never thought of asking for in the first place.
Nevertheless, we can still exercise free will to affect our lives through wise or foolish actions, however it is
more profitable to pray for guidance to make the right decisions, regardless of whether they are of a physical,
or spiritual nature (2Ch 16:7-12).
Do people get healed through prayer?
There are Biblical accounts where prayers for healing were answered (2Ki 20:1-7, Ac 28:8), and the apostle
James wrote "let the elders of the church pray over the sick, and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord"
(Jas 5:14-15), however I am not aware of any Scriptural passages which suggest that prayer alone - in the
absence of someone anointed with the gift of healing (1Co 12:9) - would heal the sick. In fact, the apostle
Paul, who had received the gift of healing, was denied to overcome his own infirmities (2Co 12:7-10), as well
as those of Timothy (1Ti 5:23). And the prophet Jeremiah asked the LORD: ¶ Why is my pain perpetual,
and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?˜ (Jer 15:18).
Compared to praying for spiritual health and blessings (which is encouraged), praying for physical health
and blessings, is as futile as praying for material things and blessings. If prayers for healings were indeed
answered, then hospitals would only be filled with non-believers, and no sickness would be found among the
leaders of major religions and churches, or members of their Christian congregations.
A study published in the Lancet Medical Journal found that "the prayers of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and
Buddhist groups failed to reduce serious medical complications of patients undergoing heart procedures.
The patients being [unknowingly] prayed for were as likely as others to develop complications such as
heart attacks, be readmitted to hospital, or die," the study said.
When Investigative Reporters followed some of those who initially professed to have been healed by atten-
ding Miracle Crusades, it turned out that only days or weeks later, every one was still afflicted with the
same conditions which were supposed to have been healed, or specific terminal cases, where the entire
congregation joined in prayer, had died. --
So how many genuine, and divinely-anointed spiritual healers exist today? Ultimately, only God knows if they
are quite as common as seen when changing TV channels on a Sunday morning (Mat 7:21-23).
This does not mean that being "religious" cannot have a positive impact on one's physical health.
A complete trust in God, and being spiritually healthy may well relieve, or prevent certain stress and anxiety-
related medical symptoms, and the same is usually true for adopting a virtuous, rather than a destructive
lifestyle. Genuine, divine healings (for real medical conditions) are more elusive, and should not be confused
with the temporary relief of symptoms due to the placebo effect, hypnotic tribal chants, or mass hysteria.
I have a number of patients who confessed to having had miracle healings, but after the initial euphoria had
worn off, every single one still suffered from the same affliction and needed therapy for it, although in one
case, blood tests showed that a particular disease-causing organism had disappeared after the laying on of
hands. One patient even had previously travelled to the Philippines for "Psychic Surgery," and she showed
me a picture of huge amounts of what looked like yellow slime oozing from an opening in her chest while
being "treated." Needlessly to say, she was still looking for a cure for her affliction.
What is Spiritual Health?
"With his stripes we are healed." (Is 53:5). "I am the LORD that healeth thee." (Ex 15:26).
Many people confuse Spiritual Health and Healing with Physical Health and Healing.
Jesus said ¶ ...Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink;...˜ (Mat 6:25), which -
if applied to physical health - would challenge every facet of medical research that has shown a link between
good nutrition and better health. The spiritual aspect of the physical healings Jesus performed is further
demonstrated when He rebuked some of the scribes and said: ¶ Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the
palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?˜ (Mr 2:9).
So the forgiveness of sins results in Spiritual Health (salvation) for all those who accept Jesus Christ as their
Lord and Savior, with any physical (miracle) healings being a temporary gift for a select few to demonstrate
the power and glory of God (Joh 11:4).
There are Biblical verses that are frequently quoted to support the view that prayers for physical healings
have a Scriptural basis (Mat 10:1-8, Mr 3:14-15, Lu 9:1-2), however, Jesus did not address the crowd,
but his apostles, who had the power of healing bestowed upon them!
Likewise, when the apostle Paul was bitten by a venomous snake, and felt no harm (Acts 28:3-5), does that
mean every Christian believer today enjoys the same protection? A similar misunderstanding between spiritual
versus physical health and healing is apparent in many "Faith in God Heals the Sick" - types of publications,
where the authors blame those who do not experience physical healings, on their lack of faith.
How convenient to blame the patient when the "healer" is not able to cure the disease...
Since it is easy for those who are enjoying the gift of good health to accuse the less fortunate of not
exhibiting enough faith, I would like to invite these same people to demonstrate their faith by meeting the
Scriptural challenges as presented in Mark 11:23:
¶ For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou
cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall
come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.˜ -- I am sure once this happens, it will be a notable news
Of course, the apostle Paul also teaches that ¶ For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.˜ (Ro 12:3).
There are Scriptural accounts of people having made a Vow to God by promising to fulfill a particular deed
in exchange for God granting a specific request, although - with the exception of fertility, which was granted -
I am not aware of any Scriptural documentation where a vow had been made to restore somebody's health.
However, vows are not to be taken lightly (which includes marriage vows):
¶ When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God
will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.˜ (De 23:21).
When prayers are answered for any particular problem, God seems to change circumstances, or opens
doors, but he rarely takes away the afflictions or problems themselves. Sick people still have to go through
any possible ordeal the hard way trying to get better, or prayers may be answered if they happen to coincide
with God's particular purpose or timetable: ¶ And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask
any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know
that we have the petitions that we desired of him.˜ (1Joh 5:14-15). Of course, mortality eventually catches
up with any type of healing!
Does God like to see people suffer or die?
When Jesus encountered the sick, and those who had just lost a loved one, he displayed great sorrow (Joh
11:33-35), but despite healing some of the sick, and raising some of the dead at that time, billions of people
have suffered since, and are continuing to suffer, with God being seemingly oblivious to their plight. When
"good" people are murdered, or innocent children slaughtered, or when thousands are injured or perish as a
result of natural disasters, the question is frequently asked: "Why does a loving God allow these things to
In some cases, people clearly invite these calamities by populating parts of this world that are regularly
pounded by storms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or other furies of nature. Other times, the hand
of God may well be at work to call for a spiritual reawakening when mankind increasingly forsakes God and
disregards his commandments (Ne 13:15-18, Zec 7:12, Lu 21:25-26, Ro 1:18), or worships the "gods" of this
world instead: Money (1Ti 6:9-10, Mat 6:19-21), lust / envy (Prov 6:25-35, 1Joh 2:15-17), worldly pleasures
(Ec 2:1-11), seeking approval of men rather than God (Joh 12:42-43), and contributing to spiritual and moral
decay (Ro 1:21-32).
Although natural disasters may foreshadow those to come during the "Great Tribulation" as described in the
Book of Revelation, these are certainly predicted to be of a much more cataclysmic scope, compared to
the ones presently experienced.
In the end, all reasons or causes can be attributed to the fall of mankind (sin), through which Satan became
the god or prince of this present world (2Co 4:4, Joh 15:30), whose dominion and control will only come to an
end when Jesus Christ returns to permanently reign over the kingdoms of this world (Rev 11:15).
Are God's ways the same as man's ways?
Mankind has come a long way to abolish slavery (De 20:10-14), genocide (De 20:16-17), and the death
penalty for offenses which, under God's Mosaic Law, were worthy of death, such as doing any work on
Sundays (Nu 15:32-36), cursing one's parents (Ex 21:17), rebellion by children (De 21:18-21), adultery
(Le 20:10), homosexuality (Le 20:13), psychic and occult activities (Le 20:27), and others.
In a perfect world, all crime and acts of violence would be 100% wrong. In an imperfect world, they become
relative to circumstances and are not black and white any longer:
Killing a person against his or her will is murder, but this no longer applies to killing an individual in self
defense, or during a justified war. On the other hand, the leaders of invading countries, and their supporters
(voters) responsible for causing the bloodshed of innocent people during an unprovoked, or "preemptive"
invasion will be held accountable for on Judgement Day:
¶ These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying
tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood...˜ (Pr 6:16-17). ¶ Wisdom is better than weapons of war:˜
(Ec 9:18), (Ps 68:30).
Capital punishment is sanctioned by God in the Old and New Testament (Ex 21:12, 1Pe 2:13-14).
Killing an unborn baby (abortion) is murder, but the decision to terminate a pregnancy which would otherwise
endanger the mother, or which resulted from a sexual assault, must be left up to the individual (although giving
up the baby for adoption - circumstances allowing - would be the better option).
Likewise, giving false witness in a perfect world would be sin, but not necessarily in an imperfect world,
if circumstances dictate that revealing the truth would harm innocent victims, or interfere with God's plan
There is no need to commit suicide in a perfect world, but conditions in an imperfect world, such as chronic,
severe, and unrelenting pain can justify the decision to terminate one's life, as is the rationale to legislate
physician-assisted suicide, since there are no safe, effective drugs to relieve chronic pain.
Why is praying for Spiritual Health more profitable than praying for Physical Health?
Spiritual health is expressed in the believer by bearing the "fruit of the Spirit" which is love, joy, peace, long-
suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Ga 5:22-23), righteousness and truth (Eph
5:9). It exemplifies the spiritual growth of believers, and gives them an understanding and awareness that all
earthly endeavors and accomplishments are for a season only, including all effort spent on achieving optimal
¶ Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go in such a city, and continue there a year, and buy
and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is life? It is even a
vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away.˜ (Jas 4:13-14).
God is silent on the subject of achieving good (physical) health, and only the apostle John wished that
someone ¶...mayest prosper and be in health...˜ (3Joh 2). There is no spiritual benefit in maintaining a
healthy, trained, and physically disciplined body; neither are there Olympic competitions "on the other side,"
which value physical training and perfection.
For the same reason, God allows violence against the helpless, innocent, or the unborn..., as in the end, an
aborted baby is no different from a stillborn baby: Both have not sinned, and are therefore not judged, while
individuals born into this world will be judged for their actions, and as a result have less of a chance of being
saved since they have to make a decision for God through Jesus Christ first, and gain approval to not being
condemned for their sins.
I have never seen a spontaneous improvement in their physical health taking place, after atheists, agnostics,
or followers of various cults or false religions had found God through faith in Jesus Christ. On the contrary, it
is not unusual for born-again Christians to actually encounter the wrath of the devil (for losing another soul),
and experience a decline of their physical health, or they may all of a sudden have to endure all sorts of new
trials and adversities (1Pe 4:12-13).
On the other hand, as new believers begin to overcome their earthly vices, there is always a change of their
heart, which allows them to increasingly enjoy the benefits of spiritual health that comes from being empow-
ered by the Holy Ghost, and bearing fruit thereof (Joh 4:36, Prov 11:30, 1Ti 4:8).
Spiritual Health & Healing
Do you know what is at the center of the Bible?
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 117
What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119
Which chapter is in the center of the Bible? Psalm 118
There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
Add these numbers up and you get 1188
What is the center verse in the Bible? Psalm 118:8
Psalm 118:8 (KJV) proclaims:
"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."
Is there a God?
Without intelligent intervention, does anything create itself? Would an explosion in a print shop - repeated
endlessly into eternity - ever result in a coherent arrangement of letters to create a novel? Did our planet
just by chance have the right size, and the right density of air to support life?
Does it just by chance spin at the right speed to give us day and night in a 24 hour cycle, to coincide with
a natural human sleep pattern? Did our planet tilt just by chance to give us seasons? Who put it just near
enough the sun to help maintain life, but not too far and too cold, or too close and too hot to kill us?
¶ The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God...˜ (Ps 14:1), (also Ro 1:19-20).
A lack of spiritual health is most evident among most of the wealthiest, and among some of the smartest
people in this world, who deny the existence of a creator or God, and are blind to the overwhelming evidence
of Intelligent Design (ID). These same people would readily admit that a simple paper clip could not exist
without intelligent design, however they have no problem maintaining with a straight face that something as
complex as the human body "evolved" all by itself out of a primordial soup...!
¶ That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at
any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.˜ (Mr 4:12)
But who created God...?
No one created God - He always existed - just like space...time...and matter!
God, through the Holy Trinity, personifies the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and that is how God can
be omnipresent --- space is everywhere, throughout the universe, and He knows the past, present and future,
since his Spirit is not bound by time, whereas physical matter is not lost or gained, but simply transformed.
Subsequently, as we die, the body's many chemical components are recycled to become food for insects or
plants, etc, while our spirit returns to God.
Which is the true God?
The good news is, there is only one true God and Creator (De 4:35, 2Sa 7:22, Is 44:6, 1Ti 2:5).
The bad news is, too many religions cause divisions among believers, and too many cults either teach forms
of Reincarnation, or that life and it's origin are a product of natural Evolution that is separate from environ-
mental Adaptation, at the exclusion of God and Intelligent Design.
Church membership is fine, as long as one discerns between its teachings, and that of the Scriptures, and
as long as one does not expect salvation just from being a church member alone. It also means that one may
have to change a particular denomination if the church's reformational teachings (e.g. same-sex marriage),
contravene the Word of God, or if their creed equates Church Traditions with the infallibility of the Scripture.
Whatever the choice, it is important to study the Scriptures daily and thoroughly, to pray for guidance, and
let the Holy Spirit lead one. When confronted with the many "doorways" supposedly leading to God, the
Scripture is very clear that ¶ Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.˜ (Ac 4:12). Jesus Christ alone is the true Messiah
(Mic 5:2, Is 7:14, Zec 9:9-10, Zec 11:12, Zec 12:10, Da 9:24-27, Joh 1:41), and is equal with God:
¶ But unto the Son he saith,Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever...˜ (Heb 1:8),
¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word
was made flesh, and dwelt among us...˜ (Joh 1:1, 1:14), and
¶ I and my Father are one.˜ (Joh 10:30).
In contrast to being saved by grace as a gift from God, all other religions, cults and sects who do not teach
redemption of sin and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, either use "works," or they use "spirit
guides" as a means to promise salvation, which are all contrary to the Word of the one true God.
Physical Health is desirable, but when living for the moment only, without considering Spiritual Health, it is
nothing: ¶ ...what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.˜ (1Co
15:32). The ultimate goal for anyone born into this world should be more than perfect health and a perfect
body. For this reason the Bible does not denounce physical discipline, but emphasises the need for spiritual
health in light of an individual's ultimate destiny:
¶ For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life
that now is, and of that which is to come.˜ (1Ti 4:8).
It also declares that ¶ ...whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the
draught. But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart; and they defile a man...
[evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies]...but to eat with
unwashen hands defileth not a man.˜ (Mat 15:17-20).
And finally, ¶ For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?˜ (Mr 8:36-37). ¤
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