In this Health Tip, we are going to begin looking at two systems regarding the health of the physical body we each possess: the world's system and God's system. This week we will look at the world's system: But first, I want us to take note that the Bible clearly tells us our physical bodies were designed by God to experience health, and that sickness and disease were never a part of God’s will or plan for His human physical creation. In the book of Genesis, we are told that after God had created this earth and everything in and on it and after He had created the human physical body on the sixth day, God was “very” pleased with what He had created:
If man had been designed for sickness and disease, God would never have called that physical body he had just created “very good.” And when we come to the New Testament, in 3 John 1:2 we read:
Here we see God’s will is that His human creation: “be in health.” Once again may I reiterate that sickness and disease were never a part of God’s will or plan for the physical body we each possess! And yet, sickness runs rampant today in both the Christian and non-Christian communities — and it is increasing with each passing year, despite the number of prayers being offered up to God. In fact, in most churches today, some 90% of the prayer requests are for sickness... why?
The World's System
I find it very interesting to note that the world's system of “Health Care,” is not something that just recently came into being. According to the above Scripture, the world's system of so-called “Health Care” was already in existence at the time Jesus walked this earth some 2,000 years ago. Also interesting to note – this world's system of “Health Care” was just as expensive and ineffective then as it is today. Total health care spending in the United States is expected to reach $4.8 trillion in 2021, up from $2.6 trillion in 2010... and $75 billion in 1970. To put it in context, this means that health care spending will account for nearly 20% of gross domestic product (GDP), or one-fifth of the U.S. economy in 2015. That 2$.6 trillion dollar figure reveals that the present cost of “Health Care” in America, amounts to $7,192.00 per person, per year, for every man, woman, and child. I believe it is a misnomer to call this a “health care” system, when in reality; it is a DISEASE care system! Consider what the Bible has to say about our physical bodies and about this world's system:
Now watch – though we are god’s creation: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27) and though God designed us to “Be in health.” (3 John 1:2) And though the bible gives us clear instructions as to how we should nourish the physical bodies we each possess:
And though the Bible clearly instructs us, not only in how we should nourish our physical bodies, He also warns us in Roman’s 12:2 “and be not conformed to this world” regarding how we take care of these physical bodies! Yet Christians, in spite of all the clear Bible teachings to the contrary, still turns their back on God’s ways of nourishing and maintaining these physical bodies and has opted for, and adopted the world's way!
God's Diet VS The World's DietIf one were to compare the diet God gave to mankind in Genesis 1:29 with the Standard American Diet (SAD) of today's average Christian (and non-Christian), you would find the difference as great as night and day! The diet God gave His human creation in Genesis 1:29 contained no animal sourced foods of any kind; no refined sugar; no refined grains; no refined table salt; nor any caffeine. In Genesis 1:29 God clearly tells us that everything man was to eat for food was to come from the living plants found in the garden. If you have been a reader of these Health Tips for very long, you know that I believe and teach that almost every physical problem being experienced today is caused by the wrong foods we are eating... NOT by genes, germs, viruses or bacteria. I like the way God put it in Galatians 6:7: “Brethren . . . be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) So man puts into this glorious, God-made, physical body, foods never intended by God to ever enter it. And what happens as a result? Man gets sick! And what happens next? Does man realize that it is the world's way of eating that is wrong and the cause of his physical problems, and finally turn back to God and the Bible for help and healing? NO! ...well YES, in a way. Many, after they have gotten themselves sick as a result of eating the world's foods, turn to God and ask for healing. And when that healing doesn’t come as a result of prayer — rather than turning to the God who created them, or the Bible, God’s book of instructions — man turns to the same worldly system responsible for the sickness. Is it any wonder God says in Hosea 4:6:
The Cost of This World's Disease Care SystemA little earlier in this Health Tip I gave you the monetary cost of the world's disease care system – like a noose around our economy, and is slowly, but surely, bankrupting our nation and its people. But there is another cost that I want to bring to our attention, and that is the cost in needless suffering and a compounding of physical problems, when a person pursues this system. Revelation 18:24 tells us: “. . . for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” The word sorcery comes from the Greek word “pharmakeia,” from which we get the English words pharmacy and pharmaceuticals (drugs). From this Scripture, we learn that “by thy sorceries (drugs) were all nations deceived.” Today, drugs abound. Interestingly, we are told by today’s society to shun, “just say NO” to certain drugs, while at the same time we are told to “say YES” to other drugs.
Friends, all drugs are poisonous substances; all drugs are liver toxic; and all drugs have an adverse effect upon the body! These “adverse effects” are often called “side effects” which in reality are “poisoning” effects. It should be abundantly clear to every reader that the Christian community has bought into the world's system of disease care, hook, line and sinker! I find it so interesting that many in the Christian community will attack and try and discredit any fellow believer if they dare criticize this world's system of disease care. For those Christians who bow at the altar of this world's system of disease care, I would like to bring the following to their attention: The number one cause of death in America is cardiovascular disease – heart attacks and strokes! The number two cause of death in America is cancer! The number three cause of death in America is the medical mistakes — doctors and drugs! (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association 10/18/06; 296(15): 1858-1866) Interestingly, Dr. Starfield, a professor of public health at Johns Hopkins, goes a step further by saying doctors are the number ONE cause of death because of their failure to inform their patients about the truth of health. I can’t put all the blame for the physical ills of our nation on the doctors, because doctors, after eight or more years of medical school preparation, have had practically zero training in health care! Rather, they have received training in disease management! In fact, you will find medical doctors are just as sick as the people they treat, and suffer from the same physical problems as their patients, because they have been trained in disease care rather than in health care!
Drugs Cause 700,000 Emergency Room Visits AnnuallyA high percentage of these ER visits are linked to insulin, painkillers, anti-clotting drugs, amoxicillin, antihistamines; and in the over 65 age group it's coumadin (which helps prevent blood clotting) and digoxin (which helps weak hearts work more efficiently). (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association 10/18/06; 296(15: 1858-1866) Because drug reactions are frequently misdiagnosed, many researchers believe that the 700,000 figure for ER visits is low. Almost every visit a person makes to a medical doctor, results in them being given one or more prescriptions for pharmaceutical drugs. Do not forget what the Bible has to say about these drugs!
Almost every school shooting in recent years, starting with the Columbine shooting, research has revealed that the perpetrators were on doctor prescribed, mind-altering drugs! Furthermore, a very high percentage of suicides also follow the prescribing of these mind-altering drugs. (Source: PROZAC —Panacea or Pandora? by Ann Blake Tracy.) As we conclude this Health Tip, let’s remember that there are two systems available to us today – the world's disease care system and God's health care system. Yes, health is a matter of choice! Which will you choose? Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.