Disease is not punishment from God. It is not a consequence of sin. It is not a result of a lack of spirituality or a lack of adequate prayer. Actually, most of the Saints died young and the reprobates seem to live forever.
Disease is a natural event. If we don't die from some traumatic event, we will die from a disease. We don't die from "old age." The big seven killers are: hypertension, atherosclerosis, senile dementia, diabetes, infection, cancer and obesity.
Mortality is 100% -- though we in America often think we can beat this statistic. Everything that lives in this universe eventually dies. Trees have tumors, fish have fungi and my roses have black spots. The Question is: "What do we die to -- Nothingness or Newness?"
There is evidence that things die to newness. New life grows in rotten tree stumps. Abundant life springs up in areas ravaged by fire. Perennials die in the fall and give new growth in the spring. People who have "near death" experiences describe a feeling of intense light, extreme peace and a state of euphoria during their time of "death"; they have no desire for return to life. One patient of mine had a dream the night before she died; she dreamed that she had to pack her wedding dress in a suitcase because she was going to a wonderful celebration.
Could it be that the Universe was created to cycle from life to death to new life to death to new life again? Could it be that disease is part of that cycle?
Posted by: ashleybone | February 24, 2009 6:54 AM
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