Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Biblical Principles For Avoiding Disease


 When we pay close attention to our personal hygiene, proper sanitation and making sure that our immune system remains strong through adequate nutrition, we can help prevent many of the diseases so prevalent in our society today.
     God gives us important principles and instructions, when followed would help in our fight against disease.

Here is an overview:
  • Quarantine those who are carrying infectious diseases (Lev: 13 & 14)
  • Looking after our diet keeps our immune systems strong, we need to observe the food laws that God instituted to protect us against illness and disease.(Lev. 11: 1-31, Deut. 14: 3-21)
  • We can control the spread of disease by paying meticulous attention to hygiene. (Lev. 11: 32-40)
  • Keep your environment and yourself clean by the proper removal of excrement. (Deut.23: 12-13) 
  • One of the most important measures today, in the fight of infectious disease is hand-washing. Good old fashion soap & water succeeds where antibiotic fails. God tells us to use running water for washing our hands, bodies and even our clothing. (Num. 19: 14-19)
  • When we are obedient to  God, he promises that we will reap the benefits of good health and well-being. (Prov. 3:7, Lev. 26: 3-13 and Deut. 28: 1-13)
  • Instead of focusing on negative thoughts, we need to focus on the positive. Instead of focusing on our problems try to focus on solutions. It's a known fact that negative thoughts can manifest it's self in physical ways. I.e. head-aches, stomach aches, increased physical pain. (Phip 4:8)
  • God promises to take illness away from the nation that looks to him and to those who obey him. (Ex 23:25, Deut. 7:15)
  • The bible tells us if we are sick to call for the elders of your church and let them pray for you and to be anointed with oil. (James 5:14)Have you ever asked this of your church leaders? We do need to do our part and not to leave God out of the picture.

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*Attribution: This article includes my personal perspective and insight and is a summary of an article I read on pg 21 in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Tomorrow's World.


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