Spiritual Roots of Physical Illnesses and Diseases
2. Heart Sins
Disobedience is the most common problem with God’s children today. The tendency will always be to do one own thing and not consider the consequences. It must be a deliberate decision to follow God’s commandments not because we have to but because we know that God gave it to us to guide and protect us.
Examples of disobedience in the Bible:
- Deuteronomy 28 s one of the best known scriptures today when it comes to blessings and curses due to obedience.
15 “But if you refuse to listen to the L ord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you: …
20 “The L ord himself will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning me. 21 The L ord will afflict you with diseases until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy. 22 The L ord will strike you with wasting diseases, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew. These disasters will pursue you until you die. 23 The skies above will be as unyielding as bronze, and the earth beneath will be as hard as iron.
27 “The L ord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, scurvy, and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28The L ord will strike you with madness, blindness, and panic.
34 You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you. 35 The L ord will cover your knees and legs with incurable boils. In fact, you will be covered from head to foot.
58 “If you refuse to obey all the words of instruction that are written in this book, and if you do not fear the glorious and awesome name of the L ord your God, 59 then the L ord will overwhelm you and your children with indescribable plagues. These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick. 60 He will afflict you with all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much, and you will have no relief. 61 The L ord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed.
- Carrying of the ark – 2 Samuel 6:6-7: The instruction of carrying the ark was that no person should touch it if they were not from Levy decent.
6 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. 7 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this.
2.2 Dishoners Parents
Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the L ord your God is giving you.
2.3 Fear, Stress and Anxiety
Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. Fear also could be described as a feeling of extreme dislike to some conditions or objects, such as: fear of darkness, fear of ghosts, etc. It is one of the basic emotions (*3). Fear inside a person has degrees and it’s different from one person to another (sometimes it could lead to phobia) and if it’s not properly handled could lead to social and health problems. Fear can be described by different terms in accordance with its relative degrees – terror, fright, paranoia, horror, or even a persecution complex. Someone in fear might loose consciousness of mind and might do stupid and dangerous acts. Fear can also be used as a powerful weapon, manipulating people in doing certain actions.
Anxiety, stress, fear, phobia and tension are often used interchangeable to describe one of this century’s most common problems. Anxiety has been called the official emotion of our age, the bases of all neuroses, and the most pervasive psychological phenomenon of our time. Anxiety is an inner feeling of apprehension, uneasiness, concern, worry, and/or dread that is accompanied by heightened physical arousal. In times of anxiety, the body appears to be on alert, ready to flee or fight. The heart beats faster, blood pressure and muscle tension increase, neurological and chemical changes occur within, sometimes perspiration appears and the person may feel faint, jumpy and unable to relax. Anxiety can vary in its intensity and influence. Intense anxiety can shorten one’s attention span, make concentration difficult, cause forgetfulness, hinder performance skills, interfere with problem solving, block effective communication, arouse panic, and sometimes cause unpleasant physical symptoms such as paralysis, rapid heartbeat or intense headaches.
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind..
John 4:18 – “ There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
The torturous distraction of fears and worry hinder our relationship with the Lord. They get us all tied up in knots, opening up the doorway for Satan’s further attacks of sickness and diseases. Lack of enough faith and trust can reduce one’s life span and help bring about an early death.
Proverbs 12:25 – An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up
Psalm 34:4 – I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones ”
Anger is an emotional state, experienced by everyone, but impossible to define precisely. It occurs in varying degrees of intensity, from mild annoyance or aggravation to violent rage. Anger, openly displayed, deliberately hidden from others, or unconsciously expressed, is at the root of many psychological, interpersonal, physical and spiritual problems. Along with hostility, anger has been called the chief saboteur of the mind and the leading cause of misery, depression, inefficiency, sickness, accidents, loss of work time and financial loss in the industry. Getting angry is not a sin – Jesus also got angry with the people in the temple. But what you do when getting angry is where the problems start. Anger can cause anxiety, fear, bitterness, wrath, slander, self mutilation, suicide, and physical problems like high blood pressure, heart attacks, and headaches to ulcers. When directed at others it can include emotional, physical, cognitively or verbal abuse, vandalism and even murder.
Now the works of the flesh are … hatred… outbursts of wrath … murders, drunkenness, revelries …
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, longsuffering,…gentleness, self control
Unforgiveness is the single most popular poison that the enemy uses against God’s people. Unforgiveness can cause everything from mental depression, to health problems such as cancer and arthritis. Not every single case of cancer, it is due to unforgiveness, but unforgiveness can cause cancer (*4). Cancer comes from the devil, scientist can’t explain it, doctors don’t understand where it comes from; it’s the symptoms of a curse.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Jesus gave us very important commandments to follow; one of them was to love one another, as He has loved us (John 15:12). Love is the exact opposite of unforgiveness, envy, jealousy, hate, pride and bitterness. You can’t truly love somebody and hold bitterness or unforgiveness against him or her at the same time.
Matthew 6:15 – But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
When people in the Old Testament disobeyed God’s commandments, it opened them up to curses. When people nowadays disobey God, it can do the same thing; it can open them up to curses.
2.6 Bitterness (*5)
Hebrews 12:15 – …lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor (quarreling) and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice (malice gets into that area of hatred because of bitterness and resentment).
In English, the concept of mental bitterness comes from the idea of something that has a sharp or unpleasant taste. We speak of something being bitter if it causes grief or is hard to bear; “a bitter defeat”, “bitter failure”. We also speak of a “bitter loss” when someone’s death has caused great grief. Then, bitterness has come to be used of those things that cause pain or grief, such as “bitter remarks” or the actions of “bitter enemies.” We say “he fought to the bitter end”, meaning a struggle in the last extremity. The biblical Greek words for PIKROS = “bitter” and PIKRIA = “bitterness”, and other derivatives. PIKROS originally meant “sharp”, or “pointed”. Then it was used more generally for anything that was penetrating to the senses, something that had a pervasive smell or a “shrill” noise. PIKRA was used for the bitterness of the taste of some plants, and finally found use in speaking of personal experience when something was unpleasant, undesirable, or when something bad was unexpected. The words PIKROS or PIKRIA are used about 40 times in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament), only rarely to refer to literal bitterness, such as the reference to “bitter” water in Exo. 15:23. Usually it is a reference to men who are (pikroi) “the bitter ones” when they are soured or cruel (Ruth 1:20; Hab. 1:6). There are seven instances of these words in the New Testament: Matt. 26:75; Luke 22:62; Acts 8:23; Rom. 3:14; Eph. 4:31; James 3:11,14.
So, in the Bible, except when it is obvious that the actual taste of something in meant, PIKRIA refers to intensity of suffering of mind and body, something that is difficult to bear, something that causes animosity and reaction, something that is brought about by hatred or antagonism.
Bible Examples of Bitterness:
- Women are bitter because they cannot have children, (1 Samuel 1:10).
- A foolish son is bitterness to his mother (Proverbs 17:25).
- Divine discipline (chastisement) of the Jewish people caused bitterness. This demonstrates the weakness and failure of the people. Bitterness destroyed the people’s spiritual lives. The Jews brought on self-destruction by their bitterness (Lamentations 1:4; Amos 8:10; Ezekiel. 27:30; Isaiah. 33:7; 2 Kings 14:26).
- Slavery causes bitterness (Exodus. 1:14.3).
- Suffering causes bitterness to people who do not understand problem solving devices, principles, and give number one priority to relationship with God (Deuteronomy 32:24).
- Ridicule is a source of bitterness (Lamentations 3:14). The people ridiculed Jeremiah because of their bitterness toward him. When truth is taught, people react in bitterness.
- Consummate human pride is a cause of bitterness (Acts 8:23).
- Degeneracy is a source of bitterness (Romans 3:14).
- Cosmic involvement is a source of bitterness (Ephesians 4:31).
- Husbands and wives are a source of bitterness toward each other (Colossians 3:19).
The Results of Bitterness:
- Bitterness is antisocial. A bitter person is selfish, inconsiderate of others, withdrawn from society, indifferent or adverse to conformity with conventional standards of social behaviour. Even strangers avoid bitter people (Proverbs 14:10). No one is happy around bitter people.
- Bitterness is a sign of the fragmented life (Jeremiah 2:19).
- A bitter person rejects Bible teaching. James 3:14 says “But if you have bitter jealousy and strife, stop being arrogant and lying against the truth.”
- Bitterness shows total lack of grace orientation. A bitter person does not understand the Plan of God, let alone how it affects individuals. In Job 9:17-18, Job’s complaint against God. “ Why does God let this happen to me”, is a statement of bitterness.
- Bitterness accompanies the sin unto death (Job 21:25).
- Bitterness motivates complaining (Job 7:11, 10:1). People who habitually complain are bitter people; they have no self esteem.
- Bitterness motivates gossip (Psalm 64:3).
- Bitterness fragments other people’s lives. Hebrews 12:15 states “ See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by it many be defiled.”
- Bitterness is self induced misery, and it produces chain sinning. Bitterness is misery to others in the periphery. But two wrongs never make a right. You cannot build your happiness on someone else’s unhappiness.
The Oxford Universal dictionary defines jealousy as anger, wrath, indignation or anxiety for the preservation or well-being of something; also the state of mind arising from the suspicion, apprehension, or knowledge of rivalry. J ealousy provokes a person to anger, for jealousy is the rage of a man (Proverbs 6:34).
Jealousy can affect many areas of a person’s life. Jealousy can cause hatred. That is like committing murder. I John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer… Jealousy is oftentimes tied to the sins of envy (feeling of discontent because of another’s advantage) and/or covetousness (to ardently desire something that someone else has). When we nurse jealousy, and don’t rebuke it, we willingly sin.
Proverbs 27:4, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”
Examples of jealousy in the bible:
- Genesis 37:11 – Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him
- Numbers 5:11-31 – when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man who’s wife has been unfaithful then it will bring on a curse on the women where water will go into a her stomach causing the thigh to rot and the belly to swell.
Many Christian writings do not clearly distinguish jealousy and envy. Only a few verses in the New Testament mention jealousy, and many of these verses appear to refer to envy rather than romantic rivalry.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed
Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God
The New Advent Catholic encyclopedia equates jealousy with envy. It describes envy as contrary to the golden rule taught byJesus and contrary to the spirit of solidarity that should permeate all humanity.
The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines contempt as:
- the act of despising : the state of mind of one who despises :
- lack of respect or reverence for something
- the state of being despised
- willful disobedience to or open disrespect of a court, judge, or legislative body
Job 31:13-14 – If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
Proverbs 11:12 – He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
Examples in the Bible of contempt:
- Nabal’s Contempt for David – 1 Samuel 25:10-11, 37-39
10 And Nabal answered David’s servants and said, Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who are each breaking away from his master. 11Shall I then take my bread and my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they belong?
37But in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife told him these things, his heart died within him and he became [paralyzed, helpless as] a stone. 38And about ten days after that, the Lord smote Nabal and he died. 39When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the Lord, Who has pleaded the cause of my reproach at the hand of Nabal, and kept His servant from evil. For the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head.
- Michal’s Contempt for David – 2 Samuel 6:16, 23
16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him. 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life .
2.9 Pride (*6)
Perhaps the most destructive attitude of all is pride. It has damned not only Satan and his angels, but also men and women throughout history. Pride is worthy of condemnation because it violates the first commandment: having no other gods before God Himself (Ex. 20:3). God alone is to be worshiped and served because His will is supreme. But pride asserts that man should take supremacy over God. God will not tolerate a usurper who attempts to rise above Him. The book of Proverbs gives us insight into how God feels about pride:
- Proverbs 21:4 -An high look, and a proud heart … are sin.
- Proverbs 6:17 – The Lord hates “a proud look.
- Proverbs 16:5 – Every one who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord.
- Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride, and arrogance … do I hate.
- Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proverbs 29:23 – A man’s pride shall bring him low .
- Proverbs 11:2 – When pride cometh, then cometh shame.
Pride is a serious sin that is condemned repeatedly throughout Scripture. It is an abomination because it desecrates the name of God. And it also brings about destruction because the end of pride is judgment.
Examples of Judgement against Pride in the Bible:
- A prophecy about Edom -a territory southeast of Jerusalem in the desert. The city of Petra, its capital, was well fortified. It was nestled between high cliffs, and the only entrance was just wide enough for a single individual to pass through. It could be guarded by just one soldier, making it virtually impenetrable. Jeremiah 49:16-17 is a prophecy against Edom: “Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill; though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from there, saith the Lord. Also Edom shall be a desolation; everyone that goeth by it shall be appalled, and shall hiss at all its plagues.” Today Petra is empty. Its destruction came when its water supply, carried by troughs that flowed down the sides of the cliffs, was cut off by its adversaries. Eventually the people had to surrender. God brought that city down from its pride.
- Daniel 4. It shows the importance of properly recognizing the sovereignty and supremacy of God and the humble state of man. That theme is capsulized in verse 17: “ This matter is … to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men. ” No man can set himself up above God. That same principle is repeated: “ The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men ” (v. 25, 32). King Nebuchadnezzar finally got the message: “ I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored him who liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his Kingdom is from generation to generation “(v. 34). In Daniel 4 we see a proud man. Nebuchadnezzar was the monarch of the first of four empires that ruled his part of the world. As king of such a great empire, he became proud and set himself up as God. He had ninety-foot image of himself built out of gold and forced the people to bow down and worship it (Daniel 3:5). However when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to do so, they were thrown into a fiery furnace (vv. 12, 20). Such was the strength of Nebuchadnezzar’s ego. But in Daniel 4 God brings him down by making his dwelling among the beasts of the field and eating grass like oxen and then God gives him grace after Nebuchadnezzar humbles himself.
Miriam and Aaron criticize Moses’ wife and marriage in Number 12 and it caused Miriam to become leprous.
1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 10And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow.
2.11 Sexual Immorality
There are definite biblical restrictions on sexual acts which are broader called sexual immorality (Greek “porneia”). Example of sexual immorality are:
- Adultery – Sex outside of marriage. One of the sexual partners is married.
- Sexual Idolatry – temple prostitutes for pagan fertility goddess worship. Sex used as a form of worship.
- Pederasty – The practice of pederasty falls into three distinct styles. (1) the relationship between an older man and a young boy, (2) the practice of slave prostitutes, (3) the effeminate “call boy” or male prostitute. Other practices included a heterosexual male degrading another heterosexual male by anal intercourse after capturing them in battle.
- Fornication – Sex practiced outside of marriage.
- Homosexuality – a man or woman who engages in sexual activity with another member of the same sex. Such activity usually leads to an orgasmic experience. A lesbian is a woman homosexual. She usually brings her female partner to sexual climax by manipulation of the clitoris with either her finger or tongue. Latent homosexuality is the cruel and harmful term (attributed to Sigmund Freud) suggesting that some people are born with homosexual tendencies.
- Paedophilia (*7) – involves reoccurring sexual arousal and desires or fantasies involving sexual impulses toward a pre-adolescent child or children. The paedophile must be above age 16, and the sexual attraction must involve a child of age 13 or younger who is at least 5 years younger than the adult. A paedophile has either acted on these sexual impulses, or the fantasies and /or sexual arousal and impulses disturb the individual. The paedophile is sexually aroused because the child is a child, regardless of the paedophile’s sexual orientation, or the child’s gender. Different types include fixated, regressed, cross-sex, same-sex, and female paedophilia.
- Beastiallity (Bestiallity) – sex with animals
- Prostitution – sex for money
Sexual immoralities can influence a person on all three levels: body, soul and spirit and can cause anything from lust, health problems, hatred, rejection, through to sexual problems, marriage problems, conceiving problems, etc.
Christians obey the precepts and statutes of the Bible because they have been justified as children of God. They do not obey them in order to be justified. What the Bible has to say:
- Looking on a woman lustfully is adulterous. Matthew 5:27-28:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”
- Put to death sexual immorality. Colossians 3:5-7:
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived”
- Sexual sins come from the heart. Matthew 115:19-20:
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean'”
- Sexual immorality, including premarital sex (fornication), is described in detail as sin against God and your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:12-20).
- The sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”
- Homosexuality is a sin. Whenever the Lord Jesus Christ talks about human sexuality He uses the original creation of man as a point of reference. Matthews 19:4
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female”. God makes is clear that homosexuality is so serious that it warrants the maximum penalty: Leviticus 20:13 states “If a man lies with a male as if he were a woman, both men have committed an offence (something perverse, unnatural, abhorrent, and detestable); they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
Sexual problems are problems relating to the sex act. Problems could include not being sexually fulfilled, not being able to perform the sex act, pain experienced during the sex act, not sexually being aroused by your spouse, frigidity etc. Sexual related problems include menstrual problems, erection problems, not being able to conceive, masterbation, pornography, etc. Sexual problems could be the cause of:
- Medical problems (physical inabilities or deformities)
- Exposure of the baby during pregnancy to attempted abortion, rejection, verbalised hatred etc. can bring on later in life onto the person self rejection, self hatred, self bitterness, suicide tendencies etc.
- Birth trauma: during difficult or prolonged birth, physical trauma may result in fine tearing of the tissues inside the baby’s abdomen. Birth trauma may also result in misalignment of the cranial bones, misalignment of the spinal bones and misalignment of the hip bones, causing pain and digestion problems during the first months of baby’s life. Those problems may affect baby’s health immediately or later, affecting digestion, elimination, immunity, endocrine system, concentration, learning ability and sexuality. Also birth trauma can cause the mother not to be able to bond with the baby straight after birth which in turn can bring on rejection and intimacy problems etc.
- Mental attitude, stress, suppression, negative thoughts, fear, lack of love, lack joy, lack desire to live.
- Being exposed to: being raped or molested, curses, rejection, abuse, violence, attempted abortion etc.
(*3) – http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/anxiety.html
(*4) – http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/unforgiveness_poison.php
(*5) – http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/topics/bitterness.html
(*6) – http://www.biblebb.com/files/mac/sg27-12.htm
(*7) – http://www.rwnicholson.com/Pedophilia.htm