The Health Page
God tells us, speaking through the apostle Paul, “I beseech you therefore, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1–2. Is it
God's will that we be in good health? Are there laws of our physical being that
we must obey to achieve and maintain good health? We believe the answer to these
questions is an emphatic "YES"!
Because our site is dedicated to promoting truth, we understand
that it is essential to promote healthful living, especially as this will give
us clearer, healthier minds, better able to grasp the deeper issues of God’s truth.
Besides this, it honors God! We
must do everything in our power to obtain and maintain good health. It is
essential to our Christian walk. It is our Christian duty! Enjoy the
studies. The Webmaster
THE BIBLE BASIS
The fundamental lesson in the study of
the human body is to learn that God created the body, and instituted
all its laws and functions; that God gave it life which was to be full,
perfect, without pain, without disease, and without end; that
the interference with this plan which came in came through disobedience
to the laws which God instituted; and that our diseases are the result
of disobedience by ourselves or those who have gone before. This is taught
by such Scriptures as these: “Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon
thee." John 5:14; “For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven
thee, or to say,. Arise, and walk?" Matthew 9:5; “when
it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1: 15. Death,
which we usually consider to be the result of our diseases, God
says is the result of sin. Had there been no sin, there would have
been no disease, and no medical work. “Jesus came that we might
have life, and that we might have it more abundantly." John
Jesus came to forgive all our iniquities,
to heal all our diseases, and to redeem our lives from
destruction. Psalm 103:3, 4. Therefore, to take away sins, and to take
away sickness, and to redeem the life, are all His work, and are
all one work, and cannot be separated. This means that our
violations of the spiritual and physical laws of God must be
treated and healed together as one work, which cannot be separated. And
when His work of forgiving and healing is finished, no one will
then say, “…I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their
iniquity." Isaiah 33:24. In taking away all their iniquity, their
sicknesses are also taken away. Then there shall be no more pain. Revelation
21:4; and “the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1
Corinthians 15:26. Then the Saviour's work is finished, and the work of the
physician is also finished. The work of the true physician is a calling from
God to cooperate with Him in His great work of restoring mankind; and
the true way to work is to seek for the causes of our condition, and
labor to remove them. And the causes are found in the violation of the laws of
God, both spiritual and physical.
The study of the human body should
always be a search after the will of God, with obedience as the purpose,
which makes the restoration of character the goal. This is why “teaching
and healing should never be separated." Ministry of Healing, p. 141.
obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." I
Samuel 15:22. It is better that we learn not to sin, than that we sin and
then have to make a sacrifice for it and be forgiven. And it is likewise
better that we learn how to live without violating nature's laws than that
we ignore them, become sick, and have to be forgiven, (healed), (bring a
sacrifice). Therefore, the very best and highest form of practicing the healing
art is teaching the people to obey both the spiritual and physical
laws, as the laws of God. This is the highest and best form of the healing
art for two reasons. (a) To prevent sin and sickness so that forgiveness and
healing are not needed is better than to forgive and to heal. (b)
Recovery by teaching brings forth character through obedience to
the law of God. Reason (a) is good, but reason (b) is far more important but
much less understood.
“Fools because of
their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their
soul abhorreth all manner of food; and they draw near unto the gates of
death. Then they cry unto Jehovah in their trouble, and He sendeth His Word and
healeth them." Psalm 107:17-20, R.V. The “word" which He “sendeth"
and by which He “healeth"
them must contain as its chief element instruction to cure them of their
foolishness and transgressions, by calling for repentance and future obedience.
The “word" by which He “healeth" them says , “Ye are the temple
of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. If any man destroyeth the temple
of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy." 1
Corinthians 3:16, 17; and, “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which
is in you, which ye have from God, and ye are not your own; for ye were bought
with a price; therefore glorify God in your body." I Corinthians
6:19, 20; and, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do
all to the glory of God." I Corinthians 10:31; and, “Eat in
due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness." Ecclesiastes 10:17;
and, “Every herb yielding seed .... and every tree, in which is the fruit of a
tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food." Genesis 1:29, R.V. This
kind of “words" is better than treatment of medicine. To obey
this kind of words is better than to plead for forgiveness and healing which
follows disobedience, and to bring a “sacrifice."
Because the work of the physician is
placed upon the basis set forth in the foregoing, the commission and calling
to the physician is the same commission and calling as that given to the
evangelist. “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and charged them saying, As ye go,
preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise
the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely ye have received, freely
give." Matthew 10:5-7, R.V. “The Lord appointed seventy others and sent
them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself
was about to come. And He said unto them .... Into whatsoever city ye enter ....
heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is
come nigh unto you." Luke 10: 1-9, R.V. These texts constitute the
physician's calling; and these texts constitute the evangelist's calling.
Therefore, the first lesson in medical
science is to learn that the laws of the body were set there by God the Creator,
and are still maintained there by Him; that they were set there for, (a) The
glory of God—character; (b) The good of man—happiness through obedience.
The world teaches medical science in
an imperfect way, for the sake of health. This may not bring forth character.
While this is a worthy work, yet the commission given to us is a much higher
calling, it being to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord. When
we teach medical science according to the word and wisdom of God, it has
character as its object, and eternity as its goal.
Julius Gilbert White,
November 20, 1920
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