A Christian View on Sickness and Suffering

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Sickness and suffering are inextricable parts of human life. Sickness has been a great mystery and question mark in life. It is to find an answer for this question that wise men and sages of history set out in search.

A Christian View on Sickness and Suffering

Sickness and suffering are inextricable part of human life. Christianity believes that sickness and sufferings entered humanity as a result of sin. But God is so loving that He does not let down man suffer in his sickness and He makes use of it to reveal His glory.

Healing the sick was one of the main missions of Jesus Christ

Throughout the Gospel, Jesus is seen as a healer of all sicknesses. Healing the sick was his main mission. “He also healed all who were sick. In doing this he fulfilled what was said by prophet Isaiah: He bore our infirmities and took on himself our diseases.” (Matthew 8: 17)

Christian view on sickness as a means of glorifying God

Sickness manifests the great love of God and gives an occasion to think of His care for humanity. It is a means of manifesting the glory of God. Whenever Jesus healed the sick, people who were around praised the power of God working through Jesus. “When the crowds saw this, they were filled with awe and praised God giving such power to human beings.”(9: 8)

At another occasion, when Jesus met with a man who was born blind the disciples asked Him, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:2-3) Jesus told them that the blindness was not the result of sin and that sometimes sickness is an opportunity for God to perform miracles and manifest His love.

Sickness is considered as a part of Christian calling

Sharing love with the sick people is a special ministry of the Christians. It is one of the criteria fixed by God to establish the kingdom of heaven on this earth and to reach heaven after death. “Come, Blessed of my Father!… I was sick and you visited me.” (Matthew 25: 36) It is in serving the sick, the real Christians see and serve God. It is expressed by Jesus through the story of the Good Samaritan.

Christ asks his disciples to heal the sick

Healing the sick physically, psychologically and spiritually is the ministry of Christianity. That is why so many Christians are involved in medical missions. Christ sends his disciples with the mission of healing the sick. He says, “Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out the demons.” (Matthew 10: 8) By healing, the Christians share the love of Christ.

Christian view that sickness draws people nearer to God

Sickness is not what God intended for humans. It is the choice of humans. But God uses it for the goodness of humanity. Sickness makes people to be drawn nearer to God. Through suffering sickness, Christians share the passions of Jesus Christ, who redeemed humanity through his sufferings. They take sickness as call to go nearer to God. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”( Romans 8:28 ) It is proved by many Christians through bearing their sicknesses and offering them to God as a sacrifice for others.

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A Christian Call, Christian View, Jesus Christ, Punishment Or Blessing, Sickness, Suffering

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author avatar Carol
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks for this.

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author avatar vpaulose
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you a lot.
Paulose

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author avatar Nan Joe
17th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks for reminding us of God's love for us. We can never appreciate the light if we have not experienced darkness.

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author avatar vpaulose
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Nan

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author avatar Denise O
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Nice read vpaulose. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
18th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Denis for sharing my article.
Paulose.

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