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Mentored by a Milker of Cows

Long-time readers know of my fondness and appreciation for Bill Judge, a retired dairyman in Kissimmee, Florida, who has been my mentor and coach since the mid-1980’s. Now that my father has passed, Bill has become my second dad. In a 2010 blog, “Mentored by a Milker of Cows,” I told you the story about Bill’s loving mentoring of me. Now this story is being retold by Significant Living magazine: Continue reading

Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 5 – What Causes Sickness?

Theologians tell us that, in one sense, from a Biblical perspective, all sickness has its ultimate origin in sin because human suffering stems from the fall and the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:15 – 17; Romans 1:28 – 32). But that’s not the way many people think of sin causing sickness. It’s very common for me to see patients who believe that their sickness or disease is caused by a specific sin or wrong decision. There are others who believe that all illness is due to specific sin. Is this true or false?

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The word “abortion” is NOT in the Bible. So, how can you be against it?

A friend of mine, a family physician, recently wrote this to me: “Nowhere in the Bible do I find any definition of when life begins; in fact, I can’t find a single reference to abortion.” So, he implies, “. . . how can Bible-believing Christians be against abortion?” It’s a great question! Here’s my response to him.

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Christian Medical Association Statement on Homosexuality

The Christian Medical Association is the nation’s largest organization of faith-based doctors, and serves as a Christian voice on today’s most important bioethical issues. CMA responds to breaking bioethical news regarding such issues as abortion, human cloning, physician-assisted suicide, stem cell research and more. CMA has released a statement about the Biblical, Medical, and Social consequences of homosexual behavior and a homosexual lifestyle that I thought you would find thought provoking and helpful.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 12 – Biblical Principles on Which to Base Medical Decisions and The Power of Faith

This is the last entry in this series — which has been one of the most popular I’ve written. I hope it’s been helpful for you and hope you recommend this blog series to your friends as the Bible gives clear principles on which we can rely when making decisions about alternative therapies with spiritual roots. Some have noted that most of the passages condemning occult practices come from the Old Testament. Most theologians teach that Christians are not bound by many of the Old Testament laws, such as those related to worshiping in God’s temple. Does that mean that prohibitions of divination and magic no longer apply to Christians?

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 11 – Look to the Bible, Not Inner Voices, for Guidance

When investigating an alternative therapy, be concerned about those that involve listening to other spirits. But what about listening to an inner guiding voice? Guidance by intuition and inner voices has become more in vogue today than guidance through reason and objective evidence. Postmodernism has contributed to this acceptance with its notion that we all create our own reality, that whatever we believe is OK. But, is it?

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 10 – Biblical Characters Condemned for Pursuing Certain Forms of Healing

The Bible recognizes the great temptation inherent in healing by evil spirits and illicit healers. The Old Testament describes an intense conflict between legitimate and illegitimate approaches to healing and spirituality. An incident involving King Ahaziah, the eighth king of Israel, clearly demonstrates this:

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 9 – Life Energy and Medical Magic

Alternative therapies based on “life energy” use principles just like those generally attributed to magic. Although “magic” is difficult to define concisely, magical practices do have common features. Magic involves specific techniques or rituals by which people attempt to manipulate supernatural powers to meet their immediate needs. How should Christians respond?

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 6 – Why God’s Response to Prayer Isn’t Always to Heal

Despite what many television preachers tell us, the Bible does not teach that God’s response to a prayer to cure illness is an immediate physical healing. The overall teaching of the Bible is that sickness can have different origins. Therefore, claims that all illnesses can always be cured by “believing prayer” or “casting out demons” are simply not biblical. Let me explain why.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 4 – Can Faith be Unhealthy?

While faith can have positive effects on health, it can also have negative effects. Although religious beliefs are a source of comfort and support for many people, for others they are a source of stress and emotional turmoil.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 3 – Devout Faith Helps but Does Not Guarantee Good Health

Interest in the connection between faith and health has led to a relatively large number of studies investigating the link. Some religious groups, including some actively involved in alternative medicine, claim to offer complete health to their adherents. Evaluating the health of believers in those religions would provide important evidence about the truth or falsity of those religions (as has been done for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, or Christian Scientists). For this reason, it is important to answer the question as to whether the Bible teaches that God promises to heal Christians. Does it?

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 2 – What Value Should We Place on Our Health?

Good Health Can Become an Idol

Many of the more recent controversial developments in conventional medicine (cloning, assisted suicide, embryo research) have arisen because some believe that the purpose of life is to promote life itself — and not just any life, but life that is judged by human standards to be valuable or of good quality.

Good health can become the most important thing in a person’s life. Sometimes this is good. Other times it may be harmful.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 1 – What does the Bible say about health?

I co-wrote a best-selling and evidence-based book on alternative and complimentary medicine with my good friend, Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, titled, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook (the options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely). We had a chapter in the book titled Faith-Based Health and Healing. Our goal for the chapter was to review “what the Bible says about health and healing.” This and future posts will excerpt parts of this chapter, starting with this first post:

Health is a major focus today. Many people think of physical wellness when they think about health, but the trend is toward a much broader view, a “holistic” view of health. This acknowledges the many influences on our health and healing — the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual factors. We now know that many nonphysical factors play an important role in the development of certain illnesses and in keeping us healthy. But, what Does the Bible Say About Health?

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