Before the fall, Adam and Eve could not get sick or die. Sickness and disease were never in God’s plan for mankind.
It didn’t come from Satan either. He can’t create anything. The enemy can only use sickness if it serves his purposes.
Where did sickness and disease come from?
Think about it – when Adam chose to walk the path of sin, all of creation fell from the perfection of God’s original plan. Humans, plants, and animals all fell into imperfection (Missing the mark). Sickness was birthed as a direct result of that fall.
It turns out that all disease can be fit into one of three categories:
1. Animal Attacks – All viruses and bacteria are microscopic animals. God never intended for them to attack the human body. But because of sin entering the world, they have missed the mark of God’s perfect will.
2. Genetic Imperfections – Many diseases are passed down from generation to generation. They’re not a part of God’s original plan, but because our DNA is now imperfect, there are genetic sicknesses.
3. Mistreatment of the Body – It’s a fact that alcoholism, drug addiction, smoking, gluttony, and sexual sins can cause or pass along many deadly diseases. It’s beyond question that these actions miss the mark of how God wants us to treat our bodies. There are also things that we do to hurt our bodies that we don’t even know we’re doing.
It’s clear that all sickness misses the mark of God’s perfect health.
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
How perfect is God? Does He get sick? That may seem like a preposterous question, but if He can’t be touched by sickness, why would He ever want us to be sick? It was never a part of His plan for creation.
Sickness and disease came upon the earth as a part of the total package of sin. When Adam chose to miss the mark of God’s glory, he embraced all that sin had to offer. We usually only think about the evil side of sin – things like adultery, lies, and murder. Remember, Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil!
God created Adam perfect. He had a perfect memory. His DNA was perfect. Everything about him was perfect. The “sin package” changed all that. Now, because of the “sin nature”, we forget things, get sick, and do evil, as well as a host of other symptoms.
Sickness is a part of the sin package.
BE CAREFUL! I did not say that every sickness is caused by some sin committed by the person. The disciples thought that and were rebuked by Jesus. Sickness and disease are not caused by the sins we commit, but are a manifestation of the sin nature that Adam embraced.
As I close this post, let me summarize. Sickness was not given as a part of the curse. Rather it entered the world through sin. Now mankind has inherited the tendency to “miss the mark” of the perfect health that God had created Adam to enjoy.
In my next post we will begin to look at the association between sickness and sin throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Question: What happens when we want to keep part of the sin package (like greed) and get rid of other parts (like sickness)?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014