Since the beginning of human society, there have been perceived links between sins and physical illness. Leprosy was thought to be caused by sin, and seizures were thought to be the work of demons. Modern science has discovered other causes for these conditions, but in many cultures a connection between the two still prevails today. In fact, someone asked me just last week what she had done to deserve Epilepsy. Shocking, isn’t it? Just the fact that she asked the question shows that this idea still resonates with us today, even in our enlightened, educated society.
Faith plays a critical role in both natural and supernatural healing. It also helps to prevent the occurrence of health issues. I am not talking about denial, either. I am talking about real and vital faith.
These are several things that faith provides that are as fundamental to our emotional and physical health as food, water, and exercise.
The Support of Community—this is important at many levels, for humans were not created to live a solitary life. Our relationship with others provides us with needed prayers when we are ill, and comfort when difficult times come. Sometimes, we need and accept the advice from those who have lived through what we now face. It is comforting to not go through things alone.
Better Health-People of faith tend to take care of the physical body, believing that it was created by God. This leads to better health overall
Peace- People of faith leans on the trusted words of the Lord such as the verses “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.. John 14:27
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7
Comfort- People of faith are usually devoted to prayer, worship, and other elements of religious life. What is often found is that worship through music, or the reading of sacred text, brings comfort to the person. This makes any difficulty bearable.
Religious observance is beneficial to all that participate, but it is more valuable when faith is well placed. Well placed faith offers a sense of purpose, hope, and optimism. It provides the atmosphere for coping with difficulty. It increases social and community support, which means a greater resource for finding help. There are studies indicating that religious life leads to longer and healthier living.
As a Christian, I have placed my faith in Jesus Christ. I simply want to share this with my readers. In my life, I have found that a life of prayer and Bible study and fellowship with other believers has given me great strength during difficult times I highly recommend that each one of us dedicate a portion of our day to such practices as these to uplift us and help to maintain balance in our lives. Let me say this- I do not think that my life with Epilepsy would have been bearable without my faith in Jesus.
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