2 Corinthians 2:15
2 Corinthians 2:15

2 Corinthians 2:15 (Amplified Bible)

For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ unto God,
among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

Spiritual Roots of Physical Illnesses and Diseases   

2. Heart Sins

2.1 Disobedience

Disobedience is the most common problem with God’s children today. The tendency will always be to do one own thing and not consider the consequences. It must be a deliberate decision to follow God’s commandments not because we have to but because we know that God gave it to us to guide and protect us.

Examples of disobedience in the Bible:

15 “But if you refuse to listen to the L ord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you: …

 20 “The L ord himself will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in everything you do, until at last you are completely destroyed for doing evil and abandoning me. 21 The L ord will afflict you with diseases until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy. 22 The L ord will strike you with wasting diseases, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew. These disasters will pursue you until you die. 23 The skies above will be as unyielding as bronze, and the earth beneath will be as hard as iron.

 27 “The L ord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, scurvy, and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The L ord will strike you with madness, blindness, and panic.

34 You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you. 35 The L ord will cover your knees and legs with incurable boils. In fact, you will be covered from head to foot.

 58 “If you refuse to obey all the words of instruction that are written in this book, and if you do not fear the glorious and awesome name of the L ord your God, 59 then the L ord will overwhelm you and your children with indescribable plagues. These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick. 60 He will afflict you with all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much, and you will have no relief. 61 The L ord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed.

6 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. 7 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this.

 

2.2 Dishoners Parents

Exodus 20:12 - Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the L ord your God is giving you.

 

2.3 Fear, Stress and Anxiety

Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. Fear also could be described as a feeling of extreme dislike to some conditions or objects, such as: fear of darkness, fear of ghosts, etc. It is one of the basic emotions (*3). Fear inside a person has degrees and it's different from one person to another (sometimes it could lead to phobia) and if it's not properly handled could lead to social and health problems. Fear can be described by different terms in accordance with its relative degrees - terror, fright, paranoia, horror, or even a persecution complex. Someone in fear might loose consciousness of mind and might do stupid and dangerous acts. Fear can also be used as a powerful weapon, manipulating people in doing certain actions.

Anxiety, stress, fear, phobia and tension are often used interchangeable to describe one of this century’s most common problems. Anxiety has been called the official emotion of our age, the bases of all neuroses, and the most pervasive psychological phenomenon of our time. Anxiety is an inner feeling of apprehension, uneasiness, concern, worry, and/or dread that is accompanied by heightened physical arousal. In times of anxiety, the body appears to be on alert, ready to flee or fight. The heart beats faster, blood pressure and muscle tension increase, neurological and chemical changes occur within, sometimes perspiration appears and the person may feel faint, jumpy and unable to relax. Anxiety can vary in its intensity and influence. Intense anxiety can shorten one’s attention span, make concentration difficult, cause forgetfulness, hinder performance skills, interfere with problem solving, block effective communication, arouse panic, and sometimes cause unpleasant physical symptoms such as paralysis, rapid heartbeat or intense headaches.

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind..

John 4:18 - “ There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Isaiah 41:10 - Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

The torturous distraction of fears and worry hinder our relationship with the Lord. They get us all tied up in knots, opening up the doorway for Satan's further attacks of sickness and diseases. Lack of enough faith and trust can reduce one's life span and help bring about an early death. 

Proverbs 12:25 - An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up

Psalm 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones

 

2.4 Anger

Anger is an emotional state, experienced by everyone, but impossible to define precisely. It occurs in varying degrees of intensity, from mild annoyance or aggravation to violent rage. Anger, openly displayed, deliberately hidden from others, or unconsciously expressed, is at the root of many psychological, interpersonal, physical and spiritual problems. Along with hostility, anger has been called the chief saboteur of the mind and the leading cause of misery, depression, inefficiency, sickness, accidents, loss of work time and financial loss in the industry. Getting angry is not a sin – Jesus also got angry with the people in the temple. But what you do when getting angry is where the problems start. Anger can cause anxiety, fear, bitterness, wrath, slander, self mutilation, suicide, and physical problems like high blood pressure, heart attacks, and headaches to ulcers. When directed at others it can include emotional, physical, cognitively or verbal abuse, vandalism and even murder.

Gal 5:19-23

Now the works of the flesh are … hatred… outbursts of wrath … murders, drunkenness, revelries …

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, longsuffering,…gentleness, self control

 

2.5 Unforgiveness

Unforgiveness is the single most popular poison that the enemy uses against God's people. Unforgiveness can cause everything from mental depression, to health problems such as cancer and arthritis. Not every single case of cancer, it is due to unforgiveness, but unforgiveness can cause cancer (*4). Cancer comes from the devil, scientist can't explain it, doctors don't understand where it comes from; it's the symptoms of a curse.

Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Jesus gave us very important commandments to follow; one of them was to love one another, as He has loved us (John 15:12). Love is the exact opposite of unforgiveness, envy, jealousy, hate, pride and bitterness. You can't truly love somebody and hold bitterness or unforgiveness against him or her at the same time.

Matthew 6:15 - But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:23-35

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11

To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

When people in the Old Testament disobeyed God's commandments, it opened them up to curses. When people nowadays disobey God, it can do the same thing; it can open them up to curses.

 

2.6 Bitterness (*5)

Hebrews 12:15 - ...lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor (quarreling) and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice (malice gets into that area of hatred because of bitterness and resentment).

In English, the concept of mental bitterness comes from the idea of something that has a sharp or unpleasant taste. We speak of something being bitter if it causes grief or is hard to bear; "a bitter defeat", "bitter failure". We also speak of a "bitter loss" when someone's death has caused great grief. Then, bitterness has come to be used of those things that cause pain or grief, such as "bitter remarks" or the actions of "bitter enemies." We say "he fought to the bitter end", meaning a struggle in the last extremity. The biblical Greek words for PIKROS = "bitter" and PIKRIA = "bitterness", and other derivatives. PIKROS originally meant "sharp", or "pointed". Then it was used more generally for anything that was penetrating to the senses, something that had a pervasive smell or a "shrill" noise. PIKRA was used for the bitterness of the taste of some plants, and finally found use in speaking of personal experience when something was unpleasant, undesirable, or when something bad was unexpected. The words PIKROS or PIKRIA are used about 40 times in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament), only rarely to refer to literal bitterness, such as the reference to "bitter" water in Exo. 15:23. Usually it is a reference to men who are (pikroi) "the bitter ones" when they are soured or cruel (Ruth 1:20; Hab. 1:6). There are seven instances of these words in the New Testament: Matt. 26:75; Luke 22:62; Acts 8:23; Rom. 3:14; Eph. 4:31; James 3:11,14.


So, in the Bible, except when it is obvious that the actual taste of something in meant, PIKRIA refers to intensity of suffering of mind and body, something that is difficult to bear, something that causes animosity and reaction, something that is brought about by hatred or antagonism.

Bible Examples of Bitterness:

 

The Results of Bitterness:

 

2.7 Jealousy

The Oxford Universal dictionary defines jealousy as anger, wrath, indignation or anxiety for the preservation or well-being of something; also the state of mind arising from the suspicion, apprehension, or knowledge of rivalry. J ealousy provokes a person to anger, for jealousy is the rage of a man (Proverbs 6:34).

Jealousy can affect many areas of a person’s life. Jealousy can cause hatred. That is like committing murder. I John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer... Jealousy is oftentimes tied to the sins of envy (feeling of discontent because of another's advantage) and/or covetousness (to ardently desire something that someone else has). When we nurse jealousy, and don't rebuke it, we willingly sin.

Proverbs 27:4, "Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?"

Examples of jealousy in the bible:

Many Christian writings do not clearly distinguish jealousy and envy. Only a few verses in the New Testament mention jealousy, and many of these verses appear to refer to envy rather than romantic rivalry.

James 3:14-16

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God

The New Advent Catholic encyclopedia equates jealousy with envy. It describes envy as contrary to the golden rule taught by Jesus and contrary to the spirit of solidarity that should permeate all humanity.

 

2.8 Contempt

The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines contempt as:

Job 31:13-14 - If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

Proverbs 11:12 - He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Examples in the Bible of contempt:

10 And Nabal answered David's servants and said, Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who are each breaking away from his master. 11Shall I then take my bread and my water, and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they belong?

37But in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife told him these things, his heart died within him and he became [paralyzed, helpless as] a stone. 38And about ten days after that, the Lord smote Nabal and he died. 39When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the Lord, Who has pleaded the cause of my reproach at the hand of Nabal, and kept His servant from evil. For the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head.

 16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him. 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life .

 

2.9 Pride (*6)

Perhaps the most destructive attitude of all is pride. It has damned not only Satan and his angels, but also men and women throughout history. Pride is worthy of condemnation because it violates the first commandment: having no other gods before God Himself (Ex. 20:3). God alone is to be worshiped and served because His will is supreme. But pride asserts that man should take supremacy over God. God will not tolerate a usurper who attempts to rise above Him. The book of Proverbs gives us insight into how God feels about pride:

Pride is a serious sin that is condemned repeatedly throughout Scripture. It is an abomination because it desecrates the name of God. And it also brings about destruction because the end of pride is judgment.

Examples of Judgement against Pride in the Bible:

 

2.10 Criticism

Miriam and Aaron criticize Moses’ wife and marriage in Number 12 and it caused Miriam to become leprous.

1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 10And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow.

 

2.11 Sexual Immorality

There are definite biblical restrictions on sexual acts which are broader called sexual immorality (Greek "porneia"). Example of sexual immorality are:

Sexual immoralities can influence a person on all three levels: body, soul and spirit and can cause anything from lust, health problems, hatred, rejection, through to sexual problems, marriage problems, conceiving problems, etc.

Christians obey the precepts and statutes of the Bible because they have been justified as children of God. They do not obey them in order to be justified. What the Bible has to say:

"You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart"

"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived"

"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean'"

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God"

 

“Haven't you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female”. God makes is clear that homosexuality is so serious that it warrants the maximum penalty: Leviticus 20:13 states “If a man lies with a male as if he were a woman, both men have committed an offence (something perverse, unnatural, abhorrent, and detestable); they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

Sexual problems are problems relating to the sex act. Problems could include not being sexually fulfilled, not being able to perform the sex act, pain experienced during the sex act, not sexually being aroused by your spouse, frigidity etc. Sexual related problems include menstrual problems, erection problems, not being able to conceive, masterbation, pornography, etc. Sexual problems could be the cause of:

 

(*3) - http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/anxiety.html

(*4) - http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/unforgiveness_poison.php

(*5) - http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/topics/bitterness.html

(*6) - http://www.biblebb.com/files/mac/sg27-12.htm

(*7) - http://www.rwnicholson.com/Pedophilia.htm

 

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