A Summary Of What The Bible Teaches
Can Religious Acts, Ceremonies,
or Rituals Cure Disease?
THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM IS:
As a result of believing in supernatural causes of
disease, theologians taught that plagues could be averted or stopped by seeking
supernatural assistance. And the way to obtain Gods help, they thought,
was to perform religious acts. These included repenting from sin; providing gifts
to churches, monasteries, and shrines; participating in religious processions;
attending church services (which often only increased the spread of disease);
and killing Jews and witches (since it was thought Satan used them as his agents
in causing illness). Religious leaders largely ignored the possibility of physical
causes and cures of diseases.
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It seems that humanists believe
that people who distort what the Bible teaches are the authorities on what the
Bible teaches. And then they use these distortions to mislead people. Isn't there
something wrong with that?
In the above quote, the source referenced is
once again Andrew D. White, writing in "A History of the Warfare of Science
with Theology in Christendom, Vol. II." As I noted in the previous page,
this is what Wikkipedia says about this book: "There is no evidence that
White examined any primary sources, and many of the claims are complete fabrications."
That should end this discussion. When you list as your source a book that includes
fictions and fabrications, your assertions have no validity. (Read
more about Andrew White here.)
However, I would like to take a moment
to point out the Bible teaches the exact opposite of what is asserted by the humanists.
This is important. In our human nature we want to be in control. The most common
promise Satan offers is, "You can be like God." (Genesis 3:5).
This is the promise humanists have fallen for. They don't understand this, but
it is nevertheless true.
What does the Bible teach?
The way to have God's help (blessings), is to first love God, which means
to obey God. In the Bible "love" is an action, not a feeling. In the
case of God, loving God meaning to obey God (John 14:21, 23 & 24; John 15:10)
Then second, is to love your neighbor (other people). The Ten Commandments describe
what love looks like. Commandments 1-3 describe loving God. Commandments 5-10
describe loving your neighbor. Giving to the church, participating in religious
processions, attending church, killing Jews and "witches," and other
"religious" acts, rituals, and ceremonies have no benefit... and in
fact they tend to lead people away from God and His blessings.
cause of all disease is the fall. Prior to that God had declared everything
very good. There was no disease, afflictions, or death. Man's sin brought disease
into the world.
2b. God can use what is evil for good. At times God
uses disease, afflictions, and death to admonish, punish, discipline, teach, or
to accomplish other of His sovereign purposes. God may directly cause a sickness
or affliction, or allow it to happen through "natural" causes.
Satan and demons, in their efforts to deceive and lead people away from God,
use disease, and the symptoms of disease, to discourage, mislead, and deceive
people. An example of this is the humanists web page we're discussing. It uses
a discussion of disease to attempt to lead people away from the Bible and God.
The health laws in the Bible teach the principles people need to know in order
to minimize the spread of, and the effects of disease. They require cleanliness
and hygiene, as well as the most effective tool (at the time) against infectious
disease... quarantine. During the black plague the Jews followed the Biblical
health laws and their death rate was just 5% of that of the general population.
the black plague non-Jews were doing what the humanists today say we should do.
They followed what the science of their day advocated, which was in opposition
to what the Bible teaches. In other words, they disregarded the Bible and followed
human "wisdom"... and they died.
4. We don't know when
a sickness, disease, or affliction is from the Lord or just the result of our
fallen world. The examples we have from scripture give us the principles for good
health: have good hygiene and sanitation, and use the best available medical and
health practices and technology. In addition, we should be in prayer. God expects
us to take care of ourselves, so prayer is in addition to our best efforts (as
guided by scripture). And while a supernatural miracle is possible we should not
expect one. Except for exceptional times and circumstances, God works through
Conclusion: Follow what the
Bible teaches and have life.
Continuing to trust in discredited
author Andrew D. White, the humanists now switch to science. The title of their
next section is: Science Bests Supernaturalism
states that despite all the prayers, rituals, and other religious activities performed
throughout the centuries, the frequency and severity of plagues did not diminish
until scientific hygiene made its appearance. In regard to the hygienic improvements
instituted during the second half of the nineteenth century, White explains: The
sanitary authorities have in half a century done far more to reduce the rate of
disease and death than has been done in fifteen hundred years by all the fetiches
which theological reasoning could devise or ecclesiastical power enforce.
superior results of using science instead of religion can be seen in many other
fields. Humanists therefore accept the scientific view that this world operates
under unvarying natural laws that cannot be suspended by religious rituals or
If you've read this page, you already know what is wrong with
the above accusation. Click here and we'll look
at other humanist scientific arguments against the Bible.