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Sexual immorality Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man com- mits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. (I Corinthians 6:18, NAS)

You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14, NAS)

Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. (Leviticus 18:22, NIV)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor [the] covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swin- dlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9-10, NAS)

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, And smoother than oil is her speech; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death... (Proverbs 5:1-5, NAS)

Smoking Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (I Corinthians 6:19-20, NAS) Just as deadly sexual behaviors continue despite objective warnings, the same sad reality applies to non- sexual bodily abuses such as smoking. As far back as the seventeenth-century, a Jesuit priest named Jacob Bald put the matter bluntly: What difference is there between a smoker and a suicide; except that the one takes longer to kill himself than the other? 46

Stress-related illness

  • But I say to you,

love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you... (Matthew 5:44, NAS) There are very significant emotional factors which influ- ence not only the pathogenesis [casuation] but also the course of the illness.47

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement,

  • You shall love your

neighbor as your- self. But if you bite and devour one anothe , take care lest you be consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:14-15, NAS) Hatred for people exposes us to a host of diseases of body and mind. Expressing animosity toward others calls forth hormones from the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid,

and other glands. In excess, these hormones can cause diseases in almost any part of the body. 48

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kind- ness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22- 23, NAS) As a contrast to the Spirit-led individual, cardiologist Jay Hollman, MD writes of the self-promoting individual in an article entitled, Type A Behavior is a Spiritual Disease: Constantly pushing himself to go faster, he loses the joy of relaxation...After competing with people and using people, he loses the joy of friendship and relationship...He must put down another in order that he himself may be greater. 49

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven characte , hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the un- godly. (Romans 5:3-6, NAS) Much stress is related to our feeling of helplessness, or lack of controlan attitude known as an external locus of control. Chris- tians can take great comfort in knowing that God remains in control of our lives, using even stress for good to develop our stamina and character. Rather than allowing situations to control us, we can by Gods power (an internal locus of control) rise above the situation and turn it around for our own good.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27, AV) Miraculous Healing Jesus has given His disciples a remarkable promise: And Jesus answered saying to them, Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,

  • Be taken up and cast into the sea, and does not doubt

in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. And whenever you stand praying, forgive... (Mark 11:22-25, NAS)

James echoes the Lords promise with a practical application: Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to anothe , and pray one for


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