Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. (NIV)
When God created Adam and Eve they were created in His image, they were perfect. He then placed His perfect creation in a world that knew no sin; there was no sickness, disease, decay, or death in the world. It wasn’t until Adam knowingly transgressed against God that sin entered the world. Satan didn’t make Adam sin, he didn’t trick him, Adam was fully aware of what he was doing. He entered into the sin of his own will and by doing so caused sin to enter the world.
Now the Greek word for sin used in the previous verse in Romans is “Hamartia” which is a noun, (people, place, thing) and not a verb. The connotation here is that sin itself entered into the world and took dominion of it. With this sin came sickness, disease, and death, and it’s been wrecking havoc ever since; and not just with man, the whole earth has been placed into the bondage of sin against its will. (Romans 8:20) Sickness and disease came from sin, which originated with Satan, it did not come from God!
For our purposes in this book we will say that there are two main causes for sickness and disease, but both fall under the territory of the enemy.
Natural: Caused by viruses, bacteria, lifestyle choices, injuries.
Demonic: Caused by a spirit of infirmity, affliction, or a curse.
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Satan is the thief and his only purpose in his dealing with man is to kill, steal, and destroy. Sickness and disease clearly fall into this category. Jesus however, came that we might have life and that more abundant. It becomes really simple, if it causes killing, stealing, and destruction it is from Satan, if it brings life, peace, joy, then it is from Jesus.
In many teaching you are told to try and differentiate between the two, meaning you will deal with them differently. Practically speaking, it doesn’t really matter, you deal with them in the same way because they both originate from Satan, they are all illegal.
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The purpose Jesus came was to destroy the works of the devil. He came to destroy sickness, disease, and death. That is why we can confidently say that sickness and disease never originates from God. God would not cause something that Jesus would have to pay the price for. We also know from scripture that God is light and in Him there is no darkness. Sickness and disease which is darkness can not originate from light. LIGHT ALWAYS DESTROYS DARKNESS!
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. (NKJV)
- If God heals but also makes sick, His Kingdom is divided. Therefore He doesn’t cause sickness.
- If God gives life but also kills, His kingdom is divided. Therefore He doesn’t kill.
- If God blesses but also curses, His Kingdom is divided. Therefore He doesn’t curse.
- God Never uses sickness to teach us. He has the Word (2 Tim 3:16), the Holy Spirit (John 16:13) and the Anointing (1 John 2:27) to do that.
- If you say God uses sickness to teach, you might as well call the Word (Jesus), the Holy Spirit, and the Anointing (Position in Christ) a disease.
- If God were to use sickness as a lesson, then you should pray for the symptom to worsen so you can really learn your lesson. If you believe God teaches through sickness, then you are in conscious willful rebellion against His will if you go to the doctor to seek help or ask for pray for healing.
All sickness and disease comes from sin, not necessarily your sin directly but because we live in a fallen world. You can be confident that God did not give you that disease, not even to teach you a lesson, and it is always His will for you to be healed. Jesus even paid the price for you to be free. By His stripes you have been healed!