We read the Bible with a filter of how we see God. To a degree, what we believe about the character of God influences our interpretation of the Scriptures.
It is all too easy to google a Bible verse and use it to validate a theological or doctrinal stance. It is also too easy to take a Bible verse out of context. I could easily mis-quote verses to argue a compelling case for slavery, polygamy, even human sacrifice for example.
We know that God does inflict the wicked with sickness as a judgement. We also know that God can use everything (including sickness) for His glory, but what I’m specifically addressing is: Does God give sickness to His children? Is it part of His perfect will to inflict His kids with infirmities in order to bless them?
I say a passionate NO, and I’ll explain why.
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (The Bible)
A major sporting event, a huge stadium packed with tens of thousands of people, cheering the athletes on. A metaphor of our life, where we are the athletes, being encouraged by the past generations of men and women of faith who have gone before.
New Zealand has its first Ebola scare. A returned healthcare worker is currently being tested to rule out Ebola. The patient has recently been in Sierra Leone as part of NZ's response to the international response to nightmarish Virus.
With that in mind...