God wants us to make the link that sin has consequences and one of those consequences is sickness. In John 5, we read the story of Jesus offering to heal the man at the pool of Bethesda who had been ill for 38 years. After healing him, he tells the man, “Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you” (John 5:14). Sin can wipe out the healing power of God; indeed, sin can create sickness and in this case it could attract an even worse physical or mental condition. In our worldview dominated by scientific thought, which is a gift from God, has it ever occurred to you that sickness and death has spiritual origins? This is confirmed in John 9 when the disciples and Jesus walked by a man blind from birth and the disciples asked whose sins led to this condition, the man’s sins or his parents? Jesus said it was neither, but was born this way for the glory of God. Jesus then healed him. Notice that Jesus did not dismiss the cause and effect law that sin causes sickness; he only said it did not apply in this case for a special reason. We know from Romans 6:23 that sin ultimately causes death. There is a direct correlation between disobeying God and the decay of the flesh. It all started with the first sin at the Garden of Eden. We were meant to live forever until Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. God’s plan for us is eternal life (John 6: 45-51). We can enter into that plan for our lives if we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of the world, allowing Him to guide and transform our inner selves. If we believe in Jesus Christ, he will raise us up on the Last Day and we will live forever with Him in eternal joy (John 6:54).