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Did Jesus Ever Get Sick

We know that Jesus lived a sinless life. How was Jesus not affected by illness from a scientific stand point? How did He bypass colds, flus, being that Jesus was fully man and God? Is it possible for man to walk above illness? 1 John 4:17 as He is in this world so are we to be; my paraphrase.

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The prophet Isaiah says that Jesus was familiar with disease. According to a specific translation of chapter 53, Jesus was even tempted with disease, yet He committed no sin. Given that the devil severely struck Job with sickness, I can't imagine he wouldn't do at least the same to Jesus.
---Danny on 6/22/10

The bible doesn't say but I believe that Jesus while in the flesh, caught colds and had the sniffles and things along with a cold. Even though he was Jesus, he was still a human at that time. He said the servant must not be greater than his Lord. Getting a cold doesn't come from sin. It comes from germs.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/08

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

People that believe false doctrine and do not live for Jesus make him sick.
---exzucuh on 3/20/08

God is manifesting healing constantly in our bodies. He made our bodies to mend themselves while we sleep and rest. Every 7 years I am told, that every cell in our bodies is replaced, so that we have new bodies about every replacement cycle. This is how God created these fantastic bodies of ours, to manifest His healing power on a constant basis. However,I believe it requires faith to accept a condition and determine to glorify God in it, just as it does to receive healing.
---Chuck on 3/20/08

Isaiah 53:3-5
---Beatrice on 8/27/07

Jesus was God and Man. He did not catch leprosy or any other disease. He healed all.

To the other RA, would you please use other initials?
---R.A. on 4/2/07

The Bible does not tell us. So why do not leave it, as it is.
---catherine on 4/2/07

The question at the top is interesting. Could Jesus get sick? I think not, simply because Adam could not get sick before the fall. Jesus was sinless therefore he could not get sick. He died because he allowed it.
---Ra on 4/1/07

Faith without works is dead and faith comes from hearing Gods word, his word says you lay hands, you anoint with oil, you speak the word,you pray the prayer of faith, you fast, it is not the words of mens wisdom, it is demonstration of Spirit and power,not your might or your power but by My Spirit says the Lord.the healing is paid for. do something God said.
---exzuc6636 on 4/24/06

Bruce, I agree that not all illness is demonic ... if a person were to catch a cold because he stayed in the rain without proper clothing, for instance.

You often reference the last part of 1 John 5:18 without mentioning the first part. I personally feel that it's important not to separate this verse into parts because, the extent to which the wicked one does not touch the Christian is directly related to the extent to which the Christian "keeps himself."
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

The Christian that does not "keep himself" (ie: dabbles in pornography, gossip, judgementalism, etc. etc.) is opening himself up to the tactics of the wicked one. The extent that we fool around with sin, relates to the extent of our being in a state open to attack.

That's why 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

When we sin, we need to repent quickly and take measures to leave that sin behind. Because fooling around with sin is fooling around in the enemy's turf and can cause us to become devourable. What's happening, Bruce, is when you quote only the 2nd part of 1 John 5:18 it gives me the impression that you believe that, as long as you are a Christian, the devil can't touch you ... at all.
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

The point I am trying to make is that the devil does harass Christians ... personally ... through the demonic realm. That's not to say a Christian can be possessed. They CANNOT! And neither does a harassed Christian indicate a weak or failing Christian. It simply means the enemy found a chink in their armor. None of us are perfect. We are all human. We all struggle with one issue or another.
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

I believe the rest of that passage in 2 Peter 5 tells us that when the devourer finds a way into our lives, we are to trust God. Even though we may suffer for a little while, if we continue to trust Him, He will help us (my paraphrase).
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). We are all going to go through "things" but no matter what, our victory is in Jesus! So while we need to be aware of the tactics of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11), we also must be careful not to let our attention wander from the Greater One who causes us to overcome (1 John 4:4).
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

Moderator, Are all physical and mental sicknesses are demonic? Do born again people (indwelt by the HS) get sick? Can a person be indwelt by the HS and a demon? I remember a specific time when I believe the HS came upon me. Before that I could not see in 3D, when I had my eye exam, doctor noticed it. Then one day it was like I was in the picture, and seeing depth and distance. I had color in my face, and the Lord's prayer came into my thoughts. This experience didn't last. I still had mental illness.

Moderator - Some sickness is demonic while other sickness isn't. I have seen plenty of both. A demon can not dwell in a Christian's spirit, but can attack a Christian's flesh such as with cancer which many times IMHO is demonic.
---Ulrika on 4/24/06

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DoryLory ... God did not lay the illness on your father.
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/24/06

DoryLory--I have been under treatment (+ prayer) for cancer for the last 2 years. What causes cancer? I don't drink, smoke or have smokers around me.Is there a "spirit of cancer". If so why did the the surgery, chemo and radiation work? Nobody cast a spirit out of me, but I'm cancer free now. However, I can see how chemo could make even a spirit flee! :-) Do you diagnose other illnesses besides the ones you mentioned? What about infections? cataracts? heart disease, congenital defects?
---Donna2277 on 4/24/06


There is no denying the fact that some illness is caused by demonic activity. The scriptures you have quoted demonstrate that. However, there is no reason to think that because some are, all are. I am certainly not prepared to make that leap.
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

For example, Jesus did not give any indication that in the case of the the man blind from birth any demonic activity was involved. John 9:1-3. In fact we are told that he was blind that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

John 11:4 Jesus gave no indication that the death of Lazarus was of demonic origin. But rather but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

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Something else to consider. All the examples you gave of people being sick due to demonic activity are for non Christians. That was before Calvary, in the OT era. Today, as Christians, we have the promise of God that that wicked one toucheth him not. 1 John 5:18
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

Jesus own body was subject to hunger and fatigue. If I abuse my body with unhealthy foods and clog my arteries, if I ignore signs of stress and fatigue and have a stroke or heart attack, is that the devil? or me?
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

Read Hebrews ch 11 and see the great men of faith that had marvelous victories in their lives but dont stop reading at verse 35. Read on and see how many men of faith were tortured and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, bonds and imprisonment, were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented, wandered in deserts, and in mountains etc.
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

There are two truths in connection with this subject.

a. God heals
b. We all die (should the Lord tarry)

How will we die? All of us Christians will eventually be demon possessed? I think not. Will we Christians be afflicted with demon induced heart attacks, stroke, cancer, diabetes etc etc? I think not.
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

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As with our previous discussion re: Satans influence, looking at the big picture, yes, Satan is the destroyer. In the general sense, he wrought that destruction on the human body in Eden. But today? Is he personally involved with every illness and disaster? Remember Jesus said Matthew 5:45 for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

In other words good weather or bad, sickness or health, thats life.
Is there protection from the elements? Yes as Jesus calmed the water.
Every time? No.

Is there protection from illness? Yes. God does heal. Every time? No.

We all die. If healing were a function of faith alone, then all of us have a terminal lack of faith coming up for we do have an appointment with death. Heb 9:27
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

Re Isa 61:3 The spirit of heaviness is not a demonic spirit it is simply the feeling or emotion. Do you not think that Jesus had a heavy spirit in Gethsemane as he agonized before the Father? Was he being oppressed by some demonic force? Did Jesus not have a spirit of heaviness as he wept for Jerusalem?
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

I have a spirit of heaviness as I watch my children make foolish financial decisions and loose their home to foreclosure or as I watch my son and his wife suffer the loss of a newborn. But Thank God, I can put on the garment of praise and receive the Oil of Joy!
---Bruce5656 on 4/24/06

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Bruce, beside the fact that there could be several reasons why a person is not healed, Jesus still said, "according to your faith be it done unto you." The people on your doorstep were in error because they were standing in judgement of you. IMHO, Christians who judge others for a lack of faith, do not understand how faith works. They do not understand that faith is not a matter of the will.
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

My own kind, gentle father presently has a terminal illness. Without a miracle, or dying of other causes beforehand, he gets to spend the remainder of his days, slowly suffocating to death. You can't tell me this is God's will. God calls Himself the healer. He would have to be schizophrenic to call Himself the healer and then put sickness on people.
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

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I see in the Scriptures that sickness is spiritual. In Matthew 12:22-26 Jesus healed a demon possessed man who was blind and mute. Luke's account of this same story says, "Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke" (Luke 11:14).
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

Seizures are caused by spirits (put Matthew 17:15 and Mark 9:17 together); there is a deaf and mute spirit (Mark 9:25); there is a crippling spirit (Luke 13:11) which Jesus called an infirmity from Satan (v.12&16).

Many times the Bible says, after Jesus drove out the spirits, the people were healed (Matthew 8:16, 9:33, 15:22,28, etc). These verses indicate demonic involvement with sickness.
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

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Depression is a spirit (Isaiah 61:3).

Put the stories of Matthew 8:28-35 and Mark 5:1-20 together and you can see that violence and mental illness are demonic (see Mark 5:15).

The Bible says that Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). If that doesn't describe sickness, I just don't know what does.
---DoryLory on 4/24/06

Linda 6563, Yes, there are Christians both live and dead who will be changed and taken away when Jesus comes. I gave the reference, but with the wrong chapter. 1Thessalonians 4:14-17 on 4/17/06 Other than that I don't plan on living forever in this mortal body.
---Ulrika on 4/24/06

Yea in Revelation 3:15-16. It is a puking spell.
---Elder on 4/23/06

Alan G. Go for it man. The ones who don't lay hands on the sick are for sure not going to see any healings come from their faith. You may not empty all the hospital beds but you will empty a few. I've done it for years. Wherever there is faith a miracle can happen.
---john on 4/23/06

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a sick person does not need faith to be healed. Peter gave healing to the man outside the temple instead of money,that healing was given to him freely by Jesus,he said freely you have received now freely give,heal the sick cast out devils, raise the dead. Peter healed the man by his faith in Jesus name. false doctrine is hindering faith.
---exzuc6636 on 4/23/06

So Christ, Ulrika, so Christ (look at the very next verse after the "it is appointed unto man once to die). Somebody already met my appointment. Don't forget that part. Believing that is the first step to experiencing it. And I do believe that there will be a people who "will not all sleep but will be changed at the same time as those that do sleep."
---Linda6563 on 4/23/06

alan g--Glad you are so concerned about the many ill and injured in this country that need healing. Don't forget those in other less prosperous countries that need even more. You want to see Christians out emptying hospital beds through the power of Jesus. Are YOU doing that?. ARE you laying hands on people and seeing them "restored to great health"? God bless you if you are. But, one request...if any are not healed, don't lay the blame on them. Don't add to their pain.
---Donna2277 on 4/23/06

Bruce ... so did I.
They spoke nonsense.
We had our miracle, my wife died graciously and unafraid, knowing where she was headed.
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/23/06

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How do accidents fall into this idea that we should die of nothing but old age?
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/23/06

If you take the view that all sickness is spiritual in nature (from Satan), you are treading in the territory of those who say (for example) "She would not have died if she had had more faith." etc.

I had people like that on my doorstep (litteraly) when my wife was dying.
---Bruce5656 on 4/23/06

Linda 6563, Are you saying you will not die physically? Immortal-deathless, living or lasting forever. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement:
---Ulrika on 4/23/06

4. The question of whether Jesus can still or does still heal is, He can do whatever He wants. But, Mark this; There is no healing ministry that Jesus can do now that can prove that He is the Messiah. Because there is no way that even if He does heal somebody, that it is necessary to connect that with Him. He's not here. He isn't speaking, and He's not touching, and He is not visible to prove it is Him who is healing.
---Lupe2618 on 4/23/06

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3. I have been delivered from the power of sin, from it's ability, I've been delivered from the penalty of sin, its ability to control my life, and, Yet, I'm dying from the effect of sin. I could say it is the same in the physical. I have been given a healing. Physically, I will, one day, be perfect in a glorified body, and yet my body is still dying, until I get to the other world and realize the full significance of His atoning work.
---Lupe2618 on 4/23/06

2. You'll never be healed physically by being given the glorified body of Christ, like Christ unless you've been healed of your sin. Right? I mean, you're not going to enter into the glories of heavenly perfection unless your sins have been dealt with. So, your are, first of all, healed from the disease of sin, but, you also understand, we've been healed of sin, but we're all dying from it. It that not true? I have been forgiven all my sin and I know that.
---Lupe2618 on 4/23/06

I believe Ulrika is correct in her statement. We are under the curse of death. Death has not been done away with. While living, we face many pains, people will continue to die from many illnesses. No one escapes death, and illness. We still live in the physical body and it will continue to get old and will one day die. Some might want to make it the persons fault but it comes from Adam. "By His stripes, you are healed" That statement is ultimately sin.
---Lupe2618 on 4/23/06

Alan g --you want to lay hands on people and see them restored to health. You think it's time hospital beds are emptied by Christians.
(by the way why limit it to this country? The third world probably needs it more.) Your desire is commendable, but ARE you emptying hospital beds? Answer your own question, why aren't YOU? Just one request,if people remain ill after you've laid hands on them, please don't place the blame on them. They are suffering enough.
---Donna2277 on 4/22/06

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DoryLory--people die due to illness, physical trauma, or an event that deprives the brain of oxygen. Nobody dies of "old age"...they die when one or more organs fail. That doesn't always mean pain and suffering, but a body that is functioning normally doesn't die. Even if death involves some pain, I don't see that the Bible exempts us from that. Pain has a purpose.
Our present bodies are "fearfully and wonderfully made" but aren't meant to last forever. PTL our next body will!
---Donna2277 on 4/22/06

Thomas we don't have to die by sickness...we can die from natural causes. So far though only two people didn't die....Enoch and Elijah.
---wes on 4/22/06

Thomas, where does it say we must be sick in order to die. Death involves leaving this earthly realm for our eternal destination. There's no reason our bodies must be ravaged with disease and pain until they expire. That isn't the plan of the God of LIFE. The Bible says He is the giver of abundant life. It's Satan who kills, steals and destroys (John 10:10). Why should Satan dictate when we leave this earth? When we have run the course and it's our time to leave, we should just leave.
---DoryLory on 4/22/06

"1Corinthians 15:42-54 Christ is only immortal."

Yes. Christ IN you, the hope of glory.
Ye are to put Him on. This is called working out your own salvation with fear and trembling. There is a salvation in your spirit that is to affect first your soul (mind, will, emotions, thinking faculties) and then your body. Be transformed (transfigured) by the renewing of your mind.
---Linda6563 on 4/22/06

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alan g, If everyone was healed no one would ever die. We are all appointed for death once.
---Thomas on 4/22/06

Linda 6563, I think when we are born again John 3:3-8, 2Timothy 1:10 our soul and spirit is saved and immortal. Physically we are not immortal until Christ comes and we are changed and taken up. We still have mortal bodies that die, until we are reserrected. 1Corinthians 15:42-54 Christ is only immortal. 1Timothy 6:16 Hebrews 9:27
---Ulrika on 4/22/06

"For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also Christ. And if one member suffer, all the members suffer with it. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin." I Corinthians 12:12,26; Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 4:1.
---Eloy on 4/22/06

I am tired of seeing headlines of cancer and heart desease killing many. Its time for christians to rise up and take back our country from the ememy. School, politics, etc. I want to lay hands on the sick and see them restored to great health by the power of Jesus.
---alan_G on 4/22/06

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Why do we my self included allow the enemy to attack us diseases and illnesses? We know the Jesus can heal any kind of disease or illness but yet many christians live under the curse of the 1st adam. Its time we start seeing hospitals beds empty because christians are healing the sick.
---Alan_G on 4/22/06

I find it hard to believe that Jesus could become ill. If sickness if from the fall and Jesus is 100% God, 100% Holy etc.. how could illness, diseases attack him? Where ever Jesus went the kingdom of God went w/him. There is no sickness in Gods realm therefore how could any form of illness take root in him?
---Alan_G on 4/22/06

For a sermon,I exegeted Isaiah 53:4, where it says Jesus was "wounded" (tormented) for our transfressions.

In Hebrew, the verb is in the Pual stem, and it means, "profane (name of God)"

Thus, it is not unrealistic to extrapolate that sickness, or any attack on our body, profanes every human being, made in the image of God. And from that premise it is POSSIBLE to assume that Christ had no illnesses, or colds, etc.

Scripture is silent, so we best be silent, also
---John_T on 4/22/06

Jesus had a flesh and blood body so it would have been possible for Him to get sick. Perhaps as a young child He suffered with different illnesses. I don't believe He got sick after He received the revelation of Who He was. I believe sickness is from the enemy. We see in Matthew 4 that Jesus resisted Satan, therefore I believe that Jesus would have resisted sickness also. He wouldn't have allowed Himself to be subject to anything from the enemy that didn't serve the purpose of redemption.
---DoryLory on 4/22/06

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Ulricka, is Jesus already incorruptible and immortal? Yes? "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh." When you put on Him who is incorruptible and immortality, then you are putting on incorruption and immortality.
---Linda6563 on 4/17/06

Alan. The statement in Matt.8 specifically shows that the physical healings (sickness and disease)were the fulfilling of the prophecy of Is. 53:4. Jesus was performing physical healings in Matt.8 and those healings are what Is. 53:4 confirms are physical. I do agree that spiritual healing is also a redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. We cannot rule out the physical.
---john on 4/17/06

Linda 6563, Christians both living and dead put on inmorality and incorruption when Christ comes. Then we are changed and taken up to meet Christ. Most people call that the rapture, though that word is not in scripture. 1Corinthians 15:49-54 1Thessalonians 5:15-17.
---Ulrika on 4/17/06

John, Jesus suffered physically before and while he was being crucified. Jesus also suffered the anquish of taking on the sins of the world, and his Father turning away while he became sin. That is why he said, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46 Isaiah 53:2-8 Psalm 22:1-18. Jesus's suffering and death was to pay for our sins. We receive God's gift of salvation, when we believe in Jesus as saviour. Then we are healed spiritually, and counted as righteous because of Jesus.
---Ulrika on 4/17/06

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Mod you are correct that healing is not a part of salvation.

Healing is a part of the Atonement. "By his stripes we are healed", and sins are not healed, they are forgiven.

Perhaps you are using a dispensational framework, but if you look at James 5:15ff, and see also Isaiah 53; Isaiah 66:1-6, Matthew 8:17; Luke 4:18 and 1 Peter 3:27, you may come to a different conclusion
---John_T on 4/17/06

If who Jesus is and what He did is not the total plan for the total man, then redemption was not complete. Look at the first Adam...God's plan for man. Adam was not sick, poor, depressed, defeated...until he fell. That fall is what loosed it all. Jesus dealt with all of it, not just some. He dealt with the spirit of man, the mind of man, the body of man, the relationships of man, and the finances of man. The parts of redemption that you don't believe are the parts you won't experience.
---Linda6563 on 4/17/06

So, we are to assume those stripes and bruises Jesus took were spiritual stripes and bruises and not of the body? If so, then we should all be sick, very sick, right now because "by whose stripes you were healed" is true all the time, whether there are symptoms or not. There is nothing we experience that is good that does not flow out of what Jesus did. I believe that just being thankful for what has already been provided will go a long way in experiencing more of it.
---Linda6563 on 4/17/06

John ... you csnnot just look at Is 53 v 4 in isolation. The subsequent verses are clealry part of the same prophecy, containuing the core message, which is about healing for our transgressions. It is spiritual healing, not physical.
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/17/06

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At times our environments are toxic, hostile, and noncondusive to a healthy well-being. Jesus was sinless and he is the healer; since he was also 100% human he could very well have suffered adversities against his flesh, that is shivering in colds, and fevers in the heat, runny nose, scratchy throat, etc. We know that he became depressed or sad and wept frequently because of others who were lost. He is the healer, and we too are supposed to heal. Yes it is possible to be healthy; as Jesus is, so are we.
---Eloy on 4/17/06

I ask you the same question I asked alan below.
---Bruce5656 on 4/17/06

Matt.8:17 refers to Isaiah 53:4. Isaiah prophecied that Jesus took our sickness and bare our infirmities. Isaiah and Matthew are very clear that the work of the cross included not only sin but sickness as well. Jesus was completely man, but a perfect man.

Moderator - Those scriptures don't state physical healing is part of salvation.
---john on 4/17/06

How does that view fit with the examples I offered below of Jesus' being subject to human physical limitations?

Either he was fully human or he was not. The human condition includes corruptible flesh. It was only after his resurrection that his corruptible put on incorruptiblity. I Cor 15
---Bruce5656 on 4/17/06

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In regards to my question, Some may say that Jesus could have become sick, I dont believe that. The only reason sickness came into this world was by the fall. Now was Jesus born from adam. NO. Were we yes. Jesus never could have become sick, He was the second adam. There is a company of believers that will walk above death.
---alan on 4/13/06

"I'm a senior citizen..I've known many, many good Spirit filled Christians that have now gone on ahead. But none of them died in good health."

What you have always known and seen is not the indicator of truth. I have never seen mortality put on immortality or corruption put on incorruption but I still believe it is available to be experienced. Even a lie believed will affect you as if it is truth and we walk by faith, not by sight.
---Linda6563 on 4/13/06

....and they believe He took care of social relationships (loving one another) but don't believe he dealt with the other three realms of man (mind, body, and finances)? Did God mess up and leave those out? Think about that. Jesus was and is the total plan for the total man. He is greater than Adam and Adam was blessed before the fall. If God had wanted him sick, He would have made him that way. This has nothing to do with saying anyone doesn't have faith. This has to do with what you do believe.
---Linda6563 on 4/13/06

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