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Is Illiness From The Devil

I have been reading Job and wonder does God allow the devil to affect our health? Is illness sometimes a test of our faith?

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It's not the devil that causes illnesses.

It's biology.

Illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, and prions (created by God), metabolic disorders caused by genetics (ditto--who else created your genes?), and damage caused by environmental issues (created by Man).

Illness isn't a test of faith--it's a test of your body's strength and adaptability.

How you react to it, however, just might be!
---Nancy on 11/20/07

Sickness is part of our polluted world. God does not "put" sickness/disease on anyone. Satan loves for God to be blamed for bad things. Read scriptures in 3rd John 1:1-3 and James 1:16-18. There are also some questions we will never have the answer to while on this planet.
---Terry on 11/17/07

Darlene: I do not agree with Steven. And not only do I not agree, I find it disturbing. His aloofness, and lack of true feelings reminds me of this scripture.
Mt 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on mens shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Peace.
---jhonny on 8/29/06

is it very apparent that many believe suffering is from satan?if we look back on suffering,we find people suffered much more.since jesus'revelation people suffer it also true that there was no "good ol days"?our world is very young and with"birth pains"we are nowhere near maturity.but how do we know if suffering is from the devil?do you think if we were born near the times of the events of the new jerusalem would suffer less?
---earl on 8/24/06

Steven,the Bible says judge not lest you be judged. We aren't to judge one another,or use Psychology to allude (making indirect reference) to others being the same way. You addressed me directly so you weren't just relating what you had seen,and in a previous direct address you ask "So what are YOU going to do?" which sounds very judgemental with inferences disabled people use it as excuse not to work for God, some may ,but it's not up to you to decide who,or that grief is the reason.
---Darlene_1 on 8/18/06

Darlene, I've also came across many disabled people who were so wrapped up in their grief of being disabled that they took everything anyone says as being against them. I wasn't judging you, I was making a comment about the experiences in my life. Every single person on the face of the Earth is disabled in one way or another including myself.
As for judging, what does Scripture say about when a fellow Christian falls into sin? Do you just let it slide?
---Steven on 8/15/06

Steven, I've done much of that too.I really feel you are judging me by others and even God knows better than to do that. An old Indian Adage says don't judge anyone until you walk a mile in their moccasins. Not all disabled can continue the work for the Lord as they did before and there's no way to compensate in my case. It is easy to sit back and judge those you don't know but you need to begin with yourself by having more compassion for others. CNet is a God send. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 8/15/06

Sickness and death came into the world through the disobedience of man it was not here before then. God had made the world perfect.
Remember the penalty for sin is death.This was not God`s plan for us. Satan tempted Adam and Eve and the rest is history
---Richard on 8/15/06

Annie- No, I don't believe all trials or illnesses are to test our faith (in fact, God already knows the extent of our faith. The "test" is for OUR benefit, to show us our weakness and His sufficiency). In most cases,we can't know exactly WHY these things happen. But even when Satan attacked Job, it was within limitations set by God. Job never learned "why" his misfortunes came, but he said of God, "though He slay me, yet will I trust him." To me this is the essence of faith.
---Donna2277 on 8/14/06

People have a hard enough time developing one on one relationships on Earth, let alone developing a true relationship with someone not seen. Reading the Bible from beginning to end, not a verse here and a verse there,.forms the foundation for developing a true relationship - not a religion - with God. The Bible is sort of God's resume. He desires a personal relationship with his people. But once your relationship with God congeals, He reveals more of himself and mysteries not written in the Bible.
---Steven on 8/14/06

Darlene, I've crossed this great country of ours (the USA) several times, meeting Christians who were disabled -- some having no limbs, but yet they were active in the Lord. Opening their homes to Bible study, using their minds to bring together the necessary people, equipment, and resources to do the Lord's work. The internet will never be a substitute to face to face meeting with people.
---Steven on 8/14/06

Steven,Whatever laws of nature may be,they concern being born,being subject to sickness etc. in this world, and dying. The wonderful part is we have a Father who hears our cry and helps us in whatever we need. What I must do is have hand and back surgery and pray one day I won't be disabled, so once again I can be used of My Lord,however He pleases. This site is the only Christian outlet I have, other than praying for others, which I always do. It keeps me in touch with those of precious faith in Christ.
---Darlene_1 on 8/13/06

Darlene, what were the laws of nature before the fall of Adam and Eve? It was true paradise. But that shouldnt be our concerns today. Do NOT concern yourself with frivolous conspiracies and debates. These take your time away from what really matter -- feeding the poor, quenching their thirst, clothing them, comforting them, looking after them when they are sick, and visit them in prisons. Do all of this in the glory of God. So, what are YOU going to do?
---Steven on 8/13/06

Rebecca, you said, "God does test our faith and He allows thing to happen to "see what we are made of", how strong we are in the world." Well, I believe God doesn't have to know anything that He does not know already. He knows all thing, He is Omniscience. If He allows something to happen it is because He has a purpose for that learning. Not that He doesn't know. God's test takes us to where He wants to take us.
---lee_1 on 8/11/06

No atributting illness to Satan is contrary to Bible. Remember man Jesus healed and people asked who sinned he or his parents,Jesus answered neither this is for the Glory of God. This shows there's many reasons for illness and the big reason is, we're biological creatures subject to laws of nature on this earth. All creatures get sick and eventually die,is it all Satan,no. That's as bad as saying when we pray for people and they die,it's because of a lack of faith. Not true, it's purely stinkin-thinkin.
---Darlene_1 on 8/11/06

Am I to understand that my infant son got sick and died as a test of my faith?
---Annie on 8/11/06

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2 For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.

May God help those who believe that all illness is "of the devil" when it comes time for them to be sick.
---Bruce5656 on 8/11/06

Yes! and Yes! Contact me and I'll give u the scriptures if you'd like!
---rober9463 on 8/11/06

john--you make a very good point...and we don't even realize our faith is being tested. I've heard of persecuted Christians in Muslim or Communist countries that pray for us in the West...that our faith may not fail due to materialism and complacency!
---Donna2277 on 8/11/06

Sue-Many people insist that all illness is of the Devil. In some cases probably, but IMO not most. The world is flawed by sin. We are imperfect, subject to many weaknesses (as is all humanity). Not sure "addictions" are a gift from God, but God does "allow" many trials of our faith. Some of my most painful moments have taught me the most."That the trial of your faith...tho it be tried by fire, might be found unto praise..honor..glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" IPet 1:7
---Donna2277 on 8/10/06

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Yes, Satan and his demons are the cause of everything bad happening in the world since the beginning. And at the soon to be End Times, Jesus will chain them all up and there will not be any more tears, or wars, or sickness. Can you imagine? This is the great hope of living a Holy life on Earth is to have a forever life free from harm.

Also, Jesus healed the sick by casting out demons.
---Steven on 8/10/06

Im starting to think that maybe hardships, addictions etc. could be a gift from God because it teaches grace. If one can see God in the midst of sickness you can see grace and become closer to God. Am I correct?
---sue on 8/10/06

There was no illness until sin came. There is no illness in heaven. Although illness does test our faith, It has been my observation that prosperity and good health are probably a greater test of faith because it is at those times that we don't feel the need to call to God.
---john on 8/10/06

You said you read Job, well you would find your answer right there. God told Satan to do as he wish to Job but he couldn't kill him. God allowed Satan to put an illness on Job. God does test our faith and he allows things to happen to happen to see what we are made of, how strong we are in the word.
---Rebecca_D on 8/10/06

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I suppose one could say that ever since Satan seduced Eve, a chain of events has continued that result in nothing working right; hence we have physical illnesses.
Chronic debilitating physical illness (and I have several Christian friends who suffer from such) indeed does test the faith of the patient and close ones. It doesn't follow that God or Satan is directly responsible.
But it does give opportunity to learn how to depend upon God minute by minute.
---Jack on 8/10/06

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