Resurrection Now?

Resurrection seems to be a popular topic in the news. In one news article two adult brothers allegedly stole their 92 year old father’s body from a cemetery when one of the brothers had a lot of difficulty coping with the loss of his parents. Police said the brothers believed they could resurrect him. Police traced the van used to transport the casket and body to one of the son’s homes. The father was found in a basement freezer.

A second news article appeared a few months ago on the same topic of resurrection. Peter Wald lived in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with six children aged between 11 and 22, seven adult friends and his wife. Peter, age 52, suffered from diabetes. Last year he got a leg infection sometime in March. Peter refused to go to the hospital and trusted God to cure him. The disease progressed, slipping him into a coma and he died in late March.

Mrs. Wald covered his body with blankets, locked the bedroom door, and sealed vents to keep the smell of a decomposing body from getting into other rooms. She believed her husband would at some point be resurrected and return to his position in the family.

Peter Wald’s body had been laying in the upstairs bedroom for six months before the sheriff arrived to evict the family who had ceased making mortgage payments. That is when the body was discovered and Mrs. Wald was brought to court.

The news articles reported a family lifestyle of the Wald’s that would suggest they were not only devoted followers of Jesus, but also enthusiastic too. The question might be asked why Mr. Wald was not healed of his medical problem given his extraordinary faith and why was he not resurrected given the belief of his wife. After all, didn’t Jesus say
to some people he healed that their faith had restored them?

The first question that might be considered is why Mr. Wald avoided the hospital in favor of an anticipated healing by God. For that we note the Bible tells of a man, Naaman, who was great and highly respected by the king. Naaman had one problem. He had the progressive disease of leprosy. When Naaman heard that there was a godly man in another country who reportedly might be able to heal him, he asked the king to be relieved of his post serving the king for a short period of time so that he might find this man. Naaman was granted leave and eventually stood in front of the house of the godly man, Elisha.

When Naaman arrived at his door, Elisha sent his servant to tell Naaman that he would be healed if he submerged himself in a local river which was known to be quite dirty. Hearing this, and from a servant, Naaman went away furious. He gave specific steps he thought a man of God should use to cure leprosy. He even said the rivers back in his country would be a much better choice than any waters in Israel, where Elijah lived. Naaman, greatly upset, turned to go back home.

The many servants who accompanied Naaman strongly persuaded him to dip in the suggested river. Naaman finally received the healing he was seeking but only because of the persistence of his close friends and servants. Naaman was willing to reject locally available healing because it didn’t match with his preferred way.

Nothing has changed regarding human nature since the time of Naaman. People will choose only one way of healing – conventional, functional or alternative medicine. People seek drugs with side affects when it has been clinically shown that some readily available plant extracts can perform as well or better for certain diseases without any side affects. It is no surprise that people would risk their life if healing is not offered in the form that they desire.

Is God obligated to heal when a form of healing is rejected? The Bible talks about a time when the devil tempted Jesus. The devil took Jesus to a high pinnacle on the temple and asked him to prove he was the Son of God by throwing Himself down. Jesus, not doing what the devil suggested, quoted the Bible and said “you shall not put the Lord your God to the test”. A person should not knowingly put themselves in a situation of peril and then expect God to get them out of it. When a person does that they are attempting to direct God’s actions, making God a servant to them. In the Bible, God said He would not share His glory with another. God is not a Person who will be tested.

Finally, what about a resurrection now for the individual? After the resurrections around the time of Jesus, the Bible doesn’t indicate we should ask for individual resurrection’s now although some will occur for specific people. It does, however, talk about general resurrections where many will be raised at once. Some will be raised to life and others to judgment. The Bible says blessed and holy is the one who has part in the first resurrection. They will have abundant life. Will I see you there?

Sounds Good, but Is It?

Clostridium difficile bacterium is not something people want to talk about, but it was the focus of a study by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The study’s findings have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and highlight how the overprescription of antibiotics has caused an increase in bacteria that is resistant to treatment and can cause deadly diarrhea. The over use of antibiotics made people more susceptible to this bacteria which caused nearly half a million infections and contributed to 29,000 deaths in one year.

The people who take antibiotics are most at risk for acquiring C. difficile because the medication wipes out “good” bacteria that protects a healthy person against infection. A CDC senior advisor said antibiotics were clearly behind the whole problem. The bacteria is often spread through the hands and equipment of health care professionals, in addition to the bacteria-laden surfaces found in hospitals.

Mankind seems to think they are in control over many issues of life and yet, in the end they only make things worse. This is in spite of greater levels of technology and knowledge. It’s interesting that long before Jesus was born, King Solomon said there was a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death. The motivations suspected of being behind antibiotic overuse are simply man’s ways. The implementation of God’s ways would likely circumvent many unpleasant outcomes. We can chose Him, or we go it alone.

Helping The Blind To See

Roger Pontz who suffered a degenerative eye disease that slowly robbed him of his vision for over twenty years. It deteriorated to the point where he could only sense very bright light. Retinitis pigmentosa is a degenerative disease that attacks the retina. There is no treatment or cure.

Surgery was recently performed which imbedded a chip in his eye. This, coupled with a small video camera and transmitter housed in a pair of glasses, allows Roger to perceive images. While the current set-up only allows him to see in black and white, and only shapes and outlines, future enhancements may improve visual clarity. Following surgery Roger was able to see his wife for the first time in ten years.

Second Sight Medical, the implant’s maker, has apparently gone to a great deal of work in order to accomplish something much appreciated by the receiving patient. There is a person who accomplished this and a lot more with much less effort. His name is Jesus.

One day Jesus was leaving a town and a beggar named Bartimaeus was sitting by the road. When he heard that Jesus was coming, he began to cry out for Jesus to have mercy on Him. Many in the crowd were strongly telling him to keep quiet, but he kept crying out all the more. Jesus stopped upon hearing the commotion and asked for the man to be brought to him. Once this happened, a person in the crowd told the blind man to take courage and stand up because Jesus was calling for him. When the blind man approached, Jesus asked him what He could do for him. The blind man said he wanted to regain his sight. Jesus said “go, your faith made you well”. Instantly, the blind man regained his sight and began following Jesus on the road.

With this and many other miracles, Jesus demonstrated nothing is too difficult for Him. His compassion and love for the blind man is something, I’m sure, people would desire for themselves. I’m glad I know Jesus! Do you?

Health & Lies

Dr. Craig Spencer said he placed himself under quarantine in his home after returning from working with Ebola patients in Africa. Officials, by investigating the phone record, found that he had been doing anything but staying at home. Later, Mr. Spencer admitted to riding subways, bowling, and eating in restaurants.

The public has been repeatedly told that the Ebola incubation period was up to 21 days. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) says that figure only covers 95% of the Ebola infections. Some cases can incubate for up to 42 days.

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak the Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintained the infection could only be spread by direct contact while other organizations indicated it could be spread via indirect contact. Now the CDC admits that Ebola can be spread through indirect contact with items such as a door knob.

With these types of things appearing in the news almost daily, a person begins to wonder why people lie. Usually it is to conceal something that has been done or to promote a personal agenda. The above examples show that the deceived could be put at great risk.

God gave a mandate to His people through Moses in the ninth commandment not to lie. Thousands of years later God was still telling people not to lie, only this time to those whose lives have been transformed by Him. God’s kingdom is one where there is no lying and everything is out in the open. In that type of kingdom love for others prevails. Would we want to live in a kingdom where there is no lying? Have we been transformed?

Ebola & Death

We hear the incubation period for ebola runs from two to twenty one days, with a typical incubation period of eight to ten days. The survival rate is generally 50% or less. This is enough to make one think about death more than we have in the past. Death is a separation from the very existence we have known since birth. That in itself can cause considerable stress. The question then becomes “is there any hope”.

We know there is something beyond death and who has control of it because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. His actions were loving and kind. It is about this Jesus that the Bible tells us there is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus. No condemnation means nothing is held against a person after death and no further work is needed to appease anyone, provided they are in Jesus. There is hope, but only for those who are in Jesus. That is what needs immediate consideration by everyone today.