Genetic diseases are a result of an abnormality in the DNA structure. These abnormalities can range from a small mutation in one single gene to an addition or subtraction of a chromosome or sets of chromosomes. Some mutations do manifest themselves in an array of phenotypes and other less obvious conditions characteristic of recessive mutations. These types of health disorders or abnormalities can be passed on from one generation to another by inheriting the defective gene(s). Sometimes these conditions can be corrected using gene therapy. Gene therapy involves delivering a correct version of a mutated gene to the affected cell where its expression is likely to produce the normal protein and restore normal cellular function. Adam’s fall was a spiritual genetic mutation which every human being has inherited. It has manifested itself in an uncanny propensity to sinning in every human being. But Jesus, by His supreme sacrifice; His shed blood, stood at the head of the entire human race and exchanged our diseased spiritual genome for His spotless one. And now, in Him, we are a new creation, not a modification of the old, an antidote for sin-The Perfect Prescription. No wonder He told Nicodemus “You must be born again” in order to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). This pre-requisite still stands.
Large scale atrocities as well as personal hurts and betrayals by people we thought we could trust even with our very lives stir up indignation and resentment in us. The betrayal can cut deep. Although we yearn for vengeance we know we must forgive.
Forgiveness does not necessarily eliminate the consequences of the hurt nor does it condone the actions of the offender. It is also not limited to religious connotation although it cannot be separated from them. Science recognizes the importance of forgiveness as a component of psychotherapy as demonstrated by studies in psychophysiology and neuroimaging.
Forgiveness does have spiritual benefits as well.
With Jesus forgiveness is not an option; it is a command. It is a prerequisite to God’s forgiveness of our sins and to fellowship with Him (Matt. 6: 14). Perhaps forgiveness becomes a little easier when we remember that we too have hurt others and sinned, and God has had mercy on us. That is the same mercy we ought to extend to others. Learn more about your health from the book, The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya at http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w
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The pathogenesis of ancient Israel’s spiritual heart disease followed a similar path as that of physical coronary heart disease. They first started by craving a spiritually deficient diet of refined foods that were sweet to the ear but did nothing to nourish the inner man. What started as an occasional indulgence became a habit exacerbated by tepid messages from corrupt prophets and priests (Micah 3:11). With the passage of time, Israel became spiritually lethargic, sedentary, and rebellious. Slowly spiritual atherosclerosis set in and their hearts became more and more detached from the Source of life. They killed God’s prophets who warned them against apostasy (1Kings 19:10). As the condition progressed so did denial and self-deception: “Didn’t God choose them from among the nations of the earth (Deuteronomy 7: 6-11). Didn’t He pin-point Jerusalem as the place where He would place His name?” The disease culminated into the deportation of the entire Northern Kingdom and the Babylonian captivity of the Southern Kingdom. Heart disease continues to be the number one killer both physically and spiritually in our day. The risk factors remain the same. But, praise God, The Perfect Prescription is available and easily accessible. Check it out in the book, The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya on Amazon.com and http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w
Geneticists are in the process of discovering specific genes linked with certain behaviors and addictions. For example alcoholism and smoking are reported to be genetically influenced. Twenty gene candidates have been found to influence excessive drinking. However, although some genetic variations predispose to certain behaviors and addictions, they often have to interact with the environment for the condition to occur. For example, without access to alcohol or tobacco, addiction to any of them is unlikely to occur although the craving may be present. The good news is that when we are in Christ, we receive a new DNA, as it were, that nullifies genetic predisposition to addictions. We become “a new creation… Behold all things are become new,” 2 Cor. 5:17. Jesus Christ is Lord. He came to give us abundant life. Learn more about this perfect prescription for vibrant life found in Christ from the book, The Perfect Prescription, by Reigh Simuzoshya from Amazon and http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w
A 2005 report from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine claims that approximately one million people commit suicide every single year, worldwide. Suicide is more prevalent among the young than among older population groups. The World Health Organization was so concerned about these statistics that it declared suicide a major public health challenge and urged its member states around the world to design and implement national suicide intervention campaigns to counter this trend. Causative factors include, but are not limited to, feelings of hopelessness, isolation, and self-loathing. When life is viewed as meaningless and hopeless it loses its sacredness. These feelings can be exacerbated by the teaching that we mysteriously emerged from some accidental primordial soup and then diversified into multiplicity through the process of natural selection; that our existence is purposeless. Therefore, when we die everything comes to an end and it is as though we have never been. Such teaching also insists that we are alone in a vast universe at the mercy of cosmic elements. A perfect prescription for countering such a mindset is found in the most authoritative book in the world-the Word of God which tells us another story. It tells us that we do not only have a purpose in life – each one of us – but that we are made in the image of our Creator who knows us so intimately that He has even numbered the hairs on our heads!! We are His masterpiece and His fingerprints are all over us. He has engraved us on the palms of His hands (Isa. 49:16). This knowledge alone should be enough to repudiate Satan’s suggestions about our worthlessness. But Scripture has more to say about our worth. In a final effort to win us back to Him and to underscore our worth God sent His only Son to endure the rigors of a difficult existence on this hostile planet and to die a horrible death on our behalf so that we could be gathered into the family of God as He intended from the beginning of time. Get yourself the book, The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya from Amazon and http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w
The human body contains trillions of different types of cells performing an assortment of functions. For example, muscle cells manufacture energy for movement; bone cells make up the skeleton of vertebrates; red blood cells course through the blood taking food and oxygen to other cells, and fat cells store up energy and fat. Fat cells also control levels of free fatty acids in the bloodstream. Cells come in different sizes and shapes. The longest cell in the human body is called a motor cell which extends from the lower spinal cord all the way to the big toe. It can be up to 4.5 feet in length. Cells produce other cells in a continuous process of cell division. Every time a cell divides DNA re-forms itself. All these cells function in a conscious and coordinated manner to sustain the function of the body. Altogether the human body has 200 different types of cells.
Sadly, a situation can arise in which a cell might rebel and refuse to perform its programmed functions. For example, if a fat cell rebels, it begins to hoard its fat reserves and neglects the needs of the body for energy. It starts to grow exponentially and as it divides it produces daughter cells after its likeness-rebellious and self-serving. Soon a tumor begins to develop, threatening the well-being of the entire organism.
We, as a community of believers, can learn quite a bit from the behavior of our body cells. Ours is a mosaic community composed of a variety of members hailing from diverse backgrounds, professions, ethnic groups and races, forming one body: the Body of Christ. We have different specializations and unique abilities which we call spiritual gifts for the edification of the Body of the Lord. Some among us are teachers; others are pastors, prophets, healers, helpers, apostles…etc. However, if some members of the Body of Christ adopt the unfortunate stance of the fat cell described above and rebel against the Body; if they start utilizing their abilities for their benefit only, a spiritual tumor can easily develop and spread to other parts of the Body, crippling and stunting growth. Some of these spiritual tumors can grow so large that they can develop into cults with devastating consequences. Individual members of the Body of Christ can only find fulfillment in serving the rest of the Body wherever their gifts are required and not in self-service. Jesus’ ministry was the epitome of selfless service. This is the standard he set for his Body as well: “…but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,” (Matt. 20:26).