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 Welcome to “Body and Soul”!

 

 

The connection of the terms,”body” and “soul” have been common in generations of the past, just as it is today.  We find them in the Old Testament scriptures (Isa. 10:18, cf. 51:23) and in the New Testament, also.  The difference is that the term “soul” was mentioned first so that we have “soul and body.”  For example, Matthew 10:28 reads, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

The New Testament writers understood the coming of the Lord to be imminent and to the extent that Jesus did come as he promised in Matthew 24 to judge Jerusalem, it was soon (70 A.D).   Many of the letters reflect this view ((1 Cor. 15:51-521 Thess 4:15-185:232 Thes 1:1-3James 5:81 Peter 4:7).  In the context of his return, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and 2 Timothy 4:18 together  reads, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ …  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever.”  Concern was given for the physical well-being of people in the Bible.3 John 1:2 ESV “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”  There is mention of physical training/exercise being profitable (1 Tim 4:8).

Historically, the needs of soul and body were met in one Healer-Medicine Man who performed rituals to appease a god.   While our culture generally reject a pantheon of gods, we do blindly accept what others tell us if there is degree attached to the end of their name.   If a doctor advises us and gives us a prescription, we’ll depend on that while abusing our body through poor diet, lack of rest, etc.   Our society relies upon professionalism in the field of medicine and religion to interpret the data.   We must remember,however that the trained professionals  from both fields are the product of their instructors, including their world view.   If any knowledge exists outside their experience and training, it is rejected.   Though many more doctors are seeing the value of natural medicine, a majority will not place too much confidence in them as a treatment.  Even if there is scientific evidence and years of use that testifies to a product’s medicinal value, it is rejected because it’s not according to their training.  of course, the FDA will not approve it, either.    Similarly, I have observed many religious leaders who admit the validity of a certain view but still reject it because it’s not according to their training nor the tradition of their church.  As for the patients and “parish”/members, questioning their doctor or the priest/pastor is irreverent.

But, there is a growing movement that questions the conventional treatment of physicians and the traditional practices and teachings of their church.  It is based on two premises:

(1) there is a God

(2) He has given all provisions for our well-being.

In religion, as well as in health, we are accountable for ourselves to learn about our body and treat it with respect.   Having a healthy body and soul requires a lifelong commitment to improving ourselves by finding and applying the provisions that our Creator has supplied.  Natural remedies placed here by our Creator have historically been concealed from the public by rulers, politicians, physicians, pharmacists and even religious leaders who promote ignorance and compel us to rely on those with the secret.   The Pharaohs and emperors mixed their magic potion with herbs so that the laity could not know the which provided the healing.   When this knowledge was discovered, the value of their leadership was undermined.   To counter this threat, they publicly branded people as “witch”, “sorcerer”, or “heretic” in the field of religion.

Not much has changed over the centuries.  Drug companies and doctors of medicine do not want the public to know that the biological action of nearly every drug can be duplicated with natural remedies that have less cost and side effects.    Prescriptions are written in Latin and any remedy that is not ordered by a physician and dispensed by a pharmacist, that is outside the approved list of 6,000 drugs, is considered to be unproven and possibly dangerous.   Is not that a strange thing given the fact that we see TV adds almost daily in which there is a long list of side effects, including death.   In fact, medical mistakes are now among the leading causes of death in the U.S.  What’s wrong with this picture?

While we have gained much more independence than in the Dark Ages, many still do not want to accept the responsibility to study for themselves but place their health (physical/spiritual) in the hands of a professional who is blindly followed.   Personal Bible study and the study of the earth’s natural medicines are forsaken by the masses.  They’d rather hear a sermon or take a pill under the delusion that it is the answer to their problem.  Both spiritually and physically, we have produced a sick people who keep coming back for treatment because the treatment attacks the symptoms rather than the root problem.   The Doctors become enablers for a careless people who would rather take some FDA approved drug that keeps them coming for more.   The need for more may not be because of the addictive effects of a drug, but because it doesn’t solve the illness but only treats the symptoms.   Often, what appears to work for awhile in one area cause problems in another area which, in turn, is treated with another drug.  There is no end to this balancing act.   The same principle exists in the realm of religion.  We prefer to have someone doing our studying, praying, and work for us.   Again, the leader addresses some symptom that he is allowed to attack and in which all could say “Amen.”  They go their way needing to come back for more; yet, no life-altering change is made.

Despite the trends of the past, more people are turning to alternative medicine in acupuncture, message therapy, and herbs designed to give a quality of life rather than mere prolonged life.   If conventional medicine can prolong life a bit longer but not without multiple side effects, and and alternative medicine is unproven, and the faith healers are all frauds, to whom can the ill patient turn?

This site is an ongoing work committed to encouraging personal accountability for the health of our body and soul.  We can only scratch the surface in providing valuable resources to the knowledge that will lead to real solutions.  We solicit your search and discovery along the way that we may all benefit from each other.

 

 

 

 

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