Does God Cause / Allow Sickness?

[Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed].

At the cross Jesus was made to be sin for us (even though He had no sin), so that we can become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21). At the very same cross He was also made our sickness & disease so that we can walk in complete health and administer divine healing to all those people who are afflicted with infirmities. People who question that it’s God’s will to heal the diseases of ALL people should therefore also question that it’s God’s will to forgive the sins of ALL people.

Do you think there is any sickness in Heaven? No. Sickness is so foreign to God’s holy perfect nature, that if He were to touch for example a lump of cancer, it would instantly disintegrate into nothingness. Sickness can not co-exist in the presence of God. Jesus died so that we could walk in perfect health!! He bore our infirmities and by His stripes we were healed (1 Pet 2:24)!! So if He did all this for us, we should then ask why would He still make us sick and thereby cancel/void the work of the cross? Does God have a split personality? Is He double minded? Of course not.

No, sometimes sickness comes on believers because we allow it. God gave all authority on earth to mankind, we were told to rule the earth [Gen 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth”]. Jesus came 2000 years ago to restore the authority that God gave to mankind, but which was lost by Adam in the Garden of Eden. Jesus took back this authority from the devil and disarmed him completely, and gave this authority back to the church. And Jesus also gave specific commands regarding healing: [Matt 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give].

Did Jesus say “pray for the sick?” No! He said “heal the sick”. Now why would Jesus tell us to do something if it would be impossible for us to do it?

Right now, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. What is He doing there? [Heb 10:12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool]. Jesus is waiting for you and I to step into what we were called to be: Ambassadors of His kingdom clothed with the presence and authority of our King. By administrating God’s healing to people’s diseases, casting out demons and advancing His kingdom, we are making the devil God’s footstool.

The world is also waiting for something. [Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God]. From these verses we can see that creation is waiting for the sons of God to be made manifest in the earth. Until the day we, as the church, begin to step out and start bringing heaven to earth through faith, this world will be subject to frustration. The sons of God are you and me. [Gal 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus]. Also see, Gal 4:6 & Heb 12:7). We walk in His calling as sons of God when we allow the mighty Holy Spirit to work though us to bring heaven’s influence into the earth. [Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God].

God does NOT use sickness to test our character or to bring Himself glory. It is God’s will for ALL to be healed. Sickness, depression & death are all from the enemy, but health, joy & life are gifts from God. [Jam 1:7 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning]. God doesn’t need to “test” the faithfulness of anybody’s heart with sickness, because God has already approved of us – He is perfectly pleased with us through the obedience of His Son Jesus on our behalf.

Yours in Grace
Andre van der Merwe


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  1. Interesting that we think only of this life…we who have the privileged of knowing Jesus have hope in this life and the next. We ARE all going to be OK :) just wait 70 odd years (for the blessed) and this life will be a whisper, the ones who mourn in this life will rejoice and the sorrowful will laugh! God allows things ultimately for his master plan…that ALL may be saved.

  2. afternoon Bretherens… i understand that being sick is one of the most painful experience and it makes us to doubt GOD… indeed God does not bring sickness to us… God gave us the diet that is created and suitable for human beings… he gave us this diet at creation, and this diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds…. note that that this point there is no animal product or flesh itself…in this diet there is no refined sugar, refined flour, pizza, humburgers or sodas… the diet is pure raw natural food… our human nature made us to turn from GOD`s original into believing in manmade diet that is killing us… if we go back to Eden and eat what God intended us to eat, our bodies will be able to heal itself and we will enjoy a healthy life… please just stop and think for a moment, you eat hamburger every lunch, drink soda ,fries and fred chicken, you hardly eat green leafs.. do u really honestly think you will be free from this lifestyle diesease… think again my brother…. indeed we are perishing because of lack of knowledge.. lets go back to Eden…..then we wont be sick…

  3. It would be cool if it was set up so we could also “reply” to some of the questions. so much misunderstanding regarding this subject.

    What better trick of the enemy than to get God’s people to think that God might be the one causing their sickness. How could we live in complete faith if we have this tiny doubt. It is double minded person who is unstable. God gave us the clearest possible picture of what he really looks like…Jesus. Heb 1 “In the past…but now” It’s a NEW covenant!

  4. What’s your take on Paul’s thorn in his side? How about Job? This kind of statement can be really hurtful to those that have had loved one’s die because of sickness or those that are sick themselves and have fervently prayed for that sickness to be healed. I agree that it’s not God’s fault by any means but to say that the said person did not have enough faith to be healed is not your place. You are hurting people. What is you’re view on the sovereignty of God?

  5. Johann: please read this article which I believe will answer your question. It is a grammar problem.
    This is how the verse should be read:
    “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered, “but let the works of God be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day…”

  6. I dont agree i am 35year old female with a wonderfull 12 year old son to raise and for the past 8 years i have had chronic daily headaches i get up take very good care of my son and home and hardly in bed because i always said i would not allow the pain to control me…I have gone from blaming God to accepting him again as my God and healer and after having injections into my head with even more agonizing headaches i truly dont know what God wants of me anymore if i am not forgiven for the sins that my parents,parents,parents made then suffering is what is lying ahead!! God takes parents away from innocent children only for the kids to suffer without the love and care from their parents!! i am giving up more and more every moment gOD MUST FORGIVE ME

  7. What is there to say about Exodus 4:1? God is the one who instituted the curse and who maintains it. He could have gone poof and changed Moses instantly into a great speaker, but he wanted Moses to believe him and trust him enough to allow him to work in this area. Moses would have seen God work, grown in trust, and given God much glory if he’d trusted him. Yet God was able to work even through this.

    I would add that God is sovereign and good even in this. Though he does these things for his glory he also does them out of love for us.

    From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. Acts 17

    Lastly I would say that God also has an eternal perspective. And though our pain, suffering, and death seem insurmountable in the moment they are part of the mercies of God given to us that we, and all men, might know true goodness… in the end “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

  8. Rahman, may our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, touch you and heal you, by the power of His Holy Spirit. If you need to talk to a brother in Christ please write Keep fighting the good fight!!!

  9. Hi Rahman, No words I can say that will take your pain away, but your faith has taught us something new today…
    Rahman truly you are special to our God. In your weakness
    and sickness He is Glorified .
    A Thorn in the Flesh
    7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to [b]torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [c]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [d]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

  10. I am a Christian and have been all my life. I have been sick as a baby (4 months old – vomiting blood for almost 6 months)and then again diagnosed with high blood pressure at 16. At 21 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After 3 massive operations to remove my colon and reconstruct my insides I thought I was done.

    At 29 I had to have a cyst removed from my ovary. Last week I discovered abnormal growths in both my armpits. These need to be removed and my armpits re-constructed! My family has been through so much pain because of my illnesses. They suffer with me and that is not fair. My mother is getting older and she has to help me… This is not what should be happening at this stage of her life.

    I gave my life to God at 23. I have never since then turned my back on Him. I try to do my best and live according to His Word. I cannot understand why over and over I must endure pain, medication, being confined to bed and then get my life back on track only to have something else go wrong. I fight with everything in me to stay positive and keep on improving my life.

    Each time it is a battle and a choice between giving up or picking myself up. I cannot understand why my God – who is meant to love me allows these things repeatedly in my life. I have not given up and never will give up on God but I feel very hurt by the latest medical condition. It is not the physical things I have to endure – this body can either recover or it could die. I am battling with the thought that my God has allowed this.

  11. Also, I want to thank you for being honest that there are times when you’ve been sick without healing. I see too much lying and manipulation in the healing movement (people like Benny Hinn or Todd Bently) often that it gives me pause to trust that they are examining scripture rather than basing their movement on an emotional high. I may disagree with many Christians over scripture (though I don’t doubt their salvation), but I am grateful when we can actually enter into conversation rather than one side bashing the other for not believing hard enough. The Bereans were commended for checking Paul and we are commanded to “test the spirits”. If it means slower progress then so be it… its better than the multitude of atheists I’ve met who were turned off from Christianity because they had legitimate questions thrown in their face. And its not our strength of faith that is important, but rather the object of our faith… Jesus Christ.

  12. If something happens in our life it is either God caused or God allowed, right? As in the devil did not slip something by God without him noticing, right? So what we go through here on earth are trials and tribulations which, though not good (not what would happen in Heaven), God uses them to perfect our faith (so that we’d trust in Him and not our circumstances or the soundness of our bodies). Full salvation, of our bodies and our world, will not be received until Jesus comes again to bring us into glory. I believe the verse you site “by his stripes we are healed” refers primarily to us being formerly dead spiritually.

    I’d add to people’s objections of sickness to your position with that of death. It is not God’s will that any death/decay be in our world. Yet all people up to now, including the apostles/faithful, have died – all by God’s foreordained will. His greater will is that people should trust Christ for their eternal salvation. To that he allows sin, suffering, and death so that people would turn from sin and put their hope in the unfading love we have in Christ. So I end with this verse… “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

    God bless you,

  13. Hey Ralph

    I believe Isaiah’s prophesy here pertained specifically to Israel, who were still under the law. Look how the chapter starts:

    Isa 30:1 This is the LORD’s message for his rebellious people: “You follow your own plans instead of mine; you make treaties without asking me, and you keep on sinning.
    Isa 30:2 You trust Egypt for protection. So you refuse my advice and send messengers to Egypt to beg their king for help.

    So because of their disobedience and the covenant He had with them, God HAD TO punsih them.

    Isa 30:20 The Lord has given you trouble and sorrow as your food and drink. But now you will again see the Lord, your teacher, and he will guide you.
    Isa 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice saying, “This is the road! Now follow it.”

    Fortunately we live under a different covenant with different terms and conditions.

  14. How do you deal with Isaiah 30:20,21. I know I have already asked this but I don’t see an answer

  15. Andrè, you stated in your last paragraph “God does NOT use sickness to test our character or to bring Himself glory.”

    How then shall we interpret the Bible in the following verses than anything else that God heals the sick so as to bring the glory to Himself, and not to man?

    John 9:2 “And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
    John 9:3 “Jesus answered, Neither has this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed in him.”

    Regards :-)

  16. How can you proclaim grace when the premise of your position on healing is that it is based upon something more than God’s mercy? I believe the position of grace is that I get from God what I do not deserve. Healing based upon faith is healing that is meritorious.

    “All people should be healed”
    I do not agree my friend. I believe you are in error.
    I see this position as bondage to the sick, not truth that sets them free.

  17. Hi Dave

    No it means that we live in a fallen world and that we have an enemy looking to destroy us. Our spirits have been completely redeemed, saved, made righteous, whole and sanctified, but our minds and bodies not yet.

    And no, you DO have enough faith. Jesus always put the onus on the person doing the praying to get the sick person healed.

    Check out this 2-part teaching on whether people have enough faith – it might help you:

  18. Does this mean that if we get sick then it shows that our sins haven’t been completely forgiven? I guess we can only have true assurance of salvation if we don’t get sick.

    If I understand you right I don’t always have enough faith to receive healing – that’s why I still get sick. Does this mean that it’s possible I don’t have enough faith to totally receive forgiveness of my sins? What if there are still sins left unforgiven (due to my failure to receive total forgiveness by not having enough faith) – does this mean I might end up in Hell?

  19. Sickness and physical suffering are not pleasant and often times difficult to understand for Christians. Illness comes from the devil and not God. We are God’s children. He does not use illness to make us stronger. We become strong through the words in the bible and prayer. No man has the power of healing. God sends the Holy Spirit to heal us as the Great Comforter. the scriptures say, “Ask and you shall receive”. (Matt.7:7) God has power over all things which includes sickness. How can you be healed unless you call on the great healer?

  20. Hi Sharon, yes God has already provided atonement, wellness, healing and deliverance at the cross over 2000 years ago. When our bodies aren’t well, it’s not God that doesn’t heal, it’s us that don’t receive it.

    Why doesn’t everybody get healed? This age old question has many answers…

    I’ve laid hands on many people that have recovered from sickness, but when I’ve been sick myself, no amount of praying, rebuking or believing would work. All I know is that God is good, and whenever my circumstances seem to indicate otherwise, I need to understand that it’s not God’s fault.

    In Grace

  21. So, if i have constant pain in my body it is because??? i haven’t received the healing??? i don’t understand???

  22. what about Ex 4:11

    “The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ?”

  23. that is good to hear- because I’m still hearing the opposite a lot not always in an out and out way, but even among ‘grace’ friends the message that we suffer and are tested are still prevalent and it just doesnt resonate with me, never has and even less has since growing in grace and understanding his finished work! So thanks for this.

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