These two guidelines are suppose to provide top level boundaries. They are good, but not as black and white as I prefer sometimes. I understand what he is saying but I personally need more details. One thing is clear. Taking the route of first determining if someones behavior (or yours) is sin or sickness is got to be hard work. The ambiguity involved in the two guidelines is enough to frustrate anyone I think. This is an evaluation process where I can see Satan having a ball and confusion to be spread everywhere.
- "Any behavior that does not confirm to biblical commands or any behavior that transgresses biblical prohibitions proceeds from the heart and is sin.
- "Any behavior that is more accurately called a weakness proceeds from the body and is sickness or suffering. Sickness or suffering can also be caused by specific sin, but we must be very careful to have ample justification before we make such a link."
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Distinguishing Between Sickness and Sin
Edward Welch in his helpful book Blame It on the Brain? (page 34) suggests the following guidelines for distinguishing between sickness and sin (using biblical categories of the heart and body):