You may have seen the above graphic on a friends page and did not know how to respond appropriately:
The clearest Biblical verse that answer this question for the believer is found in Psalm 119:67-68. Notice what the psalmist comes to realize in his own sickness:
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word… you are good and do good teach me your statutes.”
The author of Psalm 119 realizes that before he became sick, he sinned -“Before I was afflicted”, I went astray”… but now (through his sickness and suffering) he realizes that God is not the cause of sickness. The psalmist who is suffering sicknessbecause of his rebellion to God realizes that God is not the cause of His suffering and decides to repent and trust in God because he finally learns that only God is good.
- Just like the psalmist we too must understand that God did not create cancer! nor did HE create sickness, murder, death, hatred etc… These are the all the result of our sin infecting the once perfect paradise that God originally created. When we sinned it caused a separation between man and God. God no longer dwelled with man.
- Secondly, we must understand (if you have a disease) He did not single you out to punish you because of sin in your life. God loves ALL people (John 3:16). Cancer and other diseases are a result of people falling prey to an evil world.
Q. If God is not the cause of cancer, then what is the cause of cancer? The discovery of “oncogenes” in the 1980s, followed by the “tumor suppressor genes” i.e. BRCA1 and BRCA2 (breast cancer) and “DNA repair genes” in the 1990s, has given us a clear picture of why cancer cells reproduce without restraint.
It has been shown that most cancers arise through a multistep process—multiple mutations may cause continuous activation of some oncogenes (cancer causing genes) these mutations may inactivate some of the tumor suppressor genes (cancer suppressing genes).
In many other important ways cancer cells have degenerative features. Contrary to many evolutionist cancer shows no gain of information, but generally cancer shows a loss or disorder of functions. This is only another example of the peculiar insistence of evolutionists of perceiving advancement where there is only variation.
SIN In The World And Cancer?: One needs only a glance at a News channel to be dismayed by the continual metastasis/spread of violence, theft, and lawless behavior displayed by sinful humanity. The most degenerate human societies sink to ritual murder, cannibalism, and torture. These human behaviors, which have plagued the world almost from its beginning, are remarkably similar to the physiologic behaviors displayed by cancer cells. Cancer cell do not follow the natural healthy order, instead these mutated cells “pride” themselves in overabundance and lawlessness by taking and stealing nutrients from other cells – causing cell death to healthy cells. These cancer cells however, continue to grow and divide without stopping. These cancer cells change the natural healthy balanced environment metastasizing all throughout our body until all that is left is death and destruction.
To conclude, the tragedy of cancer is the result of ongoing genetic deterioration in our body cells, and as such is a manifestation of SINS curse of decay and death. However, the Bible foretells a time when violence, death and sickness will be suppressed and peace will reign for Gods community. Isaiah 11:9 “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” and Revelations 21:4 “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.” Until that day comes we must bare our cross and follow Jesus. We might now understand everything but at least we know that God is good.