I'm trampin', tryin' to make heaven my home...

I just read in a book that there is no biblical evidence that we are supposed to suffer illnesses in this life, that illness is a direct result of our behavior, diet, belief systems, etc. The writer went on to say that  to pronounce a disease incurable was an arrogant attack on God because by doing so we are saying that HE is the author and perfector of that disease since we all know there is nothing bigger than God.

I know, Screwy Doctrine Alert noted but you gotta admit there is a lot of truth to how much negative truisms we adopt as reality and how much this molds our perspective and life choices.  It makes me wonder what exactly Jesus meant when He said, “On Earth as it is in Heaven,” and that maybe there’s more to it.

Paul addressed the sick and sleeping (dead) amongst the new church as a result of sin not the natural order, no different than the gentleman who wrote my latest read. We concentrate so much on our spiritual death that we don’t even challenge out physical one.  Our perspective of death radically shapes the way we live and I’m wondering what resignation to physical illness, suffering and death does to our day to day experience.

“Well, I’m gonna die anyway so I may as well…”

When I recorded the gorgeous old spiritual, “Trampin”, all I considered was the spiritual aspect of “tryin’ to make Heaven my home”. It hadn’t dawned on me that there were still so many principles about life in Christ needed to be learned. It hadn’t occurred to me that I may want to maje Heaven my home-as in my house, the one I live in. As in, make changes, choices and goal in these four walls that reflect not just where I’m going when I die but where I am every time I allow Jesus to make my heart His home.

 As far as belief systems, I’m good with Paul: “let God be true and let every man be a liar.”  Believe what you wish but without submitting everything we hold as truth to the only one who is True, we’re just building our houses on the sands of conjecture, hypothesis, projection and good old-fashioned wishful thinking.

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