The Effects Of Sin

Random topic today. Not every day (because I’d be depressed), but sometimes I take time to read through headlines and articles on various news websites. I ran across this gem today on the Asheville Citizen-Times website, concerning the first case of Monkeypox reported in Buncombe County.

Of course, there’s a vaccine out for it. It won’t be long until we start seeing television ads warning that all of us need to line up for a shot. Before you do, though, as with any medical intervention, you ought to assess your risks.

Here’s the information provided, quoted directly from the ACT website:

It’s transferred person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact. Such contact often occurs during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex. Anyone can get monkeypox but in the current outbreak, many of the cases are in individuals who have multiple or anonymous sex partners, the release stated. Most people with monkeypox infection get better on their own. Treatment is available and may be recommended for people with a high risk of severe illness. Vaccines are available for those exposed to monkeypox. Gay or bisexual men or transgender individuals who had multiple sex partners or anonymous sex in the last 14 days are also eligible for a vaccine. Vaccines must be given within 14 of exposure.

Well, it’s true then. God’s ways ARE best, and His Word isn’t something just to be ignored. The Creator knows His creation, and He knows what happens when we ignore Him and make up our own rules.

Monogamous, heterosexual marriage for the win!!

Let me say that again.

Monogamous, heterosexual marriage for the win!!

The Bible continues to tell us the truth, just as it always has, and always will.

Romans 1:25-32 – For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

The phrase “due penalty” is from the Greek word antimisthia. The literal meaning is “wages returned.” It indicates a reward given in compensation, requital, recompence.

Sickness and disease are a product of our fallen world. The decay of our physical bodies is inevitable unless Jesus returns, and we are removed out of this world before we die. Sickness is not always a result of our actions, but it’s an irrefutable fact that our life decisions impact our health, directly or indirectly. Monkeypox is an example of a direct result of the choices one makes, although I’m sure there will be some who fall ill with this through no fault of their own, as it spreads. As we know, sin always affects more than just ourselves.

God’s Word isn’t just a fairy tale. It contains the wisdom of God, and we’d be wise to read it, know it, believe it, and obey it. Monkeypox is just one more example that God knows what He’s talking about, and He means what He says.

The good news is, even though our decisions may destroy our physical bodies taking us down a path that we can’t recover from physically, until a person takes his or her last breath, there is hope. Jesus came to redeem us – to forgive us – to restore us from all our sinful decisions. He can take a wrecked life and make it beautiful again. He can heal us spiritually and make us new. Sometimes He chooses to heal us physically, and when He doesn’t, we are made whole in eternity.

Monkeypox is another warning to our world that sin has consequences. It’s an outward, physical example of the destruction that sin wreaks on our souls. Man’s vaccines might give temporary relief from the symptoms, but only God can heal the disease.

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