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Spiritual maladies of man

There are many diseases of the body. The restorative power of the human body does, with time, cure most diseases (i.e. the body usually heals itself) . Medicinal substances that man has discovered help cure many others. And modern surgical techniques cure others. However, in addition to diseases of the body, man also suffers from diseases of the mind and heart. And these diseases of the mind and heart often cause man far more trouble than do diseases of the body. What diseases am I talking about?

Spiritual maladies of man: Pride, arrogance, vanity, selfishness, enviousness, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, maliciousness, vengefulness, spitefulness, covetousness, greediness, lasciviousness, laziness, inner anger, inferiority complex.

Man may not generally regard these as diseases. And because of their persistence within a person, they are often viewed as character traits. However, man does not acquire them as a part of his genetic makeup. He is not born with them. He develops them. They are habitual ways of thinking and feeling that he develops as he responds to life in his journey through childhood and into adulthood. Man is indeed born with certain natural inclinations. He is indeed born with natural inclinations toward pride, vanity, selfishness, enviousness, jealousy, maliciousness, greediness, lasciviousness, laziness, etc. We all have natural inclinations toward those things within us. However, not all of us are proud and arrogant. Some people are very humble. Not all people are vain. Not all are selfish. Not all are afflicted with feelings of jealousy or maliciousness or inner anger. Not all people are greedy. Not all people are lascivious or lazy. Why? If all people are naturally inclined in a certain direction, why doesn’t everyone develop in that direction? Well, as we develop mentally in our journey through life things like reason, conscience, moral sense, religious teaching also help decide the kind of people we become. They also affect the kind of mental habits we acquire in dealing with people and life. They influence the kind of mental traits that will characterize us when we become adults.

The above listed traits are not usually viewed as diseases but I believe it is appropriate to regard them as diseases.

Now I want to suggest something: Reason, moral sense, conscience, religious teaching, increasing understanding of life can cause us to develop into beings that are totally free of all of the spiritual maladies mentioned above. You don’t believe that? It is true. We can develop into people completely free of the spiritual maladies that afflict so much of mankind. That is what Christianity is all about. That is the “Way” given in the Bible. Doesn’t that sound great? It is God’s way.

See the following:

The Natural Way – The Unnatural Way

On Sin

Stay away from these demons: Pride, Anger, Hatred, Lust, Envy, and Jealousy

Jan 2016

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