Are illnesses a punishment?
In view of the suffering in the world, countless people ask why God allows so much misery and pain, and why He punishes mankind so harshly for their weaknesses. Doubts arise about the much vaunted Divine Love, Goodness and Mercy – rightly?
A punishment is a sanction against a conduct regarded as reprehensible. In contrast to a reward, it is mostly unpleasant for the one concerned, because the punishment is meant to bring about a change in behaviour.
In the public domain the judiciary decides on the punishment to be imposed. Many people hold God responsible for the occurrence of illnesses and assume that He would as judge determine their fate. But God does not intervene arbitrarily in world events. The decisive factors for health and illness are the Natural Laws. Thus one can assume that illnesses are sanctions or repercussions triggered by the Laws of Nature for our past mistakes. But how can we be certain that things happen in a fair manner?
What conditions must be met for a judgment to be rated as just? The situation must be known to the smallest detail; all the factors having an influence must be sorted accurately and be weighted correctly in terms of their effect on the whole. This is the only chance of avoiding making a judgment that is too strict or too mild. Moreover, the punishment must bear a connection to the deed. This gives the person the opportunity to recognise what he did wrong, so that he may act differently in future.
Justice must also be constant – unswerving, unchanging, free from arbitrariness, thus totally objective.
The working of the Natural Laws is just!
As we have seen, the Natural Laws ensure that everything is registered down to the last detail, both in terms of what emanates from us and what is approaching us. In doing so, the nature and intensity of the event is grasped in minute detail – much more precisely than human justice ever could. Transferred to our body, this means that the nature of illnesses will be in exact accordance with the cause: illnesses to do with weight bearing in cases of over-eating, nutrient deficiency illnesses with malnourishment, disorders of fat metabolism (obesity, liver disorders, heart and circulatory problems) with excessive fat diet, and so on.
The repercussions we meet on the physical level are fully consistent with justice, as they correspond exactly with the condition of the body environment. If an illness breaks out after the body environment has already been improved through changes in the lifestyle, the severity of the illness will depend on the current condition of the body environment.
The Law of Reciprocal Action is based on the principle: As the seed, so the harvest – we reap what we sow – without the sowing necessarily taking place actively (as with over-eating or smoking), but can also be passive in nature, such as when we deprive our organism of something that it needs for its well-being.
The Natural Laws are immutable – a necessary condition for justice. Also the laws of health, to which our body is subject, always remain the same. As a result, the return to health of the population does not depend so much on the discovery of newer and newer medicines or on advanced medical technologies as on a way of life that is in harmony with the laws of health.
Of course the forms can change and new illnesses can occur, because development is a part of nature, but these are always within the law.
In contrast to the unchanging Natural Laws, man-made laws change all the time and are sometimes valid only regionally. People change laws in order to adapt them to their wishes; with the Natural Laws it is man who must change to conform to the Will anchored in the Laws.
The human being is absolutely powerless against the power of the Natural Laws – they act independent of human intervention and influence.
Man as conqueror of nature?
Nevertheless one hears repeatedly that man has ‘conquered nature’. Does that mean that he is capable of acting outside the Natural Laws? Absolutely not! If man feels superior to nature, because he could, for example, produce some material that did not exist in this form before, or because he succeeded in flying to the moon or defeating an epidemic, in the end he has done nothing else than submit to the laws – through detailed study of the material properties, the force of gravity or the mode of action of the body environment or bacteria. This is resonant in the view expressed by the English philosopher Francis Bacon (1561–1626): ‘Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.’
The idea that antibiotics can cure infectious illnesses without at the same time improving the body environment is waning. It should be noted that the drastic decline in acute illnesses was followed by a no less drastic increase in chronic and degenerative ailments. This can be explained simply: Because the body environment was never corrected, it gets worse with each conventional treatment: the toxins are not eliminated but only forced back, and more are continually being added.
Does nature need ‘a chance’?
The saying that one should give ‘nature a chance’ leads to the erroneous assumption that we humans could save nature. In this we misjudge the omnipotent power of the Natural Laws. For everything that does not take place in the sense of these laws or even opposes them, is destroyed by their inherent power.
The separation into that which swings in the Creation Laws and is therefore strong and viable, and on the other hand into the non-viable and weak is designated as ‘natural selection’. This operates not only – as is generally assumed – in the animal and plant world, but also with humans. Man’s ignorance with regard to the Natural Laws and his increasingly unnatural way of life place him in danger of becoming subject to a radical ‘negative selection’. One sign of this is the occurrence of numerous new illnesses despite a remarkable growth in the choice of treatment options. Is the rising number of immune deficiency diseases not likewise a way of saying that we have lost the ability to hold our own in the ‘struggle for life’?
Instead of willing to give ‘nature a chance’, man would improve his own chances by endeavouring to bow to the wisdom of the Natural Laws and adjusting to them.
In accord with the stream of life
Apart from the fact that the Natural Laws are absolutely incorruptible and unalterable, their mode of action is always upbuilding. They further everything that is in accord with them, urging towards development.
From the health point of view, it is sufficient, for example, that man consumes in a reasonable intake the foods that nature offers him, breathes the air bestowed, works and rest in a sensible manner, so that his body can grow and develop properly. This way he can enjoy a sound health and strong power of resistance. And all this, mind you, thanks to the natural resources placed at his disposal.
The furthering and upbuilding forces of the Natural Laws are like the stream of a river. If we swim with the current, we are carried forward and make progress without great strain. The power of the current unites with ours.
However, if we decide to act against the current, and in this way lead an unnatural life – which we can do owing to our free will – then the current runs counter to our intentions, and illness is the result. Now a lot of effort must be expended (we have developed an entire arsenal of symptom-fighting therapies) – only finally to be swept away by the current.
Punishment or helpful warning?
The effects of the natural laws are logically consistent, strict and at the same time just. Is it still possible with this realisation to identify illnesses as punishment? Certainly not! Illnesses are a quite natural and predictable consequence of our disregard of the laws of health and at the same time an incalculable help, because if in our way of life that is counter to the natural laws there was not the occasional alarm signal, it would inevitably lead to a steady accumulation of toxins. Utterly unsuspecting of the dangers threatening, we would be caught unprepared by death.
If a child who has been warned against touching a hot plate, because it can burn, still goes ahead and does this, the child will get burned. Its burns are by no means a punishment for failing to heed the warnings, they are simply the logical consequence.
The same thing happens when the natural laws signal through our body – through tiredness, pain, metabolic disturbances, acute illnesses – that we are living on the edge of the laws of health and we still decide to ignore these warnings. The chronic and degenerative ailments arising as a result are also no punishment, but merely a natural consequence.
We have, however, brought about these consequences ourselves and are therefore responsible for them. Since we have a free will, we could just as well have oriented our life differently, resulting in physical well-being and solid health.
Conditions for a happy, sound life
Illnesses are thus neither a punishment nor a sign of an absence of the Creator’s love. They are an expression of our ignorance of the laws of health. Any complication, any aggravation, every relapse, however painful they may be, are evidence of this, as well as of the fact that we do not realise how important it is to observe these laws. This means at the same time – and this should gives us courage – that everything that happens to us depends neither on the arbitrary decisions of others nor on the vagaries of a blind fate, but solely on ourselves, since, thanks to our free will, we can shape our life as we wish.
Now this applies not only to the illnesses that befall us, but to all the problems, conflicts, disagreements and arguments we are faced with – whether in our family, social or professional life, as well as every sorrow, every challenge, distress or misery; it applies to every defeat, misfortune, every failure and ‘tragedies’ we mistakenly blame on chance. Here, too, nothing can happen to us to which we have not given cause by our own behaviour, either actively or passively.
What a person needs above all for a happy and healthy life is the knowledge of the Laws of Creation. This is not confined to the laws of physics and chemistry, which have enabled considerable technological progress – it is especially to do with the great laws or principles that govern our existence as human beings, both in terms of our perceptions, our innermost thoughts as well as our actions.
Pathways to recognition
Whoever carefully observes the big and small phenomena in nature or in his surroundings and looks for the logic behind the events, can also detect the underlying laws.
Another way to gain this knowledge is one’s own experience. Again it is a matter of becoming aware of the effect of the laws, as well as the connection between current and past experience as we try to fathom why we experience certain situations again and again. The better we understand the ‘why’ of a happening, the more we become conscious of the effect of the underlying laws.
And finally we can go on the quest for knowledge by reading books that deal with the Laws of Creation.
To answer one last question – that of the origin of the Laws of Nature or Creation – we will in the last part of this series delve into the work In the Light of Truth – The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin and look in it for statements that clarify why there are such perfect laws.