Cancer. The c-word that causes people to cringe. The death-row diagnosis that everyone dreads.
While the word still lies on the doctor's lips and hangs heavily in the air, the victim already feels its icy fingers begin to strangle their neck. Sometimes it is slow. Sometimes it is fast. Other times it goes into remission, then returns with a vengeance. Whichever way it comes, cancer seems to be a cruel killer, caring not whether the victims it catches are old or young.
While experts around the globe grapple with the physical 'whys' of cancer, gradually answering the many questions we have about our most insidious killer, many people continue to struggle with one often unasked question: "If God really were good, loving, kind, and merciful, why on Earth does He allow cancer?"
And because people can't answer this confusing question, their last days are sometimes spent harbouring resentment toward a God who could have done something but didn't.
What if God did remove all disease and death from our world? Would the world then become a perfect paradise? Of course not! While murder, abuse, rape, unfaithfulness in marriage, theft, deceit, and greed are still with us, it is impossible for this world to be a wonderful place.
You see, the truth is that disease and death are not the real cause of human suffering. They are the result of a worldwide problem that began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve, our first parents, chose to rebel against God.
As the Bible says: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Romans 5:12)
SIN. That is the real 'cancer', the disease that destroys our lives and robs us of the blissful life that God, our Creator, originally intended us to have.
Do you have this disease? Let's check your symptoms by using the divine mirror God has given us. Known as the Ten Commandments, it is the checklist that God Himself will use one day to judge every person who has ever lived. So, let's see how you do.
That is only half of the checklist! How did you go? Actually, it does not matter if you identified only one symptom or five, either way the diagnosis would be the same: 'Infected by Sin'.
This would make you a sinner, and since God is so holy and just (always fair in His judgment) you will not be able to enter Heaven in this state. Instead, God must give you the penalty for your sins, or crimes against Him, which is eternity in Hell, a place the Bible calls 'the lake of fire'.
But wait! Did you know there is a cure? Since God is good, loving, kind and merciful, He has made a way for you to escape paying for your own sins forever in Hell. He did this by sending the Lord Jesus Christ, God's perfect and sinless Son, to die on a cruel Roman cross, where God poured upon Him all the punishment for all sin ever committed, thereby paying the full penalty for your sin.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
To obtain the benefit of the cure that God has made available, you must turn away from your life of sin, and trust fully in the work of Christ on the cross to pay for your sins.
You cannot pay for your sin regardless of the amount of good works you think you need to do! Rather humble yourself before God, and pray from the depths of your soul, asking Him to forgive your sin and thanking Him for loving you so much that He would send Jesus to die in your place.•