Really? . . .

Vol. 3 No. 7 – 2-18-2018

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?” – Luke 17:17

A PHD in research of biochemistry announced that by the year 2038 neurologists will be able to control the evil and problems of mankind on a scientific basis. One would have to read further to find there is an “if” clause: If there would be preparatory psychoanalysis, if there would be cloning, and if there would be a moving of the candidates to a new world!

I do not think they will be knocking on my door.

The little clipping that I had saved related: “When a man behaves in an uncivilized manner, we will not say he is crazy and vicious, criminal or immoral. Instead we will know too much pyruvic acid has accumulated in his thalamic cells, and there is no carboxylase, a highbrow term for Vitamin B-1, operating in his thalamus.”

“We will be able to tell he did not grow enough association neurones descending from his cortex so that he does not deliver enough acetychorline to his midbrain.”

Please do not write to me with questions about pyruvic acid, carboxyla, and acetychorline. I am just an ignorant male with an earned doctorate degree. However, I am knowledgeable of what causes evil and problems in mankind’s thinking, speaking, and actions. It is sin; it is following one’s own choice in our broken world; it is pride. The middle word in sin is “I.” The middle word in pride is “I.”

Not every disease is chosen or inflicted upon us by our choice; yet, ultimately disease is a result of the Fall of Adam and Eve and has moved throughout people of the earth since Adam and Eve sinned.

Think of leprosy – it is real! When Donna and I traveled to India we found that leprosy is still active. It is found primarily in low cast conditions – treatable, but the Hindu society does not treat the low cast as real people well, or even as people. Lepers were an outcast of society. Rotted limbs, twisted arms and legs, disfigured faces, and unclean. Medical science has worked hard to find an absolute cure, but it is elusive, but treatable.

The scientist today is not even close to admitting that our diseases have resulted from original sin; psychologists, socio-biologists, and sadly numbers of theologians are confused.

The answer is within our text. Ten fellows approach Jesus as He heads south out of the province of Galilee into Samaria. Knowing Who He is and what He could do, they shout: “Have mercy on us!”

What are they asking for? Can You control our problem? Is our pyruvic acid out of balance? Can You deliver enough acetychorline to our midbrain? We need help; can You provide the remedy?

Jesus responds to them. “Go to the Jewish priest and show him that you are healed.” As they traveled to see the priest, going in faith that things would be OK, their leprosy disappeared. One of them came back to the highway, found Jesus, and for all to hear said: “Glory to God, I am healed!”

He fell flat on the ground in front of the Savior, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done. Ten men were healed; only one returned to say “Thanks!” One came back to worship. Incredible that our worship today is usually about us rather than directed to God.

Are we not all in danger of being among the nine, rather than being represented by the One; forgetting and failing in our praise and gratitude? Thanksgiving is the expression of our gladness that God is good to us. We ought daily to give Him thanks for what He has done, what He is doing today, and by faith, the future blessings He has for us. –G. Campbell Morgan

Whoever offers praise glorifies God –Psalm 50:23

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Written by Dr. Larry Lightner

February 18, 2018

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