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Radiant Living

T here are many people

T here are many people in this world who are hurting. There are diseases, health problems, and disabilities that are beyond the power of medicine or lifestyle to heal. People everywhere are asking, “Why?” Why disease and illness; why accidents and disasters; why pain and suffering? Who is responsible? And is there any hope for those who are hurting? The Origin of Disease God is love. Before the entrance of evil there was peace and joy throughout the universe. Lucifer, “the light bearer,” the attendant of God’s throne, by transgression became Satan, “the adversary” of God. Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. Not content with his position, he ventured to covet homage [worship] due alone to the Creator. Under an appearance of reverence for God, he endeavored to excite dissatisfaction concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings. Such efforts as only infinite love and wisdom could devise were made to convince him of his error. But as his dissatisfaction was proved to be without cause, pride forbade him to submit. He fully committed himself in the great controversy against his Maker. He claimed that it was his own object to improve upon the statutes of Jehovah. Therefore God permitted him to demonstrate the nature of his claims, to show the working out of his proposed changes in the divine law. For the good of the entire universe through ceaseless 46 s RADIANT LIVING

ages, he [was allowed to] more fully develop his principles, that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light. After the earth with its teeming animal and vegetable life had been called into existence, man, the crowning work of the Creator, and the one for whom the beautiful earth had been fitted up, was brought upon the stage of action. He was of lofty stature and perfect symmetry. His countenance glowed with the light of life and joy. Though created innocent and holy, our first parents were not placed beyond the possibility of wrongdoing. God gave them the power of choice—the power to yield or to withhold obedience. Adam and Eve were permitted to eat of all the trees in their Eden home, save one. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:” (Gen. 2:16,17). While God was seeking man’s good, Satan was seeking his ruin. He commenced his work with Eve, to cause her to disobey. She put forth her hand, took of the fruit, and ate. Adam, through his love for Eve, disobeyed the command of God, and fell with her. “Your eyes shall be opened,” the enemy had said; “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:5). Their eyes were indeed opened; but how sad the opening! The knowledge of evil, the curse of sin, was all that the transgressors gained. Satan is the originator of disease; He exults to see the human family plunging themselves deeper, and deeper, into suffering and misery. Hope Jesus Christ came to this world as the unwearied servant of man’s necessity. He “took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses,” that He might minister to every need of humanity. Matt. 8:17. The burden of disease, wretchedness, and sin He came to remove. It was His mission to bring to men complete restoration; He came to give them health and peace and perfection of character. None who came to Him went away unhelped. From Him flowed a stream of healing power, and in body and mind and soul men were made whole. In every city, every town, every village, through which He passed, He laid His hands upon the afflicted ones and healed them. Wherever there were hearts ready to receive His message, He comforted them with the assurance of their heavenly Father’s love. His compassion knew no limit. Christ recognized no distinction of nationality or rank or creed. His gift of mercy and love is as unconfined as the air, the light, or RADIANT LIVING s 47