Tke Gospel in Medical Practice
Heart-to-Heart Talks "Slow of Heart to Believe" H3W slow of heart we often are to believe what God has told us! We seek to interpret His instructions by our own preconceived opinions, or reason that the instruction does not apply to us but to others.'Christ's early disciples could not believe that He was to suffer and die, and be raised from the dead after three days, notwithstanding the fact that He repeatedly and plainly told them this. They experienced a trying and terrible disappointment. This led Christ to declare to the two disciples who went to Emmaus on the day of His resurrection: "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:25-27. Even after Christ's resurrection the disciples came to Him with the question, "Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" Acts 1:6. The reply of Christ was decisive: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Verses 7, 8. It was not until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that their understanding was clarified, and they discerned the true character of Christ's mission to mankind. May God grant that the Holy Spirit will enlighten us as to our work in this" our day. " Lessons From the Past Israel of old revealed this same slowness of heart to believe. Failing to believe, they forgot God and often t wandered far from Him. A striking example of this was shown after the death of Joshua and the elders who out lived him. "And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that He did for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the "servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. . . . And also all that genera tion were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim." Judges 2:7-11. Moses, the great leader of Israel, forewarned Israel of their danger: "And thou shall remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldst keep His commandments, or no. And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. . . . -Beware that thou for get not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command thee this day." Deut. 8:2-11. ——These—anci^n^ people -of God—were-slow--te—beiieve-,- quick to forget, and sorry were the consequences. The record of the past has been written for our benefit. Speaking of Israel's failures, the apostle declares: "Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The peo ple sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." 1 Cor. 10:6-12. An admonition has come to us who write and read these lines similar to the one given by Moses to the church in his day: "We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history."—Life Sketches, p. 196. Are We Slow? Are we "slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken"? This question is well worth every Advent believer's consideration. Much valuable instruction has come to us from the messenger of the Lord. We cannot, of course, cite all or even much of the instruction we have received. It will serve our purpose merely to cite some of this instruction. N ' Have we been slow to believe what the messenger of the Lord has told us about the principles of education? Are we neglecting to send our children to denomina tional schools already available? Are we who, with our children, are living in cities study ing how we can find homes in the country? We have been told to do this. Some have believed and obeyed, and are receiving rich' blessings. Are you seeking to live out in your home and in your personal experience the principles of healthful living? I know many are seeking to do this. On the part of many others there is a great lack. How long shall we refrain from believing the instruction we have received regarding these vital principles? I might cite many other things in which we have been slow of heart to believe and obey what the Lord has re vealed to us in His Sacred Word and in the instruction which has come to us in the writings o£ the messenger of the Lord., & It is unthinkable that every reader does not possess a Bible. But many, we fear, do not have the writings of Ellen G. White. Next to the Bible, these writings should be in every home. Their' reading should consume time spent by many in perusing the newspapers and secular magazines and storybooks. We"'need to become more diligent Bible students, to spend more, time in meditating upon the love of God and the plan of salvation. We should be instant in prayer, and if we have failed in the past, erect the family altar of prayer in our homes. Our love for those outside of Christ's saving grace should be increased. We should manifest this love by per sonal missionary endeavor, and by sustaining with our tithes and offerings our workers at home and overseas. The Call of Heaven The call of Heaven today is for a whole-souled, conse crated, loyal church whose great and chief aim is the giving of the Advent message to the nations of men. May God grant that every reader may make this his supreme Do we truly and sincerely believe that the end is near? that Christ is soon to come? Our lives, not a mere profes sion, will demonstrate our faith. We are saved by faith in the atoning blood and righteous life of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will be judged by our works. We cannot af ford to belong to the class, who say, and do not. Obedi ence is the proof of love. By the enabling power of the Holy Spirit may we believe and also obey. F. M. w. REVIEW AND HERALD
The Importance of Healthful Dress By H. W, Vollmer, M.D. THE proper clothing of the body plays an important part in maintaining both physical and spiritual health. Many, even among God's professed people, by failing to give the proper regard to this principle of healthful living have allowed obedience to fashion to rob them of health and influence. We have been given ample instruction on this point, both by medical science and through the gift of prophecy. Note these words: "In all respects the dress should be healthful. 'Above all things,' God desires us to 'be in health,'—health of body and soul. And we are to be workers together with Him for the health of both soul and body. Both are promoted by healthful dress. ... "It was the adversary of all good who instigated the invention of the ever-changing fashions. He desires nothing so much as to bring grief and dishonor to God by working the misery and ruin of human beings. One of the means by which he most effectually accomplishes this' is the devices of fashion, that weaken the body, as well as enfeeble the mind and belittle the soul."—Counsels on Health, p. 91. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31. That our dress should be such as to glorify our Creator is incumbent on all Christians. Our attire should be modest, healthful, neat, and becoming. We can attain this end without necessarily following prevailing fashions. Our modesty and good taste in selection as to material, color, and pattern should be the only thing that attracts attention. However, in our endeavors to follow the Lord's instruction we need not make ourselves conspicuous and thereby invite ridicule. Some make themselves the object of adverse remarks by the odd way of making and wearing their clothes, and by their lack of taste in color and selection of material. This brings the church into disrepute. As far as possible durable material should be selected. It is not necessary or best that woolen garments be worn next to the body. To some, wool is irritatirfg to the skin. Equal Distribution of Clothing Many, even in the church today, follow modern.cus toms in which there is an unequal distribution of the clothing upon the body with the result that some parts of the body are insufficiently clothed while other parts in turn have more than is necessary. In considering health ful clothing, age, health, and occupation, as well as the season, the time of day, and the climate, should be taken into account. Every article of clothing should fit the body loosely enough so as not to obstruct the circulation but to allow natural respiration. Garments should be sup ported from the shoulders, and special attention should be given to see that the feet and limbs are properly clothed. This is of vital importance. The testimony of Jesus, as well as that of medical science, speaks very emphatically on this point: . "Perfect health depends upon perfect- circulation. Special attention should be given to the extremities, that they may be as thoroughly clothed as the chest and the region over the heart, where is the greatest amount of heat. Parents who dress their children with the extremities naked, or nearly so, are sacrificing the health and lives of their children to fashion. If these parts are not so warm as the body, the circulation is DECEMBER 18, 1947 not equalized. When the extremities, which are remote from the vital organs, are not properly clad, the blood is driven to the head, causing headache or nosebleed; or there is a sense of fullness about the chest, producing cough or palpitation of the heart, on account of too much blood in that locality; or the stomach has too much blood, causing indigestion. "In order to follow the fashions, mothers dress their chil dren with limbs nearly naked; and the blood is chilled back from its natural course and thrown upon the internal organs, breaking up the circulation and producing disease. The limbs were not formed by our Creator to endure exposure, as was the face. The Lord provided the face with an immense circula tion, because it must be exposed. He provided, also, large veins and nerves for the limbs and feet, to contain a large - amount of the current of human life, that the limbs might be uniformly as warm as the body. They should be so thoroughly clothed as to induce the blood to the extremities. Satan in vented the fashions which leave the limbs exposed, chilling back the life-current from its original course. And parents bow at the shrine of fashion, and so clothe their children that the nerves and veins become contracted, and do not answer the purpose that God designed they should. The result is, habitu ally cold feet and hands. Those parents who follow fashion in stead of reason, will have an account to render to God for thus robbing their children of health. Even life itself is fre quently sacrificed to the god of fashion."—Testimonies, vol. 2, pp. 531, 532. Science Confirms the Spirit of Prophecy This instruction is clearly stated and contains an im portant physiological truth, a truth to which we should all take heed. Yet this counsel is often overlooked. It must be of importance to us, or the Lord would not have in spired His messenger to present it to the church. Note how the following statements taken from a leading health journal published for the laity by the American Medical Association stress the same principles regarding dress given to Seventh-day Adventists many years ago: "The universal use of heating systems has played a large part in changing the weight and material of clothing. Once the fashion of lighter and less clothing was adopted, the pendu lum swung to the extreme. Children particularly have been made to bear the brunt of this obeisance to fashion to such an extent that their health is distinctly jeopardized. In younger children the chest is often well covered, but from the groin to the ankle they are nude. Nature is poorly prepared for this sud den chilling and in spite of the enthusiast's contention that hardening produces good health the real results are lowered resistance, increased metabolism and an increased tax on the heart and heart centers. This occurs at a time when such en ergy could better be expended on growth. "Children's legs should be covered with cotton or lisle stock ings. Dresses should be of 'knee length and trousers of the 'knickers' type. For outdoor play in winter, additional gar ments should be looser and without inhibition about the hips and shoulders. For example, girls should be dressed either in pantaloon leggings without being stuffed with skirts, or they should wear leggings that come above the knees and warm dresses without the pantaloon. Loose-fitting sweaters are bet ter than coats. Boys should wear either corduroy knickers and woolen stockings or long trousers, with sweaters and parkas or lumber jackets substituted for coats, vests and overcoats. Stockings should always cover the knees."—EDWARD L. BAUER, Hygeia, April, 1942.