A fundamental Christian belief is that this world is a fallen world. This fall means that the world and its inhabitants are subject to opposing forces vying for dominance. Thus, negative forces are actively working to sow infirmity in the heart, mind, and body of mankind. The Christian is taught to overcome negative, destructive forces by calling upon the name of Christ, believing in the power of his redemptive atonement. A predominant theme in the ministry of Christ was his ability to heal those who came to him with faith, believing that they could be healed of their vice or infirmity. Christ not only healed spiritual, but also mental and physical infirmities in ways that most of us would find unbelievable. And yet if this power is real, then we, like those before us, can have hope of deliverance and ultimate salvation from an infirmity that is evidently limiting eternal potential.
But most in the world no longer believe in this healing influence, and this causes them to simply turn off their spiritual and mental faculties and simply deny the problem, because it is too painful to acknowledge infirmity when there is no hope of redemption. Instead they turn to 1) a rejection that what ails them is truly an infirmity, leading them to simply define themselves by the infirmity and to seek justification, both internally and externally, for their problems, or to 2) incorrectly conclude that the diversity and blessing of our imperfections is not that we can share with others our strengths and gradually overcome the weaknesses, but that we can continue in our weaknesses without shame by relying on others’ strengths. The first is poisonous in that it turns the soul against anyone who would bring them into the light and help them achieve even greater happiness than they already have, and the second is poisonous in that it lulls its believers into a false sense of security where progress and happiness are stymied. One must ask whether Christ came and paid the ultimate price in order to merely protect us and preserve us despite our weaknesses, or to also deliver us from our weaknesses.
“Be ye therefore perfect, as our Father in Heaven is perfect.” –Jesus Christ
In my faith we have a saying: “Christ came to save us from our sins, not in our sins.” He wants us to become more like Him, for it is in the becoming that deep and abiding happiness is found. He did not come to make us a race of dependents, but a race of independents, much like welfare services are meant to be temporary succor while the recipient works to get back on their feet. If you were Christ, which would you prefer to give to your children by your sacrifice? Eternal dependence, or, ultimately, Independence?
The light of Christ within us also gives us the ability to apply faith and reason to see with our spiritual eyes what we cannot see with out physical eyes. The physical world is only the surface of many living, unseen forces at work. These forces can be seen only by humble faith and active reason. Christ does not ask us to set aside these gifts of faith and reason, but to apply them diligently to come to know him even better.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” — Jesus Christ
With these gifts we can come to see clearly what is truly in our best interests, what will truly bring us the greatest happiness, and, if we see any obstacle in our way, what we must do to receive the miraculous healing of Christ so that we can achieve those things that we have come to see with an eye of faith and a mind of reason.