Is Cancer God’s Punishment for Sin? – Episode 113
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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepherd
Published: May 26, 2018
The hosts of Health, Hope & Inspiration tackle a difficult but common question sometimes asked by people who are diagnosed with cancer: “Am I being punished by God?” The hosts discuss the roots of the question and offer alternative viewpoints within the framework of Scripture.
In this episode, hosts Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepherd discuss the topic of cancer being seen by some as God’s punishment for sin. The roots of the question derive from the circumstances of life, which are sometimes beyond our control. The hosts reference the book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold S. Kushner, which offers the idea that while we may be doing everything correct as we understand it to be, we’re still exposed to circumstances and dynamics in our life over which we have no control. “Everything is not black and white. There are things that happen in our lives that are part of the circumstances of life that we do not get to control and manipulate.”
The hosts also consider the question of disobedience within the context of sickness. While individuals sometimes have to bear the negative consequences of the decisions they make, there is no groundwork for the belief that anyone deserves to have cancer.
Click here to download this weeks resource: “Inspirational Thoughts for Cancer Patients“