The cure is worse than the disease

A few days ago, I sliced my foot open pretty bad at the beach. I slipped on a rock and left a gash that was probably slightly over two inches long. I bled for about two hours, got light-headed, shaky, and uncontrollable giggles. As I understand, those are side effects of blood loss, so it makes sense. Anyhow, the whole experience didn’t really hurt, but it was severe enough that I needed to go to the emergency room to get stitches. That was fine, they gave me some kind of numbing agent so I wouldn’t feel them go in. Then I went home, watched a show and went to bed. Everything was great. Or so I thought.

I woke up in the middle of the night with an unbearable pain in my foot. It was the stitches. The numbing agent had finally worn off and I felt the full pain of the threads that were holding my flesh together. Receiving the gash was nothing, but these little stitches were awful. I pretty much didn’t walk the next day. And for a few days after that, if I needed to move far, I needed crutches. I still have a few more days before I can have the stitches removed and they’re still painful, but I’m walking unassisted with only a slight gimp. Stitches are awful, but necessary if I didn’t want to be walking around with duct tape on my foot. When it’s done healing, everything will great and certainly much better off than if I had chose to not go to the emergency room.

So, the cure is worse than the disease, or in my case, the bandage is worse than the wound. And as I think about it, that in a sense describes the Christian life. Through receiving saving faith in Jesus Christ, we open ourselves to ridicule, hate, persecution, violence, suffering, and even death. It can be quite a miserable life if you are a Christian. These are all possible side effects of salvation. Both mentally and physically, the cure (faith in Jesus Christ) is often worse than the disease (sin). And yet any doctor will tell you that you need to be cured because the consequences of the disease, as painless as living with it may be, are far worse that the pain the of being cured.

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2 thoughts on “The cure is worse than the disease

  1. Pastor Nielsen says:

    A bruised heel that effects the cure. Hmmmm.

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    • The Author says:

      You’re comment leads me to believe that I didn’t clarify my analogy appropriately which may very well be the case. The point I was trying to make with my analogy was that it is very easy to lead a sinful life. In fact, it’s often enjoyed and reveled in. Yet those who profess Christ are belittled, persecuted, beheaded, etc. So, the individual is now saved, but they must suffer the persecutions of the world. Many people would rather enjoy life in sin than deal with the pressures of remaining in the faith. For many in this life, it’s easier and not as painful to be of the world than to be a Christian. Yet at the end of it all, when we die, those who are in Christ shall go to be with Him and Father in Heaven, while those who refused his mercy do not.

      That is where my analogy works. In a way, it is akin to a patience suffering from cancer. The cancer may not actually bother the patient right away. It may not even cause pain or suffering until the very end, but eventually, it will kill him. But the patient can go through chemotherapy. Through the chemo, the patient may physically suffer more than the cancer ever caused them. They may find themselves weak and sick, unable to perform basic functions, and in constant pain. But when it’s over, the patient has a new lease on life and may live far longer and better than if they never went through the chemotherapy.

      I’m not saying that the bruised heel affects the cure. What I am saying is that though the cure is necessary, you might find it more difficult to live with than the disease. To put it into perspective, think of the Christians living in ISIS territory. They’re raped, beheaded, sold, etc. And yet they endure in their faith. Their lives are absolutely miserable and they suffer constantly. Yet they are saved and shall be with Christ in his Glory. I’m sure things would be a lot easier for some of them if they would just deny their faith. If they refused the “cure” things probably wouldn’t be so bad. For them in this life, the cure is much worse than the disease. But they need the cure. And they know they need it. So despite how awful the side effects of the cure are, it’s worth it. It’s absolutely worth it.

      Scripture never says the life of a Christian is all sunshine and ice cream. In fact, it says the opposite (Mark 13:13). “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” I like how it uses the word endures. It actively implies suffering. If it had said remains, then I could not conclude from this scripture that there will be hardships, but the word endures seals the deal.

      I feel in many cases (though perhaps not every) that my analogy stands. As we are in the here and now, the cure is physically and emotionally worse than the disease. The side effects (in this life) that come with the healing are often absolutely awful. Yet it is necessary. We need it. Foolish be us if we reject such medicine. Sorrows be on our heads if we refuse such a gift.

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