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We lament the absence of a cure for the "common cold" and resign ourselves to combating the symptoms. Tragically, there are also several medical maladies for which there are no cures yet, some of which are lethal. It is no less than pathetic when real cures do exist for some illnesses, and they are not applied to the patients who desperately need them. Even more difficult to understand is the patient who refuses or neglects to obtain the cure for what ails him, especially should the disease be particularly hurtful or life-threatening.
While not a medical cure, the Bible is the cure for much of what ails mankind. Not religion, as such, but the Bible, from which Christianity springs, is this potential cure. Like any cure on earth, the Bible cure is useless until applied.
Man is a composite or dual being, spirit and soul. The Bible addresses the whole man, his spiritual and physical self. In a sense, the Bible is a spiritual road-map, able to guide one in his earthly pilgrimage toward the celestial city of heaven. Yet, the Bible is no less a map for man's physical trek on this sphere. To the extent the Bible serves as a map to be used during our earthly existence, it is also the potential cure for the various things we encounter in this life.
For instance, the Bible is the cure, if heeded, where there is no "work ethic" (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Further, it is the cure for: preventing broken families (Ephesians 5:22-29) and unruly children (Ephesians 6:1-4); birth control among adolescents and other unmarried people (1 Corinthians 6:9, 18); substance and alcohol abuse (Ephesians 5:18); stealing (Ephesians 4:28); foul language (Ephesians 4:29); lying and perjury (Ephesians 4:25); tax evasion (Matthew 22:21; 1 Peter 2:17); etc. The key is the phrase, "if heeded." The "works of the flesh" of Galatians 5:19-21, followed by the "fruit of the Spirit" of Galatians 5:22-23, summarize the things for which the Bible can serve as cure, as well as lists the ingredients of the biblical vaccine.
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. "
Every community would be a better, safer, more caring community were its citizens to heartily administer the Bible cure in their lives. The most dramatic cure available from the Bible's medicine cabinet is the remissions of sins and the legitimate prospect of spending an eternity with God in heaven. The by-products are not bad either, now, on this earth.