Here in Chile, every time someone gets a cold or some other physical malady, people start going over what that person did, and try to establish cause. This leads them to occasionaly making strange assumptions due to ignorance. For example, if you get a cold, its most likely because you were subjected in some way to sudden changes in temperature. You came in from the cold or you went out into the cold or somebody opened the door etc..
If you get a tummy ache, it must be the ice in your drink or the olives were "heavy" They often try to reason based on what they know, ond often it is sorely lacking. They try to find out what is to blame for the illness. Old Wives Remedies abound here. Many times they don't understand the science behind the problem.
We sometimes make assumptions based on what we know, but we don't know that we don't understand everything.
Many illnesses are cause by sin and sinful attitudes. It is my personal opinion that depression is not an illness, but a bad attitude run amuck. IMHO
However, there are illnesses that exist for the Glory of God. Now, I know that that sounds cruel, but God always has a plan. Take the blind man in John 9.
The disciples tried to blame the parents for the son's blindness. Not true. God allowed him to be born blind so that Jesus might be glorified. Why did God allow Lazarus to die? Did Lazarus do something worthy of death? I don't thinks so.
God is works through my weakness. He molds me through trials. He uses my imperfect body, subject to disease, to shape my character.
Please pray for my friend Mari, whose two daughters have died from the effects of leukodystrophy and whose sons will die soon from the same disease.
I choose to believe that God loves Pastor Juan and his wife Mari so much that he is working harder on them and shaping them for His highest purposes. Someday they will feel the honor of having been counted worthy to suffer for Christ's sake. Pray for their son Barak, who know he will soon be in the presence of his Lord and Savior.
Sometimes we just don't understand