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Short questions with long answers

Asking you to think about 3 verses of scripture

Please keep before you the verses of scripture when looking at these questions. You may even find it helpful to look up the verses in different translations. I have written out the verses from the NIV.


3 John v2

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you even as your soul is getting along well.

1. To what extent can the prayers of others affect our health?

2. This verse links the well-being of the mans health to the well-being of his soul - Does this mean that good Christian people do not get sick?

3. What is worse, poor health or a poor soul?

Proverbs 18 v14

A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear.

1. To what extent can physical sickness be treated separately from mental and spiritual health?

2. Can a crushed spirit lead to physical illness?

Psalm 41 v3

The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.

1. Many people claim verses such as this as promises which they use in prayers. To what extent can this be helpful?

2. What are some of the issues raised by this verse for someone with a terminal illness?

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This article Linda Faber 2006-2009.