Saving Health Among All Nations

Substance of health talk in an evangelistic series of meetings

By EDNA F. PATTERSON, M.D. Columbus, Ohio

During the span of several centuries, a group of religious enthusiasts said the cure of the world's ills was to be found in religion. Those who would not voluntarily adhere to the dogmas of the church were whipped into line or suffered the tortures of the condemned. What was the result? The world suffered the greatest "black-out" of all time. The arts and sciences were lost. Men and women eked out -a bare existence, hoping for the coming of a better day. Isolated religion alone had failed. There must be a balanced program suited to the threefold nature of man in order to meet his needs.

Man cannot be divided into compartments. The component parts cannot be separately per­fected without disastrous results following. The scientific man alone brings forth a lopsided, de­feated program.

Educate the hand; you have a mechanic.

Educate the mind; you have a dictator.

Educate the heart; you have a fanatic.

"True education . . . is the harmonious de­velopment of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers." This is a wonderful, all-in­clusive program.

A BALANCED PROGRAM.—The psalmist David echoes the heart cry of all mankind today : "God be merciful unto us, and bless us ; and cause His face to shine upon us. That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations." Ps. 67:12.

This saving health covers the three phases of man's nature—the mental, the physical, and the spiritual. This triad is so closely bound to­gether that one cannot stress the perfection of one to the exclusion of the other two without disastrous results following.

For instance, we present Mr. Q., a very keen scientific man, but he has lost his faith in God and has become an atheist. He has turned to every so-called pleasure of the flesh. The result—he is physically wrecked from dissipa­tion and loss of his scientific profession.

We have been limited in our concept of health, evaluating only its negative phase—the absence of disease or pain and deformity. But health is more than that. It is something very positive and vital. It is all that makes life rich and full and deep.

Can we legislate health? Our Federal Gov­ernment is taking definite steps to institute cer­tain laws of health protection and insurance. Billions of dollars will be spent in order to les­sen the toll taken each year because of sickness and disease. We would in no wise minimize the benefit of laws relating to public health and quarantine; yet we believe this gesture of our Government is doomed to failure. No govern­ment, no individual, can legislate health. No great benefactor can bestow health upon an­other. Health must be earned. It must come from impulsion, rather than compulsion.

The desire for abundant health must be cre­ated in the heart of every man, woman, and child. Teaching the principles of self-control and self-government must be made popular and desirable. This program requires strong leaders and concentrated organized effort.

What the world needs is not more money to care for its invalids but more knowledge on how to keep well. God's people should be known the world around as specialists in dis­ease, prevention, and health restoration.

"We must educate, educate, educate, pleasantly and intelligently."—Medical Ministry, p. 262.

"Keep the work of health reform to the front, is the message I am given to bear. Show so plainly the value of health reform that a widespread need for it will be felt."—Medical Ministry, p. 275.

"It will go forward; for it is the Lord's means of lessening the suffering in our world, and of purifying His people."—Ibid., p. 279.

"Let us remember that we bear a message of heal­ing to a world filled with sin-sick souls."—Testimo­flies, vol. 9, p. 167.

This war has taught us that no nation can live unto itself. What happens "inside Asia" or "inside Europe" affects every other nation. The atomic bomb has suddenly contracted our global dimensions. While the modern science of warfare makes our world more accessible to destruction, it also makes it more accessible to the spread of the gospel. Today it takes no longer to get from Chungking to New York, than it took in 1878 -to get from New York to Philadelphia. We have come to another "Golden Age," the day of opportunity for this people. Do we fully realize the import of our day? The methods with which we started out are too slow. We must use methods in keeping with our Atomic Age. "Said the angel, 'Deny self ; ye must step fast.' . . . Time is almost finished." —Early Writings, p. 67.

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By EDNA F. PATTERSON, M.D. Columbus, Ohio

January 1947

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