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Mike Soderling, MD, Director of the Center for Health in Mission, explores the meaning of health, and how a holistic understanding of health can be applied to the Church's mission in the world.

Mike Soderling, MD, Director of the Center for Health in Mission, explores the meaning of health, and how a holistic understanding of health can be applied to the Church's mission in the world.

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  • 1. Western point of view WHO definition What does the bible have to say
  • 2. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (their revised but unused version: “A dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”)
  • 3. The concept of “Shalom”: completeness (in number) safety, soundness (in body) welfare, health, prosperity peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment peace, friendship of human relationships and with God especially in covenant relationship peace (from war) peace (as adjective)
  • 4.  Health means wholeness, with a person’s body, mind, and spirit integrated and coordinated, and able to function creatively in the context of his or her particular community.  God is the source of all healing, and desires to heal His people and move us toward wholeness.
  • 5.  Health involves the community as well as the individual. What one person does affects family. neighbors, and the larger community, both present and future. In like manner, what the community does affects the individual.  An adequate understanding of health requires an understanding of the biblical world view. This includes knowledge of God, of the created world, and of who we are as persons created by God and living in the world.
  • 6.  A complex relationship exists between health and our behavior. What we allow or agree to do collectively, as a community, state or power group or as individuals has a powerful influence on the health of all.  God, in Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, is the key to life and health. He has overcome the power of evil to destroy us through disease, despair, disorder, and death. He has shown us how to apply this power to the disorder in the world so that we may move toward the restoration of wholeness and order in humankind and in the created world.
  • 7.  Global communities of Christ followers are God’s chosen channel for healing, for the restoration of wholeness, and for the transformation of society. This involves vastly more than medical activities and technical development programs. It has to do with all endeavors that restore wholeness to persons and move persons and communities toward God's intended plan of abundant life for everyone now and in eternity.  God uses disease and death in order that people might seek Him and find Him. It reveals to man his need for God, his sin, and his need for forgiveness. God can ultimately bring good from disease and suffering, by His grace.
  • 8. We also seek to promote better stewardship of the natural environment, including restoration of the land, forests and water reserves, and more careful maintenance and improvements of them.