Jesus says in Mark 2:9-12 [Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”]

Paul says in 1Corinthians 15:56-57[“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.]

I am not a native english speaker and am not sure how to put this accross...

From Mark 2:9-12 we may presume that when sin is forgiven the associated illness is also healed.

From 1Corin15:56-57 and related verses we could assume that sin is the cause of almost all(John 9:3) illness and ultimately death.

Say if I have an illness which i think is caused by a particular sin of mine. I go confess my sin and receive forgiveness for my sin and stop repeating that sin. Could this mean that my illness will be healed? However if the illness still remains, would it mean that my sins have not been forgiven? Are there other verses in the Bible that supports this assumption?

  • 1
    As it stands, this reads like a truth question: different people who associate themselves with Christianity are going to answer your subquestions, like "would it mean that my sins have not been forgiven," differently. Is there a particular tradition whose view you are interested in? Or, should this be understood to be asking for the "biblical basis for continued illness being an indication of unforgiven sin"? If so, please let us know. Apr 22, 2016 at 16:21
  • Biblical basis for continued illness being an indication of unforgiven sin, is what i wanted to know about. Thank you Nathaniel.
    – Martin
    Apr 22, 2016 at 16:43
  • 2
    Thanks. So now, answers your question will be in the form of "Verse A supports the idea that a continued illness indicates unforgiven sin." If you want to know the biblical basis for the other view, continued illness not indicating unforgiven sin, then you'd need to ask that separately. Apr 22, 2016 at 17:05
  • 1
    Mod notice: Those of you that answered this question but did so from the oposite viewpoint of what was asked are welcome to post a question asking about the opposite view and move your answers there. They are just a complete miss match for this question and treat it as a "truth question", something this site is well established to avoid. Questions about this? Ask on Christianity Meta!
    – Caleb
    Apr 23, 2016 at 7:03
  • 1
    @Martin: Those answers weren't moved; they were deleted because they didn't actually answer this question - they answered the opposite question. Hence, he suggested asking another question where those answers would be answers, and then reposting the answers on that question. Apr 24, 2016 at 21:14

1 Answer 1


In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus attributes the man's sickness to his sin -- "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee" -- which means it arose as the result of some behaviour of his that was counter to the commandments of God. In John 9:1-11, however, Jesus says that neither the blind man nor his parents had sinned, so his disability was attributable to the accumulated consequences of mankind's longterm ignorance/defiance of the commandments of God.

Whether or not illness/disability is attributable to one's own sin or to the accumulated sin of mankind, living life within the safety net of the commandments of God WILL bring a better outcome for one's life into the future.

As Nebuchadnezzar was about to throw Daniel's friends into the fiery furnace for failing to bow to his image, he said, "And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?". Their reply to him was:

O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.
-- Daniel 3:16-18 (NKJV)

They had no expectation of salvation from their fate. Yes, they believed God could rescue them, but even if He chose not to, they were still not going to be moved from their course.


One's attitude towards delivery from the fiery furnace of illness and disability must be the same as Daniel's three friends -- "My God whom I serve is able to deliver me from illness and disability, but if not, let it be known that I will live according to His law, and I will not be moved to serve any other!"

I included the following graphic in another answer, but it bears including here as well.

enter image description here

Each person has only two courses: they will either set their heart to pursue God's pleasure or to pursue their own. The path to blessing, however, is unmistakable and immutable.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

  • You lost me after the second paragraph. What do those latter paragraphs have to do with the question?
    – Steve
    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:57
  • Is a person's illness/disablity likely to be relieved or exacerbated by resolving within themselves to live according to God's principles of life (the commandments)?
    – enegue
    Apr 24, 2016 at 3:23

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .