The Mystery of Life
Before we start with cancer – that is abnormal cell reproduction – let’s take a brief look at some of the mysteries of life. In essence, our organism is a super complicated array of chemical substances, which work together in a meaningful and productive way that we call “life”. Such thing can not appear by chance and was created by our loving God and father. His wisdom is infinite. Observe for example the close similarities between cholesterol and vitamin D3 or between testosterone and estrogen, the male and female hormones. Minimal changes in the connections between some atoms result in great differences in their functions. Men and women are so similar and so different…
It is therefore easy to comprehend how complicated must be the mechanisms to maintain the order in this complex system and how easy it could be disturbed. Think about how heat can change healthy cis-fats into harmful trans-fats. We live only through God’s permanent power and grace. We have seen how the psycho-neuro-immune system and the endocrine system work together in all regulatory functions. It is easy to realize how important nutrition is to provide the correct amount and proportions of chemicals to maintain a healthy state.
Well, this was the perfect condition when man was created. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Sin brought changes that caused a progressive decay. Ellen G. White makes a good description of the degeneration of man after the fall:
“Man came from the hand of God perfect in organization and beautiful in form. All his faculties of mind and body were fully developed and harmoniously balanced. His nature was in harmony with the will of God. His affections were pure; his appetites and passions were under the control of reason. His mind was capable of comprehending divine things. He stood before his Maker in the strength of manhood, the crowning glory of the creative work.
“In infinite wisdom, the world which God had newly formed was placed under fixed laws. Laws were ordained, not only for the government of living beings, but for the operations of nature. Man was created subject to law. He was to glorify God by a life of obedience to the divine laws, including those that relate to his physical organization.” (Ellen G. White, Pacific Health Journal, February 1, 1902)
Degeneration of the Human Race
“Since the fall, the tendency of the race has been continually downward, the effects of sin becoming more marked with every successive generation. But so great was the vitality with which man was endowed that the patriarchs from Adam to Noah, with a few exceptions, lived nearly a thousand years. Moses, the first historian, gives an account of social and individual life in the early days of the world’s history; but we find no record that an infant was born blind, deaf, crippled, or imbecile. Not an instance is recorded of a death in infancy, childhood, or early manhood. Obituary notices in the book of Genesis run thus: ‘And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.’ ‘And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.’ Concerning another, the record states, ‘He died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years.’ It was so rare for a son to die before his father that such an occurrence was thought worthy of record: ‘Haran died before his father Terah.’
“Since the flood, the average length of life has been decreasing. Had Adam possessed no greater physical force than men now have, the race would before this have become extinct.
“At the time of Christ’s first advent, humanity had so degenerated that many endured a terrible weight of misery; and not only the old but the middle-aged and the young were brought to the Saviour from all the country around, to be healed of their diseases.
“Still more deplorable is the condition of the human family at the present time. Diseases of every type have been developed. Thousands of poor mortals with deformed, sickly bodies and shattered nerves, are dragging out a miserable existence. The infirmities of the body affect the mind, and lead to gloom, doubt, and despair. Even infants in the cradle suffer from diseases resulting from the sins of their parents.
“There is a close relation between the moral law and the laws that God has established in the physical world. If men would be obedient to the law of God, carrying out in their lives the principles of its ten precepts, the principles of righteousness that it teaches would be a safeguard against wrong habits. But as, through the indulgence of perverted appetite, they have declined in virtue, they have become weakened through their own immoral practices and their violation of physical laws. The suffering and anguish that we see everywhere, the deformity, decrepitude, disease, and imbecility now flooding the world, make it a lazar-house in comparison to what it might be even now if God’s moral law and the law which He has implanted in our being were obeyed. By his own persistent violation of these laws, man has greatly aggravated the evils resulting from the transgression in Eden.
“Against every transgression of the laws of life nature utters her protest. She bears abuse as long as she can; but finally retribution comes, and the mental as well as the physical powers suffer. Nor does the punishment fall on the transgressor alone; the effects of his indulgence are seen in his offspring, and thus the evil is passed on from generation to generation.
“Because mankind have, by the transgression of these laws, departed so far from God’s purpose in their creation, and have brought upon themselves such untold woe, a reform in habits relating to health has become an important branch of the great work of God in the earth. The soul temple has been polluted, and men are called upon to awake, and win back their God-given manhood.” (Ellen G. White, Pacific Health Journal, February 1, 1902)
With this background in mind it is easy to understand how delicate functions like cell reproduction can go wrong resulting in the growth of abnormal tissues called “cancer”.