God has Given us the Means to Fight Cancer

By Beth Snodderly

HPV/LSIL On Pap Smear - Normal squamous cells on left; HPV-infected cells with mild dysplasia (LSIL) on right.

HPV/LSIL On Pap Smear - Normal squamous cells on left; HPV-infected cells with mild dysplasia (LSIL) on right.

Ralph Winter’s call to the evangelical world to include fighting disease as an aspect of mission (Frontiers in Mission: page 180) echoes biblical themes that have their origin in Genesis 1:2. In this, Winter is also echoing Edwin Lewis who said in his book, The Creator and the Adversary, in 1948 (pages 149-50): "...a speaker who called upon the American people to cease believing in God because seventeen million persons now living would die of cancer would have made a much better and a much wiser use of his time had he called upon the American people to join with God in the fight against cancer [emphasis added] by the use of the very means which God is seeking to put into their hands for this purpose, because the only way in which God can use the means is through human minds and human hands. 'We are laborers together with God.'" 

Posted on July 1, 2014 and filed under Blog, July 2014, Second 30.