Signs of the Times

["An occasional correspondent" in Brighton and Hove (England) Gazette]

A medical parliamentary committee has been suggested to consider the all-important question of the health of the nation. This movement seems to aim at dealing with the effect rather than cause. To establish a nation's health, should not the first thing to consider be true godliness? Secondly, with godliness must come cleanliness. Thirdly, there are the different medical remedies to be dealt with.

The greatest benefactor to mankind, who healed all manner of diseases, did so by his knowledge of God's supremacy, and on one occasion said, "Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" If we base our conclusions on the Bible, we are told "all unrighteousness is sin." Then if disease is not righteousness, it is sin. Secondly, as godliness leads to cleanliness, so cleanliness would be allied to godliness, and in a large majority of cases the medical profession trace the origin of disease to microbes invisible to the natural vision, caused by filth which, conveyed by flies, poison the human system but do not appear to hurt the fly.

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August 23, 1919

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