What do we respond to?

Obedience to God's law frees us from helpless submission to disease.

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and I have something in common. These men of the book of Daniel refused to respond to a signal to bow down to a false god. The king of Babylon had made an idol and decreed that at a certain sound everyone must worship it. As the Bible relates, "An herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sack-but, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up." A modern term for what the king was requiring of the people might be "conditioned response."

When a signal suggesting a certain response is repeatedly presented, a predictable pattern of behavior emerges, as when our family pets come scrambling to the kitchen every time they hear the can opener operating. That is conditioned response. It may seem quite harmless, but sometimes unthinking response to some signal, or set of circumstances, can be extremely trouble-some.

The search for health
January 25, 1993

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