When we say something is sinful, it’s often a metaphor. The term “sin” refers to a moral agent that controls us. However, the disease, illness, or temptation it spawns has a different definition. The enemy uses strategic methods against us to tempt us into sin. As a result, we stopped seeking God for comfort, power, or needs. Instead, we turned to substance, which provides momentary pleasure, but massive consequences.
It is a moral agent
While many people think that addiction is a disease, they may be unaware that their behavior is a moral agent. The concept of moral responsibility is central to a moral account of addiction. It is a central concept in moral psychology, and is associated with feelings of guilt, shame, and blame. A widely held criterion for moral responsibility is that the agent is not compelled to engage in certain behaviors.
In addition to this, the disease model of addiction can lead to a demoralizing discourse about addiction. In addition, the medical language and disease models used to diagnose addiction has not quashed the moralization of the subject. The moralization of addiction is as pervasive today as it was in the beginning of human history. Hence, it is necessary to be skeptical of both disease and sin models. It is important to note that neither model is a substitute for the other.
It is a sickness
Christians sometimes mislabel addiction as a physical disease. In reality, addiction is a spiritual sickness. In order to properly treat this disease, Christians must re-label it as sin. The Bible must make sense for addiction, and the person’s sin must be dealt with accordingly. Blaming the disease on an imaginary demon will not lead to repentance or confession. Such an attitude renders the Bible meaningless and points away from Christ.
The suffering and temptation associated with addiction have been around as long as mankind has inhabited the Earth. The Bible talks about temptation, sin, suffering, redemption, love, hope, and light. Those who suffer from addiction should consider the Bible’s message for guidance and encouragement as they struggle to recover from the disease. The Bible describes the suffering and shame that accompany addiction. In addition to addiction, the Bible also talks about the power of forgiveness and redemption. It also tells us to look forward to a better life.
It is a disease
The two-stage model of disease describes a disorder as a condition involving biological dysfunction and a corresponding change in social norms. While the biological dysfunction is a necessary condition, the disease is defined by the social norms that are conducive to flourishing. In the case of addiction, the prevailing social conditions also contribute to a defect in rationality and impair the individual’s sense of agency. Addicts lack the necessary resources to remove themselves from trigger environments.
While some Christians mistake addiction as a physical disease, the Bible declares addiction as a spiritual problem. Christians must pray for God to change the addict’s idolatrous desire with the Spirit of God in order to experience the forgiveness and healing that only comes from a thorough understanding of biblical principles. While this practice is often the most effective in helping believers overcome their addictions, it can be damaging to the individual and to their families.
It is a temptation
Addiction is an idol that tempts people away from God. If a Christian chooses to indulge in substance abuse, they are denying God. However, they may still be able to accept God back into their lives and repent of their sins. God is capable of washing away the sins of every human, including those who have fallen into addiction. Addiction is a danger to anyone – whether a Christian or not.
An addiction occurs when a person repeatedly indulges a natural appetite or desire. It becomes a master and servant of that desire. Unlike physical addiction, which is defined as an uncontrollable compulsion, an addiction is a habitual choice that leads to bondage. Addictions include obsessions with things other than God, sex, shopping, acquiring “stuff,” and sports.