You have a picture in our mind when someone says addiction. It is a word that has been abused and one of the most misleading concepts in our society today. With my personal battle and experience I bring to the table a perspective that is not all that popular. I believe that addiction has its root in every person's heart. We were created in God’s image and with that in mind I rest my complete assumptions on this fact. Each human being was created to have a heart of worship. This worship was design in us to have fellowship with God. God, who understood what true worship towards Him would bring people true life. Yet, as our sinful nature so frequently does, we tend to abuse everything that was made good and pure.
Now I know that I am ruffling the feathers of many hard core "Addiction is a Disease" folk, this Is not My aim nor am I trying to set a precedent. Just sharing the truth One Bite at a time.
I have searched my heart, my Bible, read many reports claiming different theological and scientific explanations. I started with an open mind. I had questions, doubts, unanswered problems but most importantly I realized it just could not be the truth. Addiction Just is not a Disease. As much as I myself wanted it to be.
Instead of butting heads let’s take it from an Intellectual standpoint. Scientists abide by certain rules to identify and treat diseases. If they take their own rules seriously then it is necessary to inquire as to whether the rules for diagnosing and classifying disease are applied in responsible and meaningful ways for addiction.
Diseases are physical. They are diagnosed by symptoms (complaints) and signs (lesions), or by signs alone (asymptomatic diseases). They are rarely diagnosed based on symptoms alone (a few exceptions, such as migraine headaches). Addiction has been diagnosed using symptoms only such as behavior, physical and emotional displays of a reaction to a drug, or symptoms displayed when the drug is no longer in the body. There are no physical signs (lesions or tumors or disorders of the blood). Addiction is not listed in standard textbooks of pathology because it does not meet the criteria for a disease classification. This is because addiction is diagnosed solely based on symptoms. So. Following the standard and rules all pathologists agree that addiction is not a disease.
I believe we have forgotten who created this marvelous thing called humanity. I believe Doctors are stumped, scientists perplexed, and we “addicts” with our “it is not my responsibly” syndrome have concocted a great story/lie, to appease all of society, we say it is a disease. I could not help myself and doctors have no cure.
I'm Glad You Asked. The bad news is that we have a disorder a worship disorder. To explain what kind of disorder we need to Look at what Paul wrote 2000 plus years ago. This behavior or disorder has been around a long time. It is nothing new.
Romans 8:15-2115I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. 16I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. 17But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.
18I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. 19When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it. 21It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
This sounds just like many people in the rooms where I attended, people I have met, and myself included. These are crys for help from something that they can not escape from. These words were penned two thousand years ago by one of the most intelligent men of his time, Saul of Tarsus which is also known as Paul. Educated at Jerusalem in the school of Gamaliel, a zealous Pharisee from the tribe of Benjamin, this man knew right from wrong. This man of all men understood what addiction was. He called it sin. Nobody likes to talk about the word sin.
Now here is another word for you. The word “lust” in Scripture, this is a Greek word(ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah). The word, in and of itself, is a neutral word; neither positive or negative. The context of how it is used determines whether it’s translated in a negative way (“lust”) or a positive or way (“desire”).
For Example, in I John 2:15-17 "15Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."
The reference is to that which “…is not from the Father…”. In this context the word “lust” is used. On the other hand, using the very same Greek word, Jesus said, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…” (also see Phil. 1:23 & I Thes. 2:17). The word Lust in Webster is:
1. Passionate or overmastering desire. 2. sexual desire or appetite.
Now by combining Sin and Lust we get a mean cocktail which when together can really do a number on us. But remember we are created in God’s image. I believe that we have similar emotions/feelings as God does. We have heard about the passion of Christ. Why did Jesus come to earth and die a horrid death. He did it with such great Passion, desire, an overmastering desire to accomplish what he set out to do. Jesus had this driving force within him. We also have this force within us yet because of sin (which God does not have) we use this righteous force in a negative way meaning lust! We lust after the wrong things. This lust is a force that overpowers us and eventually becomes more and more evil.
God intended us to have this "passion", This "desire, for Him. This is the true form of Lust/Desire. As you ponder this, perhaps, new idea you can begin to understand how Jesus was an addict. You may start to see the same "symtoms" that Jesus displayed through his life on earth. Jesus was and is addicted to love. His great passion or desire compelled him to do exactly what he did on the cross. His behavior could even be liken to the compulsiveness or overpowering urge that addicts display to get drugs. I challenge you to look into your own heart and examine yourself to see what drives you. What motivates you to do the things you do. We all worship something. It could be wealth, power, prestige, fame, or a host of other things. When Love is our motivating force we will do some pretty astounding things.
Oh Yea I almost forgot to tell you the good news. There is a cure for this disorder and Sin!! Praise God. It is In the Blood of Jesus Christ. Now Unfortunately, it is not handled by your local pharmacists. It is not synthesized in a lab or given in any kind of pill form. It is simply poured over your body when you believe in the redemptive powers of Jesus and what he did on the cross. Than God forgives sins and puts a new order in our life. The order is that we worship God first.
So, to sum it up then, it is a choice. The problem is and always has been, Choice! You cannot get away from this. "What is Your Passion?". When you can honestly answer this question with a positive "GOD", “I choose God” then you will realize that you are an addict with God. He and You will be addicted to Love for each other and that driving force, or passion, desire, will consume you. Better than any drug, drink,or high that you will ever have. There will be no more disorder!