Health for All Nations

As health professionals and Christians, we are concerned that curing disease is too heavily weighted toward drug based therapies and high tech solutions which do not address the underlying causes of the presenting health problem. Many of the health problems would be better served through promoting healthy lifestyles as outlined in the Bible and disease prevention.

Mike Soderling, MD, MBA, is director and co-founder of Health for All Nations

The mission of Health for All Nations is to engage the global Christian community in the exploration and application of biblical revelation, scientific evidence, and cumulative experience as they relate to health and wholeness. Our mission includes assisting the global Christian church in fulfilling its mandate to promote health and healing among the nations.

Ten Points Summary

  1. Health means wholeness, with a person’s body, mind, and spirit integrated and coordinated, and able to function creatively in the context of his or her particular community.
  2. God is the source of all healing, and desires to heal His people and move us toward wholeness.
  3. Health involves the community as well as the individual. What one person does affects family. neighbors, and the larger community, both present and future. In like manner, what the community does affects the individual.
  4. An adequate understanding of health requires an understanding of the biblical world view. This includes knowledge of God, of the created world, and of who we are as persons created by God and living in the world.
  5. Disease is everything that diminishes the image of God within us. In many cases disease is a result of sin in our lives or the lives of others, but disease also reflects the actions of Satan on God’s created order and is to be combated with every means God has given us.
  6. A complex relationship exists between health and our behavior. What we allow or agree to do collectively, as a community, state or power group or as individuals has a powerful influence on the health of all.
  7. God, in Jesus, the incarnate Son of  God, is the key to life and health. He has overcome the power of evil to destroy us through disease, despair, disorder, and death. He has shown us how to apply this power to the disorder in the world so that we may move toward the restoration of wholeness and order in humankind and in the created world.
  8. Global communities of Christ followers are God’s chosen channel for healing, for the restoration of wholeness, and for the transformation of society. This involves vastly more than medical activities and technical development programs. It has to do with all endeavors that restore wholeness to persons and move persons and communities toward God’s intended plan of abundant life for everyone now and in eternity.
  9. God uses disease and death in order that people might seek Him and find Him. It reveals to man his need for God, his sin, and his need for forgiveness. God can ultimately bring good from disease and suffering, by His grace.
  10. We also seek to promote better stewardship of the natural environment, including restoration, maintenance and improvement of the land, forests, water and air reserves.

Health for All Nations publishes the Christian Journal for Global Health. This is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly and multidisciplinary journal on global health policy and practice, promoting evidence-based and thoughtful discussion on effective and innovative approaches to global health from an integrated Christian perspective.

Health for All Nations is a Ministry of Frontier Ventures and the Ralph D. Winter Launch Lab. Learn more about the Ralph D. Winter Launch Lab here.

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