Millions of people are searching for the answer—what is pain?—because untold millions are suffering in pain. Pain relievers are the number one drug sold in America. Today’s Google search for “What is pain?” produced 776,000,000 results. If you read my last blog post on word studies, I defined the word SYMPTOM. Today, let’s look at the [...]
Millions of people are searching for the answer—what is pain?—because untold millions are suffering in pain. Pain relievers are the number one drug sold in America. Today’s Google search for “What is pain?” produced 776,000,000 results.
If you read my last blog post on word studies, I defined the word SYMPTOM. Today, let’s look at the word PAIN.
PAIN is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. Pain comes from the Latin word poena ‘penalty.’ Penalty is another word worthy of consideration and we’ll look at it in just a minute.
Synonyms for PAIN include suffering, affliction, and torment. Lengthy word studies on the origin of each of these words begins to paint a picture—pain is something that we give birth to, and it is the product of our labors, or fruits of our action. In other words, we ourselves, are responsible for our own pain. What?
This is where most people will immediately begin to make excuses for themselves: ”I have a disease that causes my pain.” ”I had an accident or injury 20 years ago and I’m still suffering in pain.” ”I have no control over my headaches.” ”I didn’t ask for fibromyalgia, it just happened to me.” ”My pain is caused by multiple sclerosis.” And so on. But notice the main subject in each of those statements “I, my, and me.”
In my new book WARNINGS of Disease, I discuss the word pathogen. Science defines pathogen as a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease. However, the Greek roots of the word PATHOGEN are pathos ‘suffering, passion’ and gignomai ‘I give birth to.’ From a medical perspective, a pathogen is thought to be a germ that causes disease to the host, but from the Greek roots of the word we find a rather different explanation.
Pathogen means that not only are we capable of giving birth to passion (love), we are also responsible for giving birth to suffering (our afflictions). Since both infection and acquired disease begin on the inside of our body and work their way out, it might be concluded that we are responsible for our own suffering.
Now let’s look at the word PENALTY. Synonyms include punishment, punitive action (disciplinary correction), and retribution—punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved. A penalty is punishment that is imposed for breaking a law, rule, or contract.
What we see here is that PAIN is the PENALTY for wrongful action—the breaking of rules. As mentioned, we are responsible for our pain! But whose rules are we breaking in order to suffer the penalty that results in pain—that is the question? They [the rules] are the one’s of the universe, the laws of order—the body of divine commandment, otherwise known as God. When we choose to go against order, what God ordained, we create and cause disorder. Once I came to understand this very important truth, I was then able to look for, and find, the exact cause of my 35 diagnosed diseases, along with MS, Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s disease being the suspected culprit for my 36th affliction.
But what is an AFFLICTION? Affliction is a disorder, disease, or illness that results in pain, suffering, and torment. Seems like we’ve seen these words before! When we suffer with PAIN, whether it is from an illness, disease, or disorder—”I give birth to suffering (my afflictions)” becomes the main subject matter once again.
Once I established that I was responsible for my own PAIN (suffering), the healing process was initiated. Since I no longer had anything to blame for my pain other than myself, I was no longer able to produce excuses for it (my pain). And one thing that I have learned during my lifetime—excuses are futile and pointless!
This meant that I had to look deep within to find the real reason for my PAIN. Again, notice the subject matter—I and my—it was my pain and I was to blame.
According to science, PAIN is caused by illness or injury. So why do people live in pain for 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 years? By all rights, an illness lasts for a period of time and the body is then healed. If not, death is the probable outcome. But if an injury never heals, death is most assuredly imminent.
I used to live in PAIN 24/7. Each pain that I bore was judged by doctors (Man) and was given a name to blame, otherwise known as a diagnosis. Keep in mind that “to bear” means to give birth to…
But after I did a word study on diagnosis, I learned what a diagnosis truly is. It is nothing more than the identification of the nature of an illness or problem by characterizing the symptoms. In other words, a diagnosis is just a definition. And when a diagnosis is rendered, it is nothing more than a judgment of Man, an opinion. More importantly, an opinion is not necessarily based on fact. But I wanted to get to the bottom of my infirmities—I wanted the truth!
When I accepted Man’s judgment every time I experienced pain, I blamed the name that was given to it. But what did that get me? I was still in PAIN and I was still suffering. Doctors diagnosed my afflictions. Doctors gave me drugs. Doctors performed surgeries. But I was still in PAIN! So that meant that a piece of the puzzle was still missing.
As a Forensic Document Examiner, I love to solve puzzles! So I got to work. What pieces did I have to work with?
- I was in PAIN.
- I was sick, diseased, and miserable.
- I was overweight.
- Through pathos and gignomai, I learned that I was continually giving birth to my afflictions through my actions.
- I was suffering with some type of illness or injury that by all rights should have healed with time.
- Something that I was doing wrong was causing PAIN in my life.
Back in 1996, doctors suspected that I had either multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-ALS). I was sick beyond belief and lived in constant pain. I couldn’t sleep at night, had frequent panic attacks, and suffered with severe neurological problems. Those are just a few of the many symptoms that [...]
Back in 1996, doctors suspected that I had either multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-ALS). I was sick beyond belief and lived in constant pain. I couldn’t sleep at night, had frequent panic attacks, and suffered with severe neurological problems. Those are just a few of the many symptoms that I had.
Because the symptoms overlapped between the 3 diseases, a doctor suggested that I be admitted into Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Perhaps they could get to the bottom of my constant state of dis-ease. But to tell you the truth, I was sick of being sick. I was over it! I couldn’t take it anymore. At one time, I even asked God to put me out of my misery and asked Him to take me home. But I soon realized that was a silly request.
Friends came over to lay hands on, to lift me up in prayer. The next day my life began to turnaround. It’s a long story. To hear more, you’ll need to read my book WARNINGS of Disease.
But that’s not the point. The point is, I wanted to know WHY? Why was I sick and diseased? Why did I have neurological problems? But no doctor could answer my questions. So I decided to find the answers myself. And did I ever find them!
Word studies are popular among Christians. Since the Bible was written in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, word studies help to determine the true meaning of a word within its biblical context. But studying the root of a word has many applications. There is much to be gained from doing a word study and really searching for the true meaning of a word.
I started out with the word - SYMPTOM. Why? I had lots of them! Over 100, to be exact. A symptom is a physical or mental condition of disease, that is particularly apparent to the patient. A symptom is a sign of the existence of something, most often an undesirable situation.
Symptom originates from the Greek words sumptoma ‘chance, symptom,’ and from sumpiptein ‘happen.’ This basically means that symptoms happen, they come about. But when you look at the definition of happen, you’ll see that for something to happen, it is the effect or result of some action or event. That means that something is responsible for a symptom when it takes place. There is a cause!
Many people have the tendency to blame their symptoms on their body. I did it all the time, until I realized that blaming my body was in essence, blaming myself without taking the responsibility for what I did. In other words, if the symptoms that I was experiencing had been diagnosed as MS, Parkinson’s, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, that would have meant that something that I was doing was causing the symptoms to happen.
Going back to the word SYMPTOM, I began searching for synonyms. I am the queen of synonyms! The Thesaurus has always been one of my favorite books. When I was a kid I used it to write essays for school. One time, I received a failing grade on a paper because the teacher thought one of my parents had written my essay. She reasoned that I was much too young to know such words and to have such a good command of the English language. My mother set her straight, but I’m diverging, again.
Synonyms for SYMPTOM include manifestation and sign. A symptom is a warning, a hint, and a clue. A symptom is also an expression and indication of something, it is evidence and proof. But proof of what?
A symptom is the consequence and product of an event. A symptom is a testimony. A symptom is the result of something else. A SYMPTOM is the effect of an action. In other words, something that I was doing was causing my symptoms! By doing a simple word study, I came to realize that my symptoms were a direct testimony of my actions. They were evidence and proof, formal witness, that their existence was a witness of my deeds. Essentially, I was responsible for my symptoms!
Then, I had to step back and look deep within. I came to understand that when I suffered with symptoms, my body was giving me a warning, a hint, a clue…
[TO BE CONTINUED...]
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