What if.. what we do effects what happens to us and those around us?
Two words for you... It does.
Free will means we get to make a choice. And there is always more than one choice. There will be a good choice, and there will be a bad choice; a right choice and a wrong choice. Whatever choice you choose will effect you in some way. Good will effect you in a good way, and bad will effect you in a bad way. That's not unreasonable to say, is it?
So, if someone chooses to rob a bank and kills someone, that bad choice will effect them badly. The same can be said for the person that chooses to give to others even when he has nothing to give. It will all effect our lives in some way. Be it on this earth or in eternity.
Also, think about this... Can anyone show me someone that has eaten and lived a healthy life and still received cancer? By eating, I mean that they eat their fruits and vegetables just as much as their meats if not more so (I've read that fruits and vegetables keep the ph balance of the body normal. If it's not balanced, cancer is free to grow). They stay away from sugars, processed foods, and all else that is not good for their bodies (basically, all junk food). They also exercise... Well, you get the idea. They have taken GOOD care of themselves. The best, if I may go so far as to say.
Can anyone show me someone they have known that has still been sick under these circumstances?
I know someone that hasn't. My own grandmother. She is a picture of health and follows the list I gave above. All of my family knows she will out live us all unless hit by a bus or something. And she's never had cancer or any other major disease. She barely even gets sick with a cold! She's just that healthy and it's paying off! She'll no doubt see her great grand childrens children.
I once heard it said, "The little things don't matter."
Now, to a degree I understand the context by which it was said. Knowing Christ is by far the most important choice we can ever make. But, that doesn't mean that other choices don't matter at all. Why? Because God made a point to talk about the little things, too. What we eat, how we live, what comes out of our mouths, what we do and do not do, etc.
So, if God thought something like eating pork was important enough to mention along with Christ, that means it is important and should be given the proper attention. Like, did you know that when you eat pork, you are not only putting yourself at risk of a deadly worm, but you are also eating death itself? Pigs are the garbage cans of the earth. All the junk they eat remains in their bodies and then transfers to yours once you ingest it. Research the pig and you'll see (specifically, find out what comes out when you squeeze the leg of a pig). So, God had a very good reason to say stay away from it -He wants us to live! John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
And, concerning the pig, that has never changed though some Christian's would argue it has. God may have said it in the Old Testament, but that has not changed even in the New. One reason being because the pig has not changed, nor has our physical make up. (See upcoming post on my Once Upon A Time... blog to read more in-depth on this topic -http://laurislacuna101.blogspot.com/)
So, that means for every decision we have to make, we need to take time thinking it over. Weigh all our options and examining the outcome for each one, and not just concerning ourselves! That is the only way we can make the best and wisest decision.
I'm not saying not to listen to other people. No, not at all! Where can you hear about other sides if not from other people? But, in the end, YOU make the decision after careful examination of both sides/all options.
For your sake as well as the people around you, I hope you choose the good decisions above the bad.