We learn the first reason that sicknesses and diseases exist in the world from Genesis and from Romans. In Genesis 1, we see that God created all of creation, and we see that seven times He called His creation “good” or “very good.” However, things changed when Adam sinned. in Genesis 3:17 it says, “And to Adam he said, ‘Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, “You shall not eat of it,” cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life.'” and in Romans 8:20-21 Paul writes, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” In other words, one reason that sicknesses and diseases exist in this world is because of the state of creation. When God made everything it was perfect. However, when Adam sinned, he introduced death and corruption—including sickness and disease—into the world. As a result, they exist in the world in which we live, so people simply get sick. Think about it this way: you can have a perfectly clean car, you get on the road and you’re driving down the road; you don’t break any laws, you don’t commit any violations of traffic rules, yet your car will still get dirty, it might get scratched, you might get a chip, might even get a broken windshield. Why? Because the world is dirty; the world is filthy. The same applies to creation. Creation is filthy, creation is corrupted, creation is sick, and so sicknesses and diseases exist because of the state of creation. Now today we might put it this way: that’s just life. And to a point that’s true. Life today exists in a world where diseases simply exist and so that’s one of the reasons that they exist: because of the state of creation.