all of the texts i've read lead to another conclusion, and if you follow the inescapable logic summarized here, i think you will come to agree.
each and every one of us, all of the varieties of what we know as life -- humans, dogs, cats, horses, trees, flowers, lichen, fungus, bacteria, everything that we think of as living things -- are merely the living cells of a giant tortoise.
patience, please...hear me out. follow the logic. just as we are composed of a myriad of cells, each performing its own independent function yet combining to form a body that is much more than the sum of its parts, so, too, do our bodies, in turn, each and every one of us, in conjunction with all other living things, form the tissue, marrow, blood, flesh, and yes, the shell, of a single, giant tortoise.
disease is but the process of the tortoise's natural cell decay, a by-product, if you will, of tortoise biology. millions (if not even billions) of cells die each day... but that's simply life in the big tortoise. it's nothing personal; the giant tortoise does not know or even care, much as we give absolutely no thought to the millions (if not even billions) of skin cells we kill each day even in rather mundane activities such as, say, typing on a keyboard. the tortoise creates new cells each day, and sloughs off others. that is simply the way it is, it is the Law of the Universe (the universe which is, btw, coextensive with the giant tortoise... there is nothing, absolutely nothing, not even a VOID, outside of the single giant tortoise). (don't let the absence of other tortoises, or even the "absence of a void" thing throw you; i could explain, but it would take up too much time, it's rather complicated.)
written texts -- or, rather, i should say, scriptures -- confirm this. while i am no scholar of languages, allow me to cite these passages:
1. "yea, be it not known among you, that each and every one of us, all of the varieties of what we knoweth as life -- yea, even to the least sparrow in the field -- are but the living constitutive matter [most giant tortoise scholars here agree this translates as "cells"] of a ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~." [the texts do not use the words "giant tortoise," and use instead the " ~ " symbol to represent the letters forming the words "giant tortoise".]
2. "sayeth not that we are not cells of a ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~, for verily we are."
3. "that whych wee knoeth as death and black foul disease is ought but ye bye-product of ye biologie of a harde-shelled creature, the same the formeth our Worlde."
obviously, the third quote there is from a much older source than the others. there are more passages; i could go on, but i think that pretty well proves the matter.
the simple answer to the question "Is Disease Given to Us by God?", then, is, of course:
don't you agree?
(p.s.: ok... obviously this was tongue in cheek here, please don't be offended... just trying to have a little fun with it, that's all. but in your search for "truth", newell, maybe you could compare your logic with that presented here? if you doubt the existence of the texts i quoted, i can email them to you.)
(p.s.s.: please believe me... no offense intended!)