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December 1, 2005

Know what today is? Yeah, it's Thursday. Mm-hmm, it's December 1.

It's also World AIDS Day. So, I decided to look up a few stats before blogging. Here's what I found:

Since the disease was first diagnosed in 1981, approximately 20 million people (more than twice the population of NYC) have died. Over 40 million are currently infected worldwide, with 1-1.2 million of those being in the US. Every year there are 35-40,000 new diagnoses. That's a really lot of people.

Know what's especially sad about it to me, though? Most of them are totally avoidable. Yeah, there are the freak cases of someone becoming infected accidently, but the vast majority of AIDS infections are still spread through IV drug use and unprotected sex.

Thousands of years ago, God gave us a handbook on how to live (the Bible, of course). If we follow what it says, we will, in general, live much happier, healthier lives. In fact, way back in Exodus, God told the Isrealites, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you" (Exodus 15:26).

Know what the Egyptians were dying from? Granted, it probably wasn't AIDS, but archeological evidence shows that they were suffering and dying from things like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other STDs--many of the same things that are major killers today. Simply by following God's instructions, we can avoid a whole lot of heartache--physically as well as spiritually. They are given to us to help us live better lives, not to take away our fun. Seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it?

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