Why We Study the
Health of Adventists
|•||Looking forward to a soon-to-occur, literal second coming of Jesus Christ|
|•||Believing that the dead remain in a state of unconsciousness until this event|
|•||Traditionally emphasizing the value of biblical prophecy|
A key figure during the early years of the Adventist church was Ellen G. White. She was a forceful and talented speaker and, along with her husband James, a wise administrator. On numerous occasions she claimed to have received heaven-sent messages, several of which were related to lifestyle and health. These episodes would often occur during times of prayer, and they affected her profoundly, casting her into a trancelike state, sometimes for lengthy periods. She became a prolific writer (Goen, 1971), documenting her visionary experiences and also writing commentaries on most parts of the Bible.
In the same year that their church was organized (1863), the small Adventist group also began to emphasize the role of lifestyle in promoting health, happiness, and enhanced spirituality. Thus, Adventists have