So, does the Bible say anything about being physically healthy? Is it still relevant today?
The answer to both questions…YES! So much so it won’t all fit in this post….
The most popular verses would be:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20….19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (NIV)
WOW, that is pretty heavy…honor God with our bodies….in whatever we do….what we eat, exercise, how we dress, how we act with our bodies…and on and on.
What about 1 Corinthians 10:31….31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (NIV)
Hmmm, whatever we eat or drink…WHATEVER….oops, the four vanilla Oreo cookies I ate today…in a row….not in my best interest..and no matter how I try to justify it in my mind…they did not glorify God.
Okay, how about 2 Corinthians 7:1…. 1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (NIV)
So does that mean we should never, ever, ever, ever eat an Oreo? Not even just one???
Well, I don’t know.
I think the main thing to remember is that in Biblical times at least 99% of things were organic! There was very little pollution so the oxygen was better, the soil was cleaner and there were no chemical bug sprays. Everything grown was very pure. The fish, meat, veggies, fruits…there were no artificial flavorings or preservatives.
WOW, hard to imagine.
Also…no one “exercised” because daily life required “exercise”. Fires didn’t build themselves, there was no machinery, microwaves, washers and dryers, public water, etc.
Jesus was a carpenter and used hand tools. Some of the disciples were fishermen….they hauled the nets in the boat with their own strength!
Daniel (and his friends)…when taken in to captivity, did not eat the foreign foods and instead stuck to their simple diet. He was stronger and healthier than those who gave in to the temptations of the richer foods. Daniel 6:6-16
Well, “We are all going to die anyway” and “God wants me to enjoy my time on earth”….have you ever thought or heard those before? I have.
Both are true, but, can we truly live out our calling if we are sick, don’t feel well and/or have low self-esteem issues because of our weight?
So….can we have an Oreo or not? Yes, of course we can…I had four today. Free will and all.
The real question is SHOULD we?