Exercise of little profit
    August 26 2008 by Rosalee Wells, Youngsville

    Your July 19 issue gave the major portion to the subject of obesity. This is something we all need to be aware of — what we eat and how we exercise — because the Bible does say our bodies are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:18). The Bible also says exercise profits a person little (1 Tim. 4:8).

    The emphasis should always be on the soul — the part of us that lives forever. These bodies are for a little while and, yes, we do need to take care of them. My point is to say it is OK to talk about the body, but a whole issue? When souls are going out into eternity — lost — every day?

    Rosalee Wells
    8/26/2008 2:43:00 AM by Rosalee Wells, Youngsville | with 1 comments

Tim Marsh
I appreciate the concern that others are expressing about the edition on obesity. The theme of these editorials seems to be that the soul is more important than the body, therefore we do not need to discuss matters related to the body. I think that this a fallacious argument, inconsistent with the Judeo-Christian understanding of anthropology and eschatology. True, we will die, but the hope of Jews and Christians both is that we will be resurrected. We will have resurrected bodies. In other words, what happened to Jesus on the Sunday following his crucifixion will happen to all believers when He returns (1 Cor. 15). Second, God created all matter good, including our bodies. The world's subjection to decay is a result of the fall, not the intent of God in creation.

No, we do not need to needlessly worry about appearance and obsess over weight and exercise. However, how we feel physically affects our behavior. It affects how we relate to others. It affects our ability to worship. Granted, all of us have different body types, energy levels, and abilities. However, it is our responsibility to use our bodies to the best of our ability to glorify God in the world (Rom. 12:1).

I applaud the Biblical Recorder for the emphasis on the whole of salvation, body and soul. I hope that this paper will continue to devote more editions or columns to issues regarding phyisical and mental health.

Thank you.

9/3/2008 2:25:16 PM

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