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August 13, 2017

“Your body is a temple.” Now this is a rather common saying, especially when people are being questioned about their diets (at least in my case). Well is it true that our bodies are temples? To figure this out let’s see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20,

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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

What does this mean? First read from verse 12 and  you’ll probably see a bit of a truth bomb about yourself. “It’s my body” we often think, but no, we have been bought by Christ to live for Him. This chapter warns us from sexual immorality like premarital sex, but what else should we avoid?

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”. We can take this in the sense of consuming anything, including drugs. Who gets drunk or abuses drugs to glorify God? We are called to be sober minded Titus 2:6, and thus shouldn’t cloud our judgement with drugs. Yes, alcohol is technically a drug but was allowed back then (wine) because drinking water wasn’t widely available 24/7 and was commonly used to aid ailments such as Timothy’s stomach ache in one of Paul’s letters, but we have Gravol and controlled medications for such issues now (so no hard liquor).

Do these passages also mean it is a sin to be not eat properly, or perhaps be obese? Well if the reason is gluttony, then most likely the answer is yes considering the many passages viewing gluttony as negative.  See Paul’s message in 1 Cor. 9:27, Proverbs 23:21 and Galatians 5’s spirit of self-control.  I was and sometimes still am subject to gluttony but I learned that you shouldn’t  beat yourself up about it, now that you understand why not to do it figure out how you want to improve on this behaviour.

 

Another “deviant behaviour” argued by many is the matter of tattoos. We can still apply a law from Leviticus to this subject. Leviticus 19:28 “And a cutting for the dead you will not make in your flesh; and writing marks you will not make on you; I am the Lord.”. It is argued that this was directed more to slashing not tattoos but if we do permanently ink ourselves what image do people form of us? There is a negative portrayal of tattoos in many cultures/subcultures. But why was this law given in the OT? Well, these were pagan practices for starters (to honour pagan gods) and carried risk of disease as we now know. Consider these other points: Did your parents forbid it? Then don’t do it (Ephesians 6:1-3 stresses this). Is this a wise use of your time and money? Will your employability suffer? Are you getting tattoos for looks? If yes, don’t do it for it says in 1 Peter 3:3–4:

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

If any of this has caused you to doubt the subject of tattoos then I again advise to not do it whether or not it is a sin or simply deviant for Romans 14:23 says “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”. Simply meaning, if it makes you doubt your conscience, don’t do it.

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