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A Temple of God: Your Body

Updated on March 12, 2010

 It really does say this in the Bible. Jesus spoke of "the body as a temple of God". What did he mean?

One interpretation is that a body is a vessel. It is a temple that honors the Creator. But because all humans have "free will" the temple is ours to do with it as we wish. Healthwise, feed your temple trash in any form, and the temple will have reduced capacity to resist all dangers, whatever they are. Sooner or later, the temple will begin to fall apart, cell by cell, requiring man made repairs. Feed your temple well with balance in most things, it will repay itself as one ages and the old adage, "if you have your health, you are a millionaire", becomes more and more important after age 40.

There is psychological and food trash. Food trash is really the excess of any one type of food, exceptions might be "organic" foods. Too much exposure or consumption of the same things is ultimately bad for your temple. Balance is the key and is harder today to achieve. If you look at the diets, it is all about balance. Exercise is a also important for your temple. Exercise will build your body, strengthen it. But the exercise needs to be everyday for a 20-30 minute at minimum. One needs to stick with the regimen religiously, never compromise due to weather, events in your life. It must be as automatic as breathing. You must feel guilty if you fail to do it.

The combination of balanced diets and regular exercise will make God's temple last longer and remain healthier. If you veer off the road to a strong temple for a long period of time, it will require more effort to get back on the road. It is far easier to not let it happen. It could compromise the overall health of the temple.

Striving for a healthy body is difficult for some. Many vices and addictions can lure you away. As the Bible speaks, stay clear and avoid temptations you instinctively know are bad for your temple. You have a brain. You are intelligent. You know when you are being lured into something by a temptation, whether it is cocaine or a coffee latte with caramel and whip cream. You know when it has become a habit. You know that it is probably bad for you. You also know, you can avoid it. Stop it. You have the power of free will.

While the body is a temple of God, you are its manager. You supervise what elements are allowed in and refused. You know most of the consequences by your actions. If you allow trash in continually, the body will break down. It is your choice.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks, the key single word to all of this health diet stuff is: moderation

    • Marliza Gunter profile image

      Marliza Gunter 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      good hub... :)

    • nms profile image


      9 years ago from Cochin

      yup...the truth


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