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PostSubject: Issue #82 Wed, 3 May 2006   March 11th 2007, 23:48

Our Body The Temple Of God


Dear Youth,



The subject of health is of great interest to people today. It seems that everyone is wondering how they can be healthier and happier and also how they can prolong their life. Today I would like to share with you why it is important to be healthy.



My grandmother once said "A nutritionally sound body is like a well oiled machine, good care adds to the longevity". That is so true, if we take proper care of our body, the result will be many more happy years added to our lives. "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works" (Psalm 139:14). Have you ever stopped and thought about the human body? Just think about it, our body is more complex than any robot or anything that today's technology could create. We are indeed "fearfully and wonderfully made".



"Our heavenly Father does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men. He is not the author of sickness and death. He is the source of life; He would have men live, and He desires them to be obedient to the laws of life and health, that they may live" (Counsels of Health p. 563). It is God's desire for us to be healthy, and to be healthy we must be careful what we eat and drink. Also, we can better serve the Lord if we are healthy. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17). We are the temple of God! We must be careful to keep ourselves in good shape, and be very careful how we treat our body and what we put into our body.



In the last days God will prepare a people, that have a vegetarian diet and who obey all the laws of health. An example of this is the children of Israel. When they wandered in the wilderness they were given manna to eat, before they entered the Promised Land. The manna was a simple food that could be prepared in many different ways. The experience of the children of Israel is documented in 1 Corinthians 10:1-12. It tells how God took care of them and provided their food and water, and it also tells about their failings. Their experience is especially relevant to us today as they were a type or example of God's last day people. "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: [or types] and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). These verses are obviously talking about the children of Israel, and it says that they were to be examples or types of God's last day people.



We need to take a careful look at our health habits, as it is so easy to slip back into the ways of the world. God is calling us back to a healthy diet and lifestyle. "The great subject of reform is to be agitated, and the public mind is to be stirred. Temperance in all things it to be connected with the message, to turn the people of God from their idolatry their gluttony, and their extravagance in dress and other things" (Counsels of Diet and Foods p. 71). We have the light that God has given us. We as Adventists have a special health message that needs to be given to the world, but we must first ask God to give us the desire to apply these principles to our own lives.





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PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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