“Thou shalt be thin and do cardio four times a week.” ~God
As the primitive guy, you have to assume that I am not a fan of things less than 10,000 years old, except iPhones… and Netflix. Actually, there are probably quite a few things I am a fan of that aren’t “primitive.” (Gluten free pizza, anyone?) Religion is not one of them, though. I do believe in god. I believe in divinity. I believe that there something out there (or even right here). I believe in god so much that I refuse the give credit to a religion that was created by man only a couple thousand years ago. Basically, you can say I am a fan of god but not religion.
For years, I blew off the bible because well, I was ignorant of it. I used to get into arguments with people about Christianity and question the validity of the bible as a basis for my argument. Then I started to read it. What I found was that my arguments became even stronger. I actually found myself saying to someone, “did you even read the effing bible?” He was so offended that he ended the debate and just walked away. I was offended that he was quoting rhetoric and not the actual bible.
I later realized that maybe he had read the bible just not the same one I did. I learned that there were different versions of the bible. Newer versions that seemed to manipulate the passages to conform to what people actually preferred. Take for example Exodus 13:20. The King James Version (KJV), the first English translation, reads: Thou shalt no kill. Every other version that I can find like, The New International Version (NIV) and The New Living Translation, change the word kill to murder. A pastor once explained this to me that kill was too general. If kill was not changed to murder soldiers who were ordered to kill in service to their country would be committing a sin. And, it’s not a sin if you kill in the service of your country. So murder was more appropriate.
The bible itself became a tool for me to argue against Evangelical Christians. I don’t do that anymore. That’s not what the bible is for. But, I do want to use it to prove a point, that god wants you to be healthy. (Not skinny, I was just kidding about that!)
So the audience for this article are those bible thumping Christians that say I am going to go to hell because I am not saved. Even though you are condemning me to hell, I am still concerned for your well being.
Your health is the most important thing.
Many of you don’t have your priorities in the right order. You sacrifice your health for your work, your school, or even your family. You think that these things are more important for some reason. You don’t exercise because it takes time away from your work. You sacrifice sleep to study. You stop for fast food because you don’t have time to cook or you know your kids love it. And, as a result, you are overweight.
Don’t blow off being overweight as a vanity thing either. I’ll agree that fitting into smaller pants or into a smaller dress size doesn’t seem as important as your work. But, I am not talking about getting your nails done or buying some new shoes. I am talking bout your health. If you look at losing weight as something to improve your appearance, you won’t see it as a priority. “I’ll go on a diet after this semester. I just can’t deal with the aggravation right now.”
Being overweight is just the tip of the iceberg but it’s the easiest to identify. If you are overweight this is a good indicator that you are in poor health. Diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation are all very likely. These are killers, you know. What good is that master’s degree or your next promotion if you are dead? Even more so, what good are you to your family, if you are dead.
If I tell you to take care of your body, you are going to blow me off but what if God told you to?
Is the bible the word of the lord? Is what the bible says, law? Your entire religion is based on the bible, is it not? You guys don’t reference other writings on Christ from the same time period like The Gospel of Thomas or the historian Josephus’s Antiquities of the Jews.
As Christians, you look to the bible as guidance in your daily life. Do you not? Dave Ramsey makes a living by teaching people who to manage money according to the bible. Money, for Christ’s sake! My point, if you look to the bible for everything else, look to it for guidance in your overall health.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, KJV
For this of you who are against the KJV, here it is in NIV. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”
According to the bible, your body is a temple for God’s spirit. You are not to destroy or defile it. If you do, God will destroy you. I’ll say it again: If you don’t take care of your body, GOD WILL DESTROY YOU!
Now you might say, “I don’t care about my earthly body, my soul is my number one priority?” Is it really? Then stop working and go to church every day. Abandon your family to become a missionary and do God’s work. Regardless of any of this, if you are concerned about your eternal salvation, you better do what God wants. And, that is to take care of your body, the temple of God.
I know I’m gonna take care of myself. I don’t want god to destroy me, shoot!