The Body Human: Its Wonder, Use and AbuseLet’s take seriously the instructions God gave us regarding the use our bodies.
As an entity, the human body is the most complicated and versatile combination of parts and functions the world has ever seen. It was invented and assembled by God thousands of years ago and the original model is still in vogue.
… the body human was created by God to be the home of the soul and spirit…
No invention of man comes anywhere near the marvellous complexity and diversity and abilities of a properly functioning human body.
Some months back, through the magic of television, the prowess of the human body was made visible to all the world via the Olympic Games in China. What feats of coordination, strength, expertise and endurance we witnessed – and world records continue to be broken!
On the other hand we are increasingly being confronted by the progressive obesity of our population. Very recently dire warnings have been posted in the media regarding the increasing obesity of this generation of children and its negative effects on their life expectancy if not remedied.
Now it’s not that the body human has not been given due attention. Never in my memory have I seen so much ado in the media both print and electronic, about the human body. I have not seen any statistics but it appears to me that in the realm of advertising the auto is king and next in line is the human body: cosmetics, hair care, beauty, dieting, physical form and fitness, fashion and sports – and sadly, yes, in our over-sexualized society, the proliferation of images of the scantily clad female form.
Simply put, the body human was created by God to be the home of the soul and spirit and was given to us for our use so we can serve God as co-creators and co-nurturers with Him of families of fellow humans. Instead it has been prostrated to become a mere instrument for our own pleasure. The result – the narcissistic, sex-drenched culture we are now becoming.
In the meantime our self-absorption has opened the way for pressure groups to militate against the ages-long definition of marriage as a lifelong heterosexual and pleasurable union of husband and wife designed to raise children in stable, nurturing families prepared to become society’s next generation.
It is not without reason that three of the Ten Commandments deal with the integrity of the family, namely: Children are to respect and obey their parents – Adultery is forbidden – Lusting after a neighbour’s wife is condemned. A society or a nation is only as strong as its families. Judging from the numbers of broken families in our midst we are already in trouble.
In God’s plan of salvation He dignified the body human by sending His only Son to be born of a virgin, “God contracted to a span” as the old hymn says, and lived His life among us. In a human body Jesus suffered and died for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead and returned to heaven with the echo of a promise that still rings in our ears, “This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
At that time all mankind shall be raised from the dead and “Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:38). Are you ready?
Meanwhile let’s take seriously the warnings God gives us regarding the use our bodies. The Bible promotes complete sexual abstinence before marriage. Sex between a husband and wife is the only form of sexual relations of which God approves (see Hebrews 13:4).
And regarding marriage: ”For the Lord God of Israel says that he hates divorce” (Malachi 2:6). (Divorce is not the unforgivable sin. God’s grace can cover it, but often its effect on children is devastating.)
Fellow believers, to our shame, statistics reveal divorce is epidemic in our churches. We need to repent and return to the Bible’s teachings regarding the care and use of our bodies, for God’s glory, for our own good and the future of our nation.
Bert Warden is a retired C&MA pastor and freelance writer. He is a member of Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford. Email email@example.com.
Originally published in the Abbotsford Times, March, 2009.
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