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Teaching health because of its impact on spirituality

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:10 pm    Post subject: Teaching health because of its impact on spirituality Reply with quote

I am throwing some thoughts out to you all and invite you to think about these and comment and discuss teaching health to our children from this perspective.

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There exists an intimate relationship between the condition of the body and spiritual discernment. Anything that lessens physical strength enfeebles the mind and makes it less capable of discriminating between right and wrong. This means that every wrong habit which injures the health of the body, reacts in effect upon the mind. For the correct understanding of Bible truth we need clear, energetic minds. Wrong lifestyle habits weaken the intellectual powers. By contrast, right physical habits promote mental superiority.
These convictions are based on understanding of how God communicates His truth to humans. The part of the human body with which He interacts is the mind. The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only medium through which Heaven can communicate to man and affect his inmost life. Whatever disturbs the circulation of the electric currents in the nervous system lessens the strength of the vital powers, and the result is a deadening of the sensibilities of the mind This firmly establishes the principle that there is a strong relationship between health and spirituality, making it an absolute necessity to have a clear mind when engaged in the study of God's word.
Is possible for men and womenand children , with all their sinful, health-destroying, brain-enervating habits, to discern sacred truth? These woud obviously include wrongful habits of eating .drinking ,hours that are kept and so on.

Temperance, regulates much .True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judiciously that which is healthful.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well... we were created by God and our bodies are not our own to destroy. So you shouldn't do anything that you know would hurt your body, such as smoking or binge drinking. However, I don't think a damaged body is inherently less able to communicate with God, since the logical extension of that would be for people in less than perfect physical health to have a bad connection, so to speak. Handicapped? Sorry, the lines are down.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point, Theodore.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
This brings to mind the verses "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7) and
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8. I believe to fear the Lord is not just to revere him, but also to actually fear his judgment. God is not just a God of love, but also a God of judgment. Also see Proverbs 9:10; 10:27,29 to name just a few more.
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