Archive | April, 2009

Temple of the Body

6 Apr

1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy.  This you are. (Translation: Richmond Lattimore)

Reading this passage should cause us to reflect upon our own physicality, our bodies and what it means for the body to be “God’s temple” and to know that “God’s Spirit lives in you.”

The temple–your body–is holy. What does this mean? How does this impact how we live in this body?

Certainly there is a charge to examine our emotional, mental and physical health.  All these are critical to the state of our bodies, and thus integral to our spiritual lives.

IF we are to treat our bodies as holy; as temples of the one true God; as houses for the Holy Spirit–THEN how does this impact our diet of food and drink; also our diet of information and images–what we feed our heads with.

If we destroy the temple—we too will be destroyed.

What does it mean to destroy the temple which is our body?
How might this impact our choices as to the type of foods we eat?
Whether or how much alcohol we drink?
Whether we smoke?
What drugs or medications we take?
Whether or not we exercise?
Whether or not we choose to engage in any forms of body modification?

We are asking our God to abide in us—are we providing a suitable environment for His Spirit to dwell?

1 Cor 6:15-17 Do you not know that your bodies are the limgs of Christ?  Then shall I take the limbs of Christ and make them the limbs of a whore? Never. … Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in you, which you have from God. (Translation: Richmond Lattimore)

Since we are not our own.  Since we were bought for a price.  Let us glorify God in our bodies. (Paraphrase 1 Cor 6:19, 20)