Whose body is it anyway?

Whose body is it anyway?

Health & Nutrition Series – Part 6

When we think of our physical body, do we ever consider who is the true owner? This is a big point of contention in the world today as evidenced by many movements that insinuate “this is your body. Do with it what you will. It is your right.” With that said, be prepared to be challenged with the contents of this blog.

The questions we pose today are these: is it your body, and is it your right?

Let’s begin with this scripture:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received. You are not your own, you are bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

So, here we find our answer. As believers, we are no longer owners of the physical body but instead, caretakers. If we truly believe this, we must go one step further and acknowledge what this understood responsibility really requires. There are 3 tenets:

  1. As caretakers, we must have due respect for the owner, who is God.
  2. We do not have the right to destroy someone else’s property.
  3. For us to willingly decide to take control of someone else’s property and in turn bring destruction, we are resolved to being thieves.

As we examine the previously mentioned tenets, there would probably be a little disagreement in their principles. However, by our actions, there may indeed be disagreement or even rebellion? Are we willingly destroying these bodies who house the Holy Spirit?

The willful destruction seems unheard of on the outset. But, let’s examine a few of our cultural trends:

  1. Culturally, there is a sense of worship of food. Unfortunately, this food is not food at all, rather disease causing.  What are these foods you ask? Here is a list: sugars, processed foods, fried foods, soda, MSG, bread, and grains.
  2. Culturally, there is a belief that we need to “eat better”. If we know what to do, and don’t do it, is that willing abuse of God’s temple? Indeed, it is.
  3. Culturally, we celebrate, give as rewards, and use as tools to bring crowds the above mentioned inflammatory and disease causing foods.

This writing requires a ton of introspection as stated at the beginning. Introspection is the purest sense of self examination. Self-examination, when allowing God to illuminate and bring vision, is the greatest avenue towards repentance. Repentance, then, is to walk with a heart of God.


By Mark & Michele Sherwood

Mark is a doctor in nutrition and Michele is a medical doctor. They are authors of a number of best-selling health and wellness books and lead The Functional Medical Institute, a wellness-based medical practice in Tulsa, OK.

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