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Christian Health without Works?

I'm writing again to my fellow Christians because I see a lot of great Christian folk that tend to use a lot of spiritual sounding excuses to avoid eating right and exercising like the idea that exercise profits little, or that we aren't supposed to be focused on fleshly pursuits. Problem with that logic is that the Bible doesn't say exercise doesn't profit. It's just contrasting the value of the present body to the value of eternal spiritual matters. Living for the flesh in the Bible refers to living in sinful pursuits to satisfy the flesh. That could be anything that would cause sinful behavior like gluttony for instance.  Doughnuts, cake, and sodas come to mind. Those are definitely fleshy lusts of a sort, but those fleshly pursuits seem to get a free ride.

The Bible says that faith without works is dead. A lot of Christians think that praying for health is enough, and I would agree, if God hadn't already given us clear ways to improve our health. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe in praying for the sick, but I also believe in trying to prevent sickness as much as possible beforehand. In a sense, God has provided proven ways to help us take care of our bodies. So, don't ignore God's blessings, like healthy fruits and vegetables.

It's clear, and without any doubt, scientifically proven that exercise, eating vegetables, and avoiding processed sugar snacks will greatly improve the health of the average person. God created foods that are the natural equivalent of medicine when eaten on a regular basis. We have all these awesome and wonderfully healthy fruits and vegetables we can eat, and most of us enjoy enough health that we could exercise at least somewhat on a regular basis, and yet we wait until we get sick and then pray for health and ask the doctor for a pill to patch up the damage we caused.

Would you feel comfortable praying to God keep you free from cancer while simultaneously smoking a cigarette, or would you pray for help to quit smoking, knowing that quitting would lower your risk?

Sure, God is merciful and I believe He heals people through prayer regardless of mistakes we made, but honestly, don't you think we should be taking care of the body God gave us instead of ragging it out like a beat-up Ford.

Would you drive your car without oil, or ride your brakes constantly, grind your gears on purpose, etc? But, somehow it's ok to keep putting the human equivalent of mud in your own personal gas tank.

Pray for health, even before you get sick and use the things that God has blessed us with to continue in good health as much as possible. Would you pray for a job and then refuse to work it? Thank God that we know that fruits and vegetables are healthy and eat right. Thank God we know that exercise helps maintain health for our bodies and schedule some weekly and daily workouts.

Again, I'm not saying don't pray for the sick. I'm just saying don't ignore the great things that God has blessed us with to eat and consider slowing down on the man made processed junk, at least enough to give your body a chance to heal.

How about saving ice cream for once a week, or every other week instead of every day for example. Eat organic yogurt with no additional sugar added, plus a few berries and nuts, if you need a sweet treat.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Blueberries are great for the mind. Just don't buy a box of muffins with artificial blueberries and think you've done your body a favor. It just doesn't work that way.

Get the real deal. It tastes better and it's better for you. If you think cutting out junk food will be hard, then pray for help. I think sometimes we pray just when for what we want and only when it's convenient. We never want to pray for anything that might contain a perceived sacrifice on our parts.

Have faith that God will help in times of trouble, but don't overlook healthy living as a factor in your health care because as the Bible says,"faith without works is dead". Faith produces works as we utilize the gifts provided to us by God.

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I examine what the Bible teaches us that can help us not only in our spiritual walk, but also help us to live longer, healthier, happier lives. At the same time, we look at when organic food is preferred to conventional. Also, I discuss the addictive nature of sugar that Christians and non-Christians alike suffer from. Sugar has become the new drug of choice for those who would never dream of taking drugs, smoking, or even drinking alcohol.


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