Introductory Note: Weight Loss--based on the Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness book series (Weight Loss).
1 Corinthians 6: 12, 19-20: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything….Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
In his book Seven Deadly Sins author and noted Christian speaker Tony Campolo in the chapter on “Gluttony” asks the burning question of whether or not Christians “have the right to abuse their bodies.” He refers to the aforementioned scripture passage to reinforce that “people should maintain normal weight for reasons of health, and Christians should seek good health because spirituality requires that we take care of our bodies.”
(Note: Dr. Anthony "Tony" Campolo, born in 1935, is a well-known American pastor, author, public speaker known for challenging Christians by illustrating how their faith can offer solutions in a world of complexity. Campolo is an alumnus of, and currently a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He is a 1956 graduate of Eastern and earned a Ph. D. from Temple University. He is also an ordained Baptist minister and evangelist, presently serving as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, which is affiliated both with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and with the American Baptist Churches USA.)
Campolo continues: “In a very real sense, because Christ dwells in each of us, what we suffer, He suffers. Our bodies are instruments through which He works in the world, and we must not do anything which would limit His work by impairing His instruments. …Furthermore, one’s physical condition can influence spiritual well-being just as it does psychological health. Excessive consumption of sweets can create a ‘sugar high’ which may be followed shortly by fatigue and lethargy or irritability. Our ability to live out our lives with joy is determined to some degree by our physical well-being. If we love people, we find it impossible to stand by quietly and watch them hurt themselves. We are constrained by love to encourage them to be the healthy people God wills for them to be, and we should be ready to make the sacrifices of time and energy which are necessary if we are to assist them in overcoming the urge to be gluttonous. Urging people to avoid eating things that are potentially harmful to health is consistent with biblical teaching and with common sense.”
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