Living in Excess Does Affect Your Body
Whether we want to admit it or not, too much of something isn’t always a good thing. In fact, it can be down right dangerous. God warns us of this in the Bible. There are specific instructions given that line up with what science says today. We may think, “Oh, well that’s just common sense. Everyone knows that.” But that is not true. We find things as common sense because we are raised that way because we’ve been raised in an era where science and health are vastly advancing.
Scientists had to discover bacteria, viruses, cholesterol, and such. We weren’t born on this earth fully aware of these things as infants. We learned them as we grew up.
For example, according to an article published on Berkley’s website, a scientist named Antony von Leeuwenhoek is the one who discovered bacteria in the 1600’s. Inspired by the work of Robert Hooke, Antony van Leeuwenhoek built hundreds of microscopes to examine things up close. In 1673 he began his journey of discovering and recording many types of bacteria and their appearances.
According to NPR’s website, Physician and assistant professor from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1846, Ignaz Semmelweis is credited with making the “discovery” that doctors who did not wash their hands were responsible for spreading childbed fever which was killing many women in the maternity ward. These doctors and medical students were dissecting corpses and then delivering babies in the maternity ward without washing their hands. When a colleague died from exposure to a diseased patient, he realized that childbed fever was not something that just women who gave childbirth could have, but it could be spread. Hence, he is credited with discovering germs and starting the practice of handwashing in modern medicine.
Moving on, it is obviously an important theme in the bible to care for our bodies. The Old Testament went to great lengths describing clean and unclean and what to do when someone was sick. There were even rules for handwashing. The Jews were God’s children, his chosen, and he wanted them to be healthy.
We also know from my last post on Fitness & The Bible that the Old and New Testament scripture tells us that as Christians and believers our body is a temple for the Lord, so we need to treat it as such.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
“The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.”
“It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.”
“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
American culture tells us that it’s okay and even natural to live in excess. They paint a picture of it resembling luxury and status, but the scripture tells us that we are to pay attention as we live to what lines up with the will of God and what is good in His sight. If the verses above tell us that living in excess is sinful, then what does that say about the modern lifestyle???
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
I also believe that the proof of excess being harmful is the health issues and disease that results of it. Smoking excessive cigarrettes leading to cancer, excess alcohol leading to liver failure, gluttony leading to diabetes and obesity. I could go on and on with this, but i want. I think we all get it. When we put too much of something into our bodies, negative results appear.
According to the CDC research, over 16 million Americans are suffering from smoking related disesases. It currently is responsible for over 6 million deaths per year and they estimate it to rise to 8 million deaths per year by the year 2030.
The CDC states that around 610,000 people in this country die every year from heart disease (that’s 1 in 4 deaths) and around 735,000 people yearly suffer from heart attacks.
The American Diabetes Association reports that Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
I won’t continue to bombard you with statistics. If you want to see it, follow the links placed above in blue and you can read more for yourselves. The point is that there is a consequence for overindulgence.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
The big message here being, to live in balance. Don’t overindulge in any one thing. Make sure there is balance in your life whether it’s exercise, nutrition, lifestyle related, etc… Read the Word of God and ask Him what is acceptable to Him in your life. Follow what you think honors God by how you treat your body.