We’ve been hearing this phrase quite often in recent years. Women are chanting in the streets the slogan, “my body, my choice” in protest against laws limiting their right to get an abortion any time they want and to do it with government funding.
While I may not agree with what they are protesting, I do, however, agree with that phrase. To an extent. It is our body. And it is our choice what we do with it.
However, as Christians, this should mean treating our bodies as God’s temple. Because though the Lord has given us these bodies to use, they are actually His. As it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God ‘s.”
If you have chosen Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you have also chosen by consequence to give your body back to God. And that means treating it as you would if He were living in you. Because He is.
So what does that mean? What kind of things should we be doing to take care of it?
Very simply we should eat healthy foods, use herbal medicines in place of pharmaceuticals (where possible), refrain from tattoos and piercings, reject abortions, and reject vaccines. We should be taking care of our bodies using the resources that God provided at creation. And treating it as we would someone else’s property, which is on loan to us. With respect and care.
Eat Healthy Foods
What does God tell us about food?
In Genesis 1:29, during the creation, God tells Adam, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
So in the Garden of Eden, when everything was perfect, man’s food (his meat) was plant life. This is our first clue to what the Lord chose for his people to eat.
And it makes sense doesn’t eat ? If you have ever seen raw foodists or vegans, you would know that they tend to be more healthy than those of us buying processed foods and eating lots of grains and meats. That’s not to say, you should necessarily be like them.
God also said to Noah in Genesis 9:3, after the flood, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
So we are clearly not forbidden to eat meat. Rather we should not eat in excess. As it says in Proverbs 25:27, “It is not good to eat much honey.”
We are given the freedom to eat as we choose. However, as temples of the Lord’s Spirit and followers of Christ, we should be only eating those things that nourish us. And not “to excess.” Maybe we should change the slogan from “my body, my choice” to “God’s body, God’s choice.”
Use Herbal Medicines
Can anyone imagine God has placed us on this earth and not given us the means to take care of ourselves? Of course not.
But most people think that our current system of doctors and medications is fine because God gave us the ability to think and invent and create. It must be by His will that we have access to “modern” medications.
However, I tend to disagree. With the exception of emergency care, most of the modern care we receive is more harmful than “the old ways.” This is because it follows the same philosophy of much of our system. Quick fixes are more desirable than long ones.
Obviously, no one wants to be in pain for long periods of time. But often, by “fixing” the problem quickly we are instead prolonging it. Only the symptoms disappear quickly. But the underlying problem is still there, ready to jump out and make us suffer again.
Anyone with a long-term health condition knows that when taking medications to treat their disease, often they will have to add more medications as time goes on. Not because the disease itself requires it but because the side-effects of their current condition need treatment as well. Or their body builds up a resistance to it.
And this can continue indefinitely. One pill for the disease; the next to treat a side-effect of that pill; the next to treat a side-effect of the pill for the side-effect; and so on and so forth.
God’s Instruction for Herbs
And God has given some instruction for the use of herbs in healing. In Ezekial 47:12, it says, “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”
You can even find a specific cure for boils using nature. In Isaiah 38:21, “For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.” And in 1 Timothy 5:23, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”
Jeremiah 46:11 warns us also of the use of too much medication. “Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines: for thou shalt not be cured.”
And as we learn more about the different types of plants, fruits, and weeds (and their properties), we can see clearly that God has given us precisely what we need to stay healthy.
Piercings & Tattoos
This one is less clear. Especially because these things do not seem to do damage to our overall health. Many modern Christians (my younger self included) believe that tattoos can’t be that bad, especially if the tattoo is of a cross or some other religious symbol. But my more mature self would have to disagree.
Without going into a long and detailed argument (which can be found in the book Tattooed Jesus), I can give you a few verses that should help.
Leviticus 19:28 “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”
Very clearly, we shouldn’t be making marks on our bodies which includes both tattoos and piercings. But in case you are of the belief that Jesus’ death and resurrection destroyed the need to follow all of the commands and rituals presented in the Old Testament, I will give you a few more.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (I wish I could have told this to my younger self.)
Ephesians 5:29 “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:”
We should be taking care of our bodies. Giving them only things that nourish them. Not following earthly trends or youthful desires to decorate ourselves permanently. Marring the skin that God created in His image.
So if God has given us all manner of plants and animals to be our sustenance and our medication, what does that say about vaccines?
Science would have us believe that this is the best form of preventative medicine available. It tells us that many deadly diseases have been eradicated or slowed down because of them.
Now, I’m not going to go into the science of why I disagree with this clear propaganda. There is plenty of evidence now available to prove their own assumptions false. Not least of which is the simple logic that if vaccinated people are protected from certain diseases, how can an unvaccinated person be a danger to them. Especially since being unvaccinated does not automatically mean the person is riddled with disease.
Instead, let’s look at what God tells us.
First and foremost, we are to rely on God, not man. Psalm 103:2-3 tells us God can “heal all your diseases.” So we do not need man’s creations. Vaccines have not made human life better. Only God could do that. To think otherwise is to trust man above God.
And we have been warned of this as well in Isaiah 2:22. “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?” Why do we think the scientists, the CDC, the government have the only answers? That they were the only ones who could have found the cure to x, y, & z?
But most importantly, our bodies are the temple of God. We are to treat it as such. And injecting foreign substances with known risks and toxins is not glorifying God in His temple. No matter what the scientists say, it is polluting our bodies, pure and simple.
And yet another hot topic these days that also relies on our health. Abortions.
Most Christians are pro-life. Which is precisely as it should be. But for those who are still unsure of the correct Biblical response to abortions, here are some verses to help you out.
The first and biggest reason against abortion is Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.” This more than anything should convince you that abortion, especially in later terms, is wrong.
But if you are still unsure of when life begins and when abortion could be considered killing, look no further than one chapter after the list of the commandments in Exodus. Specifically, Exodus 21:22-25.
“If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him.” A man who causes a woman’s fruit to depart from her, who is with child, should be punished. God says this.
Multiple times in both the Old and New Testaments God speaks of life in the womb. Psalm 22:10 “I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.”
Psalm 139:13 “For thou has possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”
Isaiah 49:1 “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Ecclesiastes 1:5 “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”
I could go on and on. But it is clear that abortion is wrong. And that God has even called people while they were still in the womb. Who are we to mess with that?
My Body, My Choice
My body, my choice. It sounds so succinct, doesn’t it? You can’t tell me what to do with my body because it is mine. This is a great argument for those of this world. But we have been called to live in the world but not be of it. We cannot live by the same rules as non-Christians.
I still love this slogan, though. But I replace “my” with “God.” God’s Body, God’s Choice. We should do nothing that does not bring honor and glory to God. Not just in our words and deeds but in our very bodies.
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”