Health and the Bible

This entry is part 236 of 395 in the series Inquiring Minds
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What does the Bible say about health?

Because the Bible’s focus is the salvation history and story of God’s redemption of humanity through his son Jesus Christ, the Bible mentions health in the background. I can only think of a few places where health is even brought up.

It mentions some people’s health throughout the Bible, especially in conjunction with their healing. It tells us what kinds of health issues they had before they were healed by Jesus, apostles, and prophets.

Paul mentions that husbands take care of their own bodies and should take care of their wives as much (Ephesians 5:28-29). When the Bible doesn’t specifically speak to an issue, we can use its principles to understand God’s high standards.

Even though health is not a major theme in Scripture, Paul does lay down the principle that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). We must treat our bodies well because the Holy Spirit dwells in us.

There are many things we can do to our bodies. But they do not belong to us as Christians (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We must honor God with the choices we make even when it comes to our bodies and our health. Even though these are perishable tents, God sees them as important enough to raise them from the dead and the resurrection of believers (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

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