It is generally known that Christians regard the human body as precious and valuable being because the body is the temple of God made for God’s purpose. Non-Christians also think that the body is crucial, but they do not put further religious values because they usually think that they own the body. In contrast to non-Christians’ point of view on the body, the authors, Diehl and Morris, account for the six Christian perspectives on the body and describe the reasons why non-Christians and even Christians have misunderstanding on the body.
First of all, the two authors state that, just like other creation, the human body was made for God’s purpose and natural laws (Diehl and Morris 1). God created humans in His image and gave them the order to look after all other creation based on His teaching, which implies that humans need to follow the natural law created by God as well. Therefore, humans should have balance and take care of the body based on God’s Word.
Secondly, since men were created in the image of God, men have responsibility to care for both spiritual health and bodily health. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of this; Jesus fulfilled both role of spiritual health and bodily health by using his human body for the purpose of God’s works. Therefore, Christians should do all the work through the body in order to glorify God as He has commanded them.
Thirdly, the human body is significant because Holy Spirit lives in the human body. Accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour means that Christians have accepted Holy Spirit as well because Jesus said so after he left the earth. Therefore, Christians should mind the body as the body is the temple of Holy Spirit.
Fourthly, the body is used to fulfill God’s works such as guiding non-believers to God. On the other hand, the downfall of the body is that the body can be a medium of sins such as sexual excitement and murder. This dual aspect of the body should be carefully considered in order to fulfill the...
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