OUR BODY - A TEMPLE OF GOD
BY RICK COUPLAND
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 (1 Corinthians 6: 19,
A while back Editor Brooks Alden wrote an article on the food
laws, found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. As Israel
Identity believers, we know that these laws are still in effect
today. The original laws consisted of the commandments, statutes
and judgements. Due to Israel's disobedience to God, the blood
ordinances were later added to these laws. According to
Colossians 2:14, only these ordinances were "nailed to the
cross". Jeremiah prophesied, and it was later confirmed in the
Book of Hebrews, "I will put my law in their inward parts, and
write it in their hearts". As Howard Rand questions in "The
Digest of the Divine Law", "If the Christian is not bound to keep
the law, how can it be written into his heart?"
I remember watching a video on the Internet a couple of years
ago. I believe it was called "The Bible and Health", or something
to that effect. In one segment of the video, a pastor was being
questioned on whether he followed the food laws of the Old
Testament. He was currently dealing with some health issues of
his own, and did in fact cut pork and shellfish out of his diet.
He added, however, that the reason for the change in his diet was
due to the recommendation of his doctor, not the Bible, for the
food laws had been done away with. Was he forgetting who the
great Physician really is?
In this day and age, more than ever, we must make the effort to
look after our health. All illnesses and diseases, including
cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's and heart and stroke are on the
increase. Unfortunately, just eating the right foods nowadays
doesn't guarantee good health, due to the poor nutritional value
of products in our grocery stores. Foods are grown in soils
depleted of the many required nutrients. Today's fertilizers do
contain some degree of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, but
are lacking in nearly 50 other nutrients. Chemical pesticides are
not only dangerous to the consumer, but also to the farmer and
those living near the farms. Produce is picked too early, not
allowing the products to reach their maturity. And it takes
literally weeks for most food to reach the shelves of our stores.
In fact, it is almost impossible to eat healthy from your local
It's amazing the amount of money we spend on our automobiles for
preventative mainte nance. We wouldn't think of going on a trip
without first checking on of Bessie, making sure she is ready for
the long haul. Well, we can think of each day in our lives as
being a journey, and we should be willing to make sure we are
prepared as well. Because of the fast paced world that many of us
live in today, we tend too often to neglect our health. Sometimes
we just need to pull on the reins of life a little and slow
So what steps can we take to support our overall health? Well to
begin, let me use
a quote from one of Jack Flaw's sermons, and see if we can't take
this quote and apply it to everyday living. On more than one
occasion, I have heard him state," Don't read the Bible". Then,
after a lengthy pause, he repeats, "You shouldn't read the Bible
.... you should study the Bible". And yes, there is a big
difference. Now applying this philosophy to our health, we can
say, "Don't take what you read and hear today regarding your
health at its face value". Do a little research, dig a little
deeper, and you'll find that what our news media along with our
medical doctors are telling us might not be accurate.
If you have access to email and the Internet, you might want to
get on the mailing list of one or two "natural health"
newsletters. Learn how to prevent and cure many illnesses. Stay
informed of current health situations, and find related facts
that you won't read in your daily newspaper. Two of the better
newsletters I subscribe to can be found at www.mercola.com and
In the December 2008 edition of the TKC, Holly Mills stated that
we should eat organi cally whenever possible. (One of the key
definitions of organic is "pesticide free"). We've all heard the
expression, "support your local farmer". Unless you are fortunate
enough to be able to grow your own foods, find a local farmer, or
farmer's market, where the food is produced organically.
Unfortunately the word organic has been compromised nowadays with
major food retailers; it can no longer be trusted to mean truly
Are vitamins and supplements a necessary part of our every-day
diet? Absolutely! As stated earlier, even when trying to eat
healthy, we often fall short. Be careful what you hear about
vitamins being a waste of time and money. Keeping our nations
misinformed about healthy lifestyles is much more profitable for
"the powers to be".
Begin today, if you haven't already, to make a difference with
your health. Don't just say "I'm going to cut back on fast
foods", eliminate them completely from your diet.
I do believe there are many aspects to being a Christian. Let's
be sure to glorify God in both body and spirit.
From "Thy Kingdom Come" - December 2011 - a publication of The
Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.
I have taken vitamin/mineral suppliments from a teenager, not as
many back then as I do now. I take today about 12 various
vitamin/mineral suppliments. As I do not eat but one main meal
per day (with oats for breakfast and fruit as snacks) to keep my
weight in check, and have cut out all "starch" foods (only now
and again eating whole wheat breads etc.) and the potato, again
to keep my weight under control, I then suppliment my
vitamin/mineral intake with supplimental vitamin/mineral tablets,
hence the 12 or so I take.
This I find works for me, to keep my weight in control and with
regular exercise I'm fit and healthy at nearly 70 years of age.
My Dad did the same in his life and though just getting over a
stroke, he's done well to be still alive at nearly 92.