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Salvation and Wellness – 3 February 2007

A thought-provoking article that appeared in a Methodist paper linked the word “salvation” with the word “wellness” – wellness of the body, mind and spirit. The writer rightfully emphasized the importance of finding ways to minister to the whole person.

He wrote about the way that the word “wellness” is used mostly in conjunction with the physical: gyms, hospitals, and long-term care facilities are fond of using this word that has grown in popularity lately.

It’s easy to see that someone who is able to get around physically, has his/her mental faculties intact, and is truly “saved” spiritually will be in a better position to offer counseling to others that leads to the comfort found in belief in the Savior.

While being born again in spirit is essential for eternal life, while we are still in these bodies, the physical and mental should not be dismissed as unimportant. Indeed, in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (6:19-20) he says:

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
~ New American Standard Bible

What better way to “glorify God in your body” than to live healthfully and eat unprocessed foods selected from God’s original plan for humans (Genesis 1:29), before the fall and resulting corruption:

29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you….”
~ New American Standard Bible

For sound health information visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/health.html 
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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