Science & The Spirit


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Health Helps Part 3

By Dane and Vicki Griffin

 We live in a world where “anything goes.” If it feels good, do it; if it feels right, it is right; if you want it, take it; if you can’t afford it, charge it! Too often, even Christians think this way. But Paul has something to say to those with this “anything goes” philosophy: “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

Not your own

If you believe the Bible, you know you do not own yourself. You were purchased at a great price, which means that God has a double claim on you: He created you; then He redeemed you. Because God is your Owner, and because He cares about you, He wants to alert you to the dangers of this sinful world. And so He warns, “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting [gluttony], and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day [His second coming] come upon you unawares.”2

Out of control

In Philippians 3, Paul describes a group of people “whose God is their belly.” He calls these people “enemies of the cross.” That’s bad news for anyone who cannot control his appetites, passions, or desires. But the good news is just two verses later: “He is able even to subdue ALL things unto Himself!”3

Chicken—or eagle?

A farmer found an eaglet and put him in his barnyard, along with the chickens and turkeys. The eagle seemed content with his companions, even when he developed a 9-foot wing span!

One day a naturalist came to visit. He was intrigued by the eagle that lived with the chickens, and he asked the farmer if he could test the bird, to see if it had an eagle heart or a chicken heart.

The farmer laughed. “He’s been in the barnyard too long—he’ll never fly like an eagle!”

Several times, the naturalist took the bird to the top of the house and let him go. Each time, the eagle flapped right back into the barnyard. Finally, the naturalist took the bird far away, to the top of a mountain, and turned his head toward the sun. You guessed it! The eagle gave an eagle’s cry, soared into the sky, and never returned to the chicken coop.

Reason with the Master

We are like that eagle—bungling through the barnyard of sin and bad habits—when really we were created to soar! Our Master Physician, Jesus Christ, invites us to “reason together”4 with Him regarding the instructions in His Owner’s Manual. As you look at the medical findings of the last few years and compare them with His instructions, we think you will be amazed!


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1. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.
2. Luke 21:34.
3. Philippians 3:19–21.
4. Isaiah 1:18.