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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Corinthians 6:12-13(NASB)
12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.
I started the spring semester version of my Personal Finance yesterday and gave a general warning against both hedonism and asceticism. As westerners, we tend to err on the side of enjoying ourselves a bit too much. However, we can also err on the side of depriving ourselves. Eastern religions can often head in this direction and Christian monastic traditions can head towards the minimalist as well. Neither is helpful. Some of the ascetic mindset assumes that the body is bad, sometimes veering into Gnostic hatred of the physical. No, check the end of verse 13-the Lord is for the body. The body's more than a ugly bag of mostly water, it's God's temple. Handle with care.

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