The physical body we each possess is the most complex of all God’s creations. Our brain exceeds the capabilities of the most complex supercomputers on earth. If you doubt this statement, just remember who designed the complex supercomputers.
Our sensory system is comprised of nerve cells that provide impulses from the periphery of the body to the central nervous system, a fete beyond the capabilities of the most advanced machines in the best funded laboratories on earth.
Our reproductive system is capable of producing a brand new life. Our bone structure is an unbelievable engineering accomplishment. Our lungs take in copious amounts of oxygen, and place that oxygen into the blood. This oxygen the body takes into the lungs is referred to as the “breath of life” in Genesis 1:7.
Our heart then pumps this oxygen rich blood to every cell within the body, and when that oxygen rich blood stops flowing, the body dies. The imperative of keeping this oxygen-rich life-giving blood, flowing throughout the body, is made abundantly clear in Leviticus 17:11 where we read “the life of the flesh is in the blood.”
And what did our Creator use for building materials to create this incredibly complex physical body we each possess?
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”(Genesis 2:7)
And where did this dust of the ground originate? The Bible provides the clear answer to that question in Genesis 1:1 where we read
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
See also John 1:3:
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”
It is interesting to note that evolution agrees that man came from this same dust of the ground the Bible says man originated from. The difference is the evolutionists claim this rock dust originated as the result of the colliding of some dead mineral matter at an event they claim took place in the far distant past called the Big Bang. But here’s where the evolutionists have a huge problem: they are unable to explain the origin of that rock from which that rock dust came. Nor can they explain how that lifeless, dead, rock dust could become a human physical body containing life. Dear friend, rock dust cannot come into existence or develop into a living soulapart from GOD.
When the lungs stop taking in oxygen, and when the heart stops beating and stops pulsing oxygen rich blood throughout the body, the body dies. “Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19). We see the truth of that statement when a person is cremated. What’s left? A handful of rock dust!
But man is more than just a body as we learn in Hebrews 9:27.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
How anyone could believe that life itself and the magnificent complex physical body we each possess, along with a soul and spirit could all originate from some dead rocks colliding with a Big Bang millions of years ago is beyond my comprehension. No my friend, we did not arrive here on planet earth through some evolutionary process, but rather we are the “wonderfully made” creation of our Creator God (Psalm 139:14)
And when this physical body God has provided each of us dies, there is life beyond the grave. Hebrews 9:27 makes this abundantly clear: “And as it is appointed unto every man once to die, but after this, the judgment.”Read also II Corinthians 5:1:
“For we know that, if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Dear friend, God has not only given us physical life, but also spiritual life, and this spiritual life extends beyond the grave. Thus it is imperative that we not only take proper care of this physical body if we want to live a long life in health, but that we also make preparation before we die for that spiritual life which will continue after physical life ceases.
Now That God Has Done His Part He Tells Us the Rest Is Up To Us
That God would take His highest and most complex creation – our physical bodies – and turn them over to the likes of sinful man to be caretakers of, and be responsible for the maintaining of, is extremely humbling to this editor.
Listen to these sobering words found in I Corinthians 3:10:
“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”
The discourse continues in I Corinthians 3:16-17:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in YOU? If any man defile [harm] the temple of God [physical body], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
I Corinthians 6:19-20 expands on the thought:
“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.”
And that brings us to these concluding pleas in Romans 12:1:
“I beseech YOU therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
How to present our bodies a living sacrifice is set forth in Romans 12:2:
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The World Does Not Have the Answers to Physical or Spiritual Life
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God . . . .” (I Corinthians 3:19)
“The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men.” (I Corinthians 4:19-21)
“Better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8)
Here is proof that the world does not have the answers.
“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.” (Mark 5:25-26)
The results of going the world’s way with our physical problems have not improved in the over 2,000 years since these words in Mark 5:25-26 were spoken. Yet in spite of the obvious inability of the world to restore our health, we continue to look to the world which God has already told us does not have the answer.
Why Do We Put Our Trust In Doctors And Dieticians?
My grandma and grandpa on my mother’s side were farmers in upstate New York. They grew their own food by the sweat of their brow. They cut their own wood to provide heat in their wood-burning stoves because they didn’t have electricity. They pumped their own water from a well across the road and carried it into the house by the bucket full each day. They had no running water and had to use an outhouse.
They did not depend on the world’s dietitians for instruction as to how to nourish their physical bodies, nor did they go to doctors when they got sick – because they didn’t get sick. Nor did they take any medications. Nor did they have Health Insurance, Life Insurance, or Social Security, yet they lived healthily and frugally to a ripe old age.
Currently, many in our nation are clamoring for government to take care of their physical bodies through a government controlled and run Health Care program, thinking government can restore health to physical bodies they have failed to maintain and nourish properly.
Dear friends, government, no matter how much money it spends, cannot prevent sickness nor restore health to anyone, because God has given each of us as individuals that responsibility:
“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Maintaining Health Is Our Responsibility – Not God’s Nor Government’s
Attaining and maintaining a healthy body requires not only nourishing it with healthy food, and providing it with abundant sunshine and exercise, but it also requires our avoiding the polluting of our body with toxic substances.
To be continued . . . .