Respecting the body

A character in a newspaper comic strip was recently depicted sizing himself up in a full-length mirror. "I've reached the age," he confessed to the friend standing beside him, "where it's harder and harder for me to think of my body as a temple." Bob Thaves, "Frank and Ernest." Copyright © 1986 Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc. Used by permission .

Some might agree that it's hard at any age to think so highly of one's body. In fact, this cartoon might well set one to wondering why anybody would think of it as a temple at all! And this should turn us to the Bible. For it is there we find the allusion to body as temple. In a letter, the Christian Apostle Paul asks the members of the church at Corinth with apparent astonishment, "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?" I Cor. 6:19.

If you move, take your joy with you
July 21, 1986

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