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I was wondering if it is a sin to engage in activities that neglect the body.

Here I define neglect as:

to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight. (source)

For example:

  1. Consuming unhealthy food/drinks (fast food / soft drinks / titbits).

  2. Failure to exercise regularly when it's within one's means to do it (99% of us have the means to exercise regularly).

  3. Wild Partying/camping into the night and thus not having a proper night's rest.

  4. Engaging in activities (when it's within one's means not to do so) that has a relatively high casualty rate. (example)

  5. Failure to avoid (when it's within one's means to do so) places which we know will cause us to engage in unintentional passive smoking.

The above examples have one thing in common, and that's paying no attention or little attention to the well-being of our body. Is it a sin to engage in activities that neglect the body?

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@hammer please review my edit thanks. –  Pacerier Sep 29 '11 at 21:45
@James as above. –  Pacerier Sep 29 '11 at 21:45
<removed obsolete comments> Discussion was about previous (completely different) version of question. –  Caleb Sep 29 '11 at 21:54
Since this is practically a different question, I've gone ahead and re-opened. If the community still sees a problem with it they can choose to VTC and give you feedback again, but it looks like a more viable question this time around. –  Caleb Sep 29 '11 at 21:56
@Caleb Ok thanks! =D –  Pacerier Sep 29 '11 at 22:13
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1 Cor. 6:18-20

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 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? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

If your body is the Temple of God, then I'd say that neglecting it would be a sin.

The remainder of this answer is based on a sermon I heard recently at my Church, which taught the differences between a Biblical Absolute (the Bible explicitly commands or forbids it), a Conviction, based on overwhelming scriptural references, and a Personal Preference, based on how you view God.

As to your specific examples:

Points 1, 2, 4 and 5:

The Bible doesn't say, explicitly, or even implicitly, other than the verses I quoted above. This puts this "healthy eating" in the category of a personal preference or a personal conviction.

You could make an argument for it based on the verses I quoted, but in my personal opinion, it would be one that I would live by myself, not one I would try to preach to others. And I would certainly not look down on other Christians that didn't think the same way. That would be pride, and God's word is clear on how He feels about a proud heart and a boastful spirit.

As for point 3. The Bible has enough to say about drunkenness that this would be a conviction based on overwhelming scriptural evidence. The Bible never says drinking is a sin, but there are plenty of verses saying to not be drunk, drunkenness is foolishness, etc.

However, as a whole, I believe that God is much more concerned with our heart and mind than He is in our body. His Word has a lot to say about our keeping our minds, our heart, and our spirit clean, and about what our attitudes toward Him and to others should be. It contains only a few verses referring to care of our bodies.

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To put it back in more concrete terms, am I right in saying that consuming unhealthy food/drinks is a sin? –  Pacerier Sep 30 '11 at 4:32
I edited my answer to be more complete. –  David Stratton Sep 30 '11 at 5:28
Cool, btw your site has a typo: "showed that the oldest start" -> "showed that the oldest star" –  Pacerier Sep 30 '11 at 14:20
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Absolutely. Our physical existence is just as important as our spiritual existence. Jesus was both GOD and man and both are equally important. The incarnation and the resurrection teach us that our physical existence is of utmost importance to GOD. We should love our bodies, not abuse or criticize them. Our bodies are a wonderful gift from GOD that we get to live in, and have the opportunity to house the Holy Spirit!

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