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Why Eating Right and Exercising Glorifies God

While donating money, time and one’s belongings to the Church is important, giving your body to the Lord, through adherence to a proper diet and exercise regime, is one of the most important gifts that you can give to God.

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Indeed, throughout 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, there are numerous references to the sanctity of the body, “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,” and the importance of preserving the body and glorifying God through treating it with respect, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

Learning how to keep the body in optimum health, through diet and exercise, as well as resisting the desire to give into the temptation of overeating, requires much dedication and mental strength, but is a formidable means of giving thanks to the Lord.

In addition, living up to the Christian ideal of maintaining a healthy body must be done for the right reasons; the correlation between the body and the tithing is pertinent in this regard.

We gladly give tithing, expecting nothing in return. And so we should when it comes to dieting. Dieting should, under no circumstances, be undertaken only in the pursuance of the superficial desire to lose weight and look good; it must be done mainly to improve our health, and to give our body to the Lord.

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2. Gluttony is a sin

Derived from the Latin term gluttire, which refers to gulping down or swallowing, gluttony can be defined as overindulgence in food, drink, or wealth items, to the point of excess.

Gluttony is also a sin, which many of us seem to conveniently forget. Not only is gluttony one of the 7 deadly sins, as dictated by the Church in the 4th Century, along with pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, and slothfulness, but temperance, or self control (the opposite of gluttony), is also one of the 7 holy virtues.

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