Healthy Living - Body, soul and spirit!

Written by Donna-Rae Cartwright

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Principle 3: A HARDENED HEART IS THE SAME AS REBELLION (v8, 9) We need to be good stewards of what God has given us – including our bodies. If we disregard this, we are hardening our hearts towards God, and what He has shown us, and that isrepparttar same as rebellion. If we test God in this, we will suffer. God has created a cause-and-effect world, establishments that He has put into place and He will not override them. If we do not look after our bodies, we will reaprepparttar 126995 effects of that, for example, sickness, burnout and disease.

Principle 4: GOD HAS PROVIDED THE KNOW-HOW TO OBEY HIM (v10) God has given usrepparttar 126996 knowledge – throughrepparttar 126997 Bible and science and, believe it or not, common sense – to know what we should and shouldn’t eat. We also know how regularly to exercise, and we can definitely tell when we need to rest. All we have to do is listen to our bodies. I read this book “Whatrepparttar 126998 Bible Says About Healthy Living” by Rex Russell MD. He studied whatrepparttar 126999 Bible says about food, what science says about food and what he has seen himself, for example when patients are told to follow a specific diet in order to get well again.

His conclusion was simple: - Principle 1: Eat only what God intended us to eat Principle 2: Eat it only inrepparttar 127000 form he intended it to be eaten Principle 3: Fast regularly

Amazingly, scientific research (independent of himself) gave evidence to support why God toldrepparttar 127001 Israelites not to eat certain foods and why they should eat others. (I highly recommend this book. It can be bought on Amazon.) So we have no excuse. God has given usrepparttar 127002 knowledge we need, but it is our responsibility to put it into practice.

Principle 5: REST God didn’t only intend for us to experience spiritual rest. He is a holistic God. He intended for us to experience rest physically, emotionally and spiritually. If we look after our bodies, and getrepparttar 127003 rest we need – however much that might be – we will be able to more fully enterrepparttar 127004 rest that God intended for us. We won’t get as sick as often, we won’t get as tired and we won’t get as stressed –repparttar 127005 result - we will be much more rested and able to cope withrepparttar 127006 stresses of living life.

We have a holistic God who is concerned with our physical and emotional being as well asrepparttar 127007 spiritual. He created all of us – and said, “It was good!” So work with Him on this. He didn’t create our bodies to be a hindrance to us. He created them for our enjoyment as well as for us to know what our limitations are so that we can more fully enjoy and experience a supernatural God.

God knows your body best. Ask Him to show you how much rest you need, what is okay to eat and in what proportions and how much to exercise and even what exercise. He will help you – He helped me.

log ontorepparttar 127008 site at to read other articles we have written!

Donna-Rae is a missionary, a Zimbabwean and a world traveller who lives in Scotland, read more about her on her website at

Christ and Culture (Part 1)

Written by Aleck Cartwright

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In order for culture to be rejected in favour of Christ, logic requires that God Himself is not a part of culture. This would make sense if we only knew God as solely spiritual, but we also know Him as incarnate. He shows His nature in creation, which expresses His attributes, in Jesus by incarnation as a specific and very cultural human being (Hebrews 2:14-18), as well as in believers today throughrepparttar indwelling Spirit of Christ in every believer. Since we are to follow Christ in all things, we should follow him inrepparttar 126994 cultural dimension as well.

2. Christ is of Culture Cultural Christians claim that Christ is to be understood asrepparttar 126995 highest aspiration and fulfilment of culture. So it is possible to affirm both Christ and culture and to deny any necessary opposition betweenrepparttar 126996 two.

Culture can be interpreted through Christ, whererepparttar 126997 elements of culture that are most complimentary to Jesus' work and person arerepparttar 126998 best; as are those things that can be understood of God through culture.

In this way they are most accommodating, reconciling Christianity with what appears to berepparttar 126999 greatest achievements of culture. The early church had it's share of Hellenizers, Judaizers and Gnostics who joined Christ to their mystical philosophy, and inrepparttar 127000 same way today there are many who attempt to reduce Christianity to practical morality and Jesus Christ to one of many great moral teachers.

The error of this option is equal to, but also in direct opposition to separatism in that it is so concentrated onrepparttar 127001 world that while focused onrepparttar 127002 horizontal dimension it ignoresrepparttar 127003 vertical dimension. Thus putting very little emphasis on grace or eternity aandrepparttar 127004 afterlife, and producing a self-reliant form of humanism.

Ultimately this deifies man and humanises God, creating theology in man's image through connecting Christ with some cultural movement one wishes to endorse. So we have Christianity AND homosexuality, Christianity AND new psychology, Christianity AND Veganism, Christianity AND political correctness or Christianity AND any other syncretism you could care to mention.

So we end up thinking that some aspect of God can be found in a same-sex relationship andrepparttar 127005 acceptance of homosexual rights. Political correctness in a culture takes preference over whatrepparttar 127006 Bible may say about a subject. And we find that asrepparttar 127007 horizontal dimension gets distortedrepparttar 127008 vertical dimension gets ignored. We listen torepparttar 127009 spirit ofrepparttar 127010 age more thanrepparttar 127011 Holy Spirit.

There is one aspect of accommodation that is relevant to us. When communicatingrepparttar 127012 gospel we do need to adapt it to our audience, that is, while not compromisingrepparttar 127013 message ofrepparttar 127014 gospel we should present it incarnate so that it translates intorepparttar 127015 understanding ofrepparttar 127016 people-group. We need to present a contextualised Christianity, not syncretism. Paul adapted his delivery dependant on whether his audience was Jewish, gentile, Roman or Greek in order to make it relevant to their way of thinking. Jesus didrepparttar 127017 same with His parables. By being cultural chameleons we can takerepparttar 127018 gospel message and find culturally relevant clothing to make it relevant. This isrepparttar 127019 incarnation of Christ inrepparttar 127020 prevailing culture.

3. Christ is above culture In this view Christ and culture are synthesised. This option says that culture has good in it since God createdrepparttar 127021 world and though it was distorted byrepparttar 127022 fall it is not entirely evil, it still has attributes of God in it. So in this view we cannot say "either Christ or culture" because we are dealing with God in both cases and we also must not say "both Christ and culture" as if there was no distinction between them.

Thomas Aquinas believed thatrepparttar 127023 church is simultaneously in and beyondrepparttar 127024 world, leading people to salvation in heaven, while affirmingrepparttar 127025 best in this world's culture. He believed that God has purposes inrepparttar 127026 temporal as well asrepparttar 127027 eternal realms. This option affirms a stable relationship between church and state as well as encouragingrepparttar 127028 conservation of values and authority. The church should back uprepparttar 127029 government's authority to maintain order. So inrepparttar 127030 earthly as well as inrepparttar 127031 Heavenly realms there is a hierarchical organisation in church and state.

There is one King overrepparttar 127032 temporal andrepparttar 127033 eternal and we have practical solutions for livingrepparttar 127034 Christian life within culture and gives incentive for government and education as well as encouraging academic principles. The danger is thatrepparttar 127035 church will socially stagnate and fossilise with it's emphasis on values and authority, it may perpetuate dictatorships and prevent legislative reform. If respect for temporal authority is too great, there is a danger that man made laws will undermine God's law.

There is also no separation of church and state, leading to prohibition orrepparttar 127036 evil of forcing people to change their beliefs by relying onrepparttar 127037 sword rather thanrepparttar 127038 word. The integration of church and state to make people believe things is evil and pretty impossible because changing someone's behaviour produces a hypocrite, and even though you can change someone's behaviour through force, it still does not mean you have changed their belief.

Please seerepparttar 127039 other parts of this article..... Christ and Culture

Aleck Cartwright is an author, journalist, graphic designer, missionary, teacher and Christian who runs his own website called, he writes on and addresses many different topics and issues from a Biblical world-view.

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