The Forgotten Doctrine

Monday, October 26, 2009

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The body is a marvelous organism, uniquely and creatively designed by our wise and loving Creator. God designed mankind specifically for the task of caring for the rest of God's creation, the plants and animals that surround us in this earth.

Several years ago, I took a college level biology course at a secular university. I recall the wonder I felt as we discussed the various systems that God designed into our bodies: the circulatory system, the digestive system, the lymphatic system, the nervous system, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the skeletal system, the reproductive system. Each of these systems is intricate and necessary to the correct functioning of our body. After studying the body, I remember how awed I was at the genius and planning of our Heavenly Father.

However, the Bible is very clear: we as individuals are more than a body. We have within us that which gives us personality, the ability to think and reason, and to be self-aware. We have a will, which allows us to make decisions that influence our direction and future.

We also have within us the ability to connect with God on a spiritual level. We can open our hearts to Him, or reject Him. We can see, feel, and understand his loving presence, or ignore His working in our lives.

So, we are much more than just bodies walking around, functioning merely by instinct. We are not just animals, with no control over our attitudes, decisions, and actions.

The body has certain, innate desires which beg for fulfillment. Some of these desires are for eating, drinking, resting, procreating, feeling various physical sensations, such as stimulation of the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and other sensory organs.

We as spiritual beings have the ability to choose when, how, and to what extent we grant those desires. For example, if a man so chooses, he can starve himself to death, even while having food within his reach.

Modern philosophy -- based largely on the idea that man is merely another animal, evolved by simple, pure chance -- states that we should simply live our lives fulfilling whatever desires we experience. Gluttony, sexual promiscuity, drunkenness, drug addictions, violent behaviors, etc., really do not matter, as long as they make you feel good.

However, the Bible clearly states that as Christians, we have the responsibility to control and direct our bodily desires within the framework of God's immutable principles.
    "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
    (Matthew 5:27-28)

    "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags." (Proverbs 23:21)

    "Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man." (Proverbs 24:33-34)

    "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." (1 Corinthians 9:27)

    "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." (Romans 7:18)

    "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life b


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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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