Body Building: Edifying Thoughts About Our Bodies
Michael Gleghorn — Our culture is obsessed with the human body. Have you turned
on the television or stood in the supermarket checkout line recently? Images
and information about the human body bombard our senses from almost every
direction. And what we believe about the body can make a huge difference for
our daily life, and for the life beyond! That's why we need to think carefully
about a Christian view of the body. For when our ideas about the body go wrong,
a lot of related Christian beliefs can also be affected.
For example, in the early centuries of the Christian church
there were some religious groups called Gnostics. Their name derived from the
Greek term gnosis which means "knowledge," because they thought that
salvation came through secret knowledge. In their view, reality consisted of
two primary components: matter (which was evil) and spirit (which was good). Since matter was evil, the human body was likewise viewed as "intrinsically degenerate."
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|MEET THE AUTHOR
"I wanted to write this article in order to set forth a biblical view of the body, as well as to compare and contrast this view with some other prominent views. Many people in our world today (including many Christians) have a rather skewed and inaccurate notion of what biblical Christianity has to say about our bodies. And this is unfortunate. For what the Bible has to say on this subject is not only true—it is interesting, healthy and liberating to boot!"
Michael is a research associate with Probe Ministries. After earning a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University and a Th.M. in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he is back at DTS pursuing
more suffering a Ph.D. in theology. The joy of Michael's life is his wife Hannah, their daughter and their brand new baby boy.
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