“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1:14a (NIV)
Have you ever stopped to ponder that statement? Of course, it’s a truth that changed the world and all of history … but it is also a truth that should also change the way we live and the way we understand and interact with our bodies.
Jesus became flesh and indwelt a human body. This means that God found the human body something worthy enough for the Living God of Universe to indwell.
And that’s totally the opposite of what I’ve learned about the body from church (meaning the church at large, not any particular church). My experience has been that the church has taught us that the body can’t be trusted. Through its silence on the subject and even through its words, the church has taught that the body is bad. In fact, the only teachings I have heard from the church about the body is either (1) a whole bunch of “don’ts,” and/or (2) that the body is flesh … and flesh is bad.
This isn’t just semantics. God created the human body, and He called very good. In fact, He made us in His image! (See Genesis 1:27-31). Can we do bad things with our bodies? Of course! (Just as we can do bad things with our minds and our souls). Does that make the body inherently bad? No. No it doesn’t.
Remember, the Word became flesh.
How many sermons have you heard that tell you what you should do with the body God gave you (instead of what you shouldn’t do)? I’m not sure I have heard any. And we all learn better through encouragement and training toward how we should behave and act, as opposed to constant nagging about how we shouldn’t.
I’m just saying. The Word became flesh. The Living God indwelt a human body that He made and found worthy. Shouldn’t you view it similarly?