Christians Need Not Exercise, Bodily Exercise Profits Little

Ever find one of those “selective” verses in the Bible to justify bad behavior? Well, it’s official, there’s no need to exercise any longer, it says it in the Bible! Right there in 1st Timothy, yeah that’s it, “bodily exercise profiteth little.”

Really? Ok, let’s look at this Bible verse in its entirety…

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8 KJV

The New King James Versions says “bodily exercise profits a little.” A very slight difference, but helpful nonetheless. Taking this verse in context we see that bodily exercise does profit, but only a little in comparison to godly exercise. And notice that bodily exercise in this passage is associated with “physical religion”, i.e., exercising your “body” in place of surrendering your heart. It may profit “a little” but it does not bring about salvation. Godliness, i.e. exercising the spirit, however has a benefit in both this life AND the life to come, therefore being much more profitable than bodily exerise.

Oh, yeah, this Bible verse has nothing to do with physical fitness. However, we do know that our bodies are the temple of God and as such require that we take care of them. We also know that laziness is not a character trait that Christians should possess.

So we do indeed need to exercise, both naturally, and more importantly, spiritually.


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Christians Need Not Exercise, Bodily Exercise Profits Little — 3 Comments

  1. Here is an apparent clarification, comparison devised by Paul, to measure the eternal value of Godly spirituality, a spirituality after God’s thoughts which when set side by side with physical or the superficial aspirations of man,will diminish the seeming worth of anything trivial preoccupations of man.

  2. The verse stands, whether you like it or not. Christians who make nonsense claims that God cares what we eat and that it is dishonorable to the body to eat what you call “junk foods” are wrong. Jesus said it is not what goes into the body that defiles but what comes out of the heart.

    God does not care what humans eat. God looks at the big picture: Do you have

    faith in Jesus or not? That is the bottom line. There are rewards in Heaven

    for born again believers for serving God, but it has nothing to do with food

    and clothes and material things as long as we keep this in mind: What honors

    God? Clothes only matter to God when it is a modesty issue. God doesnt care

    what color or texture they are as long as they are modest. God does not care

    at all what you eat as long as you trust in Him and honor Him. I can eat hot

    dogs and potato chips and pork rinds all day long as long as I trust in the

    Lord Jesus Christ, or, I can eat tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, and beans and

    lentils and still trust in Him and honor Him. THESE PARTICULARS DO NOT MATTER

    TO GOD. I am utterly disgusted at Christian websites that try to say some

    diets and some food and drink choices are sinful or dishonor God. This is

    ridiculous. Three proofs: 1 Jesus said it is not what goes into the

    stomach/body that defiles a person, but what comes out of the heart. 2 Jesus

    told Peter in Acts not to call unclean what He God has made clean; all food

    animals are now cleansed. 3 Paul said that Christians are not to care whether

    someone eats meat or vegetables; its all based on choice. If you want to eat

    meat fine, if not, fine. If you want to eat veggies, fine, if you don’t, fine.

    As long as you trust in the Lord Jesus.

    Now, are some things SMARTER to do than others? Yes. What is better? Eating

    100 hot dogs and a bottle of Coca Cola, or, a plate of lentils and vegetables

    and some healthy meat? Probably smarter to eat the latter instead of the

    former. But it has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH SALVATION or being right with

    God.

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