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.