A friend and I recently had a discussion about the application of a well known passage. I believe we’re all in agreement that no Bible passage is of any private interpretation. Historically, this verse seems to have had many applications.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I understand this verse as a warning not to sin with our bodies, especially because we inhabit the Holy Spirit of God. The context of this passage is a discussion on fornication, a sin one commits with his body. In addition, we are exhorted to glorify God with our bodies.
I feel that this verse is misused, particularly as a “blanket” so we can label socially distasteful activities as sin: using tobacco, getting tattoos, etc… Yes, these things do harm our bodies, but it seems like a stretch to apply this verse that way. It seems like a contrived application, especially if God’s intended application was, “don’t sin with your bodies.”
Even if we make this application, we must apply this consistently. Should Christians box or play football? Should we eat Big Macs? Should we donate plasma? Or organs? All of these practices definitely hurt our bodies.
I was going to try to present both sides of the argument, but since my bias would clearly shine through, I realized it would be better just to explain my point of view and let someone else argue the other side. I’m really not trying to be controversial, just making sure we accurately apply God’s Word. So please, let me know what you think!