Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Theology of the Body for teens (and the rest of us)

David Murray has written a great little post entitled "Body Theology for Teens." Parents, this would
be a helpful discussion starter with your children.

Here is a sample:
5. Protect: As the believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19), you should care for it better than you would your own home or even the White House. Defend your body by avoiding substances that damage it and experiences that can deface, injure, or even kill.

6. Submit: Although we should do #1-5, we must also accept that our fallen bodies are never going to be ideal or perfect. We must therefore submit to the unique and wise way God has designed us and accept our limitations, weaknesses, sicknesses, aging, etc.

7. Cover: God did not only make your body, he also made clothes to cover it for your own protection and also that of others (Gen. 3:21). And remember there are no prizes for covering in such a way that more is revealed than concealed. But neither is there a prize for covering with the ugliest fabrics, colors and designs.
Read the whole thing HERE.


Marcy said...

I really enjoyed Emily Stimpson's "These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body" http://j.mp/IhyoSD It is just beautiful. I really recommend you read it.

Todd Pruitt said...

I have not read the book but I would caution that it is from a decidedly Roman Catholic perspective. That does not mean it has nothing good to say. But the author's purpose is to present Pope John Paul's theology of the body.

Todd Pruitt said...

Here's one from a decidedly biblical/Protestant perspective - http://www.amazon.com/Earthen-Vessels-Bodies-Matter-Faith/dp/076420856X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398206239&sr=1-3&keywords=matthew+lee+anderson