Being Overweight Is Not Good
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is it a sin for Christians to be overweight?" ChristiaNet president, Bill Cooper, responded, "The Bible says that our bodies are the temple of the Lord, therefore Christians should honor God in this area of their life."
Out of 4,000 Christians surveyed, 39% did not feel that being overweight was sin. They believed that people were made in God's image, no matter their size, "We are made after God's image, it doesn't matter how fat we are, He still loves us." Some commented about the fact that God made each person unique and different, "God didn't make everyone thin, and some people are just bigger than others." Many in this category cited medical reasons or genetics for being overweight and that these reasons did not hold an individual responsible, "Some people just can't help it, so you can't blame them."
A close thirty-five percent of those surveyed did feel that being overweight was a sin. In fact, they felt obesity fell under the sin of Gluttony, "Gluttony is a sin and God does not like it." Many quoted the verse that states the body being the temple of the Lord, "You are abusing your body when you let it get unhealthy. Your body is the temple of the Lord, it belongs to Him and not you." The remaining survey takers in this group stated that being overweight was a "lack of self-control, and proved a lack of trust in God" which is a sin.
Twenty-six percent of pollers were unsure on the issue. They felt that whether or not it was a sin really depended on what caused the obesity in the first place, "Depends on what caused it, some people are allergic to medications and some have medical problems." Others were unsure because they felt that the underlying problem of being overweight was the real sin, "If you are fat because you eat when you are stressed, then that is the problem, not being overweight." The remaining pollers did not believe that God ever said it was sin, "I can't find it in the Bible."
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