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Is good health an obligation?

Discussion in 'General Physical Health' started by OldWiseGuy, Oct 29, 2021.

  1. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

    United States
    Do we as Christians or as citizens have a duty to care for our health? It has been said that "the health of the people is the strength of the nation". Are we 'strong' as a nation regarding health? Every enterprise except the medical industry depends upon the health of the people (and even that is in jeopardy because of the breakdown of the health of its workers), which begs the question regarding the current Covid caused crisis and the willingness of people to get vaccinated and engage in other reasonable behaviors.

    The nation went into this pandemic in poor health, thus the many deaths and other effects of the infections. Will we come out of it with some determination to improve our health in the future?
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  2. Abaxvahl

    Abaxvahl Well-Known Member

    United States
    The body is a gift from God and to be good stewards of what we are given applies not only to things external to us but also to ourselves, as we have been given existence, so caring for our health is an obligation on us.
  3. spiritfilledjm

    spiritfilledjm Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    Considering gluttony is a sin, and what 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, I'd say yes, we do have a responsibility to God for taking care of the gift He has given us with our bodies.
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  4. mama2one

    mama2one Well-Known Member

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  5. Palmfever

    Palmfever Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    If it is an obligation, I can't say, it may just be culling the herd.
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    Existing conditions which exacerbate kung flu effects.
    CDC COVID-19 and Your Health
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data last week that shows the majority of people who have died from COVID-19 had pre-existing medical conditions.

    Only 6% of deaths have only COVID-19 listed in the death report, according to the CDC.

    "For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned," the report said. "For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death."
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    The overwhelming majority of adults hospitalized in the United States after being infected with the coronavirus suffered from one or more pre-existing conditions, a new study shows, with more than 99% of COVID patients who died having at least one pre-existing condition. CDC study: More than 99% of COVID victims had preexisting conditions
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  6. The Narrow Way

    The Narrow Way Master Herbalist Supporter

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    I believe God cares just as much about our bodies as He does about our soul.....and as Christians we are told that, "Whether ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do ALL to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31. So yes, if we claim to be Christians, we have a DUTY to take care of our health.

    No, I don't believe anything will change. Sadly, we've become a very lazy Nation. It takes WORK to be healthy. The vast majority of people don't exercise and they have almost ZERO self-control....so I don't believe there will be any improvement in the health of our Nation.
  7. Skye1300

    Skye1300 Vegan Pro life Mom

    United States
    I definitely believe God wants us to be good stewards of our body we were blessed with. I'm not sure if it's an obligation though. Not taking care of your health won't keep you out of heaven. It will make your life harder/more difficult but won't bar you from heaven.
  8. MMXX

    MMXX Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    It depends on what level one is taking about, which can go anywhere from someone who's athletic, has an excellent diet and vitals etc. To someone who's in very bad shape, smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish, takes narcotics etc.

    Some people who are thin and run a lot still end up needing quintuple bypass surgery, like David Letterman. And then there's people like me who are overweight, but have a very healthy cardiovascular system.