Cause #4: Ignorance

I labeled cause #4 ignorance, although you could have also labeled it ‘defiling the temple’ as the verses listed back in this post.

The Temple

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17a Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy…

1 Corinthians 6:19 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?

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Where does the New Testament believer find God’s temple?

How do you care for God’s Temple?

Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

This is the first commandment given by God, the commandment for self-control or self-government. Here are a few other verses I found relevant to the Principle of Self-Government:

I Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Deuteronomy 21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

According to these verses, how would you define Self-government?

How does the principle of self-government apply to our temples?

2 Corinthians 7:1 …let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Isaiah 58:6a Is not this the fast that I have chosen?

Isaish 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.


What defiles the temple?

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

What does defile mean?

Webster’s 1828


  1. To make unclean; to render foul or dirty; in a general sense.
  2. To make impure; to render turbid; as, the water or liquor is defiled.
  3. To soil or sully; to tarnish; as reputation


Rabbis assumed (Leviticus 11) that defilement came from physical contact with unclean things. Jesus contradicted this teaching in Mark 7.

Mark 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 

Defile=to make (Levitically) unclean, render unhallowed, defile, profane (Strong’s)

No food is spiritually unclean in itself.

Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Unclean=common i.e. ordinary, belonging to generality; by the Jews, unhallowed, profane, Levitically unclean (Strong’s)

Observing OT laws has no effect on whether we are “clean” or “unclean”

1 Corinthians 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.


What should you eat and drink? 
God gave the law to the Israelites for their benefit. Make a chart to record what was allowed and not allowed to be eaten.

Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Gen 9:3, 4 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Go to BibleGateway to read all of Chapter 11 of Leviticus


Genesis 47:12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.


Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Food: Meat; aliment; flesh or vegetables eaten for sustaining human life; victuals; provisions; whatever is or may be eaten for nourishment.

Nourishment: That which serves to promote the growth of animals or plants, or to repair the waste of animal bodies; food; sustenance; nutriment.


So my conclusion: Observance of Old Testament hygiene laws/health principles can be done out of love for God and a desire to take care of what He has given me, glorifying Him in all things.


Three Principles to Live By

The following three principles are from the book, “What the Bible Says About Healthy Living” by Rex Russell, MD.


Principle I: Eat only substances God created for food. Avoid what is not designed for food.

Genesis 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.


Principle II: As much as possible, eat foods as they were created—before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.


Principle III: Avoid food addictions. Don’t let any food or drink become your god.

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.


Recommended Reading:

What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell

Holy Cow! Does God Care About What We Eat? by Hope Egan

Prayer points:

Ask God to help you understand your role as steward of your boyd

Ask Him for more self-control


Write out a complete paragraph incorporating what you learned from the above verses, internalizing and making this personal for your life.


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