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Is Body Building An Idol

I ve been bodybuilding for many years and after becoming a Christian, I began to wonder if this is sinful. I lift weights 5-6 days a week and I take some minor supplements (nothing illegal). Is there an issue here that God would not approve of?

Moderator - Only if it has become an idol. Also the scriptures tells us it profits us a little.

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Keep lifting chris, the gym is a great place to witness, when people see the care that you take to be healthy and ask about it, give the glory to God. It helps you think clearer, more open to God.
---dan on 2/20/08


Mod- Where can I find that scripture?

Moderator - For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." I Timothy 4:8
---chris on 2/19/08


Your question identifies your problem. Yes bodybuilding Can become a idol, anything can become an idol. I made an idol out of baseball for many many years. But now that you know your problem it will be simple to defeat. You can go before the Lord in prayer and begin to give way from your scheduled workouts in order to spend more time in committed prayer.
---mima on 3/17/07


The man who invented the workout place was vain, egotistical, an Idol, Mr. Jim- Nasium.
---MikeM on 6/1/06


One way to know is to ask yourself the following question:

Am I spending more time at the gym than I am in the Word of God and/or in prayer?

If so, you may want to re-examine your motives. It is NEVER wrong to care for the temple of God - good diet, excercise, cleanliness - BUT it should not take priority over your relationship with Christ.
---Criss on 6/1/06




Of course it makes you feel good! Exercise improves mood, relieves depression, improves quality of life, lessens likelihood of accidents and many many diseases, etc. God created the body, mind, and brain to work better with exercise. In these days of sedate lifestyles, exercise should be a part of everyones' lives. Keep up the good work and keep using it as a tool to witness - you are where there are people who need Christ!
---marya4586 on 5/5/06


good, makes me feel a lot better. Thanks! and praise the Lord!
---chris on 5/5/06


Sounds like everyone is saying what I was thinking. I just needed to hear some opinions. I go to the gym every morning before work and lift for about 30 min to an hour. I have had a few chances to witness at the gym, leave tracts in the locker room and befriended a couple pastors that go there. I dont think I do it as any form of idolitry, it is more habit than anything anymore. But it does make me feel good. Thats what I worry about.

Moderator - 30 to 60 minutes a day is just healthy. I wouldn't consider that over the top.
---chris on 5/5/06


I'm an Elvis fan, does that make me idolize him? NO. I enjoy his music (but not his movies..lol). I collect Elvis memorabilia, people give me stuff, etc., Does that make him an idol in my life? NO because I'm NOT worshipping Elivs. Does that make sense?
---Donna9759 on 5/5/06


I would think that an idol is anything that we put before God, or anything that we worship in addition to God. If you spend a reasonable amount of time doing something you enjoy, in this case body building, as long as you spend equal or more time praying and time with the Lord, I don't think it's an idol at all. You can say the same about TV, we all watch it, is it an idol?
---Donna9759 on 5/5/06




Another way to look at is: the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

I have seen body builders do demonstrations and witness for Christ.

We should take care of our bodies, but if we do so to be someone of pride, that is wrong.
---Rev_Herb on 5/5/06


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