Is It a Sin to Be Fat?

Question

I read your article, is it a sin to drink alcohol? It made me wonder, is it a sin to be fat?

Answer

My answer to the alcohol question was, no, it is not a sin to drink alcohol. I say this because the Bible does not condemn alcohol and there are some passages that condone the responsible consumption of limited amounts of alcohol. However, let me be perfectly clear. The Bible clearly proclaims drunkenness to be a sin and repeatedly warns against drinking to excess. Excess can easily be a single glass of wine. It's not about the quantity consumed, it's about how it affects the person who consumes it. Certainly no one gets drunk on the wine that is served in some churches for communion, but social drinking (even as a complement to a meal) can easily get out of hand. Anyone who drinks alcohol must do so with caution and restraint ... especially Christians.

Is It a Sin to Be Fat?

Before answering the question, let's first define "fat." This is an unfortunate word used to categorize and label people. It is applied to slightly overweight, moderately overweight or extremely overweight bodies and too often is used in an unkind, derogatory, way. Doctors seldom use the word "fat," because it can be discouraging and it is their intention to help and encourage an overweight person in weight-loss efforts for health improvement. As Christians, we must remember that the body is a gift from God and there is beauty in every body shape and weight.

Some people claim that being overweight is a sin because the Bible clearly states that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). However, we must ask, who determines the standard for overweight and who defines sin? The Bible does not say that being overweight is a sin, so we should never label something as sin when the Bible does not.

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