God's Temple: a Case for Exemption
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Do you believe the above statement, or not?
Does the above statement say that the body belongs to the government?
Does the verse say that the body belongs to the neighbor that wants to shun you because you refuse to take a shot under coercion?
I'm here to first of all, state that my answers are YES, I believe that my body is God's temple, and therefore HE will be my judge for what I allowed into the temple and what I did not in my lifetime.
My answer to the second question is NO; not only does it not say anything about the government, but Jesus told us to give unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's. If the body belongs to God, and NOT Caesar (the government, if you're keeping up), then ol' Caesar can't decide what's going on with that temple.
My answer to the third question, is a resounding NO! I couldn't care less what some other person feels I should or should not put in my body, if God Himself tells us that the body is His. It isn't my temple. It doesn't belong to some government, or a 78 year old geezer who thinks he is in charge of that government. It certainly doesn't belong to any other person, whose emotional sensibilities are crushed because I refuse to agree with their coercion or the government's.
No - I care not for the opinions of naysayers who want me to feel coerced and pressured to put my own faith in question.
There is a global movement, as we speak... a worldly peer pressure, if you will, to take everyone's own free will away. Yet, even in the Lord's supper, God Himself does not wish to take your free will, but for you to CHOOSE Him.
So here is a crazy idea. If you wish for people to take something in their own bodies, either persuade them to think it is for the best, or let them use their own judgement. But forcing people to do it, is no different than a police officer telling you exactly what to say in an interview that might determine the fate of the rest of your life.
I don't claim to have all the answers. I wish no ill will towards anyone who CHOOSES to take a shot encouraged by many health officials. But that's just it; I wish that those people to continue to have the choice.
And before anyone wants to hop down the rabbit hole of abortion pro-choice, I argue that this argument still holds. The Lord can decide whether or not a life created in His temple was meant for this world or not; not the government... and not even us.
So go back to my original three questions. If you don't believe that your body is God's temple, then you can disregard almost this whole post. But, if you believe in religious freedom and free will, then at least understand why I stand where I do on the matter.
Have a blessed day.