There are numerous examples of spiritual wisdom presented to us by Jesus in the Scriptures that are easily understood by comparison with the functions of our bodies.
The digestive process is one that we fairly well understand by experience if not also because of health classes and the articles we read.
When we choose to eat the foods that are healthy for us, our systems work better and we are healthier.
But if we choose only junk foods, so called because they contain mostly components that do not encourage healthy body functions and which disallow good nutrition, we then have made a choice to feel less energetic and those choices will eventually bring disease and dysfunctions to our bodies.
Oh how wonderful are potato chips and how delightful is a quart of ice cream! How absolutely warming and comforting is several cocktails and even harder liquors after a day of stressful work.
Yes, and the problem arises from the indulgences when we over indulge.
The Scriptures advise us to do all things in moderation. That is of course the things that are not physically or spiritually lethal to us.
I really don’t think that the Lord would advise us to be moderate in the drinking of cyanide; or moderate in the use of arsenic power.
The same goes for the abstract indulgences of our lives. I refer to the things we read and the things we allow to enter through the eye gate into our souls.
We are told in the Bible to meditate on God and on His Word all the day and night. We are advised to memorize the Scriptures and to “hide” them in our hearts, that part of us that thinks and feels and makes life decisions with either good choices or bad choices.
Books and movies that contain ungodly content and pornography are not health food for our souls. The content is absorbed into our souls and there is nothing beneficial in it that can produce anything but behaviors that are detrimental to us and to those around us, and which also brings us shame when they are exposed.
Just as poor food choices will eventually be evident in our physical bodies with apparent dysfunctions and diseases, so it is with the poor choices of that which we take into ourselves by way of the eye; it will eventually manifest in an outward showing of behaviors we would have never thought we would perform.
Matthew 6: 22, 23
Jesus was speaking about the spiritual activities that we enact when He said,
22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye is single, (Greek: haplous, simple, good) then your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if your eye is evil, (Greek: poneros, in an ethical sense, evil wicked, bad) then your whole body will be full of darkness.”
If we program darkness into ourselves, then we will produce darkness. If we program light into ourselves, we will be full of light and perform acts of light.
The eye, my eye, your eye is the window to our souls. The Bible says so.
Speaking of the foods we eat, while they are important to our physical health, but of little consequence in comparison to our spiritual condition, Jesus had this to say:
Matthew 15: 17-20:
17 “Do you not understand that whatever goes into the mouth goes into the belly and is then discharged into the toilet?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come out from the heart and they defile the man, woman boy or girl.
19 It is out of the heart that proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, cursing:
20 These are the things that defile a person.”
We all know that when we read the Word and meditate on it that we are not as likely to be engaged in the evil and destructive practices; when we allow ourselves to fill our minds full of those things we may think enjoyable for the moment, we will in the end destroy all that we envisioned for the good in our lives.
Let me hasten to remind the reader that when we go down everyone close to us goes down also. No one lives unto himself or herself.
More important is the choice for a healthy spirit than a healthy body; because the truth is that when our spirits and souls are healthy we are more likely to be in good physical health. The Medical Scientific Community recognizes this fact.
One other note about the eye, and the ear, and the heart: I Corinthians 2: 9
9 “The eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love Him.”