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Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

- I John 2:15-17

He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.

- Psalm 147:10-11

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

- Colossians 3:1-2

 

4. Various skills and values are taught and developed through individual and group physical activities, such as;

  • Self-discipline and control

  • Obedience and participation according to rules

  • Cooperation and working together

  • Healthy competition and striving to succeed

  • Decision-making

  • How to handle winning and losing situations

  • Increase of strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness

  • Healthy physical alternatives to loitering, etc., for young people desiring to socialize

For these reasons, physical health, fitness, and education are important. The physical aspect of our being, however, is the least important of the four. It is here that scriptural and worldly views directly oppose one another. The worldly view emphasizes the outward and physical; Scripture emphasizes the inward and spiritual" Placed side by side, the biblical and worldly ran kings of importance are as follows:

Biblical

1. Spiritual
2. Emotional
3. Mental
4. Physical

Worldly

1. Physical
2. Mental
3. Emotional
4. Spiritual

The worldly view distorts and magnifies the importance physical health, fitness, and talent. It reverses God's ranking values. It promotes a sinful overemphasis of physical health a activities and an overuse of time in physical exercising and sports. This sinful reversal of God's order leads to the idolization of sports and its most-talented players. The successful professional sports player represents the peak display of physical talent - the aspect humanity most adored in the worldly view of life.


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