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Should Christians be more safety-conscious than non-Christians? Why or why not?

How does an increase in knowledge (regarding the harmful effects of smoking, for instance) increase our responsibility?


Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

- I Corinthians 10:31

What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

- I Corinthians 6:19-20

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

- I Corinthians 6:12

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

- Romans 14:21


    Mrs. Tyler asked her class to explain how the following behaviors break God's sixth commandment:

  • Driving without wearing your seat belt
  • Canoeing on a deep lake without life jackets
  • Driving with bald tires and poor brakes
  • Ignoring proper safety guards, goggles, and procedures when operating power equipment
  • Overeating or maintaining a diet of non-nutritious foods

    Can you answer why each is an example of a transgression of the sixth commandment?

Harming our health includes all forms of substance abuse. The major examples of this in our society today would be tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug misuse. Our bodies and our health are both precious, priceless gifts from God. Any harming of our physical health through substance abuse transgresses the sixth commandment.

    When examining the topic "Tobacco Smoking - Yes or No?" a tenth grade class compiled the two-column comparison chart on the corresponding page.

    They compiled the information in the right column in a short time, but they could not find any meaningful reasons to place in the left column.

    What does this chart reveal about tobacco smoking? Is smoking in support of, or in opposition to, God's sixth commandment? Why?


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