Is Obesity A Sin? Bible Question.
“I have been a Christian for a few years. Lately, I have come to think my being overweight is a sinful issue. So many believers are overweight, surely God is not pleased by this?”
Actually, the Bible nowhere condemns the size of a person’s stomach. God does speak of excess and intemperance . . .
“Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way. Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.” – Proverbs 23:19 – 21 (New American Standard Bible)
Gluttony in these verses does not refer to the size of the person, but the size of the appetites (for wine or food) of the person. God is not condemning obesity, but the human desire to overeat, overindulge and to cater to one’s appetites. The spiritual issue concerns what you worship. Is it food, or is it God?
That is why we are admonished, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything“ (1 Corinthians 6:12). The apostle Paul tells us that food is to be received gratefully (1 Timothy 4:3, 4), but that we should not be enslaved by it. Obesity is a health risk. But obesity itself does not indicate someone who is out of control in eating. In fact, some can be quite thin and fit, and still be gluttonous. God is more interested in the condition of the heart than in the size of the waistline.