Christian Behavior – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 22

We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with the principles of heaven. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our wholesomeness, joy, and goodness. (Rom. 12:1,2; 1 John 2:6; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 4:8; 2 Cor. 10:5; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 1 Peter 3:1-4; 1 Cor. 6:19,20; 1 Cor. 10:31; Lev. 11:1-47; 3 John 2.)

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See also these Bible lessons from previous years:

(Brief excerpts given. See the URLs for much more.)

“Principles of Christian Standards,” lesson in the series, God’s Family and the Church (1996d)

“Specifics of Christian Standards,” lesson in the series, God’s Family and the Church (1996d)

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  1. Hi I want to thank you for the mission well done world wide, please contintue to be a blessing to someone who needs to know about God and His kingdom. Thank you once again.


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