Health and happiness

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There should be no such thing as a Seventh-day Adventist church that does not uphold principles of health. You see, to be a Seventh-day Adventist is indeed to uphold the very principles that make for a healthy body, healthy mind and a healthy spiritual relationship with God. 

Our church building may have a beautiful sign out the front that says “Seventh-day Adventist Church”, but if the people in the pew are not living this marvellous message of love from God then the name is meaningless and we are failing at one of the most significant attractions that differentiate us from the rest of the Christian world. The message of vibrant health is not a nice quaint anachronism from the past. It is as relevant in 2015 as it has ever been and should place the message of this Church right in the community mainstream. But is that happening in practice?

The message of vibrant health is not a nice quaint anachronism from the past. It is as relevant in 2015 as it has ever been and should place the message of this Church right in the community mainstream.

The wholistic, integrated understanding of each person (mental, physical, spiritual and social) is the genius of the Seventh-day Adventist view of life and it should continue to inform everything that we are and everything we have to say. Are we making enough of it? Probably not. Do the people not of our communion know what we stand for? Almost certainly not. Are we trying to hide it? I sincerely hope not.

Health and happiness: let’s live it and share it!
 


Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.