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Steroid question

I don't use them but I've always wondered why the use of them would be sinful if we consume products with other potentially damaging ingredients such as caffeine?
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Good question. Let's talk first about discoveries and scientific expanation of things. I have to of course insert Scripture into this mix of scientific evidence of what is harmful to your body or not and what amount before they become harmful.


Philippians 4:5
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand

I Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

Harmful Items in Your body, a Sin

1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own

Steroids are clealry harmful. First, they are not even natural regardless of what anyone may tell you. If they were natural and GOD wanted us to be mighty strong from steroiods, I'm sure He would have provided us natural strength like that in the first place.

Links about steriods and the danger

Everything [that is not harmful] should still be done in moderation. Some iron is good for your body. Too much will cause you serious stomach pains. Vitamins are good. Too much will cause adverse effects.

I like your answer Chad, moderation is the key (something I have to work at constantly :)
Can I address the question of "sin"?
Clearly, what is harmful and what is sinful is two different aspects of the Christian walk. Jesus says in Mark 7:18 "You do understand that nothing from outside entering into the person is able to defile [cause him to be unclean or a sinner] him, do you* not? "Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and goes out into the latrine, purifying all the foods."
This is not a contradiction to what Paul said in 1Co 3:17 "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are." because Mark goes on to explain exactly what "defiles" a man in verses 20-23.
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Chad, thank you for your reply.

I am aware that steroids are damaging to the body, some people seem to be willing to take these risks for the benefits of good appearance.

However I'm a little confused and hoping you could expand on this.

Again I'll use the example of caffeine as most people have heard of it: this chemical is damaging to the nervous system. Even the small amounts we find in coffee or coke have a negative on us, albeit barely perceptable.

I hear what you say about 'in moderation', does this mean that the smaller amount involved, the less serious issue it is?

Would it then not be prudent to avoid caffeine use?

I apologise if I've misunderstood your post - I appreciate that you have taken the time to answer me and I wish to be as knowledgeable as possible on this sort of thing.
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I have no right to tell you about caffeine but I know they recently discovered that a cup of coffee a day is actually good for you (where they originally used to say it was not). I would investigate (google) on such and see for yourself.

As always, pray that GOD will guide you in the right directions.

On a side note, if something is harmful like steroiods, smaller dose is less harmful as anything else - but still harmful and not worth it.

Caffeine is rather a tiny comparison and probably not "harmful" unless you go beyond moderation.
Comparing steroids to caffein is sort of like comparing morphine to aspirin. Steroids are known to wreak havoc on your body. The ill effects of caffein are minimal, and debatable, as Chad points out.

In small, well-regulated doses, steroids have legitimate medicinal value. But as a body-building supplement, I don't believe it is God's will for the believer to take them.
Miladdo said:
I don't use them but I've always wondered why the use of them would be sinful if we consume products with other potentially damaging ingredients such as caffeine?
Its not a matter of use of steroids, rather, it is a matter of misuse.

I remember a news story about Mark McGuire, the man who bested Babe Ruth's home run record, when he sat before a U. S. Senate committee investigating the abuse of steroids in Major League Baseball.

As I recall, the story said that he looked bad, as if his health was broken: his great achievement forever tainted by the use of a performance-enhancing drug.


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