Many people who have flawed bodies ask the question, “Why did God make me this way?”
God and His Good Creation
When God created the heavens, the earth, and all creatures, He looked and declared, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen 1:31), so this means that Adam and Eve must have had perfect bodies and minds. Before the fall in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2), they were without flaw, because all that God created was good, and God never creates anything that’s not good. That’s because He is a very good God. It was only after the fall that the world was changed and so were creatures. There were now thorns and thistles, and the fear of man was instilled in beasts, and some were no longer were safe. That’s when pain and suffering (and flaws!) entered the world, and since then, evil has grown stronger. The now-flawed human DNA was suddenly susceptible to disease, illness, decay, and finally, death. There were no more perfect human beings, and this isn’t only in regards to their physical structure. Their minds (our minds) were affected too. Tragically, mankind would now be doing what was right in their own eyes, and this would lead to disease, destruction, and finally, death.
Only God is Perfect
None of us are perfect. Even after a believer puts their trust in Christ, they will still fall into sin, and whoever sins, will suffer the consequences, but God will forgive us of all of our sins if we confess them to Him (1st John 1:9), so even though the consequences of our sins have been removed by the blood of the Lamb of God, the effects of sin may remain. Only God is perfect and without sin or blemish. He alone is without flaw, but as we’ve read in Genesis 1, mankind was once without flaw too; that is, until sin entered into the world. When that happened, mankind would begin to die the very day they were born. We all have an appointment with death, even from our birth (Heb 9:27), however if a person’s born again (John 3:3-7), they won’t be in the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). That’s because they’ve received the righteousness of Christ by imputation through Jesus’ suffering and atoning death (2nd Cor 5:21), so even if we see that we have flaws, remember that everyone does. It’s just that you may not be able to see them. The most fatal flaw of all is not repenting and trusting in Christ. That leads to an eternal death in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). We can’t expect perfect bodies. It’s just not reasonable. Now that I’m beyond 60, I see that every day in the mirror….however, that makes me yearn all the more for the kingdom. How about you?
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
We were created in the image of God (Gen 1:27), but we fell from grace in the Garden. The image of God has been marred in us. Even so, God says, through the psalmist; “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14). This isn’t saying, “I am perfectly made,” but fearfully and wonderfully made. Scientists who’ve examine the human body have seen what a marvelous organism our bodies are. They are intricately woven and our brains are more complicated than all of the computers in the world put together. There is more information in one strand of DNA than in any one of the largest libraries in the world, so it’s all a matter of perspective.
Struggling with our Looks
We could always be worse in the sense of having more physical flaws or deformities, but the point is, God doesn’t make mistakes. He made you exactly the way He intended to make you, and for very specific purposes. God has a purpose for everything He creates, no matter what it looks like or who they are. We were created to glorify God, just as the creation was (Psalm 19:1-2). We can glorify God in our bodies by remaining sexually pure and avoiding sins. Our bodies are the temple of God where the Holy Spirit lives, so to me, that is a beautiful thing. Besides, this old house (which I call my body) is going to be torn down someday and built with the everlasting hands into a new creation that will no more suffer decay, disease, illness, and even death (Rev 21:4). God’s Word comforts us by telling us that someday, “the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor 15:52b-54).
We are all fallen creatures, but Christ came to redeem us, including our bodies and minds, but He will also restore the whole creation. The Apostle Paul writes that “the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Rom 8:20-21), and “we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Rom 8:22), so not only do we await our new bodies, created in perfection and saved to sin no more, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom 8:19). I am eager for that too. Aren’t you?
I hope that I have given you some home for the future. Whatever you and your body looks like doesn’t matter to God. We shouldn’t care what others think more than what God knows. A new creation awaits the children of God. A new body too. And to me, one of the greatest things about this new, perfect body is that we’ll be saved…and saved to sin no more!
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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