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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 8

False Estimate of the Body

False Estimate of the Body.

The Christian Church has done great injustice to the human body. Paul of Tarsus said, "I know that in my flesh dwelleth no good thing." That ill-considered word has been a curse to mankind. It has peopled the most civilised lands on earth with puny men and sick women, and thence with starveling babies, born but to fill up the grave. "I know there is no good thing in my flesh," said Paid. He knew nothing like it; he dreamed so, or thought he dreamed so. God put no bad thing there; it is full of good things; every bone from the crown to the foot is a good bone; every muscle is a good muscle; every nerve which animates the two is a good nerve. Do you think that God in making man gave him a body that was fit only to be trod under foot, with no good thing in it? Trust your own flesh and your own soul, not the words of Paul,—a great brave man, but sometimes mistaken, like you and me.—Ibid.