Health Principles

Seventh-day Adventists believe that Christians should have a concern for health, not because of any ceremonial or legalistic significance, but for the practical reason that only in a sound body can they render the most effective service to God and to others. The reason for emphasis on health principles is health. Health is related to religion in that it enables people to have a clear mind with which to understand the will of God and a strong body with which to do the will of God. Seventh-day Adventists believe that at the Fall all three aspects of humanity’s nature—the physical, the intellectual, and the spiritual—were affected; and that Jesus, who said He had come to restore that which was lost ( Luke 19:10 ), seeks to save the whole person. In His ministry Christ touched these thre...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.