D&C 89:7-9

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Relationship to Section 89. The relationship of Verses 89:1-3 to the rest of Section 89 is discussed at D&C 89.

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Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Verses 89:1-3 include:

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  • D&C 89:7: Not for the belly. The phrase "for the belly," like the phrase "for the body" in verse 8, seems to be related to 1 Cor 6:13. Here is the text: "Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body." Paul's words here refer to two Mosaic prohibitions that did apply to Gentiles who joined the Christian movement early on, prohibitions that the Saints in Corinth were rejecting, claiming that "all things are lawful" for the Christian (see Acts 15:20, 29): meat offered to idols and fornication. Paul seems to agree concerning meat—though he is careful to note that, while it might technically be lawful, it is more important to focus on the effect one's actions have on others, and eating meat sacrificed to idols might cause other Christians to stumble—and to disagree rather vehemently about fornication. The one has become lawful, but the other definitively not. Thus, in the first sentence of the verse, Paul says that meat is "for the belly" and "the belly for" meat, "but God shall destroy both" eventually. Put more colloquially, Paul is saying: "Sure, you can eat meat. What else is it for? But if you've led another Christian to stumble in the meanwhile, both your belly and the meat you've eaten will be destroyed!" As for the second sentence, Paul says that "the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord," just as "the Lord [is] for the body." The Christian is to give her body a living sacrifice for Christ, and not to her own private lusts and fantasies—and this because the Lord is for the body, presumably in the resurrection.
  • D&C 89:8: Not for the body. See the discussion of 1 Cor 6:13 in the note on "not for the belly" above.

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  • D&C 89:7. Is the term "strong drinks," simply referring to alcoholic beverages, or can this be taken in a broader context?

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