A Man may indeed practise the outward Part of a Christian, he may be Orthodox in his Faith, and regular in the Forms of Religion, and yet live in Ease and Indulgence. But if he would put on Christ, and be clothed with the Humility and Meekness of his true Disciples, if he would love his Enemies and be in Christ a new Creature, if he would live by Faith and have his Conversation in Heaven, if he would be born again of God, and overcome the World, he must lay the Foundation of all these Graces in the Mortification and Subjection of his Body. For not only Religion, but Reason, can show us, that almost every ill Temper, every Hindrance of Virtue, every Clog in our Way of Piety, and the Strength of every Temptation, chiefly arises from the State of our Bodies.
Think me not overly pious or somewhat of a prude, but there is a problem with the desecration of our bodies. Sex is not a bad thing, especially when it is does right (which may include doing it “bad” (i.e., naughty). However, we can over indulge whims and passions.
I do not think drinking and smoking the weed is necessarily a sin. Yet, we can harm ourselves by wrongful indulgence.
When we suggest our bodies are here only for pleasure we are going to be in error. When we deny our bodies proper pleasure, we are going to be in error.
So, how does the Church speak to ethics, specifically of the bodily nature, when we are told our bodies are our decisions? Can we give a voice to that?