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Bible Topics: Cleanliness and Tidiness

Definition: Cleanliness is the careful avoidance of dirt. Tidiness is neatness; orderliness.

1. Cleanliness and tidiness is an important part of our testimony to others.

2. Cleanliness is not "next to godliness," it's part of it!

3. God created the world to be orderly and neat.

4. From the beginning God intended for mankind to be caretakers of His creation.

5. Whole chapters of the Old Testament, particularly in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, are devoted to detailing specific rules regarding cleanliness and sanitation. Although we are no longer under the Mosaic Law, many of the general principles still apply today and are vital to good health.

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James Arendt
James Arendt

I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom. If you find this website useful, please consider sending me a gift through PayPal toward the support of this website's server fee.



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Katie (Bailey, US) says...
Hi James, You have created a very comprehensive number of Scriptural passages regarding cleanliness, or the lack thereof. Thank you. I have a friend who claims to be a believer, yet rejects all hygiene and societal norms of sanitation. He is not healthy in body, he is covered with oozing sores, and is probably diabetic and mentally ill. I am considering turning him over to the County Health Dept., yet I hate to violate his autonomy. Do you have any Scriptural suggestions I might use with such a ... Read More
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Hi Katie, I am very pleased to hear from you! I like to use the cleanliness laws of the Book of Leviticus to prove to those who doubt the authenticity of the Bible that it is indeed inspired by YHWH, the God of the Universe, who knew about harmful bacteria long before Louis Pasteur's work in the mid 19th century. Just think, Europe during most of its history disregarded the cleanliness laws of Bible which could have saved them from all kinds of diseases, and Japan kept those laws and stayed free from the diseases of Europe during its history! And why? Some people, including me who lived in Japan 40 years, believe that Japan was influenced by Hebrew peoples from around the 2rd century! And because the Hebrew peoples kept the cleanliness laws by tradition, the Japanese took baths throughout their history whereas Europe which was run by the Bible suppressing Roman Catholic Church for hundreds of years took baths only once a year. That's why perfume was invented by the French.

About your friend who you call a "believer" and a "Christian", I certainly wouldn't call him that. If he was, he wouldn't be in the state he is in.  Christians are supposed to be followers of Jesus Christ, and that means they believe the words of Moses too, the one who gave us the Laws of cleanliness. If he were going to a church, you could report him to that pastor of that church. If you think he is a hazard to society in general, I think it would be good to report him to the health department. I don't know of any Scriptural precedent for that, however, other than we are subject to the laws of the government which the Bible says is ordained by God, and we should obey the laws that government established. That doesn't mean we necessarily agree with all the policies of government, but we are bound to obey its rules for the good of society.

About the funny icons on my site, it comes with the software I am using for viewers to post comments. I could try to edit the software. I really don't need those icons anyway.
4th June 2019 5:15am
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