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This is super-interesting. Because we often think about postural-problems as a result of technology and computer use. But it turns out, that there could be more to unveil.
Before we go dive deeper I would like to state that I firmly believe that we have a physical body, and an emotional body. And this is a concept that I will return to later but while many of the instances where the bible talks about physical condition of the body, the reason for them is not physical. It is emotional.
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What does the bible say about posture?
It's important to note that while the Bible uses physical conditions metaphorically, it is not meant to provide medical or physiological explanations. These metaphors serve to convey spiritual truths, moral lessons, and deeper aspects of human nature.
Remember: There is no book in history that shaped humankind so much as the bible. While you might not necessarily believe in god, it hold´s a lot of truth in society as it is today.
So read it, and make your own opinion.
In the Bible, the term "stiff neck" is often used. It describe a stubborn, ungrateful, or rebellious attitude. It comes from the imagery of an ox or a beast of burden that refuses to bend its neck to the yoke or harness, making it difficult to guide or direct.
The metaphor is used to depict people who resist God's guidance, who don't have faith.
One of the earliest instances of this phrase can be found in the Old Testament, specifically in the book of Exodus. In Exodus 32:9, God refers to the Israelites as having "stiff necks" because they were stubbornly turning away from His commandments and worshiping a golden calf. This term is used to illustrate their unwillingness to follow God's ways and instead choosing their own path.
Proverbs 29:1 (NIV): "Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy."
This verse suggests that someone who persists in their stubbornness and refuses to heed correction will eventually face negative consequences.
In the New Testament, Jesus also uses the concept of a stiff neck to criticize the religious leaders of his time for their resistance to his teachings:
Acts 7:51 (NIV): "You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!"
In this passage, Stephen, a follower of Jesus, is addressing the religious leaders and accusing them of resisting the guidance of the Holy Spirit, much like their forefathers did.
Here are a few other instances:
Psalm 38:3 (NIV): "Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin."
This Psalm uses the image of a lack of health and soundness in the body to express the effects of the psalmist's sin on their spiritual well-being. It's a metaphorical connection between physical and spiritual conditions.
Proverbs 14:30 (NIV): "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones."
This proverb metaphorically links envy to the decay of bones, suggesting that negative emotions and attitudes can impact not just one's spirit, but also their physical well-being.
Mark 2:17 (NIV): "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
This verse from the New Testament uses the analogy of physical health and sickness to convey Jesus' mission to spiritually heal and restore those who recognize their need for spiritual recovery.
Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV): "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"
Here, Jeremiah uses the heart as a metaphor to describe human nature and its tendency toward deceit. While not directly related to posture, it demonstrates how the Bible uses physical organs or conditions as metaphors for deeper spiritual truths.
So, when the Bible talks about having a physical conditions, it's often using a metaphor to warn against stubbornness, rebellion, and an unwillingness to faith. It encourages humility, openness, and a willingness to follow God's ways rather than insisting on one's own.