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Tiffany Gee Lewis: Is cleanliness really next to godliness?

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    May be it's carrying around a lot of excess baggage. A mind, body and spirit thing. If no one messed up there there would not be forgiveness.

  • Rhonda H. South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    It seems that most of us translate "cleanliness is next to godliness" as "cleanliness is a form of godliness".

    Well, maybe. Maybe not. Cleanliness and order can be synonymous, and 'order' can be defined as 'prioritized'. Proper priorities are definitely a form of godliness, and sometimes proper priorities means leaving a mess behind so I can focus on my children, or my neighbors, or my husband (not necessarily in that order). And sometimes proper priorities means cleaning the SLOW way by teaching my children to do it. It's easier, and cleaner much sooner, if I do it myself, but one of my God-given jobs is to train them.

    In other words, sometimes I have to choose between being godly and having cleanliness; and cleanliness is NEXT TO godliness.

  • fani wj, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    "cleanliness next to godliness" while it's important to keep your closet,kitchen, living room, etc clean in order to maintain your sanity - God wants different type of clean: clean mind, clean heart, clean thoughts--this is what next to godliness, not your kitchen clean, afterall you ain't gonna take your clean kitchen with you when god call you back home...

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    The universe is orderly, but it isn't tidy.

  • Denverite Centennial, CO
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    As the comedian Gallagher once said: "They say cleanliness is next to godliness. I looked it up in the dictionary. Goggles is next to godliness. Cleanliness is next to claustrophobia and cleavage."