When people find out that I write about food, they frequently assume that I'm either about to pronounce judgment on what they eat, or that I'm about to dispense dietary wisdom. In fact I'm a bit of a dietary antinomian.
This isn't to say that I don't ...
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This is God's Word on the subject: "Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and *require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving* by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer." I Timothy 4:1-5 // I hear a lot about the paleo diet, for example, and it seems the great majority of people (even adherents) do not know it is based on the theory of evolution. The vegan diet also denies the Word of God, as do others - even the Hallelujah diet takes scripture out of context. BTW, that spread in the pic sure looks good. :)
Part 3: We live in a messed up world where what is considered “normal” in terms of food is often so chronically poisonous, that to make a healthy decision can seem extreme when you don’t realize the gravity of the decisions you are faced with.
I’m not saying that every person who eats carefully hasn’t made an idol out of food or every person that eats at McDonalds doesn’t care. But I am seeing a lot of misunderstanding lately about why some people do what they do in terms of food and I have to say that it is possible to make choices that appear extreme from the outside, but which are actually fueled by obedience and sacrifice unto the Lord and which are a responsible and reasonable use of the knowledge gleaned about the state our bodies and food supply.
Part 2: The fact is, that much of what is now considered food is not, and the cumulative damage from generations of thoughtless eating are causing increasingly serious and chronic health problems in our population. Due to a variety of other factors, such as increasingly abnormal gut flora caused by everything from an overuse of antibiotics to a lack of traditional and fermented foods, people are also increasingly unable to handle certain foods that are not inherently bad. Western medical practitioners, who generally receive little to no education in nutrition or a “root cause” approach to medicine, often do not make the connections between much of the ill health people experience and the foods they consume while more holistic physicians and practitioners of natural medicine are seeing chronic/incurable disease reversal left and right when careful dietary plans are adhered to.
Part 1: Just like with anything, what you eat and why is an issue of the heart. I know people who make healthy food an idol and I know people who who don't have enough respect for God or their body to make even the good choices that are within their reach to make. I personally know many people who have seen the reversal of supposedly incurable conditions by adhering to certain diets as well as people who have made themselves sicker by stressing themselves too much over the aspects of food that they cannot control. I also know people who literally die for lack of knowledge about the God-given power of food to heal and the destructive power of certain foods, or people who know and won’t make the commitment to do anything about it. And I have been every one of those people at one point or another.
About the only thing Jesus actually says about food is to keep it simple, don't make a fuss, and to eat with gratitude the little bit that we actually need. It is pretty hard to get from there to any sort of elaborate diet involving a lot of effort and attention to what is or isn't eaten.
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