Posted by: mamaamy | March 13, 2008

What To Eat or Not To Eat

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I have been studying nutrition and searching out what is the best diet to feed my family for many years. “Back to the Garden Ministries” has gone all the way to creation to see what the first man and woman ate. “The Maker’s Diet” and many other books have explored the Old Testament rules on diet to see what God had to say on the subject. I decided to look for myself at what the New Testament has to say about eating. Because we are in Christ and operate under the New Covenant, I felt that that should determine how we view food and eating.

Many believers say that if you pray over your food and ask the Lord to bless it, then it is fine and you can eat what ever you want. Yet, statistics prove that the believer, as well as the unbeliever, dies of diseases linked to poor diets. So what do we do? Eat what ever we want? Or restrict ourselves and hope for the best?

This is a question that was going on in the writings of Paul—though it wasn’t specifically related to food. I believe the Spirit of what is being said can certainly be applied to eating. Paul had an ongoing discussion about his freedom in the Lord that runs through Corinthians.

I Corinthians 7:29-31: The time has been shortened, so that from now on…those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it: for the form of this world is passing away.

I John 2:15: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

I Corinthians 8:8: But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.

I Corinthians 8:9: But take care lest the liberty of your somehow is a stumbling block to the weak.

I Corinthians 10: 23: All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

I Corinthians 10: 31: Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I believe the point is we are free to eat or not eat. It is not a spiritual matter. What we must do, as with anything, is be responsible. Not everything edifies. Not all is profitable. Is even our eating to the glory of God? What is the purpose of eating—to nourish and sustain us? It is not for comforting. It is not for indulging. God made food to nourish our bodies and satiate hunger. Let us not give food and eating a higher place than necessary. Let us eat responsibly. Let us be grateful for all that we have. Let us use the table as a place of fellowship, focusing on the relationships, not the food.

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