Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Eating By God's Design

Gensis 1:28-30 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God prescribes 3 items designed for food to mankind in the Garden. Seed Bearing Plants, Fruits, and Green Plants. This was God's design for diet before the Fall. God's will was a world without death, a land of peace, so all animals ate the way God designed their bodies to eat, Vegtables, Fruits, and Leaves. With time, death entered God's creation and the consumption of meat entered with it. Thi consumption went on from the Fall tothe Flood when God blessed the eating of meating.

One could argue however, that this is not what the body was made for. The body was made for eating fresh, raw, fruits vegetables and seeds. When we eat any other food we violate God's design for our body.

So then, am I saying that I believe it is wrong to eat meat? By no means. I am saying that it is a violation of God's design and therefore lacks VALUE. Only those things we designed to dine on can be a blessing to our bodies. I love meat as I also love potato chips. One has no problem understanding why the later is without value, but the meat too, since it is in violation of God's design is without positive value to the body.

So why Kevin are you on this tangent, you may be asking? The reason is I have had 2 encounters today that has reminded of our need to submit to God's dietary designs. 1st I was visited by my friend who is only 6 months older than me, yet he has been on Anti-Biotics for 14 months now with no plans to stop, and only dietary changes necessary to stop the pain. 2nd my brother left me a voice message about being diagnosed with a Gluten Allergy. As though of you know who know me I too am allergic to Gluten. I spent several months as a vegetarian. I juiced 3 times a day and ate olny salads and cooked vegetable in addition to that. That time brought GREAT healing to my body. When I gave the body the things God designed it to have, and eliminated the things that were luxuries and of no value. I was able to heal.

I can now tolerate small amounts of wheat with no affect. I beleieve, although I have lacked the disipline to practice my belief to this point, that with a longer period of healing foods, I could eliminate this sickness all together. Someday I will have the strangth to discover if that is the case.

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