Sunday, April 29, 2018

Health in the Bible, Part 2

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”? Research has shown that what you eat affects the whole body, including the brain. I was just listening to an interview with Dr. Daniel Amen. He explained that certain foods actually cause the brain to shrink. Of course, other things, like toxins, will also do this, but if we eat food that contains toxins then we are going to lose brain power.

In 1 Corinthians God tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

Now, some will take a look at the context of that last verse and say, “Paul was talking about fornication, this doesn’t apply to diet.” Really? Why wouldn’t the same principle apply? The principle is that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost. And that we should glorify God in our spirit and in our body. Hmmm. This principle would therefore apply to all areas of our lives, would it not? 

1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

As the children of God we are to glorify God in all that we do. Some say it doesn’t matter what we eat. I disagree, because of the verses above. Science is beginning to reveal and has shown that a diet of vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds and legumes, the very diet God gave us in the beginning, is the healthiest one. The Whole Food Plant Based diet is gaining foothold, through such programs as Forks Over Knives, The Truth about Cancer, Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live, the Engine 2 diet with Rip Essylstyn, Dr. Colin T. Campbell, and many other doctors. 

We really are what we eat. When we eat high fat, high sugar, low nutrient foods we are setting ourselves up for inflammation, disease of all kinds, and ultimately an early death. We have been called by God to preach the gospel to all nations, and its really hard to do that when we are sick all the time, and can’t think clearly because of our unhealthy lifestyle. 

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

God has promised that He will put His spirit within us to cause us to walk in His ways. Eze 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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