by Tammy Roesch
There are many today who say that it doesn't matter what you eat and that there are no "rules" from God, which dictate what we should or should not eat. This could not be further from the truth.
When you buy a computer, or a printer, or almost anything that is of value, normally, there will be a little booklet that comes with it called "The Owner's Manuel", written by the company who made or created the product you just bought, telling you the "Do's and Do Not's" of your new purchase.
And so we have the Bible, straight from God, our Creator. "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." Genesis 1:27. And then, starting in Genesis, and throughout the Bible, God gives us many directions on HOW TO take care of our bodies. In 3 John 2, we are told "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." Truly, God cares just as much about our physical body as He does our soul, for He says that He wishes, "ABOVE ALL THINGS", that we "be in health". But sadly, have you noticed that people who attend church are not much healthier than those who do not attend church? The churches are full of members who have cancer, strokes, heart attacks, etc. Why is that? It is because, unfortunately, most people have bought the lie that it doesn't matter what you eat or drink, "just believe". And consequently, they eat and drink like the world, and they have the same diseases as those in the world. God tells us, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26. That was a promise God made to the Israelites, Godâ€™s people back then, and the same promise is for Christians, His people today. But there are conditions to that promise â€“ â€œIF thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statuesâ€ â€“ IF we do these things, THEN God will â€œput none of these diseases upon us.â€
Perhaps you have heard someone say, â€œThose â€œOld Testament Lawsâ€¦.they were for the Jewsâ€¦not for Christians.â€ Well, that too, couldnâ€™t be further from the truth! When God gave those health laws back in the Old Testament, way in the Beginning, there werenâ€™t even any Jews. Godâ€™s people at that time in history were called Israelites, today, His people are called Christians. The health laws that God gave to the Israelites, were given to them to keep them healthy. The same laws are for us today. As Christians, we pray, and we ask God to bless us, to make us healthy, to heal our sicknessesâ€¦but, we need to ask ourselves if we are following the laws He has given us, so that He can answer our prayers? Letâ€™s look at some of those laws:
Originally, God created us to be vegetarians. â€œAnd God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.â€ Genesis 1:29. In fact, even the animals were all vegetarians! â€œAnd to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.â€ Genesis 1:30.
Shortly after Adam & Eve sinned, God added vegetables to their diet. â€œThorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.â€ Genesis 3:18. The reason for that is because sin brought death, the human body started to die and disease gained a foothold. Vegetables, carrots, broccoli, kale, etc, are so nutritious, they counter disease. Vegetables werenâ€™t a necessary part of the diet before sin, but after sin, they became necessary. We all know how beneficial carrot juice is to a person who has cancer.
But still, manâ€™s diet was to be vegetarian. It wasnâ€™t until after Noah and his family came out of the ark that God gave man permission to eat meat. The reasons He gave them permission to eat meat was that there was little else to eat right then, everything had been destroyed, and because God knew that meat would cause the lifespan of mankind to be shortened, which would in turn cause the world to not progress so quickly in its wickedness. Before the flood, man was living to over 900 years old! Within 10 generations after the flood, they were doing good to live to 150 years old! What a difference! Meat does several things to the body, it speeds up metabolism, causing early sexual maturity, thereby causing the race to reproduce at a younger age; it causes the aging process to speed up, and therefore causing death at a younger age. That is one of the main reasons that peoples life span dropped from 900+ to 150 in just 10 generations!
But, even when God gave man permission to eat meat, there were restrictions regarding the meat. Genesis 9:3 says, â€œEvery moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.â€ Some will say, â€œSee, that means God gave us permission to eat EVERYTHING!â€ Not soâ€¦. Remember, they had JUST come out of the ark! The ONLY animals alive were the animals that Noah had taken into the ark with him. Do you know how many animals he took in? I donâ€™t know either, but we are told that of the â€œcleanâ€ animals, he took in 7, and of the â€œuncleanâ€ animals, he took in 2. (Genesis 7:2). So, if he had then had permission to eat the â€œuncleanâ€ animalsâ€¦well, that would have been the end of whatever species he ate, because there was only 1 male and 1 female of each of the unclean species that was taken into the ark. If Noah and his family had eaten a pig after coming out of the ark, there wouldnâ€™t be any pigs today! So, when the Bible says, â€œEvery moving thing that liveth shall be meat for youâ€¦â€ that means every animal within the â€œcleanâ€ species. That is why, later on in Leviticus Chapter 11 verse 2, God said, â€œThese are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.â€ And the whole rest of the chapter is spent explaining which animals are clean and permitted to eat and which are unclean and not permitted. If you notice, the unclean animals, whether they are land animals, like the pig, or birds, like the vulture, or water animals, like the shell-fish, the unclean animals are all scavengers. God put them here to clean up the earth and the water. They are the â€œvacuum cleaners and the trash cansâ€. Why would we want to eat vacuum cleaners and trash cans? They are filled with diseases and filth. No wonder so many people are sick!
God adds another stipulation in Leviticus 3:17 - â€œIt shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.â€ If you are going to eat meat, it can only be the clean meats, the animals that chew the cud and have a split hoof, the fish that have both fins and scales, the birds that are not scavengers, etc., AND all the blood and fat must be completely out of the animal before it is eaten. Why did God specify this? Because it is the blood that carries the diseases and the fat that clogs the arteries, thereby causing heart attacks and strokes.
Some Christians will point to the story in Acts Chapter 10, where Peter had the dream in which a sheet was let down from Heaven with all kinds of unclean animals in it, and God said, â€œRise, Peter; kill, and eatâ€, and say that â€œGod has given us permission to eat everything, clean and unclean.â€ But, Peter explains the vision, and shows how God was only trying to teach him that he should not call the Gentiles â€œuncleanâ€, that they too, are Godâ€™s children. The vision had absolutely nothing to do with food.
Have you ever thought that in Heaven, nothing is going to dieâ€¦therefore no animals will be killedâ€¦.therefore EVERYONE will be vegetarians? God is going to bring us back to the Original Diet that He gave Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, before sin, before anything ever died. Should we not now, as Christians, begin to prepare for that time by learning to live without meat now? From Noahâ€™s time on until the 20th century, it was difficult to find enough food to eat, without eating meat. There were no grocery stores. But today, there are more than enough options. And today, the animals are so diseased, they are not safe to eat. Meat is full of cancer and chemicals. Organic meat doesnâ€™t have the chemicals but the same potential is there for the cancer.
If you consider the poor countries, where meat is a luxury, and rarely partaken of, you will see that compared to those living in the US and other rich countries, those in the poor countries have much less heart disease and cancer, as well as most other health problems, because most health problems are directly related to diet. Yes, there is a genetic factor, but it is minor compared to the diet factor. If your great-grand parents died of heart attacks, and so did your parents, and if you eat like your great-grandparents and your parents, yes, you too, will probably die of a heart attack. BUT, if you change your lifestyle, and learn a new way to live, the chances are very great that you will not die like your ancestors.
Many do not know that not only does meat affect the body adversely, filling the arteries up with cholesterol and raising the blood pressure, but it also affects the mind and the temperament. If your heart arteries are clogged, your brain is clogged as well, and you canâ€™t think clearly. Blood in the meat causes people to be mean and aggressive. My grandfather used to prize fight, and before the fight, he would drink a glass of blood, because it would make him more aggressive. Just as sugar has an effect on the immune system and cause people to be hyper, so does eating blood have an effect on the mind as well as the body.
Does it matter what we eat? â€œWhat? 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?â€ 1 Corinthians 6:19. Yes, God created us and we are not our own, we are owned by Him. He says, â€œIf ye love Me, keep My Commandments.â€(Which doesnâ€™t mean just the 10 Commandments.) We show our love to Him, by doing what He says to do, in all aspects of our lives. Yes, it really matters what we eat.