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Do you have an Undisciplined Appetite?

on April 23, 2012

Let’s start with the word Gluttony-Such a STRONG biblical word, so does it still have meaning for us today? Let’s take a look…”Gluttony usually indicates excessive eating and drinking, and it does refer to a ravenous, nearly unstoppable, appetite. It is to food what greed is to material wealth.  Specifically in scripture gluttony is associated with eathing foods forbidden to the Israelites, the meat and delicacies that are called “deceptive food” (Prov. 23:1-3,20,21) It was also associated with a  loose and undisciplined lifestyl.”  That is not to say we are not “allowed” to eat meats, fish, poultry etc. On the contrary, today everything that lives and moves is given to us as food. (Genesis 9:3)

Modern day has celebrated gluttony, we see it all over television with shows such as “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Man vs. Food, etc. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to bash those shows;  there is entertainment value in them for sure, and I enjoy watching them too but living that type of lifestyle has it’s consequences.

Daniel, from the bible, recognized that food and drink affected nutrition and health. Read about it here Daniel 1:8, 12-16

“Many modern foods have been robbed of their vital nutrients and contain ingredients that may fill our bodies with elements that take the place of nutritious food.” (Is an understatement) The “gluttonous use of foods high in sugar and fat,fillers, enriched flours and empty calories, GMO’S, the use of pesticides, herbacides, fungicides etc. takes away from the nutritional balance  of milk, fruit, vegetables, meat, and bread, which contain fiber and other nutrients for good digestions and health. We should not live to “satisfy our selfish and harmful appetites but rather use our bodes to bring glory to God.) 1 Corinthians 6:19.20

sources used for this post include the  NKJV  women’s study bible second edition

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2 responses to “Do you have an Undisciplined Appetite?

  1. Johnny B Goode says:

    Daniel not eating food because it would “defile” him is probably a reference to ritual purity laws, e.g. don’t touch the blood of an animal or eat hooved animals. It’s not clear why the royal food would defile him from the passage but his only eating vegetables and drinking water is more of a “miracle” than a normative statement on nutrition.

    Paul’s letter to the Corinthians needs some context. While it’s true it says we should use our bodies to glorify God, and you might abstract this to refer to food and drink, Paul is actually referencing sexual pagan practices that were occurring within the church at Corinth, and not nutrition, food, etc.

    Some of this info looks interesting, but I’m no sure the Scriptures are a diet book. The dietary restrictions had to do with ritual purity, not nutrition. The latter is a modern concept and is an anachronistic reading of Scripture.

    • Celina says:

      I understand what you are saying it’s intersting and something to think about for sure. Never the less, there is no denying that not all food is good for you. Just as it was in biblical times it is still true today that there are animals that are “dirty” (I’m not speaking ceremonially) it’s because that is their job or their purpose. The reason why God created them. Lobster are bottom feeders as they were designed by God to be one of the cleaners of the ocean. The same with pig, it has an incredibly simple digestive tract and most of the toxins in the pig are in it’s flesh because of that reason. (Pigs are scavenger/cleaners as well) Of course we are not living under old testament law, but that doesn’t mean that what they did would not benefit us health wise if we followed it. I believe that the scriptures are not just a great guide for diet, but obviously for EVERYTHING else as well. It’s ALL encompassing. It’s all we ever have or ever will need. It’s beyond a self help book.

      All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16 also; Paul taught that “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive.” 1 Corinthians 10:23 (that includes dietary things)

      Thank you for you thoughts.

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