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Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Reminder...

...of my motto here at All Things Health.



If God created it, it is good for me; if man has changed it then it is bad for me.




If we start to think in those terms choices become clear and we can end all this confusion. The more you read about nutrition the more you will see contradicting opinions. One group says saturated fats will kill you, another group says they will heal you. Who do you trust?



I Timothy 4:1-5 says that in the last days a great apostasy will take place and people will preach that we should abstain from foods that God created. Well, the vegetarian/vegan movement has been preaching that for a while now, that we shouldn’t eat meat, some go as far as abstaining from anything remotely associated with animals such as honey (because it’s made by bees). That really narrows your choices. Doctors are telling us that saturated fats and cholesterol will clog our arteries and that we shouldn’t eat red meat very often. Many people won’t eat eggs because of the cholesterol. Nutritionists will tell you that you can increase your protein intake with protein powders and protein bars. If we have ailments we are given pills, be they drugs or mega-vitamins. How can we cut through all the nonsense? Verse 4 and 5 – EVERY creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.



Now I think that a lot of people have taken these verses to mean that they must pray at every meal and ask God to bless the food they are about to eat and they think that this means it won’t harm them. There are natural laws of sowing and reaping, just like the natural law of gravity. We can’t throw a ball up into the air and pray that God will keep it up there. It’s going to come down because of the natural law of gravity. We can’t ask God to bless our processed non-food and expect that we won’t reap unhealthy lives from consuming it.



Deuteronomy 6:16 says, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God”. Jesus quoted this verse when the devil tempted Him to throw Himself off the pinnacle of the temple. We can not knowingly do things that we know will hurt us (or bring us bad health) and expect God to protect us. God will not be mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).



When we choose foods, we must ask ourselves, “How far has this food (or supplement) come from God’s creation?” In your babysteps toward healthier eating, try to start thinking in those terms.



This article was originally published on this blog on August 20, 2007.

6 comments:

  1. Since you referenced 1 Timothy 4:1-5, I'd like to offer a reply that I hope I can make in the spirit of 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

    Using "If God created it, it is good for me; if man has changed it then it is bad for me" might be a useful guideline in some cases, BUT:

    1. It's a huge stretch to claim either 1 Tim 4 or Deut 6 specifically teach this.

    2. In many situations that "advice" can be dangerous.


    Are you really willing to hold that if I consume Hemlock that has been "consecrated by the word of God and prayer" it's going to be good for me? No, of course not. And, again, I don't think that's what Paul was trying to teach in 1 Tim 4. There are plenty of things in the natural "God created" world that are dangerous for us to consume. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poisonous_plants)

    Furthermore, human processes like freezing, cooking, pasteurization, etc., are all valuable to our health.

    Uncooked eggs are closer to "God’s creation" than cooked eggs but few will seriously tell you they are healthier for you given the risk of salmonella. And human-treated municipal water is much safer than untreated water from most natural sources.

    A wide array of human devices contribute to our health and well being. Fortified cereal. Pasteurized milk. The list goes on and on.

    And your dismissal of scientific food claims because some people disagree about some things is not well advised.

    The fundamentals of dietetics are well known and not controversial. The human body requires specific nutrients to function properly. We need protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. A healthy diet is one that provides these in the correct amounts. It's really that simple.

    What matters is what we consume, and NOT where what we consume came from. If the calcium in your bones came from a calcium supplement, it's still calcium and it's going to give you bone strength all the same as if it came from a cow's milk.

    There is plenty to debate on the edges -- if you take calcium supplements instead of drinking milk, for instance, what micro-nutrients might you be missing out on; is the milk or the supplement more effective in delivering that calcium to your body, etc., etc. -- but the fundamentals are clear, and they have little to do with “how far [something] has come from God’s creation."

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  2. I've been thinking about this lately. I can't eat meat, cheese, or eggs for protein, but I should get my protein from powder in an envelope, or from a bar? That doesn't make sense to me. How is it we have so many "answers" to the obesity and disease epidemics, and yet they are not cured, but worse than even 20 years ago?

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  3. Tammy,

    I'm curious why you can't eat meat, cheese, or eggs. And no, I would not get my protein from a powder or bar. The protein contained in them is very, very damaged. The only exception would be the powder that Dr. Mercola sells and Garden of Life might sell one, too.

    And you make a very good point, that man thinks he has the "answers". Isn't that what man always thinks?

    Proverbs 14:12
    There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

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  4. Kazoolist,

    Thank you for your response.

    First, I am not creating doctrine here. My motto is not a hard and fast rule, as much as a rule of thumb. I am not saying that everything God created is good for food, but rather everything that God created for food is better as close to the way He created it as possible. I am not a proponent of eating 100% raw food, as some are, but eating whole food. The motto is primarily to identify what isn't healthy for us. That includes food that is processed, pasteurized, fortified, has chemical additives, etc.

    Second, I can see that you have not read much of my material or else you would have known that I am against pasteurization, city water (flouride, chlorine, etc.), fortifying our food with synthetic vitamins that cannot be absorbed by our bodies, etc.

    For more information, please check out WestonAPrice.org.

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  5. Shannon! I need to reread my posts out loud. I eat meat, cheese and eggs almost every day. What I meant to say was that society says don't eat those things, or people who sell fancy, expensive "health foods" like Sunrider say not to eat them. They want you to buy their products instead of eating these foods that provide natural protein.

    I'm laughing so hard as I type this. I never meant to be confusing, but I guess I was. LOL

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  6. That is SO funny! That makes much more sense. :)

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