How Do Adventists Choose What to Eat?
Every day, parents go through the ritual of getting their kids to eat what is healthy and good while trying to steer them away from what can hinder the growth of their developing bodies. Nutritionists work with their clients to make better food choices.
Are parents and nutritionists trying to be mean and keep what’s good away from children and clients? Not at all! The opposite is true – they’re trying to give only that which is good.
But aren’t food laws confined to the Old Testament?
God says not to eat unclean animals because we would be at risk for health challenges. “‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth: Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat” (Lev 11:2-3, NKJV).
Clean animals have both characteristics. A cloven hoof and chew the cud. Pigs (swine) have a cloven hoof but do not chew the cud. Pork includes any product from swine (porcine) animals. God declared them to be unclean and not to be eaten.
Isn’t the Leviticus 11 diet only for the Jews?
No; a diet given by God is for all of His children.
God wouldn’t give laws for one group of people to be healthy and leave the rest of the world to languish from poor health choices. The bodies of Jews are no different than the bodies of other people.
The health laws that are good for the Jew is also good for the Gentile. His people will be holy and healthy, obeying God in every aspect of their lives. Since Jesus is our example, we ought to do as He did. “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21, NKJV).
Jesus steered clear from anything that would pose health challenges to His mind and body. He obeyed the Father in every situation of life following the Bible totally. “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:29, NKJV).
The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), therefore we should seek to do all in our power and by God’s grace to keep our bodies healthy.
Are health principles a part of Bible religion?
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2, NKJV).
God speaks to us through our minds. If our minds are not clear through improper eating, God does not work a miracle to remove what we have done to ourselves.
Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24, NKJV).
Many of us would have more quality lives if we would deny ourselves certain foods and activities that are detrimental to our health. Body and mind are closely connected. What a person does to one, affects the other. It is good religion to put self and taste aside and obey God.
Is God restricting our pleasure?
Not at all! He wants to give us eternal pleasure.
“And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. Then it shall be our righteousness, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us” (Deuteronomy 6:24-25, NKJV).
God loves us and wants what is best for us always.
“And you shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you” (Exodus 23:25, NKJV).
God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place (John 3:16).
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV). God isn’t trying to restrict pleasure. He wants to give us beyond what we believe to be pleasurable!
When we buy a product, it comes with an owner’s or operator’s manual. Our operator’s manual is called the Bible. It is God’s instruction manual for our bodies. If we desire a long healthy life, operate the product as the owner recommends!
Did the law of clean and unclean animals originate at Mt. Sinai?
When the corruption of mankind necessitated their destruction by a flood, God told Noah to bring into the Ark each type of animal.
“You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female” (Genesis 7:2, NKJV).
Noah knew the difference between clean and unclean animals about 2000 years before Mt. Sinai.
If we are going to please God, we must do things His way, despite what people say.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV).
The health laws have never been rescinded by God.
“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:16, NKJV).
What will happen if we disregard God’s counsel in His health laws?
Disregarding God’s laws brings terrible consequences. Breaking the sixth commandment results in violence, pain, and grief. When we lie, we hurt other people, and excessive work and a poor diet bring harm to our bodies and relationships. If we commit adultery, homes are broken up and lives are shattered. If we disregard God’s health laws, we bring sickness and death that could be avoided. Our minds become clouded and it becomes difficult to discern God’s will for our lives.
This doesn’t mean that if you follow a healthy diet you won’t get sick. Because we live in a sinful world, our bodies are deteriorating constantly. But we still have a choice about how we can live and whether we will make our bodies more susceptible to diseases.
We are not made righteous through eating habits. A person who follows a biblical diet isn’t “more holy” than one who doesn’t. We are holy because of Christ’s righteousness and we should follow His commands out of love and obedience.
We are counseled that most people would be better off eating only two meals a day. God is seeking to bring humanity back to the original diet composed of fruit, grains, and nuts. Science shows that following a diet closer to God’s ideal diet is a better, more healthy way to live.
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into making choices that will help you be healthier. When we are healthy in mind and body, we are able to serve God and others better.
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