Answers on health

Question: Is it important to eat healthy food, since God knows when we're going to die anyway? :-D

So the topic is health and nutrition. The Bible teaches 2 things that I'd like to point out about that. Then I'd like to say a third thing.

1. We do, usually, have a responsibility to maintain our health

Ephesian 5:28 & 29
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

We should take a reasonable amount of care of our own physical wellbeing.

Proverbs 12:27
The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
Proverbs 19:24
A slothful [man] hideth his hand in [his] bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

So it's lazy to not get proper nutrition

Proverbs 25:16
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

We shouldn't be gluttons, loving food, and eating too much, especially too much of certain kinds.

2. The kind of food we eat shouldn't be too important to us

Hebrews 13:9
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For [it is] a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

We shouldn't get carried away about health food. Also, it's not intrinsically a spiritual subject or a matter of doctrine. That's what the Bible teaches about it, now I'd like to say something I think about the subject.

3. Some "alternative" methods for wellness are dangerous

This is not necessarily something that I've seen that the Bible teaches, but this is what I think about "alternative" methods for wellness.

  1. The type of food people eat doesn't make that much difference: See
    Mark 7:18-23
  2. Medical advice and science are generally good and helpful
    Proverbs 11:14
    Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
    Philippians 4:8b
    ...whatsoever things [are] of good report...
    What does science mean? Evolution is not scientific. If something is scientific, that means it has been thoroughly studied, tested, and documented by many smart people. How can that be a bad thing?
    Daniel 12:4
    But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
  3. Deceit in one area spreads to others: See
    1 Timothy 4:1-11

1 comment:

  1. I've updated this article to include links to the parts of the Bible that were referenced but weren't quoted in the article. (Mostly due to email feedback I received). Keep the feedback coming!


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