I  keep reading that we should avoid certain foods based upon chapters in the bible.  Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 lists the dietary restrictions that God gave to Israel. The dietary laws included prohibitions against eating pork, shrimp, shellfish and many types of seafood, most insects, scavenger birds, and various other animals. This was a specific diet given to the Israelites to make them distinct from all other nations.

This dietary restriction wasn’t intended for anyone other then the Israelites. As time went on the purpose of making the Israelites distinct from other nations ended. To clarify this a little better, Mark 7:19 states that Jesus declared all foods clean. In Acts 10:10-15, God gave the apostle Peter a vision in which He declared that formerly unclean animals could be eaten.

Now that we cleared that up, we can move on to the real problem. The Bible is more concerned about how much we eat then what we eat. Our physical appetites have a huge impact on our ability of control. If we can’t control our eating habits, it’s more likely that we won’t be able to control other habits in our mind (hatred, anger, lust, gossip, covetousness).  We need to control our appetites rather then have them control us.

Self control is one of the “Fruits of the Spirit” which means we have the ability to say “no” to anything in excess (Galatians 5:22). Proverbs warns us a few times about being a glutton.

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags” (Proverbs 23:20-21)

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father” (Proverbs 28:7)

There is no doubt that God filled the earth with beautiful delicious food for us. Now we need to honor him by eating in appropriate quantities. Hmmm, I guess that means I need to figure out how to eat appropriate quantities? I’ll be posting my solutions very soon!

This is a post in a series, click this Healthy Living God’s Way link to read my previous posts.

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