In previous articles, I have talked about violence as it is related to 6th commandment. In 6th commandment of law (Thou shall not murder), God wants human to preserve life to create peace and order. Violence harms and destroys life and that’s why we should strive to be peacemakers.
So now you may ask, how does 6th commandment related to food? Simply put, it is related related to life like violence. Violence destroys life whereas food builds and sustains life. God does not only care for preserving life but also in building and nourishing our life through food to give us healthy body. He gave dietary law in Old Testament (Leviticus 11: 1-46) about clean and unclean animals. Hence, eating good food is one way to express our stewardship and respect to God which made our body temple of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). Let’s take a look to some good food mentioned in Bible:
Originally, God has intended to give fruits as food for humans (Genesis 1: 29). Many times in the New Testament, Lord Jesus used fruits in parables to illustrate many things (John 15: 1-2; Matthew 6: 15-17), he cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruits (Matthew 21: 18-19). Apostle Paul listed down good moral values such as love, joy and peace as ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5: 22-23).
I heard sermons about how important for us to produce spiritual fruits since those fruits are important so that outsiders can enjoy Christ in us. However, I have yet to hear one sermon that emphasize importance of growing good, organic fruits or even eating good, real fruits in your daily life. It is not to say that spiritual fruits are not important but I am saying that physical fruits are also important for our life since human is both physical and spiritual. Unhealthy spirit will affect health of physical body and vice-versa.
I also feel myself healthier after I consumed fruits regularly last 1 year. If you can afford it, please consume it regularly. The price worth it.
The character in Bible noted for his vegetarianism is Daniel. The Bible said that Daniel resolved not to defile himself with king’s food which was not kosher (i.e. violating dietary law in Old Testament) and he only wanted to eat vegetables and drink water (Daniel 1: 12). And somehow, to the delight of vegetarian people, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and better nourished than people who eat a lot of not-kosher meats (Daniel 1: 15).
Of course, I think there are some dangers that should be avoided by vegetarians. They will get into trouble if they eat only processed vegetables and fruits. Processing destroys much of the nutrient package created in our food. Another real danger in eating vegetable alone is the addition of chemical sprays and additives. Additives, hormones, and pesticides remain active even after cooking and being digested. The fiber and nutrients in vegetables do detoxify many of these additives. However, these nutrient could be put to better use in the body if they were not wasted by these chemicals.
Enjoy the hundreds of varieties of vegetables and fruits available. I don’t believe you can eat too many fresh or properly prepared vegetables.
I have a female friend from my church that stared at me because she was surprised when I told her that Bible said we should eat honey. I think there is a tendency for some Christians to over-spiritualize or to limit God’s commands in today’s context only on morality area.
But the same God who gave advice about morality in Sermon on the Mount is also the same God that gave dietary law in Old Testament and also wisdom to Solomon to write Proverbs and instructing his son to drink honey (Proverbs 24: 13). The same God also promised Israelites to bring them to the land with ‘abundant milk and honey’ (Exodus 3: 7-8). David said law of God is perfect and even ‘sweeter than honey’ (Psalms 19: 10). So, it seems that people in the Bible regarded honey as something that is universally positive.
From medical perspective, honey is also very good compared to refined sugar. Some suggested that a person with diabetes can tolerate honey better than refined sugars. The high osmolarity of honey – its ability to permeate cell membranes – enabled it to kill bacteria and other germs by pulling all fluids through cell membranes. In addition, some natural antibiotics in honey work as an effective element in cleaning infected open wounds. All those benefits suggest that we should use honey as natural sugar rather than artificial sweeteners.
Let’s keep healthy dietary habit to make ourselves healthier so that we can glorify God with our body.