We know that Jesus Christ is concerned with our health because of what he did in his earthly ministry. Multitudes of people followed him and brought him all of the sick folk they could find, and he healed every one. (Matthew 4:23-25) After his resurrection and ascension, the Apostles did the same thing, healing every sick person that could be found in Jerusalem. (Acts 5:15,16) All of us would like to have perfect health, but few have it.

Identity Christians believe in the health laws of the Bible, and the Sabbath commandment. These were given to us to keep us healthy. Most of us take our Sabbath rest on Sunday, when we turn our attention to the things of God rather than the things of man. Others, such as doctors and nurses, police officers and bus drivers take their Sabbath rest when they can. Whenever it is taken, it will work to promote health, and recuperation from stress and anxiety.

The health Laws are not as widely acknowledged, although some Christian groups outside of the Israel Truth movement are beginning to teach them. We know the meats that are called unclean in the Bible: pigs, rabbits, horses, ducks, geese, shell fish, lobsters, crabs, and crayfish, to name a few. We are told in the books of the law not to eat those things. Animals we can eat are members of the bovine family, the sheep family, the deer family, chickens, turkeys, and fish that have both scales and fins, to name a few. (Deuteronomy 14:1-20) This knowledge of which animals are unclean and which are clean, goes way back in history to before the flood. (Genesis 7:2) The laws of clean and unclean meats will help to promote health if followed diligently for several years.

To this we can add the vegetable and fruit laws which go all the way back to the creation of mankind. “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29. I call this the Garden of Eden diet. The way I interpret this verse is that the first foods God gave mankind were the green garden herbs that grow above ground. The word for herb in this verse means a plant that glistens (in the sunshine). These would be lettuce, celery, parsley, broccoli, cabbage, and the like. I take these to be our most important foods. Next would be the fruits. Again we have foods that grow above ground, exposed to sunshine. Some grow on trees, and some on vines, which are like small trees. Some are sweet, like apples and grapes, and some are not, like tomatoes and avocadoes. The fruits would be our second most important food. By extension, if we can eat the herbs and fruits that bear seeds, we should be able to eat the seeds of herbs and trees. These would be the grains, the legumes, and the nuts, as well as some other seeds, such as sunflower seeds. Again, these are foods that grow on plants exposed to sunshine. However, unlike the herbs and fruits, most seed foods need to be cooked to release their nutrition. The seed foods would be our third most important food. That completes the Garden of Eden diet. No mention is made of root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, or vegetables that grow from bulbs or spores, such as onions or mushrooms. Of course, all of us eat some of these foods. I love to eat potatoes, carrots, and peanuts. We do not live in the Garden of Eden. All I am saying is that these foods are not mentioned in the Garden of Eden diet, only foods that grow in the sunshine. I think the Bible suggests a hierarchy of foods, and the green herbs and fruits are on top. These foods are given to us to promote health and wellness. Let us take advantage of these gifts God gave us. We do not even need to cook them. They can release their healing properties in their raw state.

Many things can contribute to sickness and many things to health; it is more complicated than just what we put in our stomachs. We should remember that what we eat will eventually become our flesh, and this article is dedicated to promoting physical health, based on instructions given in the scriptures. Some people may not be able to eat every food that God gave us, but the variety of foods offered gives each of us the ability to choose a good diet. So do yourself a favour; go and make yourself a garden salad, and put some sunshine inside of you, and do not forget to take your Sabbath rest.