What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20)
A while back Editor Brooks Alden wrote an article on the food laws, found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. As Israel Identity believers, we know that these laws are still in effect today. The original laws consisted of the commandments, statutes and judgements. Due to Israel’s disobedience to God, the blood ordinances were later added to these laws. According to Colossians 2:14, only these ordinances were “nailed to the cross”. Jeremiah prophesied, and it was later confirmed in the Book of Hebrews, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts”. As Howard Rand questions in “The Digest of the Divine Law”, “If the Christian is not bound to keep the law, how can it be written into his heart?”
I remember watching a video on the Internet a couple of years ago. I believe it was called “The Bible and Health”, or something to that effect. In one segment of the video, a pastor was being questioned on whether he followed the food laws of the Old Testament. He was currently dealing with some health issues of his own, and did in fact cut pork and shellfish out of his diet. He added, however, that the reason for the change in his diet was due to the recommendation of his doctor, not the Bible, for the food laws had been done away with. Was he forgetting who the great Physician really is?
In this day and age, more than ever, we must make the effort to look after our health. All illnesses and diseases, including cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s and heart and stroke are on the increase. Unfortunately, just eating the right foods nowadays doesn’t guarantee good health, due to the poor nutritional value of products in our grocery stores. Foods are grown in soils depleted of the many required nutrients. Today’s fertilizers do contain some degree of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, but are lacking in nearly 50 other nutrients. Chemical pesticides are not only dangerous to the consumer, but also to the farmer and those living near the farms. Produce is picked too early, not allowing the products to reach their maturity. And it takes literally weeks for most food to reach the shelves of our stores. In fact, it is almost impossible to eat healthy from your local grocery store.
It’s amazing the amount of money we spend on our automobiles for preventative maintenance. We wouldn’t think of going on a trip without first checking on ol’ Bessie, making sure she is ready for the long haul. Well, we can think of each day in our lives as being a journey, and we should be willing to make sure we are prepared as well. Because of the fast paced world that many of us live in today, we tend too often to neglect our health. Sometimes we just need to pull on the reins of life a little and slow things down.
So what steps can we take to support our overall health? Well to begin, let me use a quote from one of Jack Flaw’s sermons, and see if we can’t take this quote and apply it to everyday living. On more than one occasion, I have heard him state,” Don’t read the Bible”. Then, after a lengthy pause, he repeats, “You shouldn’t read the Bible …. you should study the Bible”. And yes, there is a big difference. Now applying this philosophy to our health, we can say, “Don’t take what you read and hear today regarding your health at its face value”. Do a little research, dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that what our news media along with our medical doctors are telling us might not be accurate.
If you have access to email and the Internet, you might want to get on the mailing list of one or two “natural health” newsletters. Learn how to prevent and cure many illnesses. Stay informed of current health situations, and find related facts that you won’t read in your daily newspaper. Two of the better newsletters I subscribe to can be found at www.mercola.com and www.naturalnews.com
In the December 2008 edition of the TKC, Holly Mills stated that we should eat organically whenever possible. (One of the key definitions of organic is “pesticide free”). We’ve all heard the expression, “support your local farmer”. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to grow your own foods, find a local farmer, or farmer’s market, where the food is produced organically. Unfortunately the word organic has been compromised nowadays with major food retailers; it can no longer be trusted to mean truly organic.
Are vitamins and supplements a necessary part of our every-day diet? Absolutely! As stated earlier, even when trying to eat healthy, we often fall short. Be careful what you hear about vitamins being a waste of time and money. Keeping our nations misinformed about healthy lifestyles is much more profitable for “the powers to be”.
Begin today, if you haven’t already, to make a difference with your health. Don’t just say “I’m going to cut back on fast foods”, eliminate them completely from your diet.
I do believe there are many aspects to being a Christian. Let’s be sure to glorify God in both body and spirit.