The human body operates best when supplied with a steady intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes. They are densely packed full of the very nutrients our bodies need to thrive and fight disease. Modern science has now proven that this is the real food our bodies need. In the light of the original diet given by the Creator, and with the support of modern science, why not consider trying this original diet? You will be blessed and you won’t look back on the decision with regret.
After the Flood had destroyed much of the vegetation of earth, God permitted certain animals to be used for food. This was an accommodation to the situation our fallen world now found itself in, but it was not God’s ideal plan. What two categories did God specify for animals? Genesis 7:2 ___________________________.
DISCUSS DEUTERONOMY 14:3-20. On a separate sheet of paper compose a two-column list of animals God says are clean and those that are unclean.
Some people reason that the clean and unclean laws of the Old Testament no longer apply now that we live in the New Testament era. That’s like saying the law of gravity applied back then but doesn’t apply anymore. God specified which animals were clean and which were unclean as health laws, not as ceremonial laws that would become unnecessary once Christ had fulfilled what they symbolized. Health laws are not symbolic and, therefore, do not become obsolete. They have real effects on all human bodies at all periods of history. You will find it very difficult to persuade your arteries, your heart, and all your other vital organs that the health laws of the Bible are symbolic. And modern science is affirming what the Bible has taught all along.
READ AND DISCUSS DANIEL 1:8-16. As a captive in Babylon who manifested intellectual giftedness, Daniel and his three friends were offered the “privilege” of taking their daily meals at the king’s table. The diet offered to them consisted of “delicacies” (“meat” in the KJV) and “wine”— basically, the diet of much of the Western world today. Daniel requested a kind of controlled study in which he and his friends would be allowed to forgo the king’s food and be given “vegetables to eat and water to drink” for ten days. Then he suggested that their “appearance” be “examined” and compared to “the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies.” The results? “At the end of the ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the kings delicacies.”
This is amazing. Written 2500 years ago, Daniel’s story tells us what medical science is just now discovering. The top two causes of death in the United States are heart disease and cancer, in most cases lifestyle related diseases, largely due to poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, toxic relationships, and negative emotional stress. Many of us are eating our way to an early death and a lot of unnecessary misery along the way. Daniel’s ancient diet recommends itself to common sense and harmonizes with modern nutritional science. The basic message of the Bible on diet is this: eat food, not other stuff masquerading as food.
Why did Daniel refuse the wine at the king’s table? To discover the answer, read and discuss Proverbs 20:1, 23:29-35 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
The data on the destructive effects of alcohol are staggering:
• There are 2.5 million alcohol related deaths per year worldwide
• Alcohol is the third largest risk factor for all disease worldwide, number two in Europe, and number one in the Western Pacific and the Americas
• Alcohol is involved with many serious social woes, including violence, child abuse, and absenteeism in the workplace
• In the U.S. one-quarter of all emergency room admissions, one-third of all suicides, and more than half of all homicides and incidents of domestic violence are alcohol-related
• Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined
• In the U.S. 4.65 college students die each day as a result of alcohol-related injuries
• Alcohol-related problems cost the U.S. economy an estimated $185 billion per year
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Bible has a lot to say about what we eat and drink. “God is love,” after all. Every good parent cares what their children put into their bodies because they care about the health of their children. So why wouldn’t our heavenly Father care about our health? We have such a powerful advantage at our fingertips: the One who engineered our bodies offers us clear instruction on how best to feed these glorious machines. Why not do as He says and reap the benefits in health, energy levels, and longevity?