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)
As Israel Identity believers, we know that the food laws of Leviticus 11 and
Deuteronomy 14 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 others. 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
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
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.