Lesson 12: Nutrition In The Bible
We’ve had it and we have fought it for centuries. We have all understood the value of being healthy, yet been unwilling to do anything about it. Yet in the past few years, as the world turns, it seems that our country is focusing on health. Health care debate, the movement to be vegetarians (non-SDA by the way), Shaq’s show a few years ago to help kids exercise, the NFL program to get kids to exercise for one hour and the list can go on and on.
Why? Why are people trying to be healthier? Have they realized something that we do not know?
The reality is that people do not want to die; we want to live as long as we can. We as Adventist have the perfect message to help our world today! Check this out “During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States.
In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-two states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25%; six of these states (Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia ) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%.” (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html) . In simpler terms, people are committing shortening their lives because of what they eat.
Lately I’ve learned a lesson the hard way; “what you eat matters”. As most of other people I have dreams and aspirations. I want to make a difference in the world I live in. As most people I went to college far away from parents and very soon realized that fast food was cheap and tasted good. I graduated went to work and ate out all the time, after all it was my only chance to meet people outside of my faith. After coming back from vacation a few months ago, I felt really sick, I ended up at the hospital and to my surprise they told me I needed to go get checked out. After various exams the diagnosis came back, my gallbladder wasn’t working as it should; it was only working at 13% capacity.
After meeting with the doctor and then the surgeon and looking at the different choices, the surgeon said “look we do not need to take it out, all you need to do is eat healthy and you won’t have as much pain”. So here I am, cutting tomatoes, lettuce and every other green thing on this earth. I am learning as I go how to cook so things do not have as much fat. Let me just tell you the results have been amazing; I’m a very skinny dude, I’ve actually gain weight, I’m more alert and have more energy than I need, even my temper has change a bit (in a good way). So why do I tell you all this things? It turns out that God’s original plan for us was to live forever; it was for us to be healthy and not sick. After sin got here and screwed things up, our bodies were still designed to eat certain things so that way you and I could operate at a high standard. I didn’t believe this until I had to… well I was forced to try it.
In this day and age, as people talk about health care reform, as people try to figure out how to live longer and have better quality of life, we need to look no farther than our bibles. The message is this, our designer wants us to be happy and healthy Christians, and the instructions are all in the bible, pick it up and read it.