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A Great Diet

Is a vegetarian diet the best diet? Some people argue that it is, and others dispute their claims. If you don’t take the Bible literally this information will not have much meaning to you.

Genesis chapters 6-8 record the facts concerning the Flood, a very interesting read. Chapter 8:20 tells of an account after the flood waters finally receded and Noah, along with his family are back on dry ground.

The first thing Noah did was to build an altar and offer up a sacrifice. It was pleasing to God and He made this promise:

                        “Never again will I curse the ground because of man,

                        even though every inclination of his heart is evil from

                        childhood. And never again will I destroy all living

                        creatures, as I have done.  As long as the earth endures,

                        seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,

                        day and night will never cease” – Genesis 8:21,22.

 And then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it” – Genesis 9:1-4.

At that point in time, God gave mankind everything that lives and moves to be food for us. Just as God gave us green plants, at that point in time, God gave mankind everything as food, just don’t eat meat with blood still in it.

Some people try to say Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were vegetarians, no they weren’t. They were Jewish and only ate kosher food, food that was prescribed by the Law of Moses. 

Daniel 1:8 reads, “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.” The royal food included many items that were not kosher according to Jewish dietary rules. Daniel was a meat eater, let me show you.

According to Daniel chapter 10, Daniel was given a revelation by God. It concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to Daniel in a vision. At that time, Daniel mourned for three weeks. During those three weeks, “I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”  Daniel fasted choice food for three weeks, and that included meat.  So we see that Daniel ate meat most of the time, but only meat allowed in the Law of Moses.

Let’s turn to the New Covenant and find out what God has to say about diets. Personally, what is said in Romans 14 settles the issue of dietary choices for me.

The Apostle Paul, hoping to settle a dispute about diets in the church in Rome presented this instruction:

                        “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment

                        on disputable matters.  One’s man faith allows him to eat

                        everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only

                        vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down

                        on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything

                        must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted

                        him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own

                        master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able

                        to make him stand” – Romans 14:1-4.

The point is: there should be no disputes over dietary preferences. And God gives no one the right to pass judgment upon anyone concerning dietary preferences.  It’s ok to eat meat, and if you choose to be vegetarian, so be it, munch away on your celery stalks, but don’t cause trouble over dietary choices. That’s a no-no in God’s kingdom.

Everything is to be received with thanksgiving.  Again, the apostle Paul puts it straight concerning what we eat: “Everything God created is good, and NOTHING is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” – 1 Timothy 4:4,5.  So put away the disputes over diets!

“Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men” – Romans 14:16-18.

The kingdom of God is now, not some time in the future when we get to heaven.  Right now, today, this very moment, if you are born again you are in the kingdom of God.  Let me show you:

                        “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in

                        the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has

                        rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into

                        the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption,

                        the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:12-14.

Instead of the issue being our dietary preferences, it should be serving Jesus Christ in His kingdom.  Eating and drinking are not to be an issue!  Instead, what matters is righteousness, peace and joy IN the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit does not take sides in disputes over eating and drinking, he stays out of the way, and you really don’t want the Holy Spirit keeping His distance from you.  If He does, you will not enjoy righteousness, peace and joy, you will be full of sin and resentment.  God cannot, will not bless anyone who is in sin. So drop your contentions over diets!

After all, the only command Jesus Christ gives to His people is: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” – John 13:34, 35.

If you want to know what love is click here:

If you are disputing about dietary preferences you are not walking in love and people will not see you as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ says: “By this (loving one another) all men will know you are my disciples.”  

An invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift yet, but you would like to simply pray this prayer:  “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and the only way to God.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are, also baptize me with your Holy Spirit.  Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re a skeptic: “God, if this is true, please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of New Birth you purchased for me.

 

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