So, does God care about what you eat? What do you think?
Have you ever wondered what God thinks about your diet? Would his answer matter to you? And why does it matter what he thinks?
These are the questions we're exploring on this episode of Positioned to Prosper podcast. We'll start with what the Bible has to say about the human diet, and we'll explore the wisdom it has to offer around the hows and whens and which kinds of consuming food. We'll consider this —
If we knew the way God intended for us to eat — to fuel and inform our bodies — then we'd be able to unlock the wisdom we need to support and steward our health in an excellent way.
So how do we avoid the pitfalls of the literal hundreds of competing dietary theories that are out there, followed by all the competing opinions that go along with them? How do we confidently choose a way of eating that will help us to live long enough and strong enough to do and be all God created us for?
There are some Biblical principles we can follow that will make this topic a little clearer. So, if you're ready to dig into scripture to see what wisdom we can find as we endeavor to find the answer to the question, “Does God care about what you eat, and why?” then I want you to grab your journal and a pen, and . . . Let's Go!
What you will learn in this episode:
- We'll look at specific scriptures showing how God intended us to eat from the beginning:
- And how that guidance seemingly changed over time;
- We'll also consider the differences in food types, quality and nutrient density from Bible times to modern day; and
- I'll give the short answer to the question, “What would God say about our current day diet?”
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Genesis 1:29 —
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”
Genesis 9:3 —
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
Leviticus 11:1-12 —
The Lord spoke again to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Among all the animals which are on the earth, these are the animals which you may eat. You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof [that is, a hoof split into two parts especially at its distal extremity] and chews the cud. Nevertheless, you are not to eat these, among those which chew the cud or divide the hoof: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; it is [ceremonially] unclean to you. And the shaphan, because it chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; it is unclean to you. And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; it is unclean to you. And the swine, because it divides the hoof and makes a split hoof, but does not chew the cud; it is unclean to you. You shall not eat their meat nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.
‘These you may eat, whatever is in the water: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, these you may eat; but whatever does not have fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of all the teeming life in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are [to be considered] detestable to you. They shall be hated things to you. You may not eat their meat; you shall detest their carcasses. Everything in the water that does not have fins and scales is detestable to you.”
Acts 10:9-16 —
The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
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Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.