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September 06, 2006



I certainly don't have the answers, but Paul has plenty to say about food, freedom in Christ, and our bodies as temples for the Holy Spirit. I think the answer is mingled amongst those and other passages. Good discussion fodder!


Okay, you hit one of my "buttons" or hobbies....My basic MO is that if God made it and provided it, then that's what He provided for us, and the second part is that the more that man meddles with it, the worse it's gonna be for us ....processed, reprocessed, preprocessed, homogenized, prepackaged, machine separated, carmel color added, FDC Red #82, enhanced food products. Coke, Hamburger Helper, Pop Tarts, Potato Chips sold at the Health Food store, "Organic" Peanut Butter with an extra helping of sugar and salt, Salmon with orange dye added?...and...Spam? Ok, I could go on...I could do a lot of blogs on this one, but this is your blog....


Hey man,
I really appreciate your thoughts in this post. I've thought about these things for a long time, too. I've come to the same conclusions that the issue is not the fruit, but rather the foundation upon which our choices are laid. The Bible says that "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). This alone is enough reason for us not to judge based on outward appearances or oppressive rules. Our teaching as the Church must be that of which brings freedom from addictions of all kinds and leads to a deep, wholly-consuming dependence upon God. "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4 & Deut. 8:3). And in talking about the things that we as humans need (food, shelter, clothing, love, rest for our bodies and peace for our minds), Jesus said, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt. 6:33). It is when we seek "all these things" first that we become trapped in addictions like drinking, pornography, over-eating, etc. We look for what our souls are longing for - rest, love, peace, fulfillment - in "all these things" but Jesus tells us plainly that we will only find what we need in Him.
Maybe this seems like a "Sunday-school" answer, and I don't claim to know how this all plays out in the practical, messy world we live in, but I DO know that it begins here. That is why Jesus really is the only Way and Truth and Life.

Diane Holley

Religion doesn't make us fat - we do that all on our own. But it does bring up the issue that the church doesn't focus on the fact that overeating is just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. I am an addict. No, I have no tracks in my arms and I don't slur my words. But my addiction to food damages my body with equal intensity. The problem I see in the church is that we rarely address the issue of addiction period. If it is discussed food is rarely the issue, even though it's the one that can't be kept a secret amongst all the addictions you can list because you can look at a person, like me, and see it clearly.

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