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Published on July 26th, 2016 | by Discussion Questions

Why is it important to think about how we eat?

J. WRITES: In the past year I’ve really become concerned about what I eat. I believe I have a Christian responsibility in eating as healthfully as possible – not that I never eat sweets. Some Christians disagree, though. And there are so many arguments about what to eat. Vegetarianism? Veganism? Sugar? Fat? My question is not what should I eat, but how can I think about food in a godly manner?

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  • Heather C.

    I would say that it’s important not to obsess over what you eat. It’s definitely good to try to eat a healthful diet, but don’t idolize (constantly worry or think about) your health/diet. On the other hand, don’t be greedy and always think about what you’re going to eat. God did give us food to enjoy (think of all the feasts he ordained for the Israelites!) but we shouldn’t give it an undue amount of our thinking space.

  • I agree with Heather: don’t idolize food, but don’t be a glutton. I try to keep everything in balance–yes, I eat candy and dessert fairly often, but I also make sure that I’m drinking water and eating lots of fruits and green vegetables. :)

  • Hannah

    Really, God gave us food as nourishment. Its just kind of a bonus that it tastes good. In order to serve him best though, its good for us to keep healthy and physically fit!

  • Okie Gal

    Well, we know bodily training is of some value (1 Timothy 4) but it’s not everything. Knowing and serving God is everything. So if the two conflict, like if you’re at a birthday party and it’s rude not to eat cake, choose kindness.

    Another thing is that health isn’t an end in itself. I do a lot of bodyweight training and we always say “Be strong to be useful”. The healthier you are the better you can serve.

    And always let your food drive you to thankfulness. It’s amazing thing that you’ve been given enough to eat, even choices of what to eat. Don’t take that for granted, don’t waste it, and God will be glorified.

  • Haven Asnip

    I think it is important to think about how we eat because like many of the pleasures God has given us food can get blown out of proportion and become an idol. In no way have I mastered this thinking. Food has for a long time been a distraction and challenge for me to master. Like @disqus_8Tzn08gHi3:disqus said I think it is about balance. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve been the super healthy runner/ won’t eat anything ‘bad’ for me and I’ve been the glutton/eats everything with sugar in sight. There’s a balance between the two and I think we have to think of food as a gift God has given us to enjoy, but also as a threat that could distract us from Him. In a culture that is on an extreme health kick we have to see the pros and cons in a Biblical light. When I was being super healthy I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons. I was doing it for attention and my own vain attitude. It also caused me to judge others who didn’t have the same food convictions. I think a lot of it depends on how you know yourself. You know your own temptations best and how they could distract you from your one true purpose of glorifying God with your life.

  • Fighting_Falcon

    I think there are two things to keep in mind.

    The first is that food matters to God. A lot. The first sin happened over forbidden fruit, the last supper over bread and wine. God wrote an entire law for the Israelites on how their food separates them. God’s covenant with Abraham involved a cow. Laws were written around priests eating parts of sacrifices. When God wanted to show his faithfulness to his people in the wilderness, he gave them food (manna), and when he wanted to show them his anger he killed them with food (Numbers 11). Jesus’ first miracle involved food, as was perhaps his last (Luke 24).

    How then should we approach it?

    Food, like everything, must be subject to Christ. If how you eat food prevents you from fulfilling a calling in some way, then it is a problem. For instance, if a man is too overweight to effectively help out in the church, then it is a problem. If a man is married, another dimension is added: he has an obligation to be sexually fulfilling to his wife, and how he eats can get in the way of that. The same goes for a wife as well. Are you eating habits getting in the way of what you’re supposed to be doing? Then it’s a problem.

    These are the negatives. The positives are awesome. God created food for us to enjoy. So enjoy it. Have a feast like the Israelites did. Try something new. Take some cooking classes. Obedience to Christ is also enjoying the things that he made for you.

    I don’t eat a whole lot of sugar. My friend doesn’t eat meat. My little sister eats everything. And we all enjoy food to God’s glory and for his kingdom.

  • asinnersavedbygrace

    Mathew 6:25 I Corinthians 10:31

  • Jessie

    What your eating and how much you eat are very different things. I am not a vegetarian, though I do eat fruits and vegetables often. I think it is wrong if someone is eating something constantly. It’s harming your body. Gluttony is considered a sin. You are not taking care of your body like you were meant to. WHAT I eat is not very important, only if you are eating too much is something to be concerned about.

  • God created all foods. Fats, carbs, you name it. He gave us dominion over food. We just have to be sure food doesn’t gain dominion over us. We are also given freedom so let’s not be legalistic πŸ˜„

    • THOU SHALT NOT EAT CUCUMBERS!!! lol jk ;D but seriously it says that in Guitar 17:8 =o #StillKidding

      • Haven Asnip

        I just literally laughed out loud (: haha

      • Hehem! I do believ that is actually located in the book of 2 Hesitations.

      • How has the dear instrument for the making of stringish music with appendages and phalanges been?

        • I’ve been great! Enjoying my summer before the craziness of my next semester starts. You? =)

          • Hmmmm… Ok. It’s been a rough year but I’m still surviving πŸ˜„ As far as school starting I’m still finishing last years 😁

          • Aw sorry about that. Cool, so are you going to be a junior or? I’m going to start working on my double major next year which will be super busy =P

          • Yeah, but God really works things out for good.
            I’m gonna be a sophomore.

          • Cool, I was close lol! Do anything fun/vacationy this summer?

          • Lol. I’m not gonna try to guess what you are this year. (Wanna tell meπŸ€“?) hmmm. I got to go to New Orleans on a mission trip which was really awesome. I also got to go to camp which was totally incredible.
            How about you?

          • Haha I’m going to be a freshie in college. =P Sounds fun! I went on vacation with my fam (oh and I got to meet Tatiana which was awesome), and then recently I got my wisdom teeth out XP other than that I’ve been working and stuff =)

          • Woah! Your like an adult person! Lol.
            How fun! I always dream of running into someone from here or revive!
            Oooo! Wisdom teeth. How fun. 😁

          • Lol kind of but not really XD XD Yeah, it was super awesome to meet her. I’ve also met Aaron T., and another former Reviver (classified, idk if she’d want me to say) is moving to within an hour of me so I may be able to meet her too. =D Yeahhhhh not fun at all lol.

          • How awesome! I’ve met… Well… Myself! Lol. At Shiraz camp I Sara guy that I thought was Taylor B but his name was Mathew. πŸ˜”
            Hope you get to meet… Her…

          • Haha! I actually met Taylor at a Christmas party before either of us were on Revive =P

            Lol thanks. If she sees this she’s more than welcome to say who she is but I know she kept her old state private so I don’t wanna say ;D

          • Lucky! He was one of the ones I really wanted to meet. How do you meet all these peeps?

          • Haha I have no idea =P

          • Hehe!!
            So what is revive like now?

          • Well tbh it’s changed a lot since you and others left. It’s def not the same, I don’t enjoy it nearly as much. =/

          • Well I am the life of the party! πŸ’πŸ½
            JUST KIDDING!!
            Who all left?

          • Hahaha. You, Laura, Laini, Taylor, Tatiana, and a bunch of others. =/

          • Laura and Taylor? 😒 That’s sad. (All the others too!!) I thought about going back but idk. That’s sad.

          • :( Taylor came back, Laini’s profile is still there, and rest are gone… I don’t remember being the same anymore. Oh you remember Faith, right? She is left a month ago. I came back, but I am planning of leaving too.

          • Faithy?!?! 😭 Wow. Like everyone awesome is leaving. I don’t think I’ll go back.

          • Yeah, definitely sad. You should come back, Kate Ito and Taylor (well kind of) did. =P

          • Yeah. I really loved it, but it was too good. I let myself put it first in my life. Ahead of everything, God,family, friends. I just don’t feel like I’m ready to go back

          • The Bean

            That’s why I left. Some things, however good they might be, are just too much of a temptation to sin for some people. I was too weak and God helped me realize that and pulled me away. I didn’t know why He had done that at the time, but I see more and more how important Revive had become to me. It is saddening, I mean, I had had a great time there, as most revivians do, but it was just too much. I am convinced that some people are greatly helped in their walk with the Lord by fellow revivians, but it is not the case with others. I don’t have anything against Revive, but it’s just the truth!
            These are my jumbled thoughts on that subject.

          • Good thoughts!! I spent all my time and energies there. Constantly wondering is so-and-so had gotten back yet and such. I also was letting those friendships be more important than the real life ones. (No offense to any of my besties from revive! Y’all are still very special people to me and I miss you all dearly. Every one of you!) I feel like there was a whole lot of good but that the good for me was masked by my addiction to it.

          • The Bean

            Exactly. Same here.

          • I’ve been missing you since you left in December.

          • I’ve missed you, too. Has it really been that long? Wow. Is revive still reviving?

          • It’s still there and continuing. It’s not the same for me though because most of my besties left. Only a couple of them still talk to me.

          • Yeah. That’s sad. But I have heard that new peeps have joined so maybe they can be a good online friend!

          • Yeah, I guess. I’m trying to pursue face-to-face relationships and local responsibilities more though. And I’m kinda tired of people leaving me. It’s been fun.

            How are you doing?

          • That’s a really good thing to do!! Remember that relationships built of Christ last.
            I’m doing ok! It’s been a rough year but I can see the end it sight and Jesus has kept me every step of the way.

          • Good.

          • Sam, I feel like you are guilt tripping me.

          • Forgive me. I guess I do that sometimes.

          • I understand. We all do

          • Amanda

            Sam, it’s fine and good to share your struggles with others, but just be careful not to make people feel guilty for being happy and going through an easier season or a time when they feel extra blessed. :)

          • That’s not how I meant it. I just didn’t have anything left to say so I used a positive word to complete my side of the conversation.

          • Amanda

            I know. Just a thought.

          • Yeah, I can def understand that, I struggled with that some in the past. I installed the WasteNoTime browser extension on my computer which enables me to limit myself to a certain amount of time on Revive every day, and that’s helped a lot =)

          • Sounds like a good program!! The time is a big prob for me but so is putting those relationships first. I really just wore my heart on my sleeve way too much. (I didn’t get hurt, and I totally trusted the people I talked to and still do)

          • Gotta love how we have hijacked this thread #revivers πŸ˜†

          • Gotta love how I left for two weeks lol 😁

          • Hehe!! Was wondering where you went… πŸ˜†

          • Haha yeah sorry, work ramped up and school started. Have you started school?

          • Don’t apologize! Just goes to show that you aren’t addicted.
            Hehe!! Haha!! Yeah… Kinda. I never really stopped.

          • #NotAddicted lol.
            Ah one of the” cons” of being a homeschooler =P Although college nerds can do summer semester as well

          • Hehe! Are you a college nerd?

          • Yeah lol, but I haven’t taken summer classes, I had to work instead =P

          • Ah. Yeah work tends to throw a wrench in things.

          • Definitely! Although I earned a bunch of $$ so I’m not complaining ;D

          • I wouldn’t either.

          • The Bean

            And a lot of people have half left, like me. There was a wave of departures recently, the most common reason being that people realized they had a hard time honoring God with their time on Revive. Some people, not wanting to leave completely, got “official taggers” who would tag them whenever a good post appeared. @disqus_3cFc4XVk3W:disqus is my tagger. It gives us the advantage of staying updated on the important things and serve God with the extra time. Seems like it’s working quite well. There also was a big wave of arrivals, some of whom hopefully will revive Revive and make it live it’s purpose at it’s fullest.

          • That’s sounds like a good system. My I ask who you are on revive? (If you don’t wanna say that’s fine, I just don’t remember any beans…)

          • The Bean

            Dorian T. /The Bean.

          • Hmmm. I don’t know if I ever “met” you over there. When did you join?

          • The Bean

            Good question. I believe it was in the end of June.

          • Ahhh. I left in like march. Maybe February.

          • The Bean

            I don’t remember seeing you.

          • Yeah. I think we missed each other by about 2 months.

          • The Bean

            Too bad :)

          • Yeah! You sound like an interesting legume! Lol

          • The Bean

            I went with my real name for a while, then changed to The Bean, then Dorian T. /The Bean.

          • MimeforJesus

            *was totally-not-creepily looking through Josh’s profile and saw this* I’m guessing you meant me with the reference to someone who just moved near you, because I don’t know of anyone else like that. (And now it’ll be awkward if you didn’t mean me… =P)

          • #NotCreepyAtAllLol

            Lol yup, you’re the one! Haha that’s cool, what for? Have you thought anymore about what college you’ll be going to?

          • MimeforJesus

            I’ll be up there for college visits! =P Not yours, sadly… You’re too far away for me to think about commuting for a year before moving on campus. But I’ll be on your side of town for a doctor’s visit, bleck.

          • Haha cool!

      • The Bean

        Thou shalt have a bean festival the second of the third month each year, that thou shalt not forget the day God created the bean. Thus sayeth The Bean, Lord of all beans.
        1 Beanisms 23 verses 16-17

        • “And you shall offer one male green bean for a sin offering, and two male pinto beans a year old as a sacrifice of peace offerings.” – 2 Beanisms 12:4 XD this is too much fun

          • Dorian Turner

            And the people said: “Amen”.

          • Heather C.

            @The Bean & @Dorian Turner (sorry, I can’t tag you) I’m feeling suspicious of you two!!! Why on earth do you have two accounts??? And why does one say you’re 15 and the other that you’re sixteen?

  • Rachel

    I think as long as we’re putting good things into our body, we should not be worried about what we eat. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so we should care for it, making sure it’s healthy. Eating too much or too little is not the best idea, but every once in a while it’s okay to splurge and have some fun.

  • Amanda

    Scripture tells us that our bodies are temples of Holy Spirit, so we should certainly take good care of them. I do think food is meant to be enjoyed, though, so we don’t need to convert to a diet that requires us to eat lots of things that don’t appeal to us. Find ways to eat healthy and enjoy doing it. There are many recipes out there that use healthy ingredients to make very good food. You’d be surprised–there are great createve ways to eat your veggies! πŸ˜‰

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    “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?”

    Well, I would say that since our bodies are God’s temple we shouldn’t eat what we want. We shouldn’t just sit around watching movies while stuffing popcorn into our faces…..but then that isn’t necessarily edifying, now, is it…..but that’s a whole other topic….let’s not go there! XD

    We don’t want to become gluttons because this hinders us from keeping our bodies temples of the Holy Ghost. Proverbs 23:21 says “The glutton shall come to poverty.” Now we wouldn’t want this to happen to us, now would we!?
    When it comes to food we need to make sure it’s not hindering us from serving/doing the work and the will of the Lord. This would be an issue. It shouldn’t be a distraction and it shouldn’t be an addiction. What we eat should be eaten in moderation. We shouldn’t be gluttons and just pig out whenever we get the chance! Moderation. (except for the coffee lovers)—> Okay, Just Kidding…this applies to us too. πŸ˜‰

  • alishah

    Like others have said, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. I know that I want to be able to serve God with my best, so I try to eat with health in mind. As I get older this takes more effort! I try to listen to my body (not my emotions) and eat what makes it feel the best. I try to avoid GMO’s, sugar and empty carbs, I have to avoid wheat and gluten. I try to eat a lot of protein and greens because they make me feel the best. God does care what we eat. Ask him for knowledge and wisdom and He will give it to you. God Bless!

  • Our bodies are gifts from God and we must treat them as such. I’ve been taught to “eat meat sparingly,” no caffeinated beverages, no coffee or tea (except herbal tea), and to exercise regularly. No harmful substances should be applied or taken into the body. They are gifts from our Divine Creator and need to be treated that way. We are, after all, created in the image of God. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)

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