Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Glenn, Jul 23, 2014.
What are some things that the Bible says about how we should eat?
What Dave said.
We are free to eat and drink whatever we please.
I don't think so!
If you have a comment to make then do so. "I don't think so" is pointless.
The scripture is quite clear on the matter, we are no longer required to follow Jewish dietary law.
Not that I ever would have to anyway, I'm not nor ever have been Jewish.
That is where you place faith.
That YOU shall have then.
Thou shalt eat all of the things that walk, crawl, swim, fly, and groweth out of the Earth.
Well except for the poisonous ones. Those you may want to stay clear of.
It's not pointless if it is correct. How about gluttony?
What is gluttony?
Gluttony is "overindulgence", or the unhealthy or excessive interest in a particular class of items.
It is typically used to describe over eating, but as C S Lewis spoke about, also applies to excessive behaviors in luxury, dress, type of food, or any other thing that can be subject to excessive use.
In other words, a rich housewife who refuses to wear anything other than Gucci is just as much a glutton as the one wolfing down 50 pancakes.
Gluttony is to food what drunkenness is to alcohol. The revealing symptom of this sin is obesity.
Sorry, that is not what Gluttony in the bible is speaking of.
Being a glutton was a sin not because you ate too much. Eating too much is not sinful. WASTING it is.
And here is what a glutton dis back in biblical times and is the classic version of it.
This is a person that will attend a feast that can last several days to weeks.
In it they eat at every opportunity. Then they heave it back up, on purpose, cleanse their palate with wine and eat more.
They eat up gifts given by God and then hurl them out only to eat again and again and again.
They are wasting food. A thing that was given by God for everyone, not just a few.
THIS is gluttony.
Now the modern version is handed down by the Puritans. And is a misunderstanding of the word because they rejected looking at ANY information other than scripture. This myopia caused them to get the concept wrong.
Just like greed is also not right. Because it is not the acquisition of wealth. But the acquisition without then rendering alms, tithes or enjoying any of it.
It is just a means of gathering and NOT doing anything with it.
Again wasting one of Gods' gifts.
Do you have any scripture to back this up? That is really what I'm looking for.
This is incorrect. Anything we do to our bodies that is unhealthy is a sin.
I'm sorry Dave, but the practice you are describing was part of the wealthy Roman culture and had nothing whatsoever to do
with any of the Biblical cultures. You've got your eras and cultures confused.
Obesity is not gluttony.
Gluttony is not just a Roman thing. The practise has been around since Babylon and Egypt. This is why there is a prohibition exists in the bible.
Historically we only equate it with the Romans because we have much more supporting literature than we do of the clay tablets of Babylon or papyrus of Egypt. I blame the burning of the Library at Alexandria chiefly for that. We lost a GREAT deal of knowledge when that happened.
But now we have the internet.
Makes you wonder how many funny cat scrolls they might have had back then.
The word in Hebrew is zalal. In context to scripture it means to squander.
Which is what a glutton does. Squanders or wastes food by eating and then vomiting.
You'll see it in Deu 21:20 and Pro 23:21.
Well, with everyone making up their own religion and not giving a care about reason or scripture, you might as well join in.
"Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags." The context defines the word very well.