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Does GOD want us to eat?

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This may sound like a stupid question at first, but i guess my question is more "to what extent?" i am aware that gluttony is a sin, but should we always try to scrape by on the bare minimum, or should we take pleasure in it sometimes?

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I think it was Paul that mentioned how the heathen had big orgies of food, parties and how were not supposed to become like them but be balanced?

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On 2/3/2017 at 3:12 PM, JaniceR said:

Yes, God wants us to eat. Otherwise, we would die.

God has supplied the earth with nutritious food. We are not to be gluttons, but not at a near starvation level either. A healthy diet of natural foods at the correct calorie amount for ones age and height should do the trick. There is no need to be hungry or to eat ourselves into a coma.

Dear sister JaniceR,

 

Grace and mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I agree with you, sister Janice. It is good to remember also that we are the body of Christ, that is, the body that Jesus uses to manifest Himself to the world. So we must follow Paul's counsel:

 

·        “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3.16,17).

 

But above all, we can not forget what Jesus said about the end times:

 

·        “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17.26-30)

 

That is to say, let us not forget the greater purpose behind meals, namely: to cause each member of the family to stop everything that is doing in order to, together, supper with Jesus.

To be more exact: the meal is the time where the family should be gathered praising the Eternal for the food He supplied, as well as for all that He has done for us on the cross, aside from serving for some to stimulate others to fraternize and to share what happened since the last supper. That is to say, the meal is to unite the family in Christ Jesus.

Without this vision, we transform such a sacred act, which is the family supper, into something abhorrent before the Eternal (if we stop to think, this is the true concept of gluttony). After all, there is no greater violence against the innocent than to profane something sacred, to do something good with bad motivations.

May Jesus help us never lose sight of His vision of who we are, of what we are doing in this world and of the usefulness of everything that He has placed at our disposal.

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On 2/3/2017 at 0:01 PM, Praise2God4ever said:

This may sound like a stupid question at first, but i guess my question is more "to what extent?" i am aware that gluttony is a sin, but should we always try to scrape by on the bare minimum, or should we take pleasure in it sometimes?

God definitely wants us to take pleasure in eating. It should be with right attitude though. Are we giving thanks to Lord for all the wonderful tasty food He has blessed us with? Are we asking God to bless the food to our body? Are we acknowledging God that He is the one who enabled us to have this food? We should do everything with thanksgiving. Includes eating!! On the other hand, gluttony is nothing but food worship. When we remove gratefulness to God and simply look at food as something that brings pleasure to the flesh. That's when we exceed more than what our body needs and end up with sin of gluttony

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Has anyone ever considered the fact that gluttony means more than eating? It's the excess and the celebrant sensationalism involved. It is the pride of exhibiting excess for the sheer sensation of exhibition, dangling what you have in excess in front of those who have it not in excess.

Just consider the imagery emblazoned on those old Victorian era Christmases or the front of those Sears wish book catalogues that came out at Christmas time. What did those images strike up in the minds of those who didn't have the wealth to afford them? 

Today as in in olden times it sowed the seeds of inferiority and in a way that is against everything that Christ stood for. The pocketbook.

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On 2/3/2017 at 1:23 PM, missmuffet said:

God provides for us. He wants us to take pleasure in what he provides for us. God also wants us to have healthy appetites. Our health is God's concern and sometimes food can be an addiction. Christians seem to ignore the fact that gluttony is a sin. They want to point their fingers at those who drink alcohol or those who smoke. But gluttony is right up there with other addictions. We need to eat a healthy diet with healthy portions. But sometimes we can splurge. I like to do that sometimes as well :)

Nothing with "once in a while" but to live w recklessly is not good. These bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and we are to care for them and that means putting good food into them and taking care of them.

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