Have you ever noticed that God states in the very first book of the Bible, what He originally planned for the human body to use as food?
I have often thought of it like opening a user manual. When you buy a new vacuum cleaner, computer, printer, oven, fridge... usually, the more expensive the item, the thicker the user manual.
Imagine buying a top-of-the-range washing machine with smart functions and special features, and the company tells you that there are no specific user instructions, no special care instructions and no prescriptions to the detergents to use. Would you trust the product?
God gave us an entire user manual, speaking to the price and value of our bodies and lives. 1 Cor 6:19 says: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"
Does this mean I don't have the right to choose what I do to my body? Well, actually I do. I was created with free choice. But This verse clearly teaches that my body was bought at a price, which is the blood of Jesus. And if I say I accept His sacrifice, then I need to treat my physical body as the property of Jesus. Since God created us, would He not know how this body functions best?
When you buy a car, it may not come with a full user manual since your dealer takes on the duty of working on it to a large extent. But one thing always stated in your booklet for a car, is the fuel you should fill the tank with. Failing to follow this instruction, will ruin the machinery of your car. Right?
The very fist chapter of the very first book of the Bible, God states for the record, which fuel to fill our energy tanks with. Gen 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." This instruction was given to perfect human beings. Would you have loved to have a body in perfect health?
In 1905 and 1906, a wise author noted: "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet."
"In grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are to be found all the food elements that we need. If we will come to the Lord in simplicity of mind, He will teach us how to prepare wholesome food free from the taint of flesh meat."
Today, thousands of studies support the scientific evidence that a plant-based diet is indeed the most healthful, IF APPLIED WISELY.
In the follow few blog posts, I hope to share with you some resources that could support a healthy transition to a more plant-based diet. Yes, you can totally mess it up if you do it wrong. There are dangerous effects of eating a diet without sufficient nutrition. But if you do it right, you will be following God's original plan for the diet of mankind, which could only mean that it is the best interest.
"For I know that plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jer 29:11