right choice in foods. Our starting point of study must be the
order to know what are the best foods, we must study God’s original
plan for man’s diet. He who created man and who understands his
needs appointed Adam his food. “Behold,” He said, “I have given
you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,
and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you
it shall be for food” (Genesis 1:29). Upon leaving Eden to gain
his livelihood by tilling the earth under the curse of sin, man also
received permission to “eat the herb of the field” (Genesis 3:18).
original diet therefore consisted of grains, fruits, nuts, and
vegetables – 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 vigour of intellect, that are not afforded by a more
complex and stimulating diet. It is to this simple diet God wants
us to return.
wise God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race
should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any
creature taken for food. There was to be no death in Eden.
The fruit of the trees in the garden was the food man’s wants required.
we are faithful to our Christian calling, the Lord intends to bring us
back to live upon simple fruits, grains, nuts, and vegetables.
God desires His people go back to the diet originally given to
man. If we corporate with God, we will work towards discarding
from our diet anything that was not in the original diet.
The post-flood diet
diet appointed man in the beginning did not include flesh meats.
Not till after the Flood, when every green thing on the earth had been
destroyed, did man receive permission to eat flesh. In permitting
man to eat flesh, God said, “But flesh with the life thereof, which is
the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:4). God then gave
statutes concerning “the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may
not be eaten” (Leviticus 11:47).
state of the mind has largely to do with the health of the body, and
especially with the health of the digestive organs. As a general
thing, the Lord did not desire His people to eat flesh meat in the
desert, because He knew that the use of this diet would create disease
and insubordination. In order to modify the disposition, and
bring the higher powers of the mind into active exercise, He removed
from them the flesh of dead animals. He gave them angel’s food,
manna from heaven.
said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for
you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day,
that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no ... And
the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like
coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with
honey” (Exodus 16:4, 31).
the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour
of bdellium. And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it
in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes
of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil” (Numbers
the Israelites despised angels’ food, and they murmured. “And the
mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of
Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers,
and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now
our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna,
before our eyes” (Numbers 11:4-6).
this discontent, God responded. “And say thou unto the people,
Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye
have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to
eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you
flesh, and ye shall eat” (Numbers 11:18).
God made it clear that He was not happy with His people eating
flesh. “Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days,
neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it
come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that
ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him,
saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?” (Numbers 11:19-20).
as God had warned, flesh brought death. “And while the flesh was
yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was
kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very
great plague” (Numbers 11:33).
gave positive evidence that He rules in the heavens, and rebellion was
punished with death. Only two of those who as adults left Egypt,
saw the Promised Land of Canaan (Numbers 26:65). They wandered
and the wanderings were extended until the rest were buried in the
wilderness. Today Satan is using the same devising to introduce
the same evils, and his efforts are followed by the same results that
in the days of Israel laid so many in their graves.
their settlement in Canaan, the Israelites were permitted the use of
animal food, but under careful restrictions which tended to lessen the
evil results. The flesh meat was restricted to clean
animals. These had been specifically preserved from the flood
when Noah brought them in the ark. “Of every clean beast thou
shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts
that are not clean by two, the male and his female” (Genesis 7:2).
use of swine’s flesh was prohibited. The whole world eats pigs
(swine) against clear laws on health. “And the swine, though he
divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is
unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their
carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you” (Leviticus 11:7-8).
pork is abominable and will be met with destruction. “For,
behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a
whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of
fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all
flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that
sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one
tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the
mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 66:15-17).
text in Isaiah 66:15-17 refers to the second coming of Jesus.
Clearly, those that eat pork are placed together with those that eat
mouse, and “shall be consumed together.” The word of God could
not have been any clearer about eating swine.
creatures that are on land, Leviticus 11:3 tells us to eat those that
“parteth the hoof, and cheweth the cud”. From this we know we can
eat cows and sheep. We know we cannot eat pigs. We know
Lions and Tigers are carnivorous and not to be eaten.
creatures in the waters, Leviticus 11:9 tells us to eat those that have
“fins and scales”. Same instruction is given in Deuteronomy
14:9. We know that shellfish is not to be eaten. All marine
animals that have no “fins and scales” are abomination to God.
Such abominable animals include oysters, shrimp, crabs, clams, eels,
catfish, lobsters, prawns and crayfish. These sea scavengers have
been forbidden as articles of diet.
creatures of the air, we have clean and unclean birds. We know
from Leviticus 11:13 and Deuteronomy 14:13 that birds of prey are not
to be eaten.
departing from the plan divinely appointed for their diet, the
Israelites suffered great loss. They desired a flesh diet, and
they reaped its results. They did not reach God’s ideal of character or
fulfill His purpose. God desired His people return to the
original diet, but they disobey God. “They soon forgat his works;
they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the
wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their
request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalms 106:13-15).
They valued the earthly above the spiritual, and the sacred
pre-eminence which was His purpose for them they did not attain.
rest of the history of the Israelites is recorded in the Bible as a
life of ups and downs, with mixed diet of flesh and plants. The
merciful God never gave up these rebellious people. God then
tells the Israelites “Thou shalt not eat any abominable Thing”
same God speaks through Paul to explain the principle that should
govern our diet – the body temple principle. 1 Corinthians
3:16-17 “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.”
Anything that defiles the body-temple be it of clean or unclean animal
is an abomination, and God will destroy the defiler.
the parallel in the heavenly city is given in Revelation 21:27 “And
there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are
written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Whatever we eat then should
not disease or defile the body temple, lest the Holy Spirit grieve and
leave. Of these defiling examples, fat and Blood even in clean
creatures was specifically prohibited.
the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel,
saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of
goat. And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat
of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye
shall in no wise eat of it. For whosoever eateth the fat of the
beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, even
the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.
ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of
beast, in any of your dwellings. Whatsoever soul it be that
eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his
people” (Leviticus 7:22-27).
says in Leviticus 3:17 “It shall be a perpetual statute for your
generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor
blood.” We see this repeated to Christians in Acts 15:29: “That
ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things
strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye
shall do well. Fare ye well.”
some people go for Kosher meats to avoid blood. Most people find
this blunt without taste, for lack of blood or/and fat. Most
Christians do not even seek out kosher meats; they eat whatever is in
the market. It is very sad that God’s people are reduced to this
animal-like level of eating abominably!
clean creatures that have been torn by beast are not to be eaten.
It says in Exodus 22:31 “And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither
shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall
cast it to the dogs.” Beasts of prey, such as Lions, tend to
attack weak and sick animals that are defenceless or that cannot escape
faster. God does not want us to eat of these weak and sick
animals slaughtered in the markets are downer animals, with no
difference with what is prohibited, and yet even Christians feed on
these carcasses. It must be a terrible ordeal for our Creator,
who first appointed a plant diet for man, to watch a people professing
the name of Christ eat abominably!
parts or products of creatures containing blood, fat, those strangled,
those torn by beasts, and those that die natural deaths, be it of age
or disease, are abomination and not to be eaten. Man have now
taken vegetarian animals such as cows and fed them with flesh and
turned them into carnivorous animals, no longer the proper cud chewing
animals, and we have sat to eat these modified animals; these too are
Vegan diet in Babylon
best diet can only be founded on God’s terms. The original diet
is the best, and by God’s grace it is possible. Whilst the Bible
does not directly condemn the eating of clean animals, the restrictions
around meats – prohibition of fat, blood, and weak and diseased animals
– makes it almost impossible for flesh to be truly a best diet man can
eat. Those that are wishing to stay in optimum health, to glorify
God in their bodies, will eat the best food that they can obtain in
their locale. But it must always be borne in mind that a vegan
diet is the best for health – a fact for which science offers mounting
consequences of flesh diet must never be overlooked. We need to
go back to the Israelites and examine them then in Babylon. In
the book of Daniel from the first chapter, we find there that people
like Daniel only ate a plant-based diet, and in the end they were the
only ones that did not worship the idol made by King
Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel said: “let them give us pulse to eat and
water to drink” (Daniel 1:12). Daniel and his friends chose a
purely vegan diet, and must God’s people living in these last days of a
present-day Babylon, if we must be pure and holy, and avoid worshiping
Bible prophecy, the Lord sends a call to His People. In
Revelation18:2-4 we find the call “saying, Babylon the great is fallen
… the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of
her delicacies … Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”. The
“delicacies” of the present-day Babylon include all unclean flesh, and
all contaminated clean flesh meats.
you read prophecy, and symbolic terms such as “Babylon” are used, study
the types and parallel in the Bible. We turn to God's people in Babylon
of old. In Daniel 1:11-14, we find Daniel and his three friends, who had
long read the history of God's children in the wilderness where God sought
to remove flesh diet and return them to the original diet. Having been
brought up on Vegan diet, they were not about to indulge in flesh meats,
even in the Babylonian King's palace. They had studied the Scriptures
carefully to know the spiritual dangers from cause to effect of meat
eating. As God-fearing youth, now in Babylon, they determined they would
not defile themselves by indulgence of appetite.
Daniel and his friends were brought to the test, they placed themselves
fully on the side of righteousness and truth. They were
vegans. They decided that as flesh-meat had not composed their
diet in the past, it should not come into their diet in the
future. They knew that the indulgence of appetite would becloud
their powers of discernment.
a vegan diet, Daniel and his friends remained pure and holy, and they
as a result refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. The simple
truth is this: when God took the Israelites from Egypt, He changed
their diet from meats to Manna. Those who disobeyed, perished in
the wilderness, and they worshipped idols. When the Israelites
were captive in Babylon, they had to change their diet from meat to
pulse, those who disobeyed, all worshipped Nebuchadnezzar’s idol.
history of Daniel is placed upon record for our benefit. He chose
to take a course that would make him singular in the king’s
court. He did not conform to the habits of the courtiers in
eating and drinking, but purposed in his heart that he would not eat of
the king’s meat nor drink of his wines. This was not a hastily
formed, wavering purpose, but one that was intelligently formed and
resolutely carried out.
conforming to the original diet appoint to man, vegan diet, Daniel
honoured God; and the promise was fulfilled to him. “Them that
honour Me I will honour” (1 Samuel 2:30). The Lord gave him
“knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom,” and he had
“understanding in all visions and dreams” (Daniel 1:17); so that he was
wiser than all in the king’s courts, wiser than all the astrologers and
magicians in the kingdom.
who serve God in sincerity and truth will be a peculiar people, unlike
the world, separate from the world. Their food will be prepared,
not to encourage gluttony or gratify a perverted taste, but to secure
to themselves the greatest physical strength, and consequently the best
mental conditions. Theirs is a simple vegan diet.
world may despise you because you do not meet their standard, you do
not eat abominably, nor engage in their dissipating amusements, and
follow their pernicious ways; but the God of heaven promises to receive
you, and to be a Father unto you. “Ye shall be My sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18).
Remember, man first fell into sin through appetite. This same
temptation continues today. Be a Daniel, eat vegan and serve God
even if you stand alone in Babylon.
Food in the New Testament
the New Testament time, God sought to take man back to the original
diet, but this time introduced the principle of body temple that should
guide man in choice of diet. “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).
making the choice of what we place in the body-temple, the will of God
must be our guide, not appetite. “For this cause we also, since
the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that
ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9). We must do all for
God’s glory. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever
ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
teaching us the body-temple principle, God desire our good and holistic
health. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2).
bodies form a holy body-temple that God will accept, which we must
offer to Him. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a
spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
do we build the body-temple? “Abstain from fleshly lusts, which
war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11), is the language of the apostle
Peter. Many regard this warning as applicable only to the
licentious; but it has a broader meaning. It guards against every
injurious gratification of appetite or passion.
lusts include all unclean meats, ranging from pork, mouse, oysters,
shrimp, crabs, clams, prawns, catfish, lobsters, to crayfish.
Fleshly lusts include all clean meats that have fat and blood – foods
that are not kosher. Fleshly lusts include all kosher foods that
come from weak and diseased clean animals or from strangled
animals. Fleshly lusts include all kinds of foods whose choice is
made based on appetite and not for “the glory of God” (1 Corinthians
apostle Paul pleads: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
harmful to our health should ever be placed in the body-temple.
These harmful things go beyond flesh meats, blood and fat, to include
intemperance in drinking tea and coffee, wine, beer, rum, and brandy,
and the use of tobacco, opium, and other narcotics, which have resulted
in great mental and physical degeneracy, and this degeneracy is
these harmful habits, the apostle warns of the consequences. “For
he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation
to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many
are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Corinthians 11:29-30).
must teach us, pleads the apostle: “Moreover, brethren, I would
not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the
cloud, and all passed through the sea; … But with many of them God was
not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now
these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after
evil things, as they also lusted. ... Neither murmur ye, as some of
them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer” (1 Corinthians
those that destroy the body-temple by their habits of eating abominably
God will destroy them. “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). This forever
settles that a person can be lost for defiling the property of God –
the body-temple. Whilst you are not saved by food, defiling your
body with food will cause you to be lost.
Return to the original diet
has increased in the world and so has diseases in both man and
animals. As a result of sin, “the whole creation groaneth”
(Romans 8:22), “even we ourselves groan within ourselves” (Romans
8:23), and “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with
groanings” (Romans 8:26). If God will have our full attention, we
must be in good health, which ultimately is to return to the original
is no longer safe for God’s people to find comfort in being vegetarian
– with cow’s milk and eggs in their diet. A vegan diet must be
sought. Animals from which milk is obtained are not always
healthy. They may be diseased. A cow may be apparently well
in the morning, and die before night. Then she was diseased in
the morning, and her milk was diseased, but you did not know it.
The animal creation is diseased.
scientific evidence has shown milk to be a major source of
cancer. In 2005, Dr Campbell and other renowned scientists
published a report on what came to be known as The China Study (see
thechinastudy.com), which report was published as a book in 2006 (ISBN
study was a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford
University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, taking a
survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China and
Taiwan. The study was recognised by The New York Times as the
“most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship
between diet and the risk of developing disease.”
study findings concluded: “People who ate the most animal-based foods
got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based
foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease.”
The study results could not be ignored. Of the animal products,
Milk is found to pose the most danger for cancer. Without a
doubt, the cancerous elements in Milk have turned Milk into abominable
thing not to be placed into the body-temple.
read from the book (The China Study – The Most Comprehensive Study of
Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet,
Weight Loss and Long-term Health, by T Colin Campbell and Thomas M
Campbell, Benbella Books Inc, 2006, pp. 179-182) as follows:
we have seen with other forms of cancer, large-scale observational
studies show a link between prostrate cancer and an animal-based diet,
particularly one based heavily on diary … Animal protein causes the
body to produce more IGF-1 [Insulin-like Growth Factor 1], which in
turn throws cell growth and removal out of whack, stimulating cancer
protein suppresses the production of ‘supercharged’ [vitamin] D.
Excessive calcium, as found in [animal] milk, also suppresses the
production of ‘supercharged’ D. ‘Supercharged’ D is responsible
for creating a wide variety of health benefits in the body.
Persistently low levels of supercharged D create an inviting
environment for different cancers, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis
and other diseases. …
the people you know who have cancer, or are at risk of having cancer,
how many of them have considered the possibility of adopting a whole
foods, plant-based diet to improve their chances? …
as a key to health represents a powerful challenge to conventional
medicine, which is fundamentally built on drugs and surgery. The
widespread communities of nutrition professionals, researchers and
doctors are, as a whole, either unaware of this evidence or reluctant
to share it. ...
is enough evidence now that cancer alliances, and prostrate and colon
cancer institutions, should be discussing the possibility of providing
information everywhere on how a whole foods, plant-based diet may be an
incredibly effective anti-cancer medicine.”
such startling scientific evidence has not touched your senses, then
know that your appetite is so perverted that you need the mercies of
God to transform you. But the truth remains that flesh food has
never been the ideal plan God designed for man.
who eat flesh are but eating grains and vegetables at second hand; for
the animal receives from these things the nutrition that produces
growth. The life that was in the grains and vegetables passes
into the eater. We receive it by eating the flesh of the
animal. How much better to get it direct, by eating the food that
God provided for our use!
was never the best food; but its use is now doubly objectionable, since
disease in animals is so rapidly increased. Those who use flesh
foods little know what they are eating. Often if they could see
the animals when living and know the quality of the meat they eat, they
would turn from it with loathing. People are continually eating
flesh that is filled with tuberculous and cancerous germs.
Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus
communicated. What an abominable diet!
tissues of the swine swarm with parasites. Of the swine God said,
"It is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch
their dead carcass” (Deuteronomy 14:8). This command was given
because swine’s flesh is unfit for food. Swine are scavengers,
and this is the only use they were intended to serve. Never,
under any circumstances, was their flesh to be eaten by human
beings. It is impossible for the flesh of any living creature to
be wholesome when filth is its natural element and when it feeds upon
every detestable thing.
animals are taken to market and sold for food when they are so diseased
that their owners fear to keep them longer. And some of the
processes of fattening them for market produce disease. Shut away
from the light and pure air, breathing the atmosphere of filthy
stables, perhaps fattening on decaying food, the entire body soon
becomes contaminated with foul matter.
are often transported long distances and subjected to great suffering
in reaching a market. Taken from the green pastures, and
travelling for weary miles over the hot, dusty roads, or crowded into
filthy cars, feverish and exhausted, often for many hours deprived of
food and water, the poor creatures are driven to their death, that
human beings may feast on the carcasses.
many places fish become so contaminated by the filth on which they feed
as to be a cause of disease. This is especially the case where
the fish come in contact with the sewage of large cities. The
fish that are fed on the contents of the drains may pass into distant
waters and may be caught where the water is pure and fresh. Thus
when used as food they bring disease and death on those who do not
suspect the danger.
effects of a flesh diet may not be immediately realised; but this is no
evidence that it is not harmful. Few can be made to believe that
it is the meat they have eaten which has poisoned their blood and
caused their suffering. Many die of diseases wholly due to meat
eating, while the real cause is not suspected by themselves or by
moral evils of a flesh diet are not less marked than are the physical
ills. Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the
body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul. Think
of the cruelty to animals that meat eating involves, and its effect on
those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the
tenderness with which we should regard these creatures of God!
intelligence displayed by many dumb animals approaches so closely to
human intelligence that it is a mystery. The animals see and hear
and love and fear and suffer. They use their organs far more
faithfully than many human beings use theirs. They manifest
sympathy and tenderness toward their companions in suffering. Many
animals show an affection for those who have charge of them, far
superior to the affection shown by some of the human race. They
form attachments for man which are not broken without great suffering
man with a human heart, who has ever cared for domestic animals, could
look into their eyes, so full of confidence and affection, and
willingly give them over to the butcher’s knife? How could he
devour their flesh as a sweet morsel?
is a mistake to suppose that muscular strength depends on the use of
animal food. The needs of the system can be better supplied, and
more vigorous health can be enjoyed, without its use. The grains,
with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain all the nutritive properties
necessary to make good blood. These elements are not so well or
so fully supplied by a flesh diet. Had the use of flesh been
essential to health and strength, animal food would have been included
in the diet appointed man in the beginning.
the use of flesh food is discontinued, there is often a sense of
weakness, a lack of vigour. Many urge this as evidence that flesh
food is essential; but it is because foods of this class are
stimulating, because they fever the blood and excite the nerves, that
they are so missed. Some will find it as difficult to leave off
flesh eating as it is for the drunkard to give up his dram; but they
will be the better for the change.
flesh food is discarded, its place should be supplied with a variety of
grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits that will be both nourishing and
appetising. This is especially necessary in the case of those who
are weak or who are taxed with continuous labour.
some countries where poverty abounds, flesh may be the cheapest
food. Under these circumstances the change will be made with
greater difficulty; but it can be effected. Prayerfully make the
change, and God will help you. The place of meat should be
supplied with wholesome foods that are inexpensive. In all cases
educate the conscience, enlist the will, supply good, wholesome food,
and the change will be readily made, and the demand for flesh will soon
professed Christian should understand how to take such care of himself
as to preserve the best possible condition of health, resisting
feebleness and disease, in order to serve God better. Perfection
of character is required before we enter heaven. Our bodies must
therefore be preserved in good health as a temple for the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit. What we eat directly affects our impulses and
passions in our bodies. We must deny appetite to preserve our
physical and mental powers for His glory. God will accept of
nothing less than the service of the entire human organism. Thus
God desires to prepare a people to stand before Him pure and holy, that
He may introduce them into the society of heavenly angels.
was in His holy wisdom that God appointed to man the original diet that
consisted of fruits, grains, nuts, and vegetables. It is after
the floods that man was permitted to eat flesh, but even then with
restrictions. In the wilderness God desired man to return to the
original diet, and He gave man angel’s food – manna, a purely plant
diet. Man refused angel’s food and desired flesh. In
Babylon we see Daniel and his three friends eating the original diet,
and only they did not worship Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. It is a
lesson to us today.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).