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Topics: Bible, Moses / Pages: 5 (1395 words) / Published: Oct 26th, 2014
Disturbing Trends:
A biblical approach to Humanities ailing health
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Abstract
It is with great distress that healthcare providers, and societies as a whole, bear witness to the rise of gluttonous cultures. It is clear that being overweight or obese has become an epidemic that involves not just “wealthy” nations but spans the entire Globe. In this paper the reader will gain a biblical perspective on food, eating, and our cultural view of food. It is critical that we turn to the only source that has ever truly held the key to a healthy life, God 's word. Using the King James Version I will grant the reader a descriptive narrative of how the events of today coincide with the prophets utterance of Gods will on paper.

Keywords/bible verses: 12:1–2; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 John 2:16–17a; Revelation 18; Proverbs 22:1–12; Proverbs 23:19–21; Ecclesiastes 5:18–20.

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Disturbing Trends:
A biblical approach to Humanities ailing health In assessing the world view that dominates today it is wise to look at the ten commandments. The reason for doing so is to understand that these ten commandments were spoken to Moses on Mt. Sinai as instruction to Israel. There are many who believe that the death of Christ absolved believers of this standard but it is not so. When Moses descended from the mount, after 40 days and 40 nights, Israel had erected a statue of a golden calf. This so enraged God that he would have destroyed Israel had it not been for Moses plea 's. It is because of Moses blessing that God allowed any of Israel to survive at all( This is significant because only Israel had the ability to be saved due to the covenant God made with Abraham and Issac). Instead of destroying them he promised that they would wonder in the wilderness until all who had worshiped the calf perished. Once this occurred he led the tribes into the land of promise that he had sworn to Abraham. Still, Israel disobeyed and was returned to the bondage that God had ushered them out of in Egypt. This insight is critical because one must not be deceived that Christ death meant absolution, no, it allowed for all to have a chance at salvation through the law. When Jesus said it is finished and the veil was ripped open this signaled that God would now be able to write his laws on the heart of man not on tablets. God gracefully expanded his people (Israel) to include the gentile. In order to do so he had to send the ultimate sacrifice, himself. The importance of these events cannot be overstated as it pertains to all facets of human transgressions, including food. The very first commandment comes from Exodus 20:21 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. It is in this very first law that God spoke to Moses that has become humanities greatest downfall. Just like Israel created the golden calf a short while after witnessing the parting of the red sea falling short is ever-present in today 's society, poor food choice tops the list. Whether is an electronic device, a actual siting, or peer encouragement the fanaticism with food is ripe in the world. Can one imagine a world where food commercial’s and the Word of God switched places?
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The fact that this even has to be a question puts the writing on the proverbial wall. Everything the delights in the undoing of God 's masterpiece (Humanity) is born of the serpent. 1st Corinthians 10:312 states, Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. It is god who has enabled man to understand the error of his ways at it pertains to nutrition. It is not for lack of knowledge that humanity continues in the way of gluttonous conquest. It is a lack of respect for the creator and false comfort that drives the ambitions of those who eat in excess. Now, before one gets offended let me be straightforward in saying that disease and unfortunate circumstances do lay claim to some. It states in the bible that generations upon generations must pay for the sins of generations past, disease embodies this truth. However, there are also those who just choose to ignore the conscious and in doing so become cut off. All of the scriptures are relevant to today’s obesity dilemma but one stands out when referencing modern culture. 1st John 2:163 states, For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. There are many angles to take when discussing the perspective of our culture food-wise. America must be the “poster child” for lustful consumption of food as we maintain the highest ratio of overweight/obese individuals worldwide. The epidemic that is obesity has even matriculated to children who are starting life at a disadvantage due to lack of proper supervision. Proverbs 22:64 reads, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Our culture as a whole is failing to provide a fruitful future for those who will come after us. The decent is steep when it comes to overall health as more people become reliant on healthcare to cope with weight management issues. All of these passages serve to remind me of how delicate a situation nutrition really is. It goes beyond education of ingredients, numbers, and fad diets. It is about loving the gift that God has bestowed upon you (your body). God created humanity to extend his own family. This was not the angels place, nowhere in scripture does it state that he made angels in his image. Yet, in man he created
Disturbing Trends 5 something akin to his likeness. What a privilege we have of being a reflection of Gods perfection even though we stumble often. This verse is very telling, Proverbs 23:215 states, For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Many who are obese find it difficult to maintain gainful employment and parlay that into food stamps and disability. I have my fair share of downfalls, but I continue to fight. While I have never obese I have ventured into the realm of overweight. I am very self aware and find myself striving to achieve balance. There is no excuse for eating in excess and I have been guilty of this in the past. Having taken this course and throughout my time at Liberty I have learned to value myself above the world. According to Romans 12: 1-26 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. While I was still in the dark God has pulled me to light. My choices have changed and I find myself eating salads with a sandwich instead of pasta or drinking water instead of soda 's. It has been refreshing to gain control over these iniquities and it makes me hungry for more. One thing that I struggle with is self assessment, sometimes I look back and realize it was my own mind that inhibited my growth. I believe the most important thing one can learn about nutrition, as with all things, is let go and let God.

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References
1. Exodus 20:2. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011.

2. 1st Corinthians 10:31. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton
Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011.

3. 1st John 2:16. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011.

4. Proverbs 22:6. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011.

5. Provers 23:21. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011. 6. Romans 12 1-2. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois Crossway Bibles; 2011.

References: 1. Exodus 20:2. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011. 2. 1st Corinthians 10:31. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011. 3. 1st John 2:16. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011. 4. Proverbs 22:6. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011. 5. Provers 23:21. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway Bibles; 2011. 6. Romans 12 1-2. The English Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha. 3rd edition. Wheaton Illinois Crossway Bibles; 2011.

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