Saturday, May 17, 2014

How Does God Want US to Eat? Part 2.


Spiritual health: Carpe Diem vs The Hope of Glory.
During this time of post modernism, we are experiencing a societal detachment and more individual human centered. Finding the meaning and purpose of life has been very elusive. Many have divorced from their emotions, probity and decorum, and they are more attached to existentialist values, skepticism and reason based. We must come to a point where the wisdom of God is wisdom and not foolishness to the world. There is now more or less communication between supernatural and the natural. Instead we live segmented and defragmented lives away from God. We see the belief in Karma and Samsara more acute than the acknowledgment to individual responsibility.
Because there is merely a veiled dichotomy between emphasis and perspective, between religion and philosophy, readers shouldn’t be surprised if I am using the Bible as the handbook to proper diet. When a man’s souls is sick, the body automatically follows suite. This may provoke the question: are all God’s worshippers healthy then? For some it is the only way God could save them from mundanity because he wants to use them for his glory (Jn 9:1-3; 11:4; ), and for others it is their sin and disobedience to God’s words (Lev 26: 14-16; Deut 28:15-68; Job 33:27-28; Ps 107:17-19;Micah 6:3;). Permit that I emphasized a necessary appendix here. God does not send sickness on his children, he permits it by lifting the hedge of protection for those whom He is testing, but the hedge of protection is self-destruct for those who are unrepentantly sinning.
Consequently, to be spiritually healthy, we must go back to God. I am not talking about church; I am talking about worshipping God in spirit and in truth. God says eat vegetables and fruits. If you do not do that, it is sin because, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 5:17).”  The reason the Japanese are the healthiest industrialized nation is summed up in the words of Harvard school of Public health Prof Joshua Salomon, “‘it’s likely a combination of factors, a combination of genetics and of healthy behaviors, including diet.’” There is a reason God wanted man to be surrounded by all these plants. Others have kept their spiritual health, but they have neglected their physical health.

Physical Health: having a healthy body.
Physical health encompasses exercising, diet, prevention and treatment. There are some physical ailments that are hereditary. Nonetheless, ailments could still be overcome by proper physical health. The pollution, behavior, lifestyle and fitness have broken down our health hedges, leaving many sick and dying. While lifestyle is not preponderant, it is an important plate in the health chain. It is so depressing to always hear obese (excess amount of fat in the body) people lay a thousand and one complaints why they cannot exercise, but they want the society to accept them like that. Accepting them that way is to encourage them to die young. The backbone to physical fitness is your behavior.  Many have argued that just maintaining a good spiritual health is enough. To the contrary, Paul said to Timothy, “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (I Tim 4:8).” Something being less does not mean it is useless. You don’t need it too much, but you cannot do without. One does not need a gym to exercise. I do at least 20 different exercises at home. Here is where phytomedicine comes into your physical health.
You need lean muscles to be healthy, and veggies help to repair damaged muscles. These vegetables will also serve as antioxidants. By eating vegetables, you automatically control your weight. Fruits too have the same properties, albeit they come with fructose which may cause weigh gain at waistline if the individual is not exercising properly. You see, God cannot counsel you to your death. There is no excuse for so many people to be on many medications, yet they are still very unhealthy.
Until then, read part 3.
St Arrey of Ntenako.



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