The Bible strongly correlates obedience to God’s commandments and
The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall
be shortened .
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2
For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the
land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
It’s remarkable how many Biblical principles affect health and longer
life expectancy, like the need to work, being content, and not worrying.
Take for instance the verse from Proverbs 17:22 that reads:
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the
Research shows that laughter does the heart good, by expanding the
linings of blood vessels and boosting blood flow.
In one study presented to the
American Heart Association researchers
found that people with
heart disease were 40 percent less likely to
laugh in various situations when compared to people of the same age who
did not have heart disease. Part of the study asked participants
questions like what you would do if someone spilled a drink on you. If
the answer is laugh, or find it amusing, then you answered correctly on
the side of health. People that find humor in situations, instead of
finding reasons to fly off the handle, are less likely to have heart
disease. So, here we find yet another correlation to Biblical principles
like patience, being slow to anger, and not worrying. Further proof
that, as the Bible teaches us, a merry heart is like medicine, thus, the
opposite must be true for anger.
Mental stress is associated with impairment of the endothelium, the
protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause a series of
inflammatory reactions that lead build-up in the coronary arteries,
which can ultimately cause a heart attack.
The Bible doesn’t teach us that we should never get angry. It teaches us
to be slow to anger. Many times the Bible says God was angry at sin, but
it also says in Psalm 145:8:
There are many other sins that correlate to out health as well,
but the Bible also addresses health issues directly as well.
Did you know overeating is a sin? I once heard
Adrian Rogers mention in
one of his sermons entitled, “Healing of Body, Soul & Mind,” that
Baptists laugh at overeating, not realizing it’s a sin just as much as
drinking and smoking.
Dwight L. Moody, evangelist and founder of the Moody Bible
Institute, once said he was asked to pray for a preacher friend of his
that was sick, but he refused saying he would not do it because the
preacher ate everything in sight. Moody said, “Why should I pray for God
to cancel out what he’s done to his body ‘til he repents.”
Now I’m not saying I believe we shouldn’t pray for somebody who gets
sick. I only mention Moody’s position to illustrate a point. We have to
take responsibility for what we do to our bodies. We can’t eat processed
junk food poison and sit all day long without expecting to see some form
of negative consequence to our body. Junk food leads to gluttony simply
because the more sugar we eat, the more our bodies crave in order to get
the same level of satisfaction the next time we eat. Sugar is like an
Adrian Rogers humorously said, “We live off of half of what we eat, and
the doctor lives off the other half”. He mentions Proverbs 23:2, which
says, if you’re a man given to gluttony, put a knife to your throat.
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is
before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Now whether or not the Bible is specifically speaking to over eating
alone in the above passage, I’m honestly not sure, as the mention of the
ruler could have something to do with the particular situation, but
there are other verses in the Bible seem much more clear cut in my
opinion. For instance, Deuteronomy puts the drunkard, rebel, and the
glutton in the same context.
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn
and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a
And, further on in Proverbs 23, the drunkard and glutton are put in the
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness
shall clothe a man with rags.
Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of
riotous men shameth his father.
Apparently, riotous men can be translated into the word “gluttons” if
you compare to the New American Standard version which changes
“companion of riotous men,” shown in the King James Version, to
“companion of gluttons”.
When you also consider how many times fasting is mentioned in the Bible,
you have to come to the conclusion that food is something that may be
enjoyed, but shouldn’t control us. Self-control and putting God before
everything else, including food, is something I think it’s safe to say
the Bible teaches us.
The next couple of verses illustrate how the Bible depicts someone
negatively that makes their belly God in their life.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end
is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their
shame, who mind earthly things.
This next verse has been used for years by preachers illustrating why we
shouldn’t smoke, but, if it can be used for smoking, then it seems
logical that it could also be used to warn us not to put harmful foods
into our bodies as well.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your
spirit, which are God's.
The craving for food got the children of Israel in trouble:
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in
the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat
for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God
furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that
the waters gushed out , and the streams overflowed; can he give bread
also? can he provide flesh for his people? 21 Therefore the LORD heard
this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also
came up against Israel; 22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted
not in his salvation: 23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above,
and opened the doors of heaven, 24 And had rained down manna upon them
to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
Again, this is just another example showing that the Bible teaches us
that we can be guilty of putting our food cravings above God.
Now we have to assume that God would not have us to hurt ourselves on
purpose. So, doesn’t it proceed logically that we are going against the
will of God when we put food to our mouths that we know is not healthy
or when we put too much food to our mouth making it harmful to our
Obviously, God wants us to enjoy life. He gave us everything in nature,
including sunshine that provides vitamin D, and good tasty natural food
that is healthy for us if we’d just eat it. I think if you monitor your
weight on a regular basis you can tell really quickly whether or not you
are relying on food a little too much in your life.
Eat in moderation. God gives us good sweet stuff like honey to eat, but
warns us against over indulging with it.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest
thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
1 Corinthians 10:31
31 Whether therefore ye eat , or drink , or whatsoever ye do , do all to
the glory of God.
I wrote the book in response to what I see as a real threat to the spiritual
and physical well being of the average Christian today and for those who don't
believe in Christ, hopefully they might see how good God is.
It's not unusual to hear sermons against smoking and
drinking, but we don't hear very much ever said about
overeating. That might change if everyone realized how much
food, especially sugar is actually addictive in the same way
drugs like heroin and morphine are. Sugar and the taste of
sweets stimulate the brain by activating beta endorphin receptor
There seems to be a disconnect to Christians between connecting health to
their spiritual walk. Gluttony is still considered a sin in the Bible, even
though many might argue as to what constitutes gluttony.
Garlic For Your Health and
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for
thousands of years, dating at least as far back as the time that the
Giza pyramids were built. Garlic has been shown to have anti-bacteria
effects and testosterone boosting properties.
The complete title of the book is "Never Quit The
Back to Basics Fitness Guide ". It takes you through the four major
categories or steps to a healthier and happier you. It's not a short
term gimmicky program that we see a lot of these days.