Remember my post What Goes Into Our Food? In it I shared a little bit about the fact that our family avoids certain foods. I also mentioned the dietary laws of the Old Testament. Now, before you read on, or in case you are tempted to judge, let me clarify something really important: Keeping all or some of the dietary laws of the Old Testament will not get us into Heaven! So why keep them? For health reasons? Or why else?
After discussing this with our friend from the UK the other day I was delighted that we share the same opinion. This is what he said:
I agree with you about food and the food laws etc. It just makes sense. I just think, if that is what the Lord recommends . . .
Guidelines — Advice I Have Found Helpful
- Feed your body with the food that God created for you.
- Eat the food cooked, of course, if need be, but stick mainly to its original (non-processed) form.
- Don’t go overboard, meaning, don’t think of your body and the food more highly than you should — don’t idolize them.
It hasn’t been a quick or easy way. Our family went through quite some struggles. We didn’t want to be “too legalistic” or way out of line with God’s Word. On the other side, we were eager to find out what God says about this topic. So we searched the Scriptures. Then we read some books about it. The following contains the best advice we have come across — and from which we have drawn the three guidelines I just listed above.
What the Bible Says About Healthy Living — 3 Principles That Will Change Your Diet and Improve Your Health, by Rex Russell, M.D. is a book that has helped our family tremendously in choosing what to eat and what to avoid. The author refers to some of the laws found in the Old Testament. He emphasizes, though, that keeping these laws will not get us into heaven.
There is only one way to be saved which Titus 3 explains it in a nutshell:
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.