Wednesday, May 25, 2016

God, the Bible and the Food Connection

Bible Verses & Nutrition

Food and proper nutrition are mentioned throughout the Bible and other religious books.

Here are some of the Bible verses that mention the importance of food and nutrition.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Genesis 1:29

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Genesis 9:3

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Proverbs 23:20-21

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Matthew 4:4 

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Proverbs 23:20 

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,

Leviticus 11:1-47

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you.

Deuteronomy 8:3

And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Proverbs 30:8-9 

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is theLord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Leviticus 7:23

“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat.

Leviticus 7:23-24

“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat. The fat of an animal that dies of itself and the fat of one that is torn by beasts may be put to any other use, but on no account shall you eat it.

Daniel 1:11-16

Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food.

Ezekiel 4:9 

“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer, and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it.

1 Corinthians 10:25 

Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.

Isaiah 25:6

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

Ephesians 5:18

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

John 12:24 

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Daniel 1:1-21

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Acts 27:33-34 

As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.”

John 3:12 

If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

Jeremiah 15:16 

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

Food & Religion                                                          

Many of the features that shape dietary habits are derived from religious laws. All over the world many people choose to eat or avoid certain foods according to their religious beliefs. When a dietary practice is preserved by religious dogma it is given additional force.

Dietary differences linked to religion should be considered when planning a balanced diet. While not all religions have specific guidance regarding food, here are some of the major religions and a brief look at how they impact eating habits.

Buddhism considers living beings to be sacred, a belief that has translated into widely practiced vegetarianism and veganism. Violence towards animals is considered to translate into human aggression; hence most Buddhists will keep to the principle of ahimsa (non-violence or harmlessness) and avoid all foods related to processes where harm was done. Some Buddhists avoid meat and dairy products while others avoid only meat.  Buddhists also avoid the consumption of alcohol. Monks of this religion fast in the afternoon and rely on ‘alms’ or donations of food as they, along with Buddhist nuns, are not allowed to cultivate, store or cook their own food.

Food regulations differ from one Christian denomination or group to another, with some groups not observing any restrictions at all. Some fasting days are observed by Catholic and Orthodox Christians on certain days such as Good Friday or during Lent. In earlier centuries, meat and dairy products were avoided during a substantial portion of the year, but today it often just means eating fish on a Friday. The ritual of consuming bread and wine (Holy Communion or the Eucharist) is regularly celebrated but its symbolic or actual meaning in relation to the body and blood of Jesus Christ depends on the denomination.

Hinduism is one of the most ancient religions in the world and, although meat was not originally prohibited, many Hindus today regard vegetarianism as a way to maintain the respect observed for life. Hinduism is characterized by the avoidance of the killing of any animal, the cleansing of those involved in food preparation, which is a reflection on previously existing caste-restricted practices, and the symbolism of certain foods. The cow is held in high regard as a symbol of abundance and so it is not eaten by Hindus, yet products such as milk, butter and yogurt may be eaten. Some Hindus fast on selected days as a mark of respect to certain gods.

The main food practices in Islam involve specific ritual slaughtering procedures for animals of consumption (haram practices), fasting during the month of Ramadan, the avoidance of pork and of intoxicating liquor. Foods are categorized as halal (those than may be eaten) and haram (those that should be avoided), as are other aspects of life. Most foods are halal while the list of haram foods includes pork, alcohol and any products that may contain emulsifiers made from animal fats (such as gelatins and margarines). Bread and bread products fermented by yeast may contain traces of alcohol and in some cases may be considered haram. Moderation in all things, including eating and dietary habits, are an integral part of Islam.

In this religion foods are divided into kosher (allowed) or trefa (forbidden). Characteristics of kosher foods include animals that have a completely split hoof and chew cud (such as cows, goats and sheep), while kosher fish must have fins and scales. In general all plant foods are kosher. In addition, a specific slaughtering process must be followed for meat to be considered kosher. Meat and dairy products must not be prepared, stored or eaten together and certain fasting days are observed (especially Yom Kippur). During the celebration of Passover, food helps to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Rastafari Movement
Most Rastafarians are vegetarian or vegan. Foods that may be consumed by people practicing this religion are called ital; these foods are characterized by having no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, hence being considered pure or natural. Rastafarians also avoid the consumption of alcohol and in some cases also tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks as it is considered that these foods confuse the soul.

Food selection is due to different reasons, with religion being one of the strongest principles on which diets are based. Sacred space and time (altars, shrines, feast and fasting days), as well as symbolism and myth (what foods represent or the stories they recall) are all part of religious rituals linked to food. Regardless of religious views, it is important to follow a balanced diet and favorable lifestyle for optimum health.

The Daniel Diet                                                          

The following verses indicate that the simple diet chosen by Daniel was vegetables and water. Nearly all Bible translations interpret this diet using either the words vegetables, pulse or even grain. The King James version chose the word pulse. The actual word translated here is zeroa' (zeraim) which refers to seeds. Zera is the very same word used in Genesis 1:29. The word pulse is used in some translations because pulse is actual edible seeds like legumes and those seeds from pods.
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.

Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the youths who are your own age? Then you would make me forfeit my head to the king."

But Daniel said to the overseer whom the commander of the officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, "Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink. (emphasis provided)

"Then let our appearance be observed in your presence and the appearance of the youths who are eating the king's choice food; and deal with your servants according to what you see."

So he listened to them in this matter and tested them for ten days.
 Daniel 1:8-14
The Daniel Diet was not a different diet than the Bible diet passed from generation to generation since Adam. Daniel simply requested the diet he knew to be right. However, during this 10-day test and subsequent training, Daniel and his three friends restricted themselves to the the first two classes of our four Bible food groups.

Daniel did not have extra-biblical instructions to restrict his diet to, say, lentils and water. Without doubt, Daniel and his companions availed themselves of the most vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables grown in the fertile Mesopotamian soil.

For review, here is the verse from Genesis which Daniel relied upon when choosing his food:
And God said, Behold, 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

Note 1: every tree whose yield bears seed
Examples: apples, avocados, grapefruit, pecans, papaya, cherries, olives, walnuts

Note 2. every plant whose yield bears seed
Examples: tomatoes, beans, lentils, wheat, berries, squash, corn, rye

Daniel could have chosen to eat clean animal meat and drinks other than water. These were not forbidden in the Levitical dietary laws. However, the king's meat did not meet the standards for health. The food was offered to idols. This did not make the meat unclean in itself, but offering the meat to idols made it common. The children of Israel were also forbidden to eat common foods because they were called apart for a high purpose and so are we. See Deuteronomy 14:21.

In the Bible, wine may refer to either fermented drink or pure juice. The wines of the king were likely fermented and also poured out tributary to the the gods of Babylon. The food and wine themselves became desirous idols for gluttony. Daniel was captive in a foreign land because his people had fallen into similar practices. He had no taste to be associated with idolatry in any form.

The king's food was sensual and detrimental, but fruits and vegetables with seed are cleansing. There is little doubt that a 10 day test would have revealed this. From what we know of Daniel, he faced tests and challenges with prayer. Daniel dined at the real King's table. He was not ashamed to petition God. Actually, he would rather face a den of hungry lions than to forfeit his right ask of God. If we do not ask, we do not directly receive. Daniel understood this.
Daniel study   

At the end of ten days their appearance seemed better and they were fatter than all the youths who had been eating the king's choice food.

So the overseer continued to withhold their choice food and the wine they were to drink, and kept giving them vegetables.

As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams.

Then at the end of the days which the king had specified for presenting them, the commander of the officials presented them before Nebuchadnezzar.

The king talked with them, and out of them all not one was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king's personal service.

As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm.

And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus the king.
 Daniel 1:15-21

List of Foods with Religious Symbolism                     

The following list of foods with religious symbolism provides details, and links to articles, of foods which are used in religious communities or traditions to symbolize an aspect of the faith, or to commemorate a festival or hero of that faith group.

Many such foods are also closely associated with a particular date or season. As with all religious traditions, some such foods have passed into widespread secular use, but all those on this list have a religious origin. The list is arranged alphabetically and by religion.

Many religions have a particular 'cuisine' or tradition of cookery, associated with their culture. This list is not intended for foods which are merely part of the cultural heritage of a religious body, but specifically those foods that bear religious symbolism in the way they are made, or the way they are eaten, or both.

Baklava - in Greece, it is supposed to be made with 33 dough layers, referring to the years of Christ's life
Cattern cake - small individual cakes with caraway seeds, made on St. Catherine's Day (25 November) to celebrate St Catherine of Alexandria.
Christopsomo - a type of Tsoureki bread served at Christmas in Greece; Christmas symbols, and a cross, are traditionally incorporated into the loaf using dough shapes; it is flavoured with figs.
Easter biscuit - associated with Easter, particularly in parts of England.
Easter egg - associated with Easter, as a symbol of new life.
Fanesca - Soup eaten during Holy Week in Ecuador. It contains twelve types of beans representing the Apostles and salt cod representing Jesus Christ.
St George cake - individual fairy cakes with white icing, and a red icing cross, eaten on St George's Day (23 April).
Hot cross bun - traditionally eaten on Good Friday after the Good Friday Liturgy, to break the fast required of Christians on that day.
Koulourakia - pastry dessert served on Easter Day in parts of Greece.
Lammas loaf - ordinary bread, but baked using flour from the first cut of the new harvest, for the eucharist of Lammas Festival (1 August).
Lampropsomo - a type of Tsoureki bread, flavoured with ground cherry stones, served at Easter in Greece; the name signifies the light of Christ, and red-painted hard boiled eggs are inserted as a symbol of Christ's blood (often three eggs, symbolic of the Holy Trinity).
Michaelmas cake - served at Michaelmas (29 September) this cake is identical to a butterfly cake, but the 'wings' represent angels rather than butterflies.
Pancakes - traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday to symbolise the end of rich eating before Lent (which begins the following day).
Pretzel - Southern France monks (610 AD) baked thin strips of dough into the shape of a child's arms folded in prayer.
Religieuse - a type of éclair common in France, made to resemble a nun (which is the meaning of its name).
Simnel cake - symbolically associated with Lent & Easter and particularly Mothering Sunday (the fourth Sunday of Lent).
Stollen - a German fruit bread with marzipan, eaten during Advent; it recalls a special Advent tradition restricted to Germany, granted by the Pope in the so-called "butter letter" (1490).
Święconka - a savoury meal, each element of which is symbolic, blessed in churches on Holy Saturday, and eaten on Easter Day, in Poland.
Wine - one of the elements of consecration used in the sacrament of the eucharist.

Apples and honey - eaten on Rosh Hashanah, to symbolize a sweet new year; other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served, depending on local custom, such as the head of a fish to symbolize the "head" of the year.
Bread - two loaves of bread (lechem mishneh), usually braided challah, the blessing over which the Sabbath meals commence, symbolic of the double portion of manna that fell for the Israelites on the day before Sabbath during their 40 years in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt.
Cheese blintzes, cheese kreplach, cheesecake, cheese sambusak, atayef (a cheese-filled pancake), a seven-layer cake called siete cielos (seven heavens) and other dairy foods are traditionally eaten on Shavuot, and have various symbolic meanings all connected to the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai celebrated on this holiday.
Charoset - a sweet paste eaten at the Passover Seder, symbolically representing the mortar made by the Jews in Egyptian slavery.
Hamantash - a triangular pastry filled with fruit, nuts, or seeds (especially poppy seeds) and eaten at the festival of Purim, being symbolic of the ears of the defeated enemy.
Latkes - potato pancakes, known as latkes in Yiddish, especially among Ashkenazi families, Sephardi, Polish and Israeli families eat jam-filled doughnuts (pontshkes), bimuelos (fritters) and sufganiyot, all of which are fried in oil, eaten on Hanukkah, to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple alight for eight days.
Maror - a bitter herb eaten at the Passover Seder meant to remind of the bitterness of slavery
Matzo - a type of unleavened bread eaten at the Passover Seder (and the following week), symbolically recalling the Jews leaving Egypt in too much haste to allow their bread to rise in the ovens.
Wine - for the recitation of kiddush at the beginning of Shabbat and Festival meals, at the Havdalah service at the conclusion of the Sabbath, and for the Seven Blessings of the wedding ceremony.

Baklava - associated with the fasting month of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr by the Balkans and Ottoman Empire.
Dates - traditionally dates are eaten at the Iftar meal to break the fast of Ramadan, symbolically recalling the tradition that the prophet Muhammad broke his fast by eating three dates.
Halva - on the 7th and 40th days and first anniversary following the death of a Muslim, the semolina or flour helva is offered to visitors by relatives of the deceased; it is known in Turkish as “helva of the dead”. The ritual is also performed in Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran.
Ketupat - packed rice wrapped in a woven palm leaf. Associated with Eid ul-Fitr among Muslims in Southeast Asia.
Rendang - spicy meat dish of Minangkabau. The ingredients of the food contains symbolism of the Minangkabau culture: the chili symbolizes ulama and sharia, the meat symbolizes clan leaders, the coconut milk symbolizes teachers, spice mixture symbolizes the rest of Minangkabau society,

Ghee - sacred food of the Devas. Burnt in the ritual of Aarti, offered to gods, and used as libation or anointment ritual.
Pongal - a Tamil dish associated with many Hindu rituals and feast such as the Pongal feast.

Dumpling - symbolizes wealth because the shape is similar to money-related instruments such as the tael (Chinese weight measure) or Chinese ingots (especially the jau gok). They are eaten at midnight of Chinese New Year.
Noodle - symbolizes longevity, usually served in the Chinese New Year’s Eve

Tofu - the abura-age (soybean curd) is a favorite food of the god Inari and is offered to him.

God & the Food Connection                                        

When we get sick, I mean really sick, we pray to God for His help to heal us from the disease. Then, we sit around waiting on God to come through.

But, God has already told us in many ways how to heal ourselves from most diseases!
The Bible
First of all, we need to stop thumping the Bible and start reading the Bible! There are thousands of passages in the Bible and other similar books that explain what foods we should be eating if we want to be healthy!

In addition, we need to stop praying so much asking God for help, when He has already given us His help! We need to learn how tolisten to God (i.e. meditation) because, in many cases, He has already given us the solution to our problem!

But, we ignore these messages, and, we run to the doctor for a magic pill that just makes us even sicker! The drug may work temporarily but, in the long term, the drug does more harm than good.

To make matters worse, many pastors and church leaders fail to preach any sermons about the Power of God's super foods! Ironically, many pastors, church leaders, and church members continue to suffer unnecessarily with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases!

God's Super Foods
God's super foods include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and lentils. Green vegetables and bright-colored vegetables contain many micronutrients that help to nourish and heal the human body, i.e. carotenoids, chlorophyll, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin C, etc.

Chlorophyll is the green pigment molecule in plants and is responsible for absorbing the sun's energy for photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is also one of the most powerful healing nutrients that helps to reduce insulin resistance and remove toxins from the body.Interestingly, the chlorophyll molecule in plants is chemically similar to hemoglobin in human blood! Do you think that's a coincidence? Do you think it's a coincidence that these green super foods created by God have the power to protect and repair our bodies from disease?

Note: The only difference between the chlorophyll and hemoglobin molecules is that the central atom in chlorophyll is magnesium, whereas in humans it is iron. As a food supplement, chlorophyll can detoxify and purify the blood and liver, help build red blood cells and aid in tissue repair. 

FYI: Chlorella and spirulina are blue-green algae superfoods that contain very high levels of chlorophyll and a plethora of vitamins, minerals, fiber, EFAs, peptides, and nucleic acids, giving this food the ability to cleanse and detoxify the colon, liver, and blood as well strengthen the immune system.

So, if these super foods created by God are so powerful, why do we run to the doctor to get a prescription drug created by Man? Is Man smarter than God? (Of course not!) But, why do so many of us including church leaders take prescription drugs???

People, we need to wake up!

Now, for those of you who don't read the Bible, there is another way that God has told us how to heal ourselves from most diseases.

Food and the Sign of Nature

God placed His sign on the food -- it's called His "Signature". Signature stands for "Sign of Nature". This philosophy says that plants look like the body part they're meant to heal, nourish and support.Slow Death: KFC & MacDonalds French FriesGods Super Foods!

Many scientists call this "sign of nature" philosophy a bunch of hogwash, superstition and mere coincidence. They believe that only their drugs can heal the body! Hmm-mm -- maybe that'shogwash ...

Healthcare professionals in the natural health arena believe God left us these clues on purpose so we could nourish our bodies.
Take a look through the list below and decide for yourself … do raw foods contain clues from God?
Sliced Carrots1. Sliced Carrots:
They look like the human eye (complete with pupil, iris and radiating lines), and research shows carrots enhance blood flow and function of the eyes.
Tomatoes2. Tomatoes:
Like your heart, a tomato has four chambers and is red. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is excellent for your heart.
Grapes3. Grapes:
A cluster of grapes is shaped like your heart, and each grape could be a blood cell. Science shows that grapes are nourishing for your heart and blood.
Walnuts4. Walnuts:
These wrinkly nuts look like little brains, which makes sense considering walnuts help develop more than three dozen neurotransmitters for brain function, and are a rich source of brain-healthy Omega-3 fats.
Kidney Beans5. Kidney Beans:
Of course these look like your kidneys, and they contain nutrients that can help maintain and heal kidney function. Kidney beans are also an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum. This mineral helps detoxify sulfites, a type of preservative added to many foods (and to which many people are sensitive), from the body.
Celery, Bok Choy and Rhubarb6. Celery, Bok Choy and Rhubarb:
These and other rigged, ribbed veggies resemble your bones. They are also 23 percent sodium -- just like your bones -- which is important since your body will pull sodium from your bones if it doesn't get enough from your diet.
Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears7. Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears:
Ever notice how these raw foods resemble a woman's womb and cervix? Well, eating one avocado a week has been found to help balance hormones, prevent cervical cancer and help women shed birth weight. Ironically, it also takes nine months for an avocado to grow from blossom to ripened fruit.
Figs8. Figs:
These fruits are full of seeds and hang in twos while growing. They're also known to increase the number and mobility of sperm and help overcome male infertility.
Sweet Potatoes9. Sweet Potatoes:
These veggies look like your pancreas and help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They're even known as an "anti-diabetic" food.
Olives10. Olives:
Shaped much like a woman's ovaries, olives actually support the function of the ovaries.
Oranges, Grapefruits and Other Citrus11. Oranges, Grapefruits and Other Citrus:
These resemble mammary glands, and the fruits assist the health of the breasts.
Onions12. Onions:
These look like your body's cells, and science shows that onions help to remove waste materials from your body's cells.

For more information about God and nutrition, go to the God & Healing and Spiritualityweb pages.

Now, for those of you who don't believe in God, there's science! And, scientific studies have demonstrated the power of food and nutrients such as Vitamin C,  Vitamin E, CoQ10, and Omega-3s.

Note: There are other "connections" discussed on this website:
Do We Really Believe and Trust in God?

It's ironic that people say they live their life according to the Word of God, but they eat processed foods and dead foods that go against what's in the Bible!  

Here's one of Mr. McCulley's many stories about the church, God, and food.During a presentation to a church congregation, Mr. McCulley said to the congregation: "Raise your hand if you truly believe and trust in God."
Every single person in the congregation raised their hand.
Then, after putting their hands down, Mr. McCulley said: "Raise your hand if you're diabetic.  A lot of hands went up.
Then, Mr. McCulley said: "Keep your hand up. Now, raise your hand if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. A lot more hands went up.
Then, Mr. McCulley said: "Given all of you with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, how many of you take some kind of medication? Keep your hand up if you take any kind of medication. Almost all of the hands remained up.
Then, Mr. McCulley said: "You just told me that you believe and trust in God, but, instead of relying on the Super Foods created by God, we rely on the drugs created by Man!
This created a major buzz throughout the congregation, plus a lot of Amens.
After his speech, several church leaders and members of the congregation admitted that no one had ever explained the "connection" between God, His message, and His food the way that Mr. McCulley explained it.

Unfortunately, we have a lot of Bible-thumpers who praise God, but ignore His message about proper nutrition!

It's so sad: Mr. McCulley says that he can "feel" the suffering and the impending death in the room as he walks into a church and looks over the congregation.

Bottom-line: It's easy to praise God ... but, it's more difficult to actually follow His Word -- especially when it comes to food ...
Note: For more information and passages from the Bible about food, nutrition, gluttony, etc. visit our God and Healing web page.

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