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The Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #53



TEXT: Numbers 11:31-34

31 And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.

32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague.

34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaa-vah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

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REGARDING INTERMITTENT FASTING:

James Clear, author of “The Quick Start Guide to Intermittent Fasting,” writes regarding daily intermittent fasting: “Because daily intermittent fasting is done every day it becomes very easy to get into the habit of eating on this schedule. Right now, you’re probably eating around the same time every day without thinking about it. Well, with daily intermittent fasting it’s the same thing, you just learn to not eat at certain times, which is remarkably easy. One potential disadvantage of this schedule is that because you typically cut out a meal or two out of your day, it becomes more difficult to get the same number of calories in during the week. Put simply, it’s tough to teach yourself to eat bigger meals on a consistent basis. The result is that many people who try this style of intermittent fasting end up losing weight. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your goals.”

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Ignatius Bryan-chan-i-nov said, “Everyone should rule his body with great prudence, after exploring his physical powers. For a strong and healthy body, special fasts and vigils are suitable; they make it lighter, and give the mind a special wakefulness. A weak body should be strengthened by food and sleep according to one’s physical needs, but on no account to gluttony. Gluttony is extremely harmful for it weakens the body and makes it susceptible to disease.”

According to The Annals of Internal Medicine, Obesity comes with a higher risk of reflux disease which causes stomach acid or intestinal secretions to leak into your esophagus. Common symptoms include heartburn, indigestion, coughing (especially at night), hoarseness, and belching. Between 10 percent and 20 percent of the general population experience these symptoms regularly — with the worst conditions causing erosion of the esophagus and esophageal cancer.

This is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, but if you listen and take heed, this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.

Because of their discontent and their gluttony, God sent a deadly plague among the children of Israel. Essentially, their desire for meat is what caused them to suffer under this plague. And, it has been proven that many of the foods we eat — and eat too much of — either cause or contribute to diseases that eventually kill us.

According to NaturalOn, bread (even wheat bread) “causes blood sugar disruption, increases weight gain, speeds up the aging process, and greatly increases your risk of diabetes.” Sugar contributes to the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and causes spikes in blood sugar; it also causes weight gain and feeds cancer cells. Vegetable oils contain free radicals that damage cells and speed up the aging process. Fast food, most of which contains the three items just mentioned — bread, sugar, and vegetable oil, causes your arteries to slowly harden and clogs up the blood with cholesterol.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Gluttony — consuming the wrong foods and more food than is necessary — kills. The children of Israel found that out. They were not under any disillusionment about why so many of their people died. Note that in verse 34, the Bible does not say, “There they buried the people that died because of the plague.” Instead, it says, “There they buried the people that lusted [the people that desired meat and displayed a spirit of gluttony].” This story serves as a stark reminder that gluttony and bad eating habits come with a price.

If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, next time, we will continue looking at what this passage tells us about God’s plan for man’s eating habits.

PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing why he recommends not using any vegetable oils. He writes, “Fried animal foods, such as fried chicken, are probably the most dangerous foods in existence because they combine high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, with high levels of oil. In other words, your blood vessels are getting a triple-whammy when you eat fried animal foods. Even seemingly ‘innocent’ foods such as movie popcorn are dangerous as they are usually popped in coconut or palm oil, both of which are extremely high in saturated fat.”

Now, we are going to continue looking at “Safety and Side Effects” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:

Consulting with your doctor is particularly important if you:

Have diabetes.
Have problems with blood sugar regulation.
Have low blood pressure.
Take medications.
Are underweight.
Have a history of eating disorders.
Are a female who is trying to conceive.
Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

All that being said, intermittent fasting does have an outstanding safety profile. There is nothing “dangerous” about not eating for a while if you are healthy and well nourished overall.