We all admire the Junior with a strong body. We admire the fastest runner, the fastest swimmer, and the one who can jump the highest. The body deserves more careful attention than the finest watch or the most expensive bicycle.
Some people say that it doesn’t make any difference to God what a person eats or drinks. Men sometimes say, “Well, I think what I eat is my own business, and it has nothing to do with religion.” As we look into God’s words , it is very surprising to see how much help is given us in regard to food and health. The Holy Scriptures says;
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?
We are not our own to do what we please. Jesus died for our sins. When we surrender our lives and hearts to Him, we are His from that time on. He dwells in us; we become His earthly temple or dwelling place.
Any church member would think it was terrible to bring some unclean thing into a church. It is just bad for us to take into our body temples that which God has called unclean.
Soldiers, sailors and marines are carefully instructed in the best ways to develop strong bodies. So also the soldiers of Christ should keep his body in the very best condition. If we are to be wide awake to spiritual things, we must have a healthy body. We must prosper in body and soul – in health and in heart, as the gospel states;
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (III John 2)
God gave man fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables for food. Then, after the Flood, He permitted the use of meats. This was about 850 years before the law of Moses was given. However, the Bible divides every animals, birds, and fish into two classes: (1) the clean which may be eaten for food, and (2) the unclean, which are strictly forbidden as food. So important is this distinction that when God called His chosen people, Israel, He asked Moses to list carefully for them the clean and the unclean meats. Moses provided the list although the distinction was already given during the Flood. (Genesis 7:2).
Living creatures in the water may be eaten if they have both fins and scales. That is why the followers of Christ not eat crabs, lobster, catfish, eels, and shrimps, for instance. These do not have both fins and scales.
Furthermore, if animal has a divided hoof and chews the cud, as do the cow, the deer and the sheeps, etc., it may be eaten. If it does not both divided the hoof, and chew the cud, it if forbidden for God. For instance, the rabbit chews the cud but does not divide the hoof. Therefore it should never be eaten. The hog has divided the hoof but does not chew the cud. It is forbidden. That’s why Christians should not use the bacon, ham, pork in any form, nor should they cook with lard. The Bible pronounces them unclean.
Pork is one of the most dangerous of meats. It often contents a tiny worm or parasite, which causes a disease called trichinosis. It causes heart trouble , cramps, and dangerous intestinal trouble. How thankful we should be that God did not try to hide facts from His people. He knows the nature of every animal and he knows the harm that may come from the use of its flesh as food. In His love, God has warned us not to eat unclean animals.
The Holy Scriptures trying to tell us that if anyone defiles his body temple, God will destroy him. It shows that the prohibition against eating swine’s flesh and other unclean animals will still be in force at the time of Jesus coming. In fact, the prophecy declares;
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 66:15-17)
Furthermore, the words of God said;
The LORD made this covenant with you so that no man, woman, family, or tribe among you would turn away from the LORD our God to worship these gods of other nations, and so that no root among you would bear bitter and poisonous fruit.
The LORD will not pardon such people. His anger and jealousy will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will come down on them, and the LORD will erase their names from under heaven. (Deuteronomy 29:18,20)
God will not save those who disobey His will in such matters as the use of poisonous fruits, as well as poisonous herbs. Yet there are several poisons which many Christians use freely, like tobacco and those which defines as “illegal drugs”. The law of life is: “Whatsoever soweth, that he shall also reap.” If you so bad habits, you will reap trouble in the end, if not now.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isaiah 55:2)
It is a sin to waste money on harmful things such as tobacco and illegal drugs. Lets not waste any of our money on Satan’s products. In matters of drink, God said;
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (Prov.20:1)
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (Luke 21:34)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31)
We cannot partake of forbidden meats and forbidden drinks and live to the glory of God. If we are to be saved, we must be pure in body as Jesus was.