Bible Study Outline on Eating Healthy
There are certain types of food the bible forbid us to eat including food made of blood, strangled animal and food offered to the idols. Besides, we are also to take care of our bodies by eating a healthy diet.
If you know that there is a certain food you can’t eat because of a condition, you should not eat it as it will damage your health. We should avoid eating unhealthy food such as food high in cholesterol, MSG and sugar. Your body is made to what it is right now based on the food you feed it. It may not seem at first that the junk food you eat is harming your heath, because it happens progressively. Everyone needs to eat to live but we should not indulge in eating.
Living on a healthy diet is one testimony of a good Christian. If you claim to be a Christian but often eat junks, you are not showing respect to your body as the temple of God. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Your body does not only belong to you. Our body also belong to God because God created us. Jesus died for us on the cross to redeem us. God desires to live us through the Holy Spirit. God wants us to use our bodies to give glory to him. God said that he will destroy anyone that defile the temple of God and our body is the temple of God.
Daniel would not defile his body with the meat of the king or the wine. Daniel recognized that the meat and wine served on the king’s table are forbidden by God. He challenged the guard to give him and his friends vegetables and water for 10 days. After 10 days, they looked much healthier compared to the others who were served with the royal food. In the same way, God wants us to maintain a healthy diet by eating food that are nutritious.
When God give us our bodies, he also gave us instructions on how we are to maintain it. We can find healthy diet tips recommended by nutritionists on the books and internet. We are to present our body as a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable God. If we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, we cannot also indulge in bad habits that reduce our physical strength. Your emotion can have effect on your health. You should not starve yourself or binge on food because of an emotional problem. The bible says a merry heat is like a medicine but a broken spirit will dry up the bone. We are to stay cheerful, rely on God in prayer, and give thanks to him in all circumstances.
That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15:29 KJV)
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. (Proverbs 23:20-21 KJV)
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. (Genesis 9:3 KJV)
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. (Proverbs 23:2 KJV)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)
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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV)
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:29-31 KJV)
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. (1 Timothy 5:23 KJV)
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23 KJV)