My friend Food is the essence of life for everyone in this world.People earn to eat food.Food,clothing and shelter are basic necessity that a man needs in life.But today’s generation focuses a lot on food items and food stuffs available in the market.They are simply enticed by the taste rather than the content.The Word of God mentions a lot about the food that we eat and that is healthy for our body.Bible says that Food is for man not man for food.A balanced diet is a must for an individual (which contains all the basic ingredients and components of a healthy diet).
When God created man,HE commanded him in Genesis 1:29-30
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
The food that we eat today is somewhat different from the very food God ordained to be eaten by humans and animals.God made man in HIS own image and made our body as the temple of the Living God.So initially God created man to eat every herb that yields seed(so that it produces more of its kind)and also every tree that has fruit having seed(again to regenerate into a new tree),as our basic food.So was it commanded for the animals on earth, i.e. man was meant to be a vegetarian.But after sin entered the human race,so came to curse(because man lost the Glory of God and authority too),so the basic DNA of man got affected and as the generations progressed further,his lifestyle began to change and it is still changing with changing times and seasons.
Yes in the Old Testament and in the New Testament we can see that even the Prophets and the Apostles were partakers of meat but initially it was not so.In Heaven there is a tree of life(in Paradise)but there is no mention of eating of non-vegetarian items.In the millennium reign Bible says in Isaiah 11:6
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.
The best in the above verse is that the originality of man is restored in the millennium reign of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.When Moses was leading the people in wilderness the food that God initially poured from Heaven was Manna.But as usual Israelite’s grumbled for meat.God was really angry with them HE gave them but reluctantly.My friends its not that God condemns those who take meat but this message is all about HIS First choice.God will restore and reform the perfect order and protocol for a man to live on this earth when JESUS CHRIST comes back the second time on Mount of Olives(in Jerusalem).
Some people may quote saying that every kind of food is sanctified by prayer(as in New Testament),so everything is permissible for man.Some may even quote Peter’s vision of going into Trans as mentioned in Acts 10 that God has cleansed everything for us.But my friend Bible is clear that the Vision that Peter saw regarding the Gentiles(that God loves and accepts the Gentiles too).
Bible says in Romans 14:15-17
Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
When we talk about the Kingdom of God, we talk about the Spiritual first i.e. the Fruit of The Holy Spirit.When we are not able to master the food but food masters us then our flesh controls our Spirit.This becomes an opportunity for the demon of gluttony to enter into a person(this is when any excess amount of food becomes a constant habit beyond the normal).
In the book of Daniel we read the food eaten by Daniel and this Great man of God challenged the king and we know what happened at the end.Yes God has created everything in Nature for man to eat, richly enjoy and be blessed.
1 Corinthians 8:8,13 says:-
Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do… But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak… Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
The above verses involves all sorts of food that are unpleasant in the site of God.When we read the whole context,we can easily make it out.God disciplines HIS people.
My friend JESUS too ate fish.Many consider fish as a part of a normal diet (as it is marine in source).It’s not about only vegetarian or non-vegetarian part but any food that defiles us should be avoided(whatever may be the source).Any food that displeases God(like sacrificed to idols)should be avoided,any food that causes us addiction should be avoided.We should always remember that we are the temple of living God.Let us Pray and consider everything under the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT.Lord JESUS is coming to restore every good thing on earth.Cheer up my friend.God will guide us in every step.God bless You.