Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Masterpiece of the Master Artist

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“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.”-Jeremiah 1:5

You are a Masterpiece of Art created by The Master Artist. To God you are absolutely beautiful. Your magnificent body was given to you as a special gift.

Think of how wondrously God created you; from your thumbs to your eyeball, you are a triumph of Divine engineering.

The best way to show someone that you are thankful for a gift given to you is to take care of that gift and use it properly.

There are many ways to care for our bodies.

My Basic Philosophy on Health.

I believe God created us. We are not a series of accidents but the deliberate design of an all knowing, loving God. He provided us with everything we need to be perfectly healthy and happy and to live forever.

The first man, Adam, sinned and brought the curse of death on the whole universe. Because of this, we get sick and will eventually die. Life is fatal. No matter what we do, we won’t get out of it alive. This is a fact.

But the better we take care of our bodies, the better we will feel and the more we can accomplish for God before we die.

This doesn’t mean we won’t be sick. We still live under the curse and in a fallen world. It just means we lower our chances and severity of illness.

We must work at maintaining our health, but this is the least we can do to show God how thankful we are for this wondrous gift of life.

“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.” Genesis 1:29

Right after creating humankind, God told them they could eat of any of the plants and trees in the garden. In fact, because death came with Adam’s sin, they would have been vegetarians before the Fall. That means the plants and trees in the garden contained everything necessary to life.

“And unto Adam He said, ‘…cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;’” Genesis 3:17-19

After the fall, man was to eat not just the plants and trees, but God instructed them to eat bread also.

And the very dirt is cursed. I believe this means our dirt is dying and not as productive or as full of vitamins and minerals as it used to be.

"Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” Genesis 9:3

After the flood, God told Noah he could eat meat- the flesh of animals.

I have no proof, but I think something in the flood changed the dirt of our planet enough that life could no longer be easily supported without adding meat to the diet. God knew this was going to happen and gave us meat-eating teeth, meat-eaters instincts, and a meat-eater’s appendix at Creation. We are equipped to handle flesh better, in fact, than plants. Plant eaters have much larger appendixes in order to better digest the plant matter.

When God gave the Mosaic Law He gave ceremonial, moral/civic, and health laws. They were all symbolic of Christ and the church. None of them are important today for our salvation.

However, if we were to follow the moral/civic laws, our countries would be nicer places to live, (in fact, the American Founding Fathers based our original laws on the Mosaic Law).

If we follow the health laws, we will be healthier.

“There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
Whenever man has tried to “improve” on anything God has done, he messes it up. There are negative consequences (usually unseen at first). The closer we can stay to the way God made things in the beginning, the healthier we will be.

Now, fixing what is broken due to the Fall is different. Man can repair bones, stop heart attacks and do all sorts of wonderful repair jobs. We should thank the Lord that we live in a time with this technology available.

But when it comes to improving on the original creation of God, man always messes it up somehow.

Let’s take vaccinations for example....

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