"I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

"But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do."
1Co 8:8

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" Mt 6:25

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, " Rabbi, eat something." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." Jn 4:31-34

..." I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" Jn 6:35

Some people of faith go to extremes in all areas of life. Food is no exception. Some well-intentioned Christian groups become fanatics about food, urging strict dietary regulations upon their flock. Usually their dietary "rules" are based on a vegetarian diet. Many other Christian groups often go to the other extreme, placing no emphasis at all on the foods they eat. The truth is that food will not save us, or even bring us closer to God. We must never become food fanatics, directly linking food to our spiritual condition. However, since our bodies are literally a temple of the Holy Spirit, we should be concerned with eating healthy, whole foods as God created. We should also make every effort not to put injurious substances into our bodies. We owe it to our Creator to properly care for the bodies He has given us.

When planning your diet, always select foods in their whole, natural state, as God created them. The complexity of the human body can only be matched by the complexity of whole foods. In our modern world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find whole foods as God created them. Most conventional fruits and vegetables have been sprayed with pesticides. Some fruits and vegetables are now being genetically altered in such a way that pesticides are being built right into them. Enzymes are being genetically processed out of some fruits and vegetables. Animals are injected with growth hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals in an attempt to fatten them up faster and to "try" to keep them healthy. These drugs are passed onto the people who eat them. Conventional dairy products also contain antibiotics and other drugs.

Because of the way man has altered whole foods, we recommend that you look for organic foods when planning your diet. We believe organic farmers and ranchers produce healthier crops and livestock, much along the lines of how God intended. Therefore, if you want to eat as God intended, buy organic or raise your own.

God''s diet for man, as recorded in the Bible includes:

1. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs. See Gn 1:29-30, Eze 47:12, Ge 43:11.

2. Whole grains and legumes. Avoid all refined grains such as white flour and pasta. We recommend sprouted grain bread for most people. Whole grains are best used as fresh as possible. Consider buying a grain mill and make your own fresh flour from whole-wheat berries. See Eze 4:9, 2Sa 17:28-29, Dt 8:7-10

3. Free-range, organic eggs and organic meats. Although we do not believe it is a sin to eat "unclean" meats listed in the Bible, we feel they should be generally avoided because there are much healthier meat choices available. Many of the unclean meats are natural scavengers. For optimal health, we believe the unclean meats mentioned in the Old Testament should be avoided. See Lev 11 and Deut 14 for a complete list. See Ge 9:2-3, Dt 12:15-16, Lk 11:11-12, Mk 7:14-19, Ro 14:14, 1Co 10:25-27

4. Fish. Fish is a Bible food. For optimal health, avoid unclean fish and shellfish. See Lev 11 and Deut 14 for a complete list. See Mk 6:38-42, Jn 21:10-14, Lk 24:40-43

5. Dairy products. Most of the milk consumed in Biblical times was most likely raw goat''s milk, although dairy products from cow''s milk are mentioned. When selecting dairy products, look for raw, un-pasteurized products from trusted sources, as consumed in the Bible. Unfortunately, raw milk is now illegal in most states. Organic dairy products are the next best choice, but they still cannot "fully" be considered a Bible food since man has altered them. Raw cheeses are readily available. See Pr 27:27, Ge 18:8, Job 29:6, 2Sa 17:28

6. Fats such as (organic) butter and (extra-virgin) olive oil are mentioned in the Bible. Expeller pressed sesame and flax oils are also excellent oils and should be used wisely. Tropical oils such as coconut oil can also be beneficial. Avoid all man-made hydrogenated and "fake" fats such as margarine, hardened vegetable shortenings and olestra. God chose oil as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Always buy the highest quality oils available. See Ge 18:8 (NKJV), Dt 8:7-10, Job 29:6

7. Use sweeteners sparingly. Raw honey is mentioned in the Bible. We recommend raw honey, organic molasses, and sucanat. Avoid refined white sugar and artificial chemical sweeteners such as saccharine and nutrasweet. Honey is best used in strict moderation. Honey should not be given to children under the age of two or diabetics. See Ge 43:11, Dt 8:7-10, Pr 24:13, Pr 25:16, Pr 25:27

8. Real sea saltas used in the Bible can be very beneficial. We recommend Celtic sea salt. See Mk 9:50

9. Pure Water. Use a filtration system, rather than drinking tap water. Avoid all other beverages such as pop, coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages. Coffee is a much abused beverage in our society. It is a powerful herb to be used wisely at appropriate times. There are times when home-prepared fresh fruit and vegetable juices can be very beneficial, however, they must also be used very wisely. They must be treated as concentrated foods, not beverages. It is also important to bathe in pure water. Use a shower de-chlorinator to remove chlorine from your shower, if you use city water. God chose water as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Make every effort to drink the purest water available.

10. Carefully consider everything you put into your body. The human body is literally a temple of the Holy Spirit. Although food will not bring us closer to God, we owe it to Him to properly care for the bodies He has given us. We are responsible for making the choices that promote good health. We should consider everything we put into our bodies. See 1Co 10:31, 1Co 3:16-17, 1Co 6:19-20

Since our bodies were created to be nourished by whole foods for optimal health, it seems wise that we use whole food concentrates, rather than fractionated, synthetic ''nutritional'' supplements. There is a time and a place for high dose supplements, however it might be wisest if one consults with a health care professional trained in the use of whole food concentrates. Because God''s wisdom is found in whole foods, it makes good sense to use whole foods and whole food concentrates as the basis of our diet and use caution when using synthetic fragments of whole foods known as ''nutritional supplements.'' "...Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (Mt 19:6)