The Old Testament did not teach that sin cast you into an everlasting hell fire - the wages of sin was death, that's all.
The New Testament repeatedly teaches that dietary rules are not important - Jesus said that it is what comes OUT of a man's mouth that defiles him, not what goes IN.
So the notion of "eating poorly sends you to hell" can only come up if you cherry-pick some pieces of the old and new testaments in ways that were never intended to go together.
---StrongAxe on 3/12/08|
2000 years ago and even now, Judaism is greatly concerned abuot the kashuroth, which involve laws about food, drink, and clothing. Yet Jesus said, "Do not ask yourself 'What shall we eat?" or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' These are things the pagans worry about."
They were NEVER obligatory upon the Gentiles, in any case. Any Rabbi will tell you that.
OTOH, as the previous poster pointed out, gluttony has always been considered a sin.
---Jack on 3/11/08|
The Bible tells the Israelites/us what we should and should not eat..It gave us dietary laws in Leviticus and the many civil laws therebe....Do we go by the Word of God, or by man's teachings..???
---jana on 5/24/07|
There were numerous restrictions in the Old Testament, but they are no longer binding on us.
Acts 10:10-16. God showed Peter that these restrictions are no longer in effect. See also Matthew 15:11 to see why, in part, this came about.
Now there are still restrictions on gluttony, do rebelling against God by getting drunk will still get you into trouble.
---lorra8574 on 5/22/07|
No where in the Bible does God threaten hell for eating poorly. There really are not any standards. All things are put here by God to enjoy. Eat, drink, just don't get drunk for that is a sin.
---catherine on 5/22/07|
No where in the bible that I know of. What does diet have to do with going to heaven? We should watch what we eat and not become gluttons. Sure, some foods are better, nutritionally, than others, but all food is good to eat if we bless it first, through prayer.
---Robyn on 5/22/07|
I don't know of any restrictions concerning food. We are instructed to ask God to bless our food. We are not to glutton, but we all do at times I am sure.
---shira_5965 on 5/22/07|
No, nobody will go to hell for eating poorly. You may die earlier, but you won't go to hell. Read Galatians 5:19-21 for a list of sins that will keep you out of the Kingdom of God.
---Helen_5378 on 1/9/07|
Leslie. Have a look at 1 Cor 3:16
---Toby on 1/8/07|
There is no where in the Bible that says this. Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, so we must take care of our temples, but you do NOT go to Hell if you don't. You may die earlier, but NOT go to Hell.
---Leslie on 1/7/07|
M. Morgan -- I'm sorry I put I that way. I didn't mean it quite like it sounded. We're on opposite sides of the fence lots of times,but NOT ALWAYS. Glad we agree on this IMPORTANT Big Mac issue !
---Donna2277 on 11/6/06|
Donna2277 , Out of ALL the topic's, you only agree with me on the "Big Mac" issue?
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/5/06|
I sure hope not because I love McDonalds.
The diet laws were applied to the Jewish culture. (remember the vision that Peter recieved, God said to him don't call something unclean which I have made clean.) And Acts says that the only thing we can't eat is food sacrifieced to Idols.
---Jared on 11/4/06|
I can't remember agreeing with Mrs Morgan about anything. BUT I sure do agree with her now.
---Donna2277 on 11/4/06|
I thought I heard it all, but I guess not! Go to hell if one eats a Big Mac instead of a carrot, NOT sound doctrine.
---Mrs._Morgan on 11/4/06|
you seem confused but i bring good news for you.The bible says clearly that we are not to eat unclean foods for they do harm to our body. we are not going to hell for eating the wrong way it is by wht we eat ok.
read leviticus 11 and you will see the foods we are to eat.
---daisy on 11/2/06|
In response to Jack, who quoted Matt 6:31-32, about worrying what you will eat: This is taken out of context. In Matt 6:25-34 Jesus is speaking about faith that God will provide all of our needs. He is not speaking about freedom from dietary restrictions. I do agree that God never said we would go to hell because of a bad diet: the guidlines are designed to keep us healthy. Our salvation isn't hinged on eating bacon, but our health and well being are.
---Lis on 6/21/05|
One thing I can tell you, if you eat poorly, your body sure will go to hell (figure-atively speaking, pardon the pun, i couldn't resist).
---lisa on 6/8/05|
I'm very certain you won't go to hell but you may go to an earlier grave.
God has wisdom in all things. I am under no law to keep dietary requirements. but if God revealed to me from His word from a physicians instruction etc that certain things were off limits for me I would heed that. Well sort of. i mean i drink caffine and I know well it has negetive effects on my joints and aches and pains.
---rachel on 6/4/05|
I will do that Bethie. Have indulged in vitamin C recently: Chocolate, Cherry Cheese Cake, Carrot Cake, Coffee, Cookies, - none of them are in the Bible and that is sad!!!!
---Albert on 6/4/05|
Well Albert when you find it please share it with me ok. :}
---bethie on 6/3/05|
Everyones diet is different, some people are sensitive and allergic to certain foods and others are not. Common sense tells us that after we have eaten something and it has a bad effect on us then we should abstain from that food item, and by the same token if we eat something that has a healthy effect on us then we should continue to partake of that type of food item.
---Eloy on 6/3/05|
I find chocolate ice cream so good and healthy for me. Still scrolling through the Bible to see where it is recommended, but no luck so far ;-(
---Albert on 6/3/05|
While the Bible doesn't enumerate the Seven Deadly Sins as such (which is something that ALL churches use, not just the Roman Catholic Church) in the way it lists the Ten Commandments, this does NOT mean that gluttony is not a sin, now does it?
(I might add that churches have NOT agreed as to exactly how to enumerate the 10 Commandments, as if this made a difference.)
---Jack on 6/2/05|
John: That is an affirmative. It is in the Bible:"Those who worship idols...feasting on pork and mouse and other forbidden meat(s)will come to an evil end (destruction by fire).ISAH 66:15-17
Since eating is also drinking, we note that we are admonished to abstain from all evil (fermented wine, other alcoholic beverages, drugs etc BECAUSE OUR BODIES ARE TEMPLES OF GOD! Summary; practice ABSTINANCE from bad and TEMPERANCE in good things.
---Pierr7958 on 6/2/05|
Cathy:-If you examine the 7 deadly sins you will find that these vices are not conducive to a good christian Life. It is mentioned by Jesus in different parts of the bible examine them one by one & then say if they are Catholic OR CHRISTIAN
Pride, Covetousness, Lust, anger, envy, Gluttony, & Sloth.May God guide you, as you walk in his way to obtain everlasting life.
---Emcee on 6/2/05|
There are food guidlines under the Law, but we are not under the Law, we are under grace.
Although nutritionists have found that the very things that God warned against, are not good for us, ie Shellfish, Pork and other things. All bottom dwellers that carry bacteria.
---Rosa on 6/2/05|
Leviticus 11,tells us clean and unclean foods,I beleave God wants us to be healthy,
And some of the food we eat is really bad for us.Read Lev What does abomination mean to you? I am not sure about food keeping us out of heaven,but it can put us in a early grave God bless you
---glady5446 on 6/2/05|
Ezekiel says that one if the sins of Sodom was fullness of bread. So at least how much we eat can be a sin.
---randy on 6/2/05|
I just want to specify that the '7 deadly sins' that someone spoke of are something that the Catholics preach but that was never written in the Bible. Most people just don't know about it...Cath xox
---Cathy on 6/2/05|
You have a good name. In the book John 4: 14 Jesus has given the answer. It's not what we eat, but what we drink! Jesus offers us "living water"! "whoever drinks the water that I shall give him, will be an inner spring, always welling up for eternal life". What's the difference "being in the kingdom" or "welling up for eternal life"? Jesus is the answer to your question!
---Ernst9433 on 6/2/05|
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols,and from blood,and from things strangled--.!5:28 said it seemed good to the Holy ghost ,and to us to lay no greater burden on people than these necessary things,-.Those were the only food related guidelines what not to eat in the New Testament,we're not under the OT ordinances.
---Darlene_1 on 6/2/05|
The only thing that will send us to hell is failure to repent of our sins and ask Christ into our lives as our Lord & Saviour. What we eat will not condemn us to hell. The laws about food & food preparation back in the OT was due to lack of proper sanitation, storage & cooking. Now-a-days, there's not much problem that way. If we bless our food, we can eat anything.
---Ann5758 on 6/2/05|
I know that there is a church that teaches that no one that eats meat will go to heaven.
I don't know of biblical reason for it. What Jack has written is good.
---sharon on 6/2/05|
Look up and read the rest of this chapter...not enough room here...
Romans 14:1-23 1 Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don't argue about doubtful issues. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat; and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to criticize another's servant? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And stand he will!
---Tanya on 6/2/05|
The book of Leviticus (chapter 11) does give some guidelines for food but I don't believe I've ever read that we'd not be in the kingdom if we didn't follow these guidelines.
---shanna on 6/2/05|
To elaborate a bit upon what Shira said: Yes, gluttony has always been considered one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
But ther'es also the "gluttony of delicacy"--the "All I want is a cup of tea, weak but not too weak and the teeniest weeniest bit of really crisp toast" as the woman in SCREWTAPE LETTERS would complain.
Whether it's excess or delicacy, in either case, the belly is ruling one's life: and either is gluttony.
---Jack on 6/2/05|