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Why Are Christians Gluttons

In the old testament a son could be stoned for being either a glutton or drunkard. Why are the majority of Christians gluttons today? Does it effect our witness?

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 ---The_Glutton on 6/17/06
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How many Christians have you interviewed to be able to come to the conclusion that most Christians are gluttons? If you are judging them after they have gone to church, you might consider that they might not have had time to eat breakfast and by lunchtime they're starving or suffering from low blood sugar.
---laura8395 on 5/13/08

Some people have called me Mama Cass, LOL.
I don't let it bother me, I just waddle away from them. Amen?
---Holly4jc on 5/12/08

Just for the record...I did not write the blog above...someone is playing games. I might not know who it is, but God does. :-)
---Holly4jc on 5/12/08

Ummm, I've had a gastic bypass, lost half of my weight but I'm gaining it back. My husband has even mentioned it to me, I am very depressed. My flirting days will soon be over. LOL.
---Holly4jc on 5/12/08

people who suffer come to God, and drink and smoke and all: sinners actually believe it or not. Give them time in the saving grace of the word in their hands, and if they continue head long one by one they will repair their breach if they decide to do the commandments for a full Christian flavor.
---Michael on 5/12/08

Abnormal gluttony can be a symptom of demon possession. Unexplained weight gain, with little food, reaching a gigantic weight.
Spirit of heaviness is a demon that can attach itself to someone with unforgiveness that leads to depression.
---Jhonny on 5/12/08

Even a gastric bypass can't bypass a demon of gluttony. If you have a demon problem, it won't be long before every single lb. comes right back on. You may even end up at a greater size or gigantic weight due to a demon. That's how you know if it's a demon of gluttony, nothing stands in it's way until you eat your way out of house and home.
---jhonny on 5/12/08

If you are harboring a fleet of medicated demons under your skin, you will gain weight. Antidepressants slow the system down to a snail's pace, and if you have gluttony - medicated demons - you're going to have a struggle on your hands to keep that weight off. Most everyone I know that's had a bypass is suffering with major depression or heaviness. Some were able to rid themselves of depression but many were not any happier being thin. It's a spirit of gluttony.
---Jhonny on 5/12/08

Some people have called me Mama Cass, LOL.
I don't let it bother me, I just waddle away from them. Amen?
---Holly4jc on 5/12/08

probably because it is legal...there are a lot of oerweight chrsitians, maybe because it seems to be a sin to want to look nice. saying that i have a glutton issue which i have tried to rectify by purging but i am still fat. is there any hope for fat people?
---michelle on 5/12/08

Root: Depression
Spirit of heaviness

Self pity

Isa 61:3
Neh 2:2, 8:10
Prov 15:13
Psalms 69:20
Luke 4:18
Romans 9:2
---Michelle on 7/1/07

Well . . . generally, I understand that if we have God's self-control, we can easily control how much we eat and select our weight . . . in submission to Him, though, NOT just in order to make ourselves look good and desirable to people. But to please God.

Now, I used to control my weight because my CONCEIT would not allow me to get plump. Now, I offer myself to God for Him to manage me.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/1/07

Well, I can get TEMPTED to look down on people who are overweight. But this is not loving them. And it IS self-righteous judging; because, while I may be the perfect middle weight, myself, I have my OWN sin problems . . . including how I can self-righteously criticize others, instead of having compassion for them like Jesus wants > "He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness." (Hebrews 5:2)
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/1/07

I may not have trouble controlling how much I eat; but I can have sexual self-control problems . . . USING females just to look at and for imagining, instead of loving and caring for them. And my paranoid nonsense can have me CURSING people with my assumptions and suspicions, rather than blessing them and caring for them in prayer. So, MY sin problems are anti-LOVE, which I'd say can be worse than eating too much.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/1/07

In the United States, we have such a promotion of women being slender, with a nice shape, acting charming. And this helps cause DISCRIMINATION which has people liking and loving nicer looking ones more than we love and give attention to people overweight.

THIS is anti-LOVE . . . a very cruel sort of discrimination. Jesus wants us to love ALL > "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" (in Matthew 5:46) Satan can use this to cancel us from Jesus and from real love.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/1/07

If people discriminate against you because you are overweight, this can be because they do not know what real love is. And in their marriages, they are paying for this > self-gratifiying love degrades such people so they can't keep out of arguing and hurting the ones they chose to marry. You need to love these people >

"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved." (2 Corinthians 12:15)
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/1/07

You might have guessed correctly, that I am trying to get cozy with a few Christian ladies who are overweight (-:}
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/1/07

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The question is raised from Deuteronomy 21:20, a section called "Laws for Human Relationships". It had more to do with breaking the 4th Commandment about obeying your parents, than it did about a young man being fat and drunken. So too, today. It really has no bearing on our Christian witness regarding our weight, in my reading of the Scripture.
---harold on 6/30/07

The bible's use of glutton does not mean over-eating. According to Strong's, it means:

to be worthless, be vile, be insignificant, be light, to make light of, squander, be lavish with, to shake, tremble, quake.

Scriptures surrounding this word are often wrongly and unfairly applied to overweight people.
---AlwaysOn on 6/29/07

You'e asked a very good question.

More than one person has observed that this is the only one of the seven deadly sins that is socially acceptable among Bible-believing Christians.

If you don't believe me, just attend any parish potluck or dinner-on-the-grounds.
---Jack on 6/29/07

I think that preacher that are over wiegh is because thay travel so much and eat out and and i know in our church our pators take the visting preacher out to eat My Pastor is not over weigh
---Betty on 9/3/06

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T.S. unfortunately there are millions of people in the world who are not guilty of having that second helping. Millions dont even have a first helping. That is kind of the point, when some folks have too much and some folks have nothing maybe it is time for the folks with too much to step up to the plate, sorry for the pun.
---randy on 6/21/06

I think that gluttony is a bigger problem in American than in many other countries because food is much cheaper there. We do have overweight people in U.K., some of them VERY overweight, but it is a smaller problem here (unfortunately it is a growing problem though). Eating the wrong food is as much a problem as eating too much food. Relatives who have visited U.S. tell me that fast food e.g. burgers and hotdogs are twice as big and half the price of ours. That's a temptation to eat more.
---emg on 6/19/06

you have to understand the custom of their day back then, when huge banquets would last for days, and they would eat and eat and eat (and drink) until they made themselves sick and they'd go out and throw it all up, come right back and start all over again! THAT is gross, and THAT is what the term "gluttony" means. If gluttony meant just having that second helping when you know you really shouldn't, then there's hardly a person on earth who wouldn't be continually guilty of it.
---T.S. on 6/19/06

Where did the phrase "seven deadly sins" come from? Is it a Roman Catholic concept?
I have never heard it in churches I attend and can't recall reading it in the Bible.
---Donna2277 on 6/18/06

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Michelle, honey, purging won't help you and it may make you really sick! That's not what the Lord wants for you. Look for a group of Christians who don't judge people by appearance(but like to look nice). Also ask around (your pastors wife would probably know) for a Christian weight loss program where you can fellowship with others working on their weight. I have a weight problem, too. Even a little weight loss can make you feel sooo much better. I'll pray for you.
---Donna2277 on 6/18/06

Christians and food: Even the pastors will joke about how "Us Baptists love a good potluck...hehehe" And then everyone will fill their plates to overflowing with a little of every dish on the table, and then go back for seconds, and get desserts on top of it. BUT, that same pastor would preach against drunkenness, or being addicted to drugs. But he is the one who leads the line at the buffet at the potluck. Go figure. (I have seen this time and again in different churches.)
---Madison1101 on 6/18/06

Gluttony can be applied to anything, not just food. Many people are complusive eaters, which is an addiction. Complusive eating is used as alcohol or drugs: to medicate underlying emotional issues or to deal with stress. People who are overeating need to understand WHY they are overeating. Every person has different issues to work on, being overweight doesn't make you a bad person and shouldn't limit your self-value. You are just as beautiful to God, for he sees your inner beauty too!
---Grace on 6/18/06

It certainly affects our witness especially if we are in the habit of pointing out the weaknesses of others without putting right our own. I don't agree that the 'majority' of Christians are gluttons though but certainly 'some', where I am, are.
---M.P. on 6/18/06

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I believe it's because many Christians are passionate people, passionate about their faith and in God, which abundantly stimulates and arouses many of their senses, and this arousal state spills over into other areas of their lives, such as eating. I think it is hard for highly passionate people to separate their longing for spiritual food from the food they eat.
---Cheri* on 6/17/06

I believe it's because many Christians are passionate people, passionate about their faith and in God, which abundantly stimulates and arouses many of their senses, and this arousal state spills over into other areas of their lives, such as eating. I think it is hard for highly passionate people to separate their longing for spiritual food from the food they eat.
---Cheri* on 6/17/06

Please do not condemn people who are gluttons. Because us fat people feel bad when you do. Hurt my witness? I'm sure it does. But even with that handicap I was blessed by getting to pray with 14 people in three hours of witnessing time today.
---mima on 6/17/06

We live in an overweight society where food is readily available, we watch tv all day, sit around in an air conditioned house and wonder why we are so big. I am not speaking of people who are ill or handicapped. The really sad part is if you are skinny, you are accepted. All these magazines with anorexic girls makes me sick. No blemishes and perfect all over.
---shira on 6/17/06

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