the rest of the Word of Wisdom

Here’s the rest of the body of scripture known as the Word of Wisdom.   Tomorrow I’ll comment on my theory about why  the scripture  doesn’t talk about soft drinks, sugar, refined foods, etc. (beyond the obvious fact that the scripture predates the invention of those  “foods”).   And I’ll comment on some of the interesting things you all have said, especially about conspiracy theory and Tina’s great response to my last  post  about “conspiring men.”

Here it is:

“All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;

“And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.

“All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground–

“Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

“And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

“And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

“And shall run and not be weary , and shall walk and not faint.

“And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them.”

Great promise, right?   Seems to me that we’d be unwise to blow off the parts of this that we don’t like much, saying that it’s “straining at gnats” to examine our meat consumption, for instance, when an incredible promise hangs in the balance.   Would you like to run and not be weary?   Would you like to not fear destructive forces felling everyone around you?

 

9 thoughts on “the rest of the Word of Wisdom

Leave a Comment
  1. I agree that it’s fairly humorous to see people make excuses about what they eat. My parents are servings as missionaries for the Church Addiction Recovery Program. My dad eats GARBAGE. All.the.time. M&M’s by the handful for a snack while he watches tv, Keebler cookies, or a bowl of icecream (read: about 1 1/2-2 Cups), and yet he never seems to see his serious sugar addiction. Yes, he’s fat (the really awful wrapped-around-your-organs kind of fat), frequent back pain, history of IBS, some arthritis.

    My mother is trying to slip changes into their diet. She does pretty well on her own (sadly, but helpfully, chocolate gives her heartburn), and I introduced her to smoothies. She likes them. Oh, and she’s been having stomach cramps from beets, but she said that the raw ones in the smoothie didn’t bother her. 🙂

    I think that the “destroying angel” is speaking of our spiritual selves. I don’t like it when people point at “eating right and good excercise” as the CureAll for every ailment. Healthy people get sick and die too. But treating our bodies as the temples that they are can only help us.

    Another subject I tried to divert to last Sunday was that your body can become so clouded with poor eating (my point was processed foods) that it can hinder your spiritual communication. Poor eating alters brain function, sleep cycles, concentration, etc. So, yeah. I have always *mainly* viewed the “destroying angel” as one dealing with spiritual well-being, and secondarily physical well-being.

  2. I find the whole discussion very interesting!

    Someone just asked me on twitter if I’m more worried about swine flu now that it’s spreading so much more quickly and widely. And I said not at all! My immune system is in tip-top shape and I work from home.

  3. Oh good, someone else who is unafraid of the swine flu. 🙂 I, too, would like to know your reason…I don’t really have a solid one other than a gut feeling and the fact I think the media and powers that be have blown it out of proportion…ironically something like 30,000 people die every year from your annual flu bug…how many have died from swine? Last I checked it was 150…but that was some time ago…I figure they just gave up counting after that, threw up their hands, and labeled it a pandemic. Funny that at 30,000 deaths a year, the annual flu bug never gets labeled a pandemic.

    I’ve found great interest in your Word of Wisdom posts. I may be the only non-LDS to post on this, but what the heck. I’ve actually been a member of the SDA church for over 20 years now. I currently don’t believe in many points of the doctrine, but thats another story.

    What I do want to point out about the SDA church that you may or not know about, is that vegetarianism has long been promoted….since the 1800’s. Our churches share an interesting connection out of the 1800’s, as they both came from there, and each has it’s own prophet…LDS’s being Joseph Smith, and SDA’s being Ellen White. Ellen White has numerous books, many on health, the main one on diet is called Counsels on Diet (imagine that!) Very similar stance on alcohol, caffeine, and then later she started writing and preaching about abstaining completely from meat, and then dairy.

    Your strictest, most legalistic sda’s are vegan. In fact, I live 15 minutes from Weimar Institute, which is an independent sda wellness center, known for their cardiovascular, diabetes, and cancer live in program…all teaching a vegan lifestyle program. Your mainstream sda’s are usually vegejunktarian (thank you Dr. Fuhrman for that term!) , having been raised on meatless soy alternatives like Loma Linda and Worthington, and replacing meat dishes with cheese and white starch. I dread our church potlucks, while there are well meaning individuals who bring salad and fresh fruit, most dishes are some sort of cheese and cream of mushroom soup concoction. Oh, and the JELLO salads….of course…..people still don’t know….haha

    The church’s stand on diet was written in the 1800’s like the Word of Wisdom. It preached many lifestyle ideas that were gaining popularity at the time…at least among people that were interested in health. I don’t agree with them all, BUT I do agree with the PRINCIPLE…that we are children of God, that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we have the responsibility to take care of this vessel God has lent us during our time on earth. I think it is our responsibility to research this out on our own and discover what particular foods and lifestyle makes us our best. I think that any christian of any faith be it LDS or SDA or other denomination, should desire to be healthy and have a clear head to be able to be open to God’s will and hear the nudging of the Holy Spirit.

    I also think it is important to be open to new findings and weigh them…such as the health benefits of green tea…my husband and I drink this every day and it has scientifically been shown to have numerous benefits. I feel great when I drink this. Science has also tried to say coffee has some health benefits, but when I drink it, it makes me irritable and stressed…so I don’t drink it!

    Anyway, I had to input as this topic interests me, there is more I could say but I think I’ve said enough! haha Didn’t mean it to be so long. Thanks for your blog…love it.

  4. Sorry Tami – you’re not the lone sda here…me too, for 16 years. I, too, love the principle behind the “health message” the sda’s try to share with others and was thrilled to find this website — THANKS ROBYN! I believe that everyone would be much healthier and happier following these guidelines…..I get so depressed when I don’t eat well, duh, go figure!

  5. Why I’m not afraid is best answered in this recent blog entry:

    http://greensmoothiegirl.com/?p=482

    It’s not that I have no risk of contracting it. It’s that my risk is VERY LOW of contracting it and ALMOST NIL of dying of it (ditto my kids). And that I choose not to live a life grounded in fear. (It is, at the end of the day, a choice.)

    Tami, thanks for the Seventh Day Adventist perspective! I love it! And you’re not anywhere near the only non-LDS person commenting here. Bring it on!

    Eating well isn’t everything. But it’s a LOT. And at the end of the day, it’s what we can do, what we can control.

    Erin, wow. (Many LDS feel that because we can’t drink, smoke, etc. etc., DARN IT, I’M GONNA GO NUTS WITH THE SUGAR!!)

  6. Thanks for addressing this topic, Robyn.
    Some biblical scriptures that come to mind, in case anyone is interested in looking them up, are the story in Daniel (ch. 1, I think) about refusing the king’s meat and wine and asking for pulse (grains and seeds) and water instead, and how Daniel and his friends outperformed everyone. Also, the other is in Timothy 4 where Paul says that in the last days there will be those who speak lies and hypocrisy “commanding to abstain from meats.” I think that says so much about how our diets are an important part of our agency. We have the responsibility to study it out and choose. It also allows for “sparingly” to fit in, and also leaves room for personal revelation as to how to best implement that. But I definitely agree that far too many people rationalize their way out of the “sparingly” parts of the W.O.W.

  7. Thanks for addressing this topic, Robyn.
    Some biblical scriptures that come to mind, in case anyone is interested in looking them up, are the story in Daniel (ch. 1, I think) about refusing the king’s meat and wine and asking for pulse (grains and seeds) and water instead, and how Daniel and his friends outperformed everyone. Also, the other is in Timothy 4 where Paul says that in the last days there will be those who speak lies and hypocrisy “commanding to abstain from meats.” I think that says so much about how our diets are an important part of our agency. We have the responsibility to study it out and choose. It also allows for “sparingly” to fit in, and also leaves room for personal revelation as to how to best implement that. But I definitely agree that far too many people rationalize their way out of the “sparingly” parts of the W.O.W.

  8. It’s 2015. I’m just now reading more on your website (after being subscribed to emails, but I get lots of emails). 🙂 So glad you wrote about The Word of Wisdom, as I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I like the verse that says “these [which I believe refers to “the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth”] hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.”

    Have you read Jane Birch’s articles or book? I also love http://www.nutritionfacts.org

Leave a Reply