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?
(What do you think of when you read “destroying angel” — in this modern age? The first thing that comes to mind for me is the H1N1 virus. Just got an email that the swine flu is at BYU’s Marriott School, where I teach. It’s in my ex-husband’s neighborhood. Two confirmed cases in my kids’ school district as school let out. And still, I am completely unafraid of it.)