Every house built today has a set of plans – someone has spent a long time designing with practicality (we hope) in mind. Every service to our homes must also be routed wisely, and the builder of the house must be able to read and understand those plans in order to end up with a house which is both structurally sound and pleasing (we hope!) to the eye.
Functionality is built into every recipe we use. We know who can be trusted to produce reliable recipes, and we follow those recipes carefully, more or less, to ensure good results which are delicious and healthy (we hope!).
But of course, just as there are different people there are different tastes. Different architects design different styles of homes, and different cooks produce different recipes. Having said that, some basic principles apply: there are structural laws that must be applied to buildings to make them safe, whatever their intended appearance on the outside, and there are also structural principles in things like bread and cake baking which must also be applied for consistent results. If you vary the proportions, they simply won’t work, and although that sponge cake may taste OK, if the consistency is more like a hockey puck, good luck trying to persuade anyone to make it a second time.
And so when I look at the area of health I wonder why there is really no one way. Just one way which works for all humans – there really isn’t! Whilst, of course, I am biased towards and keep God’s dietary laws – they are really quite easy and were one of the earliest changes I made in my walk with God, when it comes to health beyond that I am in flux.
You see, in my body, damage has been done – and I don’t know how far back this goes. I don’t know how long ago my gut trouble started. I do know when it got worse, and I do know that antibiotics were the culprit (and what dealt with the sepsis I was experiencing). It’s awful to think that there is no one right way to deal with the issue – there are, however, many people who will tell you what worked for them (and many who denounce these people as being wrong (because it didn’t work for them)).
You see I like to have a plan. I can bake without a recipe, and often do, but in order to do something I’ve never done before, I need a recipe to know how to do it, and practice to become proficient. Just as many builders could, in theory, build an extension for you without a plan, because they’ve done it so often, they had to learn how, and follow plans many times (and of course, they require plans where planning consent is required anyway).
But with my gut journey I feel as though I just keep finding myself at the end of a cul-de-sac and having to turn around and go back. The only things I have discovered along the way is that eating basically is best – natural food with as few additives as possible. But what annoys my gut this week might not next, and more annoyingly, what doesn’t annoy my gut today may well annoy it tomorrow.
So I’m saying all this to say this: we have a blueprint for our society which God wrote Himself for our benefit. With it I know what is right and wrong, and I know what I can and cannot do. I know my rights and responsibilities, if you like. I love God’s Law! Without that blueprint, we have a society where everyone does what is right in their own eyes – and the church teaches obedience, but what to?
A teaching from yesterday, which I’ll put at the end of this post, brought up some good points, and one relates to Romans 1: [emphasis added]
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
That last verse makes clear that they knew the law and the judgement of God according to it, yet not only did they practice these wicked things, but approved of them who also did so! Today the church teaches that the Law of Moses is done away with, and so, without God’s blueprint all these things become permissible – what is there to stop witchcraft if the Law is gone? The church now embraces sins which God abhors because they want to build a house which is not structurally sound? They don’t even know what they are doing. God does, and did when He caused Israel to suffer as they sinned – bringing them back to Him in repentance and bringing order (His Law) back to their society. Without that blueprint all kinds of wickedness prevailed! Things which are now infiltrating the church are part of that.
So you see why I wish there was one blueprint for my health recovery – one single route which I could follow! But that is not part of God’s Law, and so I have to try to work it out prayerfully with Him, working out what I must deny myself for my health’s sake, and what I can have and when. How much easier it is to follow a proven plan – why on earth does the church continue to reject God’s?
God Bless you