T. rust In God
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 2).
Sin, the transgression of divine law, is the primary cause of disease, sickness and death. Obedience to moral law can be rendered only through the acceptance and union with Christ, the Redeemer of man ruined through transgression.
God wants us to first prevent disease by healthful living. If we do become ill, He wants us to do for ourselves what we can through simple, natural remedies. If we need professional assistance, the health professional is to improve the use of the eight natural remedies as described above. However, if improvement is not made, it is not a denial of faith in God’s miracle-working power to utilise methods of diagnosis and treatment to save life and prevent disability if they are based upon a knowledge, and obedience to God’s Natural Laws.
Therefore, our first duty, one to which we owe to God, to ourselves and to our fellow men is to obey the laws of God which include the laws of health.
Our bodies are built up from the food we eat. It is a wonderful process that transforms the food into blood, and uses this blood to build up the varied parts of the body; but this process is going on continually, supplying with life and strength each nerve, muscle, and tissue. Those foods should be chosen that best supply the elements needed for building up the body. We can not safely be guided by the customs of society. The disease and suffering that everywhere prevail are largely due to unpopular errors in regard to diet.
Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigour of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.
Care should be taken in the selection of food. Our diet should be suited to the season, to the climate in which we live, and to the occupation that we follow. For example, food that can be used with benefit by those engaged in hard physical labour is unsuitable for persons of sedentary pursuits or intense mental application. God has given us an ample variety of healthful foods, and each person should choose from it the things that experience and sound judgment prove to be best suited to his own necessities.
Nuts and nut foods are coming largely in to use to take the place of flesh meats. With nuts may be combined grains, fruits and some root vegetables, to make foods that are healthful and nourishing. Care should be taken, however, not to use too large a proportion of nuts.
When properly prepared, olives, like nuts, supply the place of butter and flesh meats. The oil, as eaten in the olive, is far preferable to animal oil or fat. It serves as a laxative. Its use will be found beneficial to consumptives, and it is healing to an inflamed, irritated stomach.
God’s Original Diet To Man
God, who created man and understands our needs, gave us a diet that best supplies the elements needed for the building of the body.
“Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Genesis 1:29). The word “meat” originates from the hebrew, oklah, which means food.
The following explanation of the above scripture is given according to foods as we know them today:-
” Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed…”
Grains – wheat, corn, rye, barley, rice, millet, oats, buckwheat etc
Seeds – sunflower, sesame, flax, pumpkin seeds etc.
Legumes – soybeans, lentils, peas, peanuts, other beans etc.
Succulent Foods Containing Seed – eggplant, okra, bell pepper, green beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons etc.
“…and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed…” (Genesis 1:29)
Fruits – citrus fruits (oranges, lemons)
Sub-acid fruits (apples, peaches)
Sweet fruits (dates, raisins)
Palm fruits (bananas, pineapple)
Neutral fruits (avocados, olives)
Nuts – almonds, pecans, cashews, brazil, walnuts, chestnuts etc.
After man sinned, he was driven out of the Garden of Eden, and no longer had access to the wonderful tree of life. Man had to gain his livelihood by tilling the earth, and the “herb of the field”, which was originally food for the animals (Genesis 1:30), was added to his diet.
“And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife…cursed is the ground for thy sake… and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” (Genesis 3:17, 18).
Although vegetables (the green herb of the field) were not part of the Original Diet given to man, they were added to man’s diet after he had sinned and are a part of his diet today.
Our bodies are Christ’s purchased possession, and we are not at liberty to do with them as we please. Therefore the question with us is not, “What is the world’s practise?” but, “How shall I as an individual treat the habitation that God has given me?”
Man’s employment, as seen in the original design is also worthy of notice. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15). Man was designed for activity in the open light of the sun and the free air of heaven. These conditions were important to the joys of his existence. The subsequent curse upon Adam was not in that he should labour, but that his labours should be attended with difficulties. Exercise is essential for the body. Morning exercise, in walking in the free, invigorating air of heaven, or cultivating flowers, small fruits, and vegetables, is necessary to a healthful circulation of the blood. It is the surest safeguards against colds, coughs, congestion of the brain and lungs, inflammation of the liver, the kidneys, and the lungs, and a hundred other diseases.
Exercise aids the digestion. When we engage in severe study or violent physical exercise immediately after eating, it hinders the work of digestion; but a short walk after a meal, with the head erect and the shoulders back, is a great benefit.
In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system, and assists nature to resist disease. The external application of water is one of the easiest and most satisfactory ways of regulating the circulation of the blood. A cold or a cool bath is an excellent tonic. Warm baths opens the pores, and thus aid in the elimination of impurities. Both warm and neutral baths soothe the nerves and equalise the circulation.
Whether a person is sick or well, respiration is more free and easy if bathing is practiced. By it, the muscles become more flexible, the mind and body are alike invigorated, the intellect is made brighter, and every faculty becomes livelier. The bath is a soother of the nerves. It promotes general perspiration, quickens the circulation, overcomes obstructions in the system, and acts beneficially on the kidneys and urinary organs. Bathing helps the bowels, stomach, and liver, giving energy and new life to each. It also promotes digestion, and instead of the system being weakened, it is strengthened. Instead of increasing the ability to cold, a bath, properly taken, fortifies against cold, because the circulation is improved.
As an additional aid, you may find by fasting for one or two meals, and by drinking only pure, soft water, the overburdened system will be enabled to overcome slight indispositions, and even graver difficulties may be sometimes overcome by this simple process.
Human beings, like plants, need adequate sunlight. If the windows were freed from blinds and heavy curtains, and the air and sun permitted to enter the darkened rooms, there would be seen a change for the better in the mental and physical health. The pure air would have an invigorating influence, and the sun that carries healing in its beams would soothe and cheer, and make one happy, joyous and healthy.
Trees and shrubbery too close around a house are unhealthful; for they prevent a free circulation of air, and prevent the sun rays from shining through sufficiently. In consequence of this a dampness gathers in the house, which may cause rheumatism, neuralgia and lung complaints.
True temperance teaches us to dispense with everything hurtful and to use judiciously that which is healthful.
Those who understand the laws of health and who are governed by principle, will shun the extremes, both of a self-indulgent appetite or of an insufficient meager diet. Their diet is chosen, not for the mere gratification of appetite, but for the upbuilding of the body. They seek to preserve every power in the best condition for highest service to God and man. The appetite is under the control of reason and conscience, and they are rewarded with health of body and mind. While they do not urge their views offensively upon others, their example is a testimony in favour of right principles.
Pure air soothes the nerves, circulates the blood healthily through the system, refreshes the body and mind, excites the appetite, renders better digestion and induces sound sleep.
However, ill-ventilated rooms weaken the system, depresses circulation and the mind, and may produce colds. It is close confinement indoors that makes many feeble and pale. They breathe the same air over and over, until it becomes laden with poisonous matter thrown off through the lungs and pores; and impurities are thus conveyed back to the blood.
Some make themselves sick by overwork. For these, rest, freedom from care, and a spare diet, are essential to restoration of health. To those who are brain weary and nervous because of continual labour and close confinement, a visit to the country, where they can live a simple, carefree life, coming in close contact with the things of nature, will be most helpful. Roaming through the fields and the woods, picking the flowers, listening to the songs of the birds, will do far more than any other agency toward their recovery.
TRUST IN GOD:
The Saviour in His miracles revealed the power that is continually at work in man’s behalf, to sustain and to heal him. Through the agencies of nature, God is working, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, to keep us alive, to build up and restore us. When any part of the body sustains injury, a healing process is at once begun; nature’s agencies are set at work to restore soundness. But the power working through these agencies is the power of God. All life-giving power is from Him. When one recovers from disease, it is God who restores him.
Sickness, suffering and death are the work of an antagonistic power. Satan is the destroyer; God is the Restorer.
Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings, – as much a duty as it is to pray. If we are heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, groaning and complaining all along the way to the Father’s house?
“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts;…and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15).