ADDICTED: In Bondage To The Food, Drug, And Medical Industries

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Posted by Truth Ignited on Monday, May 29, 2017

 

No temptation has taken hold of you except what is common to mankind. But God is faithful—He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle. But with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so you will be able to endure it.
~1 Corinthians 10:13-14 (TLV)

          I want to take a moment and talk about a subject that may not be the most popular message, but it will change your life if you take the time to read through it. In most cases when you speak to people about addictions the first thing they may think of is something generally shunned by society or the Church as morally questionable, such as addictions to drugs or illicit sex. However, there is an addiction that has the masses bound and they don’t even realize it. Even those who stand firm in some type of Bible-based religious faith are victims of this subtle bondage.

          Years ago when I was attending ministry school I heard someone say something that intrigued me. They spoke about how Christians don’t drink, don’t use drugs, and so on, and that the only “vice” we have left is food. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “vice” as:

moral depravity or corruption

a moral fault or failing

a habitual and usually trivial defect or shortcoming

          Addictions to food are a very real thing and many people are the victims of this tragedy of modern culture. However, in many, perhaps most, cases it is not an addiction to a food item itself so much as an addiction to things added to your food to make it addictive.

          It is no secret that the Coca-Cola® company used cocaine in its original formula for its popular beverage. It is perhaps for this reason why certain Christian leaders as A.J. Tomlinson, founder of the Pentecostal Church of God denomination, discouraged parishioners to partake of the beverage. Debates roll on about how much cocaine may have been used in the original product, a secret that is likely heavily guarded by the manufacturer, but one thing we do know is that cocaine is a highly addictive substance.

          Today the Coca-Cola® brand remains as one of the most consumed beverages on the market. This is a product that wreaks havoc on your body and causes all sorts of health problems, but people continue to consume it. Why? I believe it goes all the way back to when young people were first exposed to the product and subsequently addicted to it. As a result sales most certainly skyrocketed and the company was set on a path to forever reign as the king of the soda beverage industry.

          Once a company has established itself in such a position in the market there is little or no need to continue using a substance that causes addiction to their product, people will always come back for more. Should the substance become banned, as with cocaine, they can simply use the mass wealth generated to put together creative advertising campaigns that keep the interest of the public or to research another addictive substance that can replace the one no longer available.

The Addictive Nature Of Sugar

Addicted 1          One thing that has begun to surface and gained the attention of many is the fact that heavily processed sugar is highly addictive. These sugars can be everything from simple white table sugar to the very controversial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) used in many so-called “food products” being sold in supermarkets across the land today. It may be that big food companies have figured out that if they simply add legal but addictive ingredients to their products like processed sugar they will create a product that people literally must have, though certainly the possibility remains that the producers of these products are completely ignorant to what they are selling and are themselves merely pawns in Satan’s war with God at our expense. A 2014 article by the New York Times titled Sugar Season. It’s Everywhere, And Addictive. States:

Sugar is addictive. And we don’t mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs. And the food industry is doing everything it can to keep us hooked.

Up until just a few hundred years ago, concentrated sugars were essentially absent from the human diet — besides, perhaps, the fortuitous find of small quantities of wild honey. Sugar would have been a rare source of energy in the environment, and strong cravings for it would have benefited human survival. Sugar cravings would have prompted searches for sweet foods, the kind that help us layer on fat and store energy for times of scarcity.

Today added sugar is everywhere, used in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the United States. The average American consumes anywhere from a quarter to a half pound of sugar a day. If you consider that the added sugar in a single can of soda might be more than most people would have consumed in an entire year, just a few hundred years ago, you get a sense of how dramatically our environment has changed. The sweet craving that once offered a survival advantage now works against us.

          In a study of Oreo® cookies it was found that the cookies were potentially as or more addicting than extreme drugs like heroin and cocaine. An article published in 2013 by Time Magazine titled Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine says:

A new study from Connecticut College shows that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats. According to the new study, eating the iconic black and white cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine.

“I haven’t touched an Oreo since doing this experiment,” neuroscience assistant professor Joseph Schroeder said in a school press release.

          I recently offered someone some practically identical cream filled chocolate cookies to someone. They are produced by a company that specializes in natural and organic food products. Their response, upon declining, was simply, “I like Oreos.” A quick look at the ingredients in both products may reveal why.

          Oreo® cookies contain both heavily processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup, the ingredients that likely caused the results in the study done on them, while the cookies I offered still contain sugar but in the form of cane juice syrup (a more natural and less processed form of sugar) and do not contain such questionable things as high fructose corn syrup. The latter is simply a better product if you feel the need to eat this type of cookie.

          What baffled me was that a person would actually decline a cookie because they prefer the Oreo® brand. This is a prime example of someone who is literally bound by an addiction, and it is my belief that all addictions are evil forms of bondage from the enemy Satan. Think about it, there is really no discernable difference between the two products. In fact, I bet if I repackaged the cookies into an Oreo® box they would have never known.

          The enemy of our soul has a long history of trapping humanity through the cravings of food. This goes all the way back to Eden when the serpent beguiled Eve and convinced her to eat of the one tree that they were told not to eat from.

For everything in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the boasting of life—is not from the Father but from the world.
~1 John 2:16 (TLV)

          These addictions and the entrapment that results are a part of the system of this world that is working against you. And it’s not just with the use of sugar either. There are many other food items and ingredients that have been shown to be addictive as well.

We Want Pork!

Addicted 2          One of the many animals listed in Torah as being unclean is the pig. While there are many others listed, it seems the pig is the one that stands out above all others as the animal whose flesh is most desired by those who choose to live in defiance of the Word of God. Could it be that there is a reason for this?

          In a study published by Professor Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, M.D. titled The Adverse Influence Of Pork Consumption On Health this is said of addiction to pork:

Furthermore, anyone who is accustomed to eating pork becomes addicted to it to some extent.

On the question of addict stimulation, W. Hoffmann, a German psychiatrist, indicates that all the symptoms of addiction can be found among pork eaters.

These people will find any excuse to eat pork. They cast aside any damage or disease which pork may cause and state every possible reason for having it, much in the same manner that smokers and alcoholics do. Among those who have broken the “pork addiction,” it is noted that pork acquires a disagreeable, repulsive and even nauseating characteristic, which… renders it intolerable and even wrong to eat, just as a non-smoker finds the smell of a dirty ashtray offensive in the morning.

          Pigs have long been known to consume anything and everything that crosses their paths. Perhaps the only other creature with such an insatiable diet is the human being void of the knowledge of his or her Creator. With the knowledge that pork consumption can be highly addictive, consider what Beth H. Harrison, Ph.D. says in her book titled Shedding Light On Genetically Engineered Food:

Monsanto is trying to patent pig-breeding techniques and claim that animals born as a result belong to them. Consumer activists warn that if Monsanto is permitted pig-related patents, its control over agriculture could be unprecedented. “We’re afraid that Monsanto and other big companies are getting control of the world’s genetic resources,” said Christoph Then, a patent expert with Greenpeace in Germany. There have been hundreds of animal patents granted in the past, but the majority of them are GE animals used for laboratory research, not the average farm animal.

          Perhaps the biggest part of this whole problem is that human beings are trying to take the place of God and doing things that we were never intended to do in the first place. There is an instruction given to us in God’s Torah that I think we should pay particular attention to.

“You must keep My statutes. You are not to crossbreed different kinds of animals. You are not to sow your field with two kinds of seed…”
~Leviticus 19:19 (TLV)

          In this passage we are commanded to not crossbreed different kinds of animals and not mix two different kinds of seeds in the same field. A “kind” is often considered by scholars as a reference to a group of animals with the ability to breed with others of its same “kind”. In the classification of animals in biology it starts with species, then goes to genus, followed by family, order, class, phylum, and lastly the entire animal kingdom.

          In many cases a true hybrid of two different animals is sterile, making it impossible to reproduce. However, this is not always the case. God instructed us not to mess around with the design of nature and living things. Our commandment from the very beginning is to care for Creation (see Genesis 1:26-28), not try to alter or manipulate it.

          When big corporations that are consumed with greed and power are trying to patent the breeding of pigs – the most disease ridden and filthy of all unclean beasts eaten on a mass scale today – we have a real problem. When organizations are genetically altering foods that God created, we have a real problem. When food companies are filling the foods they produce with highly addictive substances, we have a real problem.

Sick? Go To The Doctor…

Addicted 3          What most people don’t realize is that all of this manipulation of the food supply is designed to do more than just cause addiction to the foods being sold at the local grocer. There is a much more sinister agenda at work in all of this. Again, this could be a deep conspiracy developed by evil men or it could be the sinister deception of Satan alone where the food, drug, and medicine industries and those running them are themselves merely victims of the devil.

          Processed foods that lack nutritional value and contain all sorts of harmful chemical additives are actually being shown more and more to have severe and drastic effects on human health. The importance of knowing what’s in the foods you consume cannot be stressed enough.

          Recently in addressing an issue with our toddler we were told by my wife’s sister, who is a Pediatrician in the Dominican Republic, to try a product called Pedialite®. Upon looking into this product I was appalled to find out that this stuff has not one but TWO artificial sweeteners in it: sucralose and acesulfame potassium. On top of that the one I looked at contained FD&C Red 40, a known harmful chemical food dye.

          Artificial sweeteners are among the worst of all artificial ingredients, which I often call “red flag ingredients” because the moment you see them it should sound off the alarm in your brain and tell you to put the product right back on the store shelf and look for an alternative.

          Red flag ingredients would include anything artificial and anything that is unclean according to Scripture. These ingredients would include products made from unclean animals, like gelatin that is derived from the skin and bones of pigs, as well as a plethora of man-made substances such as (but not limited to): artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, acesulfame potassium, etc.), chemical preservatives, artificial flavors, and chemical food dyes. The Greek word used in the New Testament writings for “clean” in reference to food is katharos and actually means: free from the admixture or adhesion of anything that soils, adulterates, corrupts. Anything that poisons your body or causes you to become addicted to a processed food item should be considered unclean and thus an abomination. Eating these things can quickly make you a victim.

          I want to emphasize that it appears that artificial sweeteners may very well be the worst of the worst when it comes to all of these laboratory developed additives put into our food supply. Joseph Mercola, D.O., in his book titled Sweet Deception: Why Splenda®, Nutrasweet®, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health says, “My position on artificial sweeteners is that you should simply avoid them: I believe you should simply stick to the food your body was designed to eat, ideally foods as they are found in their unprocessed state in nature.”

          In his book OVERDO$ED AMERICA: The Broken Promise Of American Medicine John Abramson, M.D., provides a number of insights into the corruption of the modern medical industry. Consider the following statement:

The drug companies capitalize on the public’s naïveté about their marketing techniques. Two-thirds of drug ads create a positive emotional association with the drug they represent. Recall for a moment the image of the former Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill lacing up her skates – a beautiful aging athlete smiling and renewed. Who wouldn’t want to feel like that? The ad indelibly links her moment of joy to the name Vioxx in every viewer’s mind. As Ernestine McCrarren, general manager for Ehrenthal & Associates, an advertising agency specializing in direct-to-consumer ads, explained in an interview for a trade magazine, “We want to identify the emotions we can tap into to get that consumer to take the desired course of action. If you can’t find that basic insight, you might as well forget everything else.”

          What you, as a follower of Yeshua the Messiah, need to know is that the system of this world is rigged against you. But, you have something that the world around you does not have: You have the answers to all life on Earth. Those answers are found in the pages of your Bible and the instructions on how to live a life free from the bondages of the world’s system are recorded in the portion of your Bible known as the Torah.

          For all too long I have heard Christians tout about how the Greek word “pharmakeia” is where the English word “pharmacy” is derived and how this word in related to drugs. In English Bibles this Greek word is commonly translated as “witchcraft”. Christians have long used this as an argument against the use of substances ranging from tobacco to alcohol to the use of illegal recreational drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, and many others. At the beginning of this message I showed you the definition of “vice”, now let’s look at how Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “witchcraft”.

the use of sorcery or magic

communication with the devil or with a familiar

• an irresistible influence or fascination

          Notice that last one, “an irresistible influence or fascination.” This is really how we link the words “drugs, pharmacy, and witchcraft” together. What you need to understand, regardless whether coincidental or through a deep conspiracy, is that the food, drug, and medical industries as they exist today have evolved into one big super-machine victimizing the general public. The use of addictive substances in food is a form of witchcraft. The reliance of the medical industry on chemical substances to treat the conditions that result from eating foods laden with chemical substances is also a form of witchcraft. When you get trapped by this system of evil you become a participant in the witchcraft whether you know it or not.

          The heavily processed and chemical-laden foods that are pushed on us do not provide the nutrition our bodies need and they invade our bodies with harmful substances. As a result, and through clever marketing, we are led to submit our sick bodies to the hands of the medical profession where most are seen by a Medical Doctor who has been trained not in how to properly treat the illness and recommend a plan of recover that addresses the root cause of the problem but rather to prescribe some narcotic developed by scientists in a laboratory somewhere. Then the drugs they pump into your body give you side effects, which lead you to being prescribed further medications to combat the effects of the initial drugs. And so you get trapped into a vicious cycle where you are a slave to industries that are using your body and your personal health for their financial gain.

          Do you think I am going to far with this? Making too much of it? Developing some type of wild conspiracy theory to scare people? Consider what Paul A. Ruggieri, M.D. says in his book The Cost Of Cutting: A Surgeon Reveals The Truth Behind A Multibillion-Dollar Industry:

According to the University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, unnecessary surgery costs the U.S. healthcare system over $150 billion a year. This is not a new problem. As far back as 1974, a congressional subcommittee report estimated that more than 2.4 million patients a year underwent unnecessary surgery (resulting in twelve thousand deaths). Today it’s estimated that 10 to 20 percent of all operations are not needed. Of course, surgery is not the only way we waste our healthcare dollars; the Institute of Medicine uncovered $750 billion in unnecessary healthcare spending in 2009. Of this more than $130 billion was spent on higher cost procedures, such as operations. The cost of unnecessary surgery that can’t be calculated is the price to the individual in lost days at home and work; emotional and physical suffering; and the risks associated with anesthesia, surgical site infection, and medication side effects – not to mention the possibility that the person will become one of the 100,000 a year seriously harmed by a medical error during a hospital stay.

          $750 BILLION being spent on UNNECESSARY medical procedures!!! Let that sink in a moment. Where do you think that money is going? I’ll tell you, it’s lining the pockets of the people at the top of this, the ultimate pyramid scam.

          Have you ever entertained one of these direct marketing opportunities? Some of them are good, others not so much. Some people do well with them, others not so much. But one thing that you will always run into if you choose to involve yourself with one, whether you are successful with it or not, is inevitably someone you run into will call it a pyramid scam.

          The idea of a pyramid scam is that all money flows upward to the people at the top, who ultimately become extremely wealthy in a short period of time. With a direct sales company you always have the option to decline, but not always so with a system like the out-of-control food, medical, and pharmaceutical industries that have pressed on while the masses blindly follow along.

          Not too long ago I was talking to a friend who told me of an encounter he had while at his local gym. He had a bag of organic corn chips and offered some to an individual he was talking to. The person declined and said that type of stuff “scared” them, and proceeded to eat a snack item from a major name brand company, an item that is heavily processed and filled with all sorts of chemical and artificial additives. Can you believe that? A person who is actually SCARED of REAL FOOD and only wants to eat those conventional foods put out by a major commercial company. Of course, I myself have actually encountered people who, despite claiming to be Christian, expressed some type of fear of eating clean animal meats from things like lamb, goat, deer, bison, or other such animals, despite these things being among those things that the very God they claim to place their faith in actually tells us to eat in His Word. I know this is hard to believe, but it is reality. Sometimes it’s a result of crafty marketing, other times it may be culturally based, but at the end of the day Satan is winning as Christians have actually been, through demonic deception, scared to eat the very things that the God they claim to believe in created for them to eat. What they are failing to realize is that this means they actually don’t believe in God at all because if they did believe in Him and they He truly is God, the Father and Creator of all life, they would want so desperately to follow His Ways that they would seek out these clean foods and eat them. They would literally have a “renewed mind”, the mind of Messiah, a mind that hungers for foods designated as food by God.

You Can Be Free!

Addicted 4          At this point, particularly if this is the first time you have been exposed to this type of information, you may be thinking that there is no hope. While it may be true that there is no hope for the godless masses (unless they receive salvation through Yeshua and accept messages like this one), there is hope for individuals who decide to make the choice to take control of their own life and health through Messiah. One of the greatest gifts that our Creator ever gave us is called Torah, the instructions given in the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).

          Within the pages of Torah we find the basics regarding life. Who better to tell you how something was made to operate than the one who made it?

          Perhaps one of the most fascinating sources of information I have come across is a book titled The Healthy Jew: The Symbiosis Of Judaism And Modern Medicine by Professor of History at the University of Florida Mitchell B. Hart, Ph.D. In this magnificent work Hart describes the influence that ancient Hebrew beliefs and practices had on the development of medicine and healthcare throughout the years, describing many principles that we would be wise to return to. In the book Hart talks about such things as the longevity of the Jewish people as a race, the proposed “immunity” of Jewish people to certain diseases, and the overall health and longer average life span of Jewish people who live according to the written Torah. Consider the following excerpts from the book:

As we shall see, the thrust of the discourse explored here is that the Jews were civilized thousands of years ago; they helped to civilize Europe; and they could be of assistance again if Christians would only follow the Jewish model of preventative medicine.

When hundreds of writers celebrate Moses and his law code as the foundation of hygienic knowledge and practice, do they mean to suggest that Jews as a collective are indeed a healthy people?

This was a holy people, a nation of priests, who would be free of disease as a sign of and a reward for obedience to God’s law.

There can be no doubt that the Jews under Moses’ direction were far in advance of the nations around them in sanitary matters, and that whoever kept the letter of the Mosaic law would enjoy immunity from infectious disease, as well as that high standard of health which results from personal care and cleanliness.

Physicians, rabbis, professional and popular medical writers, and others working within this interpretive paradigm demonstrated the efficacy of the laws by pointing to the historical and contemporary vitality of the Jews, their longer individual life spans, their purported immunity from certain diseases, and their 3,000- year-long survival as a distinct race or Volk.

Christianity erred in dismissing the Mosaic laws as unnecessary or irrelevant.

The biblical cohanim, David M. Feldman has written, were “custodians of public health, wardens in charge of social hygiene regulations that feature prominently in Leviticus and elsewhere. And if a health factor is discerned in the dietary laws and rules of sexual relations, then a large proportion of the 613 biblical commandments can be said to be hygienic in intent.”

          What this tells us is that there are clear principles in the Bible pertaining to the promotion of good health and long life to those who truly commit to serving God and His Word. Hart’s work shows a strong historical argument that simple obedience to God’s Torah is fundamental toward living the life that your Creator wants you to live.

          While I gave several examples of foods that are chemically engineered to be addictive, some as a result of the filthy diet the food source itself ingests like the pig and how it will eat just about anything including things that are harmful to the human body and others that are produced in some form of laboratory setting where the right chemical formulation was concocted for maximum addiction, you should realize that these are by far not the only items put out by the food industry that are designed to get you hooked. This is an industry that has worked hard to research and develop so-called food items that through heavy processing and the addition of carefully selected ingredients specifically formulated to trap you into buying them over and over again.

          Have you ever looked at the ingredients label on a food item and wondered: Hmmm, what’s that? I’ll give you a good example: artificial flavors. A “flavor” on the ingredients list is an unregulated food additive that can be just about anything and everything a developer of processed foods can come up with to achieve the desired flavor. While there remains some speculation and theory about the source of some natural flavors, at least they’re natural. Perhaps there is a legitimate argument that some natural flavors trace their origins from unclean animals, but I have yet to come across one that is sourced from the animal’s flesh, skin, or bones (in the same way gelatin is sourced directly from the skin and bones of pigs). I will point out also that honey, a perfectly acceptable food product according to scripture, is produced in the stomachs of bees, a scripturally unclean insect, during its production. This is something to keep in mind when determining whether or not an item used in foods is acceptable. Here’s a good rule of thumb to help out: Was it produced BY an unclean animal of FROM an unclean animal? If produced by an unclean animal, as in the case of honey, it can be considered acceptable as food. If produced from the animal itself, as in the case of gelatin, it’s best left alone. Additionally, most of us today carry a “smartphone” wherever we go. If you don’t know what something listed in the ingredients is, you can easily search it online right there in the supermarket and find out whether or not it is natural and if there are any known health concerns associated with it.

          Now with artificial flavors it gets into some more crazy stuff. There are actually artificial flavoring additives now developed and in use that can alter or even destroy your taste buds, which are small sensors on your tongue that tell your brain what flavor a food is. By doing this they cause you to not be able to taste and enjoy real food that God created for us and to only be able to enjoy the taste of foods developed to be tasted even after your taste buds have been changed.

          This is one of the reasons why I believe anything with an artificial ingredient of any kind should be avoided in general. With that said, I understand that there are times when you are invited to a social event and foods being offered may contain questionable ingredients. When prioritizing what you choose not to eat at such an event always, always, always stick to those things God specifically tells us not to eat first (the unclean animal list from Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 for example). After that, if the only thing left is a cookie or a slice of cake that contains artificial flavors or chemical food colors or something, make the best decision you can. I make sure I am never eating anything with an artificial sweetener in it because of the links to cancers and other horrible diseases to them, and if I take a piece of cake I normally look for one without much colored icing on it. Even then I will scrape off whatever little bit of colored icing may be on the cake and eat just the cake and the white icing. So long as you only do this on rare occasions and not a part of your regular daily or weekly routine your body will be able to handle it. The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself when you stick to God’s plan as a part of daily life.

          When it’s all said and done you are responsible for your own health. What it ultimately comes down to is how committed you are to loving God and His Word. In following His Word you can defeat the system of this world that is set against you in every area of your life, and that includes your health. This whole thing is about whether or not you truly have faith in God, if you really believe that He is God and that He created all life, and as a result whether or not you love Him enough to follow His commandments, commandments that promote life – all life – on Earth.

Take Control Of Your Life!

Addicted 5          Author Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, considers himself a Christian libertarian. In his book Folks, this ain’t normal he presents an interesting thought:

Let’s assume we have a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a Happy Meal and 10 being Aunt Matilda’s Sunday dinner prepared from her own garden, her own chickens, her own kitchen flour mill, and her own canned pickles. Here’s the question: Does the 1 need government oversight? Most people would say yes. Now what about the 10? Would you believe that I’ve encountered people who say yes? Is that unbelievable? But that is a sign of our abnormal times. Fortunately, most people still say no to the 10. That’s a relief.

By establishing two different food situations with broad consensus that one needs oversight and the other doesn’t, then the meaningful exercise is to walk the numbers to the middle to determine if anything else can be excused from government oversight. Perhaps a 2 is a frozen dinner. Yes. Perhaps a 9 is a Community Supported Agriculture, in which patrons invest in the farm and share risk with the farmer. Anyone that interested and committed should be able to buy whatever they want without inspectors snooping around. How about an 8? Perhaps that’s direct farmer-to-consumer trade of any type, including farmers’ markets. Yes or no?

          What Salatin presents here is a model for us to look at when making our food choices and determining a lifestyle that promotes good health and honors our God who created all life on the Earth. With this in mind, based on Salatin’s proposed scale, we could probably place all-natural and organic foods being sold in grocery stores today at a 5 or a 6, right in the middle. And if the fast-food meal is a 1, then genetically modified (GMO) foods must be a 0.

What this means is that the highest food cost to an individual who seeks to live a life that is honoring to God and promotes good health would be to live within the majority of society and purchase your groceries from stores that offer these types of middle-ground products. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this, and if that is where you find yourself just remember that you still have a responsibility as a Bible-believing follower of Yeshua the Messiah to live a life committed to honoring the Father and Creator of all life: Yahweh. I personally follow this model myself currently, though I would like to one day work toward a position where I can grow more of my own food, something that is very possible as I will point out in a moment.

          Something I find interesting is that the least expensive food costs would be on the outer extremities of Salatin’s proposed scale. On the one hand you have a “meal” that really shouldn’t make anyone happy to be eating it and that costs you just a few dollars to fill your body with all sorts of abominable garbage that insults your Father and Creator. On the other hand you have real food that you grow yourself with very little actual monetary cost, save the up front costs of some seed packets and gardening equipment.

          While not everyone is capable of creating a garden or raising their own chickens, your goal should be to get as close to that as possible. If that means you adjust your budget and start buying only all-natural and organic foods, that’s where you start. If you are able to find a local organic farmer who sells direct to the public and you can save some money, go for it. If you are able to get involved in some type of a community garden program or find the ability to grow at least some of your own produce at home, that is certainly a wonderful way to go.

          In many cases even in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area it is possible to plant a small garden, some fruit trees, or even use containers to grow some types of vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, or other similar plants. It is also possible to build a greenhouse for three-season or even year-round growing. There are options for every situation and budget from an elaborate and decorative atrium-style addition to your home to a very simple “hoophouse” that can be put together on even the lowest of budgets.

          One design that I have looked at recently is an in-ground greenhouse design that has a greenhouse roof. This model has been shown to allow year-round growing in even some very cold climate regions and can be as budget-friendly or as elaborate as you desire. Some advantages to building a greenhouse in your home or yard, in addition to extended growing seasons, would be the minimization or elimination of such things as weed and pest control.

          The point is that anyone and everyone can do their part to contribute to proper care of the Earth and their own bodies, both being the Creation of God and both being what God placed into the care of the human race from the moment He first breathed life into the man He created from the dust of the ground in Genesis 1. There are two verses that I want you to consider and meditate on as I bring this message toward a close.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Since you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My kohen. Since you forgot the Torah of your God, just so I will forget your children.
~Hosea 4:6 (TLV)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
~2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

          While there may be some debate about the context of these two passages and while the King James Version may not be the most accurate rendering of the Greek word spoudazó, which is likely better translated “be diligent” as opposed to “study”, there are certainly two things that one would be hard-pressed to argue.

1. A lack of knowledge regarding God and His Word can and will keep you in bondage.

2. You cannot truly know God without studying His Word.

          Your adversary the devil loves nothing more than a Christian who does not read their Bible. He is OK with you going to Church week after week, fellowshipping with other Believers, so long as you never fully commit to knowing your God, your Creator, and His Word that contains everything you will ever need to know to live in victory in this life. The reality is that, for many, the path to hell is through the door of a Church. This is not to say that the Church itself is wrong or misleading, though many today are. But you need to get a Bible and read it for yourself… but not just that, you need to read it from the proper perspective too.

          While reading the Bible is important, it is also important to remember that the Bible was not written in English, it was not written in 21st century America, and it was not written (initially) to Americans. From the moment it opens with, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” to the moment it closes with, “May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all,” the Bible was written by Hebrew men to Hebrew people about the Hebrew God in the languages used at the time of its writing (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic). It’s important to know this because it helps eliminate poor interpretation of Scripture, something that is all too common among Christians today who interpret the Scripture while reading it in their own language and interpreting it from their modern cultural understanding of their native language.

          While there are certainly going to be those who read this message already having a basic knowledge of some of the points I brought up, there are also going to be those who have likely never heard these things before. To those who already have a working knowledge of these things I would advise to use this as a tool in helping others. To those who have read this and have never been told such things before I would recommend that you pray about what you have read here, seek God for direction, and make a commitment to really serve God in every area of your life. When you make the choice to really sell out to God and live by His Word I can promise you that your life will never be the same again. You will find out that His blessing follows those who obey His Word. Think about it, what do you really have to lose by doing what the Bible says if you really are a Christian committed to faith in Yahweh and His Word?

~Blessings And Shalom~

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