I Have this Theory…

I know from the comments that many of you have gone down this same road that we have concerning nutrition, eating right and stewardship of our bodies; it can be a daunting task. With all of the conflicting “science”, not to mention the way that the standards and scientific evidence seems to change all the time; you know, something is healthy, then it isn’t healthy, then it’s good again.

It’s hard for the average person to know much of anything for certain.

I think that’s why so many find themselves flirting with conspiracy theories: “Those studies are rigged by big-business, special interests and government corruption. “ “The Truth that They Don’t Want You to Know”.

If you ask me, that’s just lazy thinking. No doubt some studies are more reliable than others, but all of those plots- I doubt it.

So, I’ve been trying to look at this whole subject another way…

From the first, I’ve framed this as a matter of Christian stewardship, so why not look at it from a more Biblical point of view and ask if there are clues in the Scriptures. We know two things right off: First, we know that God gave us the teeth of an omnivore; we can eat both plants and meats. We also know that when the first humans were created, God put them in a garden and made the fruit of all of the trees and the plants of the garden theirs to eat, except one: they apparently were plant-eaters when in God’s perfect environment, when Man stood naked and unashamed before God.

However, they were told to be fruitful and multiply, and to fill the earth and have dominion over all of the plants and animals in it.  We also know that the earth is very diverse in ecosystems, climate and terrains, and each has a different variety of foods available for human consumption. As people began to appear on the scene and move away from Paradise to fill the earth, they would need the ability to eat whatever was available to them in order to survive, and this was God’s original intention, even before the events of Genesis 3. After Genesis 3 however, even Adam and Eve were banned from the Garden, and had to survive as hunter-gatherers, and thus, we can conclude that God was very intentional in creating us to be omnivores.

In our little case study here, we considered two videos, each representing opposite approaches to nutrition. Both cite evidence supporting their approaches, and they appear at first to contradict one another, but if you think about it, that contradiction is only present if we assume that they must be mutually exclusive.

What if they aren’t?

If we think about God’s intention that we should fill the entire earth, and the diversity in food availability and conditions on the ground, and then remember that the first video which based its approach on the diet of Aboriginal people of Australia, and the second which looked at the rural peoples of China and the Philippines, and then consider the significant differences in those locations, why should we be surprised at the difference in diet? Why would we be surprised that even though they appear to be opposites, that they would both result in good health, when the subject, humans created by God, were designed to succeed and flourish everywhere?

Both “extremes” agree that the diet related health problems came from the intervention of modern Man into what God created to be perfect. If that is true, then wouldn’t the answer to the riddle center around the removal of those interventions, namely processed and artificial foods?

It seems to me that if we eliminate all processed and artificial foods from our diets, and stop overeating, we should free ourselves of the likelihood of diet-related health problems, reverse any that we have already which are reversable and gradually achieve the weight that is ideal for us. The only proviso that I would have to add to that is that we should be careful that what we eat covers the nutritional requirements of the human body, which is to say that if leafy greens are my favorite food, I’ll can’t eat only leafy greens− does that make sense?

Maybe this is way too simple, maybe I’m crazy, but at first blush it seems to make sense: what do you think?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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25 Responses to I Have this Theory…

  1. gaustin00 says:

    Read this and see if it makes sense to you ” I’ll can’t eat only leafy greens” …I make the same mistakes….proofreading has become my “daily” sport!

  2. Gary Fultz says:

    Simple is good. I happen to live in a rural area in the woods (by choice) with as much garden and wildlife available as we can hunt and gather. It is much more work (by choice again) than grocery shopping. Practically: we will die as everyone else does and stand before God. I doubt the conversation will not be about diet though.

  3. I wouldn’t dismiss all conspiracy theories out of hand. That term was invented with a purposeful negative connotation by the CIA to throw us off the trail of truth whenever it suits folks best. But I digress…

    And I agree, eliminating processed and artificial foods is an excellent practice, but that must also include chemical laden natural foods, for those cause auto-immune responses, too.

  4. Filosopete says:

    The Bible teaches that even lions ate grass “as meat unto them” prior to the fall of mankind. After the curse, animals started to fear man, as that is where man started eating meat.

  5. Steve B says:

    LOL people think too much Don and you are trying to give them too many logical and sensible answers. This is my answer: We have what we have, eat and be satisfied because God already knows the date of our demise and we can’t change it. 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      A good case can be made for that Steve… or we can say that God gave us a brain and expects us to use it every now and then. In either case, we are still mortal and that we cannot change. 😊

  6. paulfg says:

    Loving your foray into food. Waiting for the second shoe to drop. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    I want to say I was driving home and thinking I need to show God is in control and serve him first. So as I struggle with my weight and our desires. So I am giving it up to God.

  8. photojaq says:

    Very rational. See to nutritional requirements. Cut out processed and artificial foods. Stop overeating.
    Hey, Everybody!! There’s a new diet out, called the Don Merritt Diet. (Whispered from heavenly lips to earthly ears.) haha

  9. My Way Home Life says:

    Amen! This is a much-needed post and a great discussion of the topic from a Biblical world view.

  10. Patty H says:

    I agree with what you wrote.

    Greens are great and they are among my favorite foods, too, but they do not contain all the nutrients a body needs.

    I personally know people who were chronically ill all the time due to their poor diet of artificial and processed foods. When they changed over to healthy foods, their illnesses went away.

    Everyone should eliminate processed and artificial foods from their diets. I have read that over 90 percent of all illnesses would be eliminated if people ate a healthy diet. I wish I could recall the source to site it here. Unfortunately I cannot do that, but it was in a book written by a doctor.

    To back up what I am saying, I found this on health.gov just now:

    …chronic diet-related diseases—have risen, due in part to changes in lifestyle behaviors. A history of poor eating and [poor] physical activity patterns have a cumulative effect and have contributed to significant nutrition- and physical activity-related health challenges that now face the U.S. population. About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity. These include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poor bone health. More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.


  11. Rebeca Jones says:

    How dare you use common sense on such an emotionally volatile subject! Don’t you see that people NEED the feeling of superiority they get by being ‘in the know’ about the TRUE path to dietary health? (Why do people find comfort in believing their doctors, big pharma, the food industry, and everyone else who questions their dogma are out to deceive them? It makes no sense to me!). And just think of all the diet gurus, misleading meme makers, and health coaches you would be putting out of business with your common sense approach…for shame!

    Seriously though, I find your theory to be sound. It isn’t rocket science. Eat a variety of good, whole, and healthy foods. Eliminate or greatly reduce the junk food and get a little movement in your routine. Personally, this is the approach I’m working towards. I don’t think my Father wants me to live in fear or obsession when it comes to food. Nice conclusion, Don!

  12. You are exactly right! God bless you. Thanks for your blog.

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