Updated: Jun 10, 2020
I began working on a book based on Biblical principles from the time I first opened my very first page of my very first natural healing course - (with the words 'Without Him there is no healing' inside the very first page) - beginning in my head, then jotting down notes and case studies and eventually, experience. It's a huge task - as political as it is difficult.
There is just so much to this. So many opinions, facts, misinformation and aspects. So many years, so much spin, invention, discovery and development - often in the wrong direction. This post will not include every single aspect of this - I will leave it for the book. But hopefully you will see that your ordained, abundant health is as important as any other aspect of a faith-filled life.
For decades I was often alone in this, therefore I struggled and felt maybe I was wrong after all. How could I alone be right, and many of the elders be so wrong? To the point I closed my clinic more than once, to retreat to a prayer closet with trusted mentors who I knew would work from His guidance, rather than their own bias. I could trust them to be honest, even if the end result hurt me.
This all reminds me of the saying "But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid." In the same way, imagine if we based our faith on those who got it wrong: Henry VIII, puritans like Cromwell etc, we would be living very different lives now. Imagine what we could (wearing black only) and could not do (Christmas, theatre, music, stained glass). One would be forgiven for thinking some of the so-called Christian pages on the internet were written by these people.
Yes, let's start at the beginning. This will be confronting to read, so be forewarned. There was no death. There was no fast food. In fact, all food came from the ground or plants. Only after the Fall did man begin eating non-plant food, ie flesh. With the Flood and destruction of the world as it was known, one of the biggest sins involved animal sacrifice. Of man and animals. On this topic, we were told to not commit murder, but visit any abattoir and that is exactly what you will see, and what your money is buying. And what your body is eating. Pain, blood, suffering. But this is not a vegan rant, just touching on an inconvenient truth for most. There are arguments against this - but they are all based on taking offence. Ego. Greed even. And addiction.
On the actual word - MEAT - the biblical word of origin that is now printed and known as meat actually meant food.
[the word translated as meat in the original Greek Manuscripts of 1Tim 4:3 is not specifically speaking of meat of animals, rather of food in general. (βρῶμα – brōma – Thayer’s Greek Lexicon: that which is eaten; food)]. For decades, scholars and authors alike spoke of sitting down to meat; meaning to dine.
The following links offer a brilliant perspective and start on how to consider and focus and try to live a more Edenic lifestyle.
From the first book, we were instructed on the use of God-given food, water and even soil for our health. You believe we came from CLAY yet wouldn't consider using it on your skin or drinking it to detox? How crazy is that? We believe we are a pure, Holy vessel yet we cover our bodies in chemicals, take chemicals to stay alive and self-abuse with our dietary choices and bad habits/addictions on a daily basis? You most likely wouldn't dream of using natural products; many Christians even see them as being evil or demonic. Wow - way to slap God for His abundant gifts.
Do you think it's okay to pray for healing and do nothing yourself to heal? Do you sit eating that cake and sugar rush while bemoaning your blood pressure or cancer? It's not genetics or chance that we get overweight or chronically unwell. It's what happens to our born-perfect bodies over time, with the wrong habits and lifestyle. I am sorry if my words sound harsh, but a lifetime of me pleading and playing nice has done little to wake up those I love most; after all, did Jesus walk into the temple, plait a fairy-whip and say, "Please everyone, don't be naughty"? No - he made sure everyone heard; how disobedient would I be to not try to do the same?
Too many Christians are overweight, and dying needlessly; which we mistake for God's timing and Will. What a shame. How can sermons be preached about the worst food imaginable; food that is killing millions? I have also heard sermons against using natural therapies and a healthy diet, including to congregations with cancer sufferers, who later died, too scared to do wrong by - dare I say it - ignorance rather than Holy Spirit-led or even knowledge.
And what about the diet that we should all be eating but are so far off the track we have forgotten how to eat in a Godly manner?
I've seen what amounts to worship and praise of the church's doctors, and encouragement from the pulpit of taking your medication. Okay, if it is life-saving, but it has become more of a habit and dependence and nothing on healthy living; Edenic living. More on where orthodox medicine fits in later but please think about that.