Biblical Diet Foods: The Genesis Diet

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Original Diet Plan

The Biblical Diet Solution

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We want to eat right, but who is the authority on eating right? Dietary experts often disagree. Fad diets come and go, and the science of nutrition can be overwhelming. So who can we trust?

The Bible holds the solution. Before Man was formed, The Lord had already provided for his diet. God created our foods to empower us to bring our noblest ambitions to fruition. His foods are an exact match to our needs. They were made specifically with mankind in mind. If we know God's simple, trustworthy guidelines, the science of diet will fall into place naturally.

Presented here are simple, biblical principles granted by The Creator through scripture. If our diet is bible based, years of careless living and abuse to our bodies can be reversed in great measure. Damage to our cells can be repaired. Even our healthy appearance can be restored day by day.

In The Beginning

If we review the first couple chapters of Genesis, we see that each day of creation was a provision for what would be created in succeeding days.

On the third day of creation, the variety of vegetation that covers the earth was spoken into existence. The benefits that plants provide to our planet are countless. For example, the roots of vegetation hold together the soil. With the help of sunshine and rain, plants absorb carbon dioxide and supply fresh oxygen for breathing and natural sugars for the birds and bees. The foliage and flora provide us with both calming and exhilarating spectacles of raw beauty. Yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. Matthew 6:29.

A principal reason that God created plant life was to provide a replenishable source of food for man and beast. Although it became permissible to eat meat after the great flood, it can be truly stated that plants and plant yield are the purest biblical foods.

You May Freely Eat

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And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. Genesis 1:29
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Genesis 1:30
There are two classes contained within this group for mankind:
  • 1. every tree yielding seed
    Examples: apples, avocados, grapefruit, pecans, papaya, cherries, olives, walnuts
  • 2. every plant yielding seed
    Examples: tomatoes, beans, lentils, wheat, berries, squash, corn, rye

Generally, this diet consists of nuts, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. These foods are still the most beneficial to us. Everyday, discoveries in science point to these foods as superior to others for human health and well-being. Seldom does one ever hear a negative report on any of these. If we do, perhaps the report is questionable and not the foods from these groups.

Actually, whenever the results of a new study regarding nutrition is released, it is wise to be skeptical and examine the source and funding for the study. Often, there may be tremendous economic or even political pressures for such studies to have a predetermined outcome.

Take, for example, the changes in the USDA recommendations regarding nutrition over the years. Many of us remember the "four basic food groups" chart developed in 1956. The poster depicting these groups was often prominently displayed in school cafeterias, health classes, clinics etc. The four groups were the meat group, the dairy group, the grain group and the fruits and vegetables group. The image suggested that each group merited equal consideration. This chart was a product of concessions to powerful special interest groups of the time. The meat, dairy and sugar industries were largely instrumental in developing these recommendations. It is obvious to us now. We may not eat freely of all these. Obesity, diabetes, cancer and other diseases are common maladies in our society as a result. The four food groups standard has been replaced by the food pyramid chart and, more recently, the MyPlate suggestions. Although many of these recommendations are a step in the right direction, they fall far short of the biblical diet plan for the same reasons.

Dietary Restrictions

When God created our dietary system, He had clear lesson plans in mind. As the wind rustles through the leaves of the trees, and the morning dew settles on the tender blades of grass, the science of spiritual edification is whispered to the recesses of our minds. In the second chapter of Genesis, we see God's health plan for man. God placed Adam in a natural setting with nutritional foods, crystal clear waters and responsible work to stimulate his mind and exercise his body. However, man does not live by bread alone. Daily, God walked, talked and communed with Adam and his wife. These simple principles are the foundation on which human happiness is based. God gave Adam access to the tree of life which was in the center of the garden of Eden. He also placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden for a special purpose.

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The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. Genesis 2:8-10
Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Every intelligent creature has always possessed the power of choice. Serving God and making right choices has never been compulsory. God does not make robots. On the contrary, by exercising this freedom of choice, our foreheads are broadened and our characters developed. For Adam, obedience to God's law was not a sorrowful duty. It was his natural impulse prompted by reason. These were the days "when the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy" Job 38:7. His dietary boundaries were not confining at all. However, a firm restriction was given to Adam concerning his diet.

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The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die". Genesis 2:17

Controlling our diet is one of the great challenges we encounter in life. There are many accounts in scripture where failure to control appetite has brought about ruin. For example, Adam, Esau, Belshazzar and others have failed in this area with tragic results. Today, those who would be disciplined in diet face tremendous obstacles. The food industry has thrived by producing addictive albeit unhealthy products. Grocery store shelves are filled with delicacies that are a delight to the eyes. Through indulgence, many of us have become subject to our inherited and conditioned unnatural cravings. Thankfully, we can turn things around. Not everyone likes every fruit or vegetable, but there are many varieties of fruits and vegetables available.

Although we eat what we like, it goes beforehand that we like what we eat. We develop tastes for the foods that are familiar. Chinese people love Chinese foods because they have become accustomed to them. People who live near the Mediterranean Sea love the Mediterranean diet. The same can be said of indigenous diets throughout the world. Humans are highly adaptable creatures. Here is our great advantage when considering biblical dietary reform. We can train our pallets to desire the foods we reasonably choose. Wholesome dieting may take some time and effort to accomplish. Changing old habits always requires an exercise of our will for awhile. We can take comfort. With perseverance, making healthy dietary choices will become desirable and natural to us in a reasonably short time. This is how sanctification works. We are restored by a renewing of the mind.

The Bible and Herbs

Plants of the field

After Adam's fall, he no longer was privileged to the tree of life. Although his diet had been created to satisfy his nutritional needs, apparently, there were restorative and healing properties associated with the tree of life. Without the fruit and leaves from this tree, Adam and his offspring would eventually die. In vision, on the island of Patmos, the disciple John saw this tree in the new earth to come. Here is his description:
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in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2 (see Ezekiel 47:12)

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Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return." Genesis 3:17-19
therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Genesis 3:23-24
Man's diet has been modified to include leafy vegetables and herbs whose seed is not contained inside or the actual edible yield. Here is the modified food groups:
  • 1. every tree yielding seed
    Examples: apples, avocados, grapefruit, pecans, papaya
  • 2. every plant yielding seed
    Examples: tomatoes, beans, lentils, wheat, berries, squash
  • 3. plants of the field
    Examples: greens, onions, parsley, cabbage, celery

Now, man would responsible for planting and cultivating his own food. The ground had been cursed on his behalf making his existence more arduous. Also, he would have to contend with thorns and thistles. These changes weren't intended to be a punishment for sin. Make no mistake. "The wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23. This curse was yoked to another man who immediately stepped into Adam's place. God's motive for this sacrifice is expressed in the words of The Redeemer. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have life more abundantly". John 10:10. Rather, instead of a curse, these changes were made for man's preservation. For the first time, mankind was exposed to disease and death. The herbs of the field and other vegetables were added to his diet as supplements for health purposes.

Throughout history and throughout the world, herbs have been recognized for their nutritional and medicinal value. Every continent has developed an herbology. In biblical times, herbs were considered so valuable that they were often used as currency. Everyone should become familiar with basic medicinal herbs.

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth. Psalm 104:14