Biblical Eating

Christian Food

Christianity Oasis provides this Biblical Eating study looking at the Early Christian Food in the Bible revealing truth as to bring forth understanding and peace.

Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Chapter 14

Biblical Eating Restrictions

Early Christian Food in the Bible

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our thought provoking and mind freeing Biblical Eating study taking a look into the Early Christian Food in the Bible laws. The absolutely awesome and genuine truth within the Biblical Eating and Christian Food message will truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.

Biblical Eating Laws
Early Christian Food in the Bible Truth

It's a great day here at Daily Bread. Glad you're with us for another great message from Paul from his letter to the Romans.

We're not all the same. No two things are exactly alike, and no two people are exactly alike either. The same is true of Faith. Each person's Faith is different, individual, personal. Even though we're unified as Christians, and we're encouraged to be of one mind, humanly speaking every person has a separate understanding and belief, and Paul reminds us to be sensitive to that and not judge our fellows because of their unique spirituality.

Paul says:

Romans 14:1-4

1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye [welcome them], but not to doubtful disputations [not to judge their beliefs].
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise [belittle] him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received [accepted] him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Good point. Who are we to judge God's servants? It's up to the Lord to decide who is righteous and who is not.

This is also a good time to point out something that we mention quite often at the Oasis ... Jesus said (in so many Words) that all laws do not apply to all situations.

Biblical Eating Facts
Early Christian Food in the Bible Proof

Romans 14:5-11

5 One man esteemeth [respects] one day above another [considers some days Holy]: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded [be sure about his beliefs] in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth [honors] the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not [he who fasts], and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end [this purpose] Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought [despise] thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God [Isaiah 45:23].

So, no matter what, we belong to the Lord, even though our beliefs are all different ... Ironically, like everyone else's. 🥴 So, no judging.

Biblical Eating Changes
Early Christian Food in the Bible Blessing

Paul continues, by explaining that we should however, be mindful that we don't tempt anyone to veer from their Faith by flaunting our own beliefs. If you know that a soul thinks something is unholy, but you don't consider it so, you can refrain from that thing while you are in that soul's presence. God is watching.

In Paul's words:

Romans 14:14

I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Because he believes it to be unclean and you receive what you believe.

You get to choose. If you think eating meat on Friday during lent is wrong, then if you do it, it's wrong, but if another person doesn't believe that it's wrong, then they can eat meat on Friday during lent and all is well. But if that person who believes it's okay, finds themselves in the presence of one who believes it's wrong, they should abstain also. Paul explains:

Romans 14:15-22

15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat [troubled by what you eat], now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. [Don't offend a person that Christ died for with your menu.]
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence [to offend another].
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Biblical Eating Answer
Early Christian Food in the Bible Hope

This is reinforcing what Paul said earlier, Let every man be fully persuaded (be sure about his beliefs) in his own mind.

Romans 14:23

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

If you're a little confused about all of this, let's try applying this to another situation. Let's say your best friend just got over a difficult addiction to gambling. Now, the next time he comes over, you wouldn't bring out the card table and set out the pretzels and beer because you know he has a weakness for gambling and you're putting an opportunity for him to fall in front of him. If someone has a weakness for something, you surely can refrain from it until you're not in the presence of that person. If you don't, you're providing temptation, and you know who the source of temptation is, so you don't want anything to do with it.

Biblical Eating Summary
Early Christian Food in the Bible Conclusion

It's in building up your fellow man that God finds honor, not in bringing him down.

Come on back again soon, and we'll continue discovering Truth together in this wonderful letter from Paul, next time at your Daily Bread.

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