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Is Your Diet Built Upon the Proper Foundation?

We read in the Bible about the importance of foundations:

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
~ Matthew 7:24-27

In the verse above, Jesus was obviously  talking about foundations upon which one can build a house. One is “rock” and the other is “sand.” In this text, the house built upon “sand” was not able to withstand the storms that came its way, and thus fell, whereas the house which was built on “rock” endured the storms!

It is also clear, however, that Jesus was talking about spiritual foundations, and the Bible makes it abundantly clear who that spiritual foundation is — upon whom we should build our spiritual life. That “rock” is Jesus Christ.

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
~ 1 Corinthians 3:11

Now I want to use this same scripture as a springboard text to talk about a physical foundation regarding what we eat in order to nourish our God-created physical bodies.

I Have a Question for You

Let me begin the thought process by asking a question: Have you ever considered the foundation of the diet you consume for the nourishment of your body each and every day of your life? Is your diet based on a solid foundation?

Personally, for nearly 40 years of my life, I have based my diet on the very clear teachings of the word of God, a diet called The Hallelujah Diet. The effect on my health has been amazing. To understand why, let’s take a few moments to look at this Hallelujah Diet and evaluate it, comparing its teachings with the teachings of the Bible.

The Hallelujah Diet Foundation – Rock or Sand?

The Hallelujah Diet is founded upon Genesis 1:29. The verse tells of a diet God gave Adam immediately after He created him.

My objective in this article is to establish that the diet God gave Adam in Genesis 1:29 was not a diet limited to Adam and Eve during their time in the garden, but was meant by God to be the exclusive diet of all mankind for as long as man walked this earth.

As I write this, I am fully cognizant of the fact that if The Hallelujah Diet does not have the proper foundations, like the house build upon sand, it, too, will fall.  But, if The Hallelujah Diet we teach at Hallelujah Acres is built upon a solid foundation, it will withstand all the storms that could ever come against it.

Storms Rage Against The Hallelujah Diet

Ever since Rhonda and I established Hallelujah Acres on February 21, 1992, the storms have raged against us…or should I say against The Hallelujah Diet we proclaim. But against great opposition and “raging storms,” we continued to proclaim God’s original Genesis 1:29 diet, a diet that excluded all animal source foods.

Most of the storms have come from within the Christian community, in general, and from preachers, in particular, as they vehemently protest our teaching concerning the consuming of animal flesh. These naysayers attempted to challenge that what we teach at Hallelujah Acres is not biblical.

Oh, they acknowledge that the Genesis 1:29 diet excluded meat, but they go on to tell us that we need to read the rest of the Bible, because later on in Genesis 9:3, God said that it was okay to eat the flesh of animals.

When we started Hallelujah Acres, just over 21 years ago, it was just Rhonda and me, proclaiming a health message that no one wanted to hear.

Spread the Word: People Are Getting Well

Gradually, a few people did listen. They applied what we were teaching, got well, and they could not keep the good news to themselves. Slowly, through the years, more and more people told and more and more people heard healing testimonies of those who had applied the principles of The Hallelujah Diet until people around the world were hearing and applying its teachings.

Today, there are millions of people that follow The Hallelujah Diet in virtually every corner of the globe. They have written to us by the tens of thousands, over the years, to tell us that after applying the biblical diet principles we were teaching, they also got well from all their physical and even psychological problems.

In total, our global Hallelujah Acres family has reported recovering from over 170 different physical problems and they don’t get sick anymore.

So what is it that Hallelujah Acres believes and teaches? What is the biblical foundation upon which Hallelujah Acres and The Hallelujah Diet rest?

God’s Plan for Man’s Proper Nourishment

I do not believe for a moment that God designed the human frame to ever experience sickness. To do so would be totally out of character for Him. But if God did not design or intend for us to be sick, why do most people, including the best Christians, experience sickness today?

Let’s go back to the beginning for a few minutes and let us see what steps God took in the beginning to prevent sickness. And if those steps did prevent sickness, should we not take a lesson from what God showed us in the beginning?

In Genesis 2:7 we read how God created that very first human, Adam.  This is Step 1:

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”

Step 2 – God Places Man in a Garden

Next, God takes Adam and places him in a garden; a garden for which God had spent the previous four days of creation laying the groundwork. God designed this garden to provide all the nourishment needed to sustain Adam and all humans that would follow Adam in excellent health. (See Genesis 1:1-19).

Let’s pick up the text at this point:

“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
~ Genesis 2:8

Step 3 – God Gives Man a Diet

So, after God finished creating this gorgeous garden, He created man on the sixth day (Genesis 1:26-27) and places him in this garden that the Bible calls “Eden.” And what does God tell His human creation Adam? He tells Adam that all of the food needed to properly nourish his physical body was to be provided by the plants in that garden.

You can read exactly what that diet consisted of in Genesis 1:29:

“AND GOD SAID, behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed (vegetable), which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food (meat).”

I believe that this diet, which was devoid of all animal source foods, was not only the diet that God, the Creator of man in His infinite wisdom, knew would properly nourish Adam and then Eve, but would also be the very diet that would properly nourish and sustain human physical life as long as man walked this earth.

I also believe that God knew this diet was the very diet that would prevent His human creation from ever becoming sick. And sure enough, there is not a single recorded instance of sickness while Adam and Eve remained in the garden eating those garden foods.

Sin, But Not Sickness

We read in Genesis 3:1-24 that at this time Eve was deceived by the devil and partook of the forbidden fruit; Adam partook, also. The result of their disobedience was that sin entered the human race and they were driven from the garden.

But notice that it was sin and not sickness that entered the human race at the time of the fall. Adam and Eve’s banishment from the garden did not bring about a change in diet, nor did it bring sickness.

In fact, the Genesis 1:29 diet continued to be the exclusive diet of mankind for the next 1,700 years…right up until the time of the flood.

And during those 1,700 years on this 100% plant-based, Genesis 1:29 diet — devoid of all animal source foods — there is not a single recorded instance of sickness, while man lives to an average age of 912 (average age of the patriarchs at death prior to the flood).

Then Came the Flood

In Genesis chapters 7 and 8, we read about a flood that covered all the earth:

“And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven, were covered.”
~ Genesis 7:19

The flood covered the earth and its gardens. These gardens contained the foods God had told his human creation to consume in Genesis 1:29, the very foods that had sustained man in health for the previous 1,700 years.

God, not wanting all human life to be wiped out by starvation because all plant foods had been destroyed by the flood, in Genesis 9:3 gives man permission to consume the flesh of the clean animals that were on the ark.

I believe God allowed this for man’s survival purposes until the flood waters receded and garden foods were once again available.

Here is what God said in Genesis 9:3:

“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat (food) for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

This is the verse our critics use against us more than any other. They tell us that God gave man permission to consume animal flesh right here in Genesis 9:3, and thus there is nothing wrong with eating animal flesh.

But once man got a taste of flesh, he could not leave it alone and began to eat it with increasing frequency even after gardens were restored and garden foods available.   And later, when God was bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, what was their primary complaint?

“And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots. . .”
~ Exodus 16:3

40 Years in the Wilderness

When God was the dietician during the 40 years of the Israelites’ wilderness wandering, what did He provide them for food? Was it not “manna,” a pure vegan food?!

“And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.”
~ Exodus 16:15

But were the Israelites happy with this plant based manna? No, they demanded flesh:

“Who shall give us flesh to eat?”
~ Numbers 11:18

Now listen to Moses as he talks to the Lord concerning the Israelites demand for flesh:

“Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? For they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh that we may eat.”
~ Numbers 11:13

And God gave them flesh in the form of quail:

“And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp . . . and they gathered the quails . . . And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague.”
~ Numbers 11:31-33

Do You Know the Cause of Most Physical Problems?

What few people understand today is that animal source foods are the primary cause of almost every physical problem man experiences. If man would stop consuming animal source foods, he could almost totally eliminate any fear of ever having a heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, arthritis, allergies, asthma, osteoporosis, heartburn, acid stomach problems… and the list goes on.

There is nothing more dangerous to our health than animal source foods! And yet, there is nothing Hallelujah Acres is criticized for more than our attempt to warn Christians of the inherent dangers found in them.

Sadly, these same animal source foods are the root cause of almost every physical problem we ask God in prayer to remove.

No wonder, the Bible tells us in Hosea 4:6:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge . . .”

And what could that knowledge possibly be?

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth (eateth), that shall he also reap.”
~ Galatians 6:7

Christians seem to think that all they have to do is pray a spiritual prayer over something they are about to put into their mouth, and that spiritual prayer is going to remove any harmful effects that substance could have on their body. Sadly, the average person never associates the physical problems they experience with the foods they eat.

Daniel’s Story

In the first chapter of Daniel, we learn that Daniel, along with three Hebrew children, were taken into the king’s palace to be prepared for service to the king. Part of that preparation was to be nourished with the foods that came from the king’s table.

In Daniel chapter 1:8 we read:

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

Daniel requested that he and his companions not be required to eat the “meat” or drink the “wine” but rather be given only “pulse” (vegetables) and “water.” The eunuch protested, saying that if he gave them only veggies and water, they would not be as healthy as those eating the king’s food and that he could lose his head for not obeying the king’s orders.

Daniel responded:

“Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse (veggies) to eat, and water to drink.”
~ Daniel 1:12

The eunuch granted their wish for 10 days. And what were the results?

“And at the end of the ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat!”
~ Daniel 1:15

By the way, there is something about this story that many people fail to recognize — Daniel 1:16 says that because the 10-day experiment worked so well, Daniel and his friends were allowed to continue eating this way!

Conclusion

Friends, “If the foundations (the diet our bodies were designed to be nourished with) be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) The answer is we can get sick, or we can return to eating the foods God designed these physical bodies to be nourished with.

And what is so amazing to me is that upon returning to that Genesis 1:29 diet, the very diet that God, our Creator, gave Adam some 6,000 years ago, almost everyone who applies God’s original diet to their body gets well from almost every physical problem they were experiencing. They usually don’t get sick anymore, and they die of old age, rather than disease!

With regard to a proper spiritual foundation, I will leave you with these verses from the Bible:

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. . . But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”
~ 1 Corinthians 3:11 & 10

Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Acres Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.

Comments

  1. Nicky May 1, 2013

    I have one question about fiber – fiber is part of nature and BarleyMax misses the fiber…Whole food wheatgrass contains cellulose and cannot be properly digested by humans
    This myth is sometimes stated by over‐zealous proponents of indoor wheatgrass juice and other cereal grass juice products. They falsely claim that wheatgrass must be consumed as a juice because whole food wheatgrass contains “indigestible” cellulose. They fail to mention that whole food wheatgrass is not the only vegetable containing cellulose. Other cellulose vegetables include celery, broccoli, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, green beans, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin and just about every vegetable that has ever been grown.
    It is true that humans do not have a digestive tract designed to digest the cellulose itself, but our systems depend on the cellulose in plants to keep our colons functioning properly. If we lived on a diet of juices, our colons would shrink and that would not be good. The vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, etc. that are contained in vegetables are fully digestible when you eat whole food vegetables. In fact, cellulose in vegetables promotes the digestion of vegetable nutrients by slowing the transit time in the intestinal tract. There is nothing better for the colon than chlorophyll‐rich roughage. It detoxifies and provides the perfect medium for the friendly probiotic bacteria that are essential for a healthy colon. Instead of impeding digestion, cellulose improves digestion.

  2. Nicky May 1, 2013

    What about green foods packaged in plastic versus nitrogen-packed amber glass;
    1. Glass is completely non-toxic.
    2. The oxygen-free atmosphere inside glass bottles stops oxidation. The only other way to stop oxidation is to freeze the product.
    3. Even after being opened, glass bottles keep product fresher than plastic. Plastic is a porous material that cannot hold a 100% nitrogen environment. Glass is not porous and gives off no chemical residue.

    • Bishop Jonathan Edewor May 2, 2013

      This is my first write up from you. It needs a lot of discipline to be able to go along with your teachings. With God, however, nothing is impossible.

  3. Was Jesus a Vegetarian?

    Jesus of Nazareth Spoke Against Animal Sacrifices

    “I came to end the animal sacrifices, and if you do not stop making sacrifices, the wrath of God (the law of cause and effect) will not leave you alone.”

    Jesus, cited from Epiphanius, Panarion 3:16

    “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

    Matthew. 9:13

    “Is it not written: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nation? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

    Jesus in Mark. 11:17

    The Apostles

    Were Vegetarians

    In order to know what Jesus taught concerning love for animals and having a meatless diet, it is useful to know how his apostles and disciples lived. Ancient texts, which, typically enough, were not included in the canons of the Bible state the following:

    Peter

    “I live on bread and olives, to which I only seldom add a vegetable.”

    Clementine Homilies XII, 6; rec. VII, 6

    Paul

    “Jesus instructed me to eat no meat and drink no wine, but only bread, water and fruit, so that I be found pure when he wants to talk with me.”

    Toledoth Jeschu, Krauss Edition, Berlin 1902, p. 113, Paul

    Matthew

    “Matthew lived on seed, the fruit of trees and vegetables without meat.”

    Clemens von Alexandria,

    Paidagogos II, 1:16

    John

    “John never ate meat.”

    Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius,

    History of the Church II 2:3

    Jacob

    “Jacob, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.”

    Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3

    In old scriptures, there are also indications that other apostles and disciples nourished themselves as vegetarians or vegans.

    The Church Fathers Also Warned Against Eating Meat

    The church fathers or church writers still knew the sources and earliest handwritten texts and quoted from them. At that time many of them lived as vegetarians or vegans and abstained from alcohol, or recommended this.
    From this one we gain knowledge about the eating habits of the first Christians.

    John Chrysostomus

    About a group of exemplary Christians

    354-407

    “No streams of blood flowed at their place; no
    flesh was slaughtered and cut to pieces … One does not smell there the awful
    vapor of meals of meat … one hears no racket and terrible noise. They eat
    only bread, which they earn through their work, and water that a pure spring
    offers them. When they want a lavish meal, then indulgence consists of fruits,
    and they find thereby higher enjoyment than at the royal tables.”

    Homil. 69

    Clemens of Alexandria

    “For within a moderate simplicity is there not a diversity of healthy foods: vegetables, roots, olives, herbs, milk, cheese, fruit and many kinds of dried foods? – Among the foods one should favor those that can be directly eaten without the use of fire, for they are always ready for us and are the simplest. – Accordingly, the apostle Matthew lived from seeds, hard-shelled fruits and vegetables, and ate no meat. And John, who practiced modesty to the utmost degree ate the buds of leaves and wild honey. – I think that the bloody sacrifices were invented solely by those people who sought an excuse for eating meat, which they also could have had without such idolatry.”

    Clemens of Alexandria,
    Paidagogos II

    Quintus Septimus Tertullianus

    ca. 160-221

    Tertullianus appeared several times for the defense of the Christians when they were accused of making human sacrifices.

    “How shall I describe it, that you believe we are thirsty for human blood, for you do know that we loathe the blood of animals.”

    Apol. Chap. 9; quoted from Robert Springer, p. 292

    Gregory of Nazianz Church father from Kappadozien

    “But the seed of a good house father is the good wheat, from which he bakes bread … The indulgence in meat dishes is a disgraceful wrong and I desire that you may strive to offer your soul nourishment that lasts eternally.”

    Robert Springer 1884

    Hieronymus

    “It is better that you eat no meat and drink no wine. For drinking wine started with eating meat, after the great flood.”

    “Innocent foods are foods acquired without letting blood.”

    “Consuming meat, drinking wine and overfilling the stomach are the cradles of greed.”

    Hieronymus, Adversus Jovinanum 1:30

    Aurelius Augustinus

    354-430

    Church father and greatest Latin Church teacher of antiquity, Augustinius also lived solely from plant foods. He attributed the ruinous passions of man to the eating of meat. In one of his works, he quoted Paul (Romans. 14:21), where Paul recommended that one eat no meat and drink no wine.

    De vera Religione II, 161, 168

    Basilius the Great

    “The body that is burdened with meat foods is plagued by illnesses; a moderate style of life makes it healthier and stronger and cuts off the root of evil. The vapors of meat foods darken the light of the spirit. It is hard for one to love virtue when one is gladdened by meat dishes and festive meals.”

    Basilius the Great, Enkarpa, 1884

    “Meat is a contradiction to food and it belongs to the world of the past.”

    Clementine Homilies III, 45

    “The Christians abstained from every kind of meat.”

    Plinius in a letter to Trajan, Ep. Lib. X. 96

    “In the earthly paradise,

    there was no wine,

    no one sacrificed animals

    and no one ate meat.”

    “As long as one lives frugally

    the luck of the house

    will increase;

    the animals will be safe;

    no blood will be shed,

    and no animal will be killed.

    The cook’s knife will be useless;

    the table will only be set with fruits

    which nature offers to us,

    and one will be

    satisfied with that.”

    From the epistles of Basilius the Great (329-379) cited from
    Carl Anders Skriver,

    “The Forgotten Beginnings of Creation and Christianity” p. 161

  4. Our risen Saviour fed his disciples cooked fish. The Isrealites were commanded to eat the Passover Lamb. The LORD commanded the ravens to bring Elijiah bread and meat. There are many other examples from the Bible that show that God allowed and sanctioned eating of flesh in a post Noahic world. Not that I’m a huge meat eater, but just wanted to point out the facts from the scriptures.

  5. Rhonda May 3, 2013

    Great article! We definitely need the plant based diet. I’ve been reading through Leviticus and God provided meat for the Priests to eat; quite a bit. This wasn’t just for their time in the wilderness, but continual. This was many years after the flood. Isn’t the problem with balance and not total elimination of a dietary item?

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