There has been a rising awareness about GMO and its effect on our bodies. One doctor, I saw on TV a while back said that GMOs alter our DNA and one effect of consistently consuming food with GMO is sterilization two to three generations down.
There are of course a lot of health practitioners telling us what to eat and how much, and what kind of food etc. It is practical and wise because we only have one body and we ought to take care of it. Not to go overboard though because an imbalance in what we consume can cause certain deficiencies. So again, moderation and balanced diet is key.
There are certain religious groups advocating non-consumption of certain food because they are impure and they believe can cause them to sin, or certain rituals to be performed.
Jesus gave a succinct message to the hypocrites of his time when they questioned Him about letting the disciples eat with their “unclean” hands. They did not ask out of health concern, but rather to imply that the tradition they adhere to was violated and, therefore, made them unclean.
“Nothing outside a man can make him unclean by going into him. Rather it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean”-Mark 7:14
He further explained that the food goes to the stomach and not the heart. (This, of course, will prompt people to say that cholesterol blocks the arteries etc.) but the context of the discussion was spiritual. The Pharisees and Jews were so legalistic that Jesus even said: “Are you so dull”? (v.18)
So what makes us unclean then?
Verse 20 enumerates what makes us unclean: This might as well be the bible’s version of Mandatory Labelling. ( Disclaimer should read: excessive use can lead to death).
- evil thoughts
- sexual immorality
All those EVILS come FROM INSIDE and make a man unclean.
In this world we live in where people are desensitized and value earthly principles than biblical ones, pushing and promoting ideologies that may seem popular and right but in God’s economy, traditions and religious practices mean nothing. They don’t impress Him at all. What we say out of the abundance of the heart is a rather accurate barometer of who we are-believer or not.