The Ideal Diet

By Ray Fosterrlf@mt-rushmore.net

 


Introduction


The first recorded dietary recommendation came the day of creation from the Creator. This is recorded for us in the book of beginnings, the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible.

 

Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, 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 meat.

1:30 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.

1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

So not only did God give recommendations for the diet of man, but also for the animals.

 

Q What do you see in the dietary recommended by God?


I see that God recommended seeds to be the diet of mankind. Today, we would say that fruits, nuts and grains or what God recommended to be the dietary of mankind.

 

Q Was there anything else that we could notice in the original diet recommended by God?


Yes, there were two trees that came in for special mention in connection with mankind’s dietary instructions by God.

 

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

2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

So on the basis of what God told our first parents in the beginning, life and death was bound up with food. In order to stay alive and well, fruits, grains, nuts and eating of the fruit of the tree of life was required. Death was stated to be the result of eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

 

Q Do you think this account of dietary instructions are allegorical or symbolic or do you think that the record tells it as it was?


My current understanding is that it was literal. The creation story tells us what actually happened in six literal days. The fruit of the tree of life had vitamin L in its fruit.

 

Q What is vitamin L?


Vitamin L is what Ponce de Leon was looking for in Florida. Vitamin L is the life vitamin that when taken regularly would result in endless life.

 

Q So do you believe that the tree of knowledge of good and evil had vitamin D for death?


That would seem logical. But my current understanding is that the need to eat daily is still a necessity of life today and will be for all eternity. In contrast to this, I do not believe that God put any poison in the tree of knowledge of good and evil that would kill you if you ate it.

 

Q Don’t you think that God is consistent with what He does? If the tree of life had a substance in it to keep life and youth eternal, why don’t you think that the tree of knowledge of good and evil had a substance in it, the eating of which, would result in the death that God told would result from eating the fruit of that tree?


To eat or not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a test of loyalty. The record tells us that Eve saw that the tree was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired. The results of eating of the fruit is recorded. Adam and Eve would have died that day, if Jesus had not interceded to pledge His life and death to stand in the place of their life of disobedience and resulting death. The death that results from sin is separation from God, not so much that what we do in disobedience itself kills us. [See Bible Study Topics for more Biblical information]