The Bible states in Proverbs 25:16, “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.”
Destructive eating is something the Bible warns against in many places. In the Garden of Eden, humanity’s fall began with a craving for the wrong type of food. I will say again: the Devil knows humanity. He knows how our hearts work and how our body (with its hormones, enzymes, and various systems) work. He has had centuries to train our taste buds to crave and eat the wrong things. We in the West are especially trained to eat certain things. We think we are eating normally but we aren’t. We live daily with a feast diet. By this I mean that our daily meals would’ve been considered feasts in the ancient world and would seem like feasts to many people in the world today. The average American eats meat for breakfast lunch and dinner. In addition, our taste palates are excessively addicted to sweets. Sweets that Americans eat are sweeter than sweets in other countries.
The Lord knew the danger of overly-sweet food. He knows the body He has designed for us. When I consider my body and how badly I have treated it, I feel very foolish indeed. My body has struggled not only with dangerous issues such as being semi-diabetic and overweight but with annoyances such as yeast infections and being unable to find the proper clothes.
I have not been a person who drinks alcohol but my addiction to sweet things –and to a kid’s diet—has made me understand how sweets such as chocolate can affect our mental, physical, and emotional health.
It is written in the Scriptures:
“Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags…. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” Proverbs 23:20, 21, 29-35
I think the use of drugs – illegal, or recreational—should also go in this category. The Lord knows how our bodies work. People who take drugs know that the drug produces certain effects; they don’t know all the effects of a certain drug. Or they believe the bad effects will not affect them. But whether it is tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol, or some other drug, it is best to avoid them unless they are necessary, legal, and are prescribed by medical professionals. Do not put anything into your body that affects your emotion or bodily systems. Although, there is a giddy joy that happens when one takes drugs, it’s best to have as much control over one’s self as possible.
The Bible warns us to be careful about whom we choose to befriend. Bad friends will lead us to eat the wrong things, do sinful things, and think wrongful things.
In the second chapter of the book of Titus, Paul writes:
“3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
There is wisdom in having intergenerational friendships. Young women learn from older women. But even then one must be careful. Older people have great influence over younger ones and if young people are not careful, they will believe every word that falls from the older person’s mouth. So, the wisdom of the aged is to be respected but only if that older person is wise. There is a senior citizen center near me and it is a shame and quite pitiful to see or hear some of the things those old folks are doing. Just because someone is old doesn’t mean the person is wise.
“The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31
I only want to state that we are warned against having angry friends who will get into fights which will affect us. We are warned against slothful, immoral, and unintelligent friends. Sufficeth to say, I have had a lot of trouble because of the friends I have hung around with.
A word about wasting one’s breath:
I have grieved my own heart in the past by wasting advice on the wrong people. Therefore, I will only say: “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Proverbs 23:9”