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June 24th, 2012 | Filed Under: Author, Meat Sacraficed to Idols, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A2 Comments | Author:


C_____,

Great question. I’ll first answer the spiritual question your asking and then give you
some information about what this website you sent me teaches.

Paul answers your question in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10.

(1Co 8:1 NKJV) Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

This class is food that has been offered to idols. Anything can be offered to an idol
when the philosophy or beliefs behind the skills being taught are not scriptural. This
class may teach you beneficial cooking skills, but their philosophy or beliefs are
corrupt.

(1Co 8:5 NKJV) For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),
(1Co 8:6 NKJV) yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

We know that these idols do not exist so partaking of something sacrificed to them
does not harm us nor benefit us. See the following verse:

(1Co 8:8 NKJV) But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

1Co 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

We SHOULD careful to not abuse our understanding of the truth and cause someone
else to stumble.

(1Co 8:9 NKJV) But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
(1Co 8:10 NKJV) For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
(1Co 8:11 NKJV) And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
(1Co 8:12 NKJV) But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

If we meet someone who has knowledge of God, but is a babe, we must be very careful
what we do around them. We do not want to cause them to stumble by thinking that
idols are anything at all. It is best to not eat the meat sacrificed to idols in front of them if that will be the case.

(1Co 8:13 NKJV) Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

Here is a further explanation in 1 Cor 10.

(1Co 10:25 NKJV) Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake;
(1Co 10:26 NKJV) for “THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL ITS FULLNESS.”
(1Co 10:27 NKJV) If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.
(1Co 10:28 NKJV) But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL ITS FULLNESS.”
(1Co 10:29 NKJV) “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?

So if you want to go to the class, go. If someone starts to tell you all about their
philosophy behind the cooking then you will not be able to partake for conscience
sake. You do not want to give off an appearance of evil.

1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Regarding the teachings about nutrition and food, I wanted to bring a few things to
your attention.

I found the following information on website:

Here is a quote about what should comprise a healthy diet:

50-60 percent by weight whole cereal grains, including brown rice, millet, barley, oats, wheat, corn, rye, and other grains and grain products including noodles, couscous, bulgur, pasta, and various sourdough breads.

Here is another quote about what should be avoided:

Foods that are generally avoided include meat and poultry, dairy food, eggs, sugar, honey, chocolate, and other refined sweeteners, tropical fruits and vegetables, refined flour, and foods containing artificial colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and other additives

Both of these statements indicate that these people do not have a very good understanding of what comprises a healthy diet. Most people today are having health issues because of processed foods and a diet too rich in carbohydrates, especially grains. Grains are very difficult to digest and can cause a number of negative side effects.

Here is a quote from Dr. Mercola’s website, DrMercola.com. He does very good research and typically has very good informaiton.

Emerging evidence suggests most people need about 50-70 percent of their diet (calories) as healthy fats, which include organically-raised grass-fed meats, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, avocado, nuts, organic pastured egg yolks, and butter made from raw grass-fed milk

Many of the foods that he lists that are essential to a health diet are listed as foods that should be avoided on the other site, including eggs, and meats.

Here is a link to much more information on the topic of the need for fat in our diet.

Fat Article

When making decisions about anything we need to get a multitude of
counselors on the subject.

Pro 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of
counsellors they are established.

Here is another website that has lots of information about why a diet high in
good fats and low in grains is very healing. You can also search Youtube.com
for GAPS diet and find lots of good videos.

GAPS Diet Website

I hope this helps answer your question. I’ll be happy to discuss you more if you
like.

Mitch

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  • Carolina Thompson

    Dear Mitch,
    Thank you so much for your response. I started to read Dr. Mercola approach and would like to keep researching. I downloaded his book “Healthy Recipes for your Nutritional Type”. In the introduction he tells us about where he comes from and how he came up after try and error with so many other diets and methods, with his “Nutritional Typing” approach.
    He does sound serious and with plenty of experience. I haven’t look deep into GAPS diet yet but hope to do that soon.
    Thank you once again for pointing out to me that we should seek for multiple counselors. I hope if we meet in England in October to have a chance to hear more from you about this subject. I watched the video from “Food and the Body I” and know from that you also come a long way. Thanks for your testimony.
    I still have a lot of questions about de optimal diet, if it is really not the same for everybody – it does make a lot of sense already -; contaminated food such as fish with mercury; eating mainly what grows around the area where you live vs. eating but is available to you, etc. I will keep looking.
    It is very encouraging to know there are other brothers searching for the truth over this subject. I find everything you said very useful and I appreciated very dearly.
    Sincerely,
    Carolina

  • Anonymous

    Wow. You’re so welcome. You’re grateful spirit is a gift from God! thank you for the kind words.
    Mitch Kuhn
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