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“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.’” [Gen. 1:29]
The LORD gave; the FDA hath taken away; cursed be the name of the FDA! [paraphrase of Job 1:21]
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine (c. 460-375 BCE)
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” — Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

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What The Bible Says About Your Health
Posted 04/15/15

What the Bible has to say about:
Herbs | Health | Bread | Disease | Healing | Pharmaceuticals
Clean and Unclean Animals | Please Pass [on] the Pork Chops

The Scriptures reveal that God has made provisions for man to enjoy good health. In Genesis 1:29 [KJV] God says, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed; and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Man was designed by his Creator to eat the herbs of the land. An herb is any edible vegetation. Yet it is clear that man does not eat every herb, only those that “taste good.” Thus, man omits from his prescribed diet foods that may be bitter but which are thought to dissolve tumors, cleanse, and relax the body. Foods which are sour are known to tighten, tone, and constrict loose spongy tissues in the body. Foods which taste hot stimulate the metabolic actions of the body. God has provided for all our needs, but man has pursued those foods which are sweet, aromatic, easy to prepare, and easily preserved. No wonder sickness and lack of energy and vitality abound on much of the earth.

In the Book of the Revelation (22:2) there is a tree (not a pharmacy) that has leaves for the healing of the nations. The Scriptures are full of instances where foods (herbs) were used in the divine order for the restoration of health.

God’s “pharmacy” consists of foods (plant life) not drugs. In fact, drugs are in disrepute throughout the Scriptures. The Greek word farmakeia (pharmakeia, from which we get “pharmacy”) is translated “poisoning” or “sorcerers,” which means “those who enchant or are enchanted with drugs.”

Note Revelation 9:21 where the making of drugs (sorceries) is compared to the sins of murder, fornication, and theft. In Revelation 18:23 these same “sorceries” deceive all nations. In Revelation 21:8 sorcerers are likened to unbelievers, the abominable, murders, whoremongers, idolaters, and liars. In Revelation 22:15 sorcerers are likened to dogs, whoremongers, murders, and idolaters.

Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary contains the following entry on page 633: “pharmacy, from pharmakon, magic, charm, poison, drugs.”

It is obvious that the mixing of drugs in Bible times was not the esteemed practice that it is today. This raises the question of whether drugs have a part in God’s plan for maintaining the health of His creation. Certainly, natural herbs which have no side effects, bad effects, or after effects are the tools of good health.

By design, good sanitary and dietary practices were of the utmost importance in the Scriptures. The Hebrew children escaped many plagues and much havoc due to obedience to sanitary principles alone.

He said, “If you will listen intently to the voice of ADONAI your God, do what he considers right, pay attention to his mitzvot and observe his laws, I will not afflict you with any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians; because I am ADONAI your healer.” (Exodus 15:26, CJB)

The major advances in health in the United States and in civilized nations are due primarily to good sanitary practices rather than as the result of drugs.

Faith and proper thinking are primary ingredients in good health. Rav Sha'ul (the Apostle Paul) admonishes the Philippians (2:5) to “Have this attitude in yourselves …” We are to put healthy thoughts into our mind. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil 4:8). The wisest man who ever lived said, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick" (Proverbs 13:12).

Hering’s “Law of Cure” says that man heals from the top down and from the inside out. From the top down certainly means from the head or mind. Right belief brings right living.

 

Bibliography: Source materials used to develop the Natural Health information on this site.


Note Well: None of the statements about natural health on this website have been submitted to, or evaluated by, either the Food and Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. All consumable products mentioned in any context on this website are intended to be used as food only, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. According to the United States government, herbs are food or flavorings and cannot be used to treat or cure diseases. If you have a health concern, please consult your health care provider. Any mention of possible “health benefits” of any product refer only to its historical use in “folk” medicine.

All information on this web site is presented for educational and/or religious purposes only, and is nothing more nor less than an expression of our religious belief that all healing is from God, that we can expect to have good health when we live a lifestyle that is in harmony with His universal laws (His Torah), and that He has provided mankind with certain foods and techniques that help the body’s natural healing processes. Regardless of the mistaken opinion of either the FDA, the AMA, or the FTC, this religious expression is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America!

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