- Religion and Philosophy
Gluttony: Is it a Sin?
" What's wrong with eating? ", " How can indulging yourself to the pleasure of eating be wrong? ", These are the common question of those who love eating delicious food. Who would not love to eat delicious food right? and all people need to eat to live, to have the energy to perform daily tasks and to have nourishment to be healthy. Food is a basic necessity and it is normal for people to eat. Food is a blessing from God and it is not wrong to enjoy it. But what makes eating a sin? It becomes a sin when you eat excessively. this is called Gluttony.
Do you notice that when you eat excessively, you get various diseases? and some can even lead to death. If gluttony is not bad, why does it have bad consequences? If Gluttony is not a sin, why is there a punishment for gluttons? If Gluttony is good, it will result to good things. If gluttony is not a sin, then there would be blessings instead of punishment, am I right?
Now, Let's Ask the Bible About Gluttony
What does the Bible Tells About Gluttony?
" Their destiny is destruction, their God is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. "
Philippians 3:19 ESV
The Bible says that those who set their minds on earthly things are destined for destruction because their God is their stomachs. In short, filling their stomachs with more food is more important than them and because of this, they destroy their bodies.
" For Drunkards and Gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags."
Proverbs 23:21 ESV
The Bible also says that the Gluttons will become poor. Who would not become poor, buying expensive food and spending more money on food? Instead of buying only what is enough, a glutton ends up buying extra food which is unnecessary and foolish.
Why is Gluttony a Sin?
1. Gluttony is Idolatry
The Bible Says;
" Do not be Idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: ' The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry'. "
1 Corinthians 10:7 ESV
Gluttony along with Drunkenness is a sin, It is Idolatry. It is a choice of self-love, comfort, and loss of control through food. Instead of God controlling their lives, it is their appetite that controls them. Instead of seeking comfort through God, a Glutton seeks comfort while filling their stomachs with their earthly desires.
2. Gluttony Destroys the Temple of God
Gluttons do not care for their bodies which is considered a temple of God, like what the Bible says;
" Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy and you are that temple."
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV
Are you aware that you are destroying the Temple of God because of overeating? A Glutton only likes to enjoy food and fill their stomachs, even if it destroys their body, makes them sick, and waste money to buy more than enough food to eat. Overeating can result in Obesity, Heart Attack, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and much more. Now tell me if it is not destroying your own body.
3. Gluttony is Temptation
" But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. "
James 1:14 ESV
Eating more is a gluttonous desire. And therefore, a glutton is tempted by his desire to eat more. Gluttony is not God's desire for us. God does not want us to lose control over the desires of our own flesh.
" For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
God gave us the spirit of self-control so we can discipline and control ourselves in every way.
How Can We Overcome Gluttony?
Exercise Your Self-Control
" For God gave us the spirit not of fear but of power, and of love and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
Is your self-control not enough? then you should try the next tip.
Submit Yourself to God
" Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
James 4:7 NIV
Acknowledge that you have sinned and repent. Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil, try to eat what is enough and not excessively.
If you still find it difficult to resist the devil, what shall we do?
Ask God to Guide You
" This is the confidence we have in approaching God: That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us- whatever we ask- we know that we have what we asked of him."
1 John 5:14-15 NIV
We can ask anything to God as long as it is according to his will. Ask God to guide you in your battle to fight gluttony. He hears you and he will help you.
But if this does work either, what shall we do?
Think of Lord Jesus
" Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature."
Romans 13:14 NIV
Do not think of your desire to eat more. Every time you are tempted, think of Lord Jesus instead.
Remember when the Lord fast for forty days and forty nights? he was very hungry at that time and he was tempted by the devil saying " If you are the son of God, tell this stones to become bread." But does Lord Jesus gave in to the temptation? No! Instead, he said;
" Jesus answered, ' It is written: ' Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Matthew 4:4 NIV
So we should live like our Lord Jesus. Let's make him our role model and live on the word of God. Every time you will be tempted, think of Lord Jesus and call his name.
But If All this does not Work, What shall we do? Is it the End?
The answer is a big NO. If this is the case, repeat from the first step. Repeat and repeat and repeat until you overcome gluttony. Never lose faith, never lose hope, and put your best effort. And little by little you will see the change and you will overcome the sin of Gluttony. Don't give up because God will help you through Jesus Christ to overcome this sin. After all, change does not occur only in one night. Never Give Up!
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