What was the original Diet?
The Eden diet consisted of grains, nuts and fruits.
Gen 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. (grains, nuts, and fruits)
Gen 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. (vegetables, or green plants, and grass)
However, because of sin this was changed after the flood to the Noahic covenant diet.
Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
Gen 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Please note the statement of my favorite Bible commentator:
God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. The fruit of the trees in the garden, was the food man’s wants required. God gave man no permission to eat animal food until after the flood. Everything had been destroyed upon which man could subsist, and therefore the Lord in their necessity gave Noah permission to eat of the clean animals which he had taken with him into the ark. But animal food was not the most healthful article of food for man. (CD 373.1)
And what were the results of the eating of flesh? Moral pollution and the cleansing by a flood!
The people who lived before the flood ate animal food and gratified their lusts until their cup of iniquity was full, and God cleansed the earth of its moral pollution by a flood. Then the third dreadful curse rested upon the earth. The first curse was pronounced upon the posterity of Adam and upon the earth, because of disobedience. The second curse came upon the ground after Cain slew his brother Abel. The third most dreadful curse from God came upon the earth at the flood. (CD 373.2, emphasis mine)
So, why did God allow meat to be a part of the diet after the flood? To shorten their sinful lives!
After the flood the people ate largely of animal food. God saw that the ways of man were corrupt, and that he was disposed to exalt himself proudly against his Creator and to follow the inclinations of his own heart. And He permitted that long-lived race to eat animal food to shorten their sinful lives. Soon after the flood the race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years.—Spiritual Gifts 4a:120, 121, 1864 (CD 373.3, emphasis mine)
Does “Modern Science” reveal anything about the relationship between the consumption of flesh foods and longevity?
Red Meat Consumption and Mortality: Results from Two Prospective Cohort Studies. We documented 23926 deaths (including 5910 CVD and 9464 cancer deaths) during 2.96 million person-years of follow-up.
Red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total, CVD and cancer mortality. Substitution of other healthy protein sources for red meat is associated with a lower mortality risk.
Arch Intern Med. 2012 Apr 9; 172(7): 555–563.
Published online 2012 Mar 12. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.2287
It becomes obvious that there are at least two components to diet as related to health, what we eat and how much! Notice:
Some do not exercise control over their appetites but indulge taste at the expense of health. As the result the brain is clouded, their thoughts are sluggish, and they fail to accomplish what they might if they were self-denying and abstemious. These rob God of the physical and mental strength which might be devoted to His service if temperance were observed in all things. Paul was a health reformer. Said he: “I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” He felt that a responsibility rested upon him to preserve all his powers in their strength, that he might use them to the glory of God. If Paul was in danger from intemperance, we are in greater danger, because we do not feel and realize as he did the necessity of glorifying God in our bodies and spirits, which are His. Overeating is the sin of this age. (4T 454.2 emphasis mine)
If overeating is sin, then our battle determines our spiritual health. Stay tuned for Part 3.