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My husband and I ask the kids in the pre-baptism class, "What is sin?" They say, "Sin is when you do something bad." "Sin is when you steal something or lie." Sin is when someone hits someone else." All of those are examples of sin, we agree. But Sin is really the thing inside all of us that says "I want what I want and I want it now! I want my way!"
Behind a thief & murderer is someone who says "I want money, I want it now, and I'll kill you for your wallet." Behind anyone in an immoral relationship, is someone who says "It feels good, why wait, I want it now." Even when we stop ourselves from the worst behaviors, we all have the same core attitude.
It's clear that sin is serious business with God. He loved us and did not want us to perish because of our sin. That's why Jesus died on Good Friday nearly 2000 years ago. It is why we celebrate Easter with such joy.
As I'm thinking about these serious issues this weekend, I find myself smiling, because that same "my way" attitude gets us in trouble on the Blood Type Diet.
We go along for weeks eating right and feeling good. Then something happens and we want one of the great tasting things that everyone around us is eating. Call it a craving, call it lack of discipline, we ignore everything we know about our Type and go for the stuff we miss and we want.
So does that make wheat a sin?
No, not in a mortal sense. It is not a sin against God. In fact this is why I don't worry about eating an avoid that has been prepared by a friend and served with love. To reject hospitality would go right back to the attitude of putting myself and my wants first.
However there is that verse in the Bible that says "Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit...You are not your own...Therefore glorify God in your body."
God does expect me to take care of my body and not abuse it with stuff that I know to be bad for me. If my eating habits cause me to get sick, I can't serve Him. In that sense, ignoring what I know about my Type and choosing wheat (or other avoids) might be sin.
It is a matter of the heart. When I eat am I seeking to put God first, or am I wanting my way?
This started out to be a light-hearted blog, but it took an unexpected serious turn. I'll save my more humorous comments for next time.
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