“Something that is dead cannot produce life. So it’s impossible to eat food that is dead and expect it to sustain life.”
“…it was not God’s intention that we should permanently be stuck on the emergency diet, as it was not His best for us.”
“So often when we shoot for God’s best, it requires sacrifice on our part…
Good, Better, Best
The whole-foods, plant-based diet
By: Rochelle Mekowulu
Good! Better! Best! Many of life’s choices fall within these three buckets. It’s not that “good” or “better” is bad, but nothing beats the “best”. The “best” is defined by God’s ideal, and I always try to shoot for this although I’m not always successful. Yet, many in life sadly, settle for the “good”.
A number of years ago, a friend introduced me to the concept of a plant-based diet. In fact, it was my last year in high school. Coming from a Caribbean family, meat was a staple in the diet. No meal was complete unless meat was present on the plate. There are some things that we are afraid of asking God what to do about because we are afraid of what His answer might be. This was one of them.
That initial encounter with my friend led me to look into the topic of diet, not just from a health perspective but from a spiritual one. And I was amazed by just how much the word of God had to say about it. The Bible reveals God’s ideal and no book tends to do better in this revelation than the book of Genesis. It’s the book of beginnings and reveals God’s ideal before sin reared its ugly head.
In the first two chapters of Genesis, God creates a beautiful paradise that the best artist portrayal would fail to capture. In this perfect environment, He puts Adam and Eve. In this spectacular, sinless and perfect world, He outlines for Adam and Eve the best fuel to run the magnificent specimen called the human machinery. We find that ideal diet in Genesis 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.” In Genesis 3:18 after sin entered into the world, God also added the herb of the field to the diet.
In the ideal world, God chose for man a diet that would be considered whole foods and plant-based. Now, the question is why? According to Genesis 2:7, God formed man out of the dust of the ground. It’s interesting to note that the very substance that God formed man out of is the very substance that God designed man’s food to come from. “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden…And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat” (Gn 2:9,16 see also Ps 104:14).
Science has now discovered that the elements found in the human body can also be found in the soil (or ground). It is my belief that it was God’s intention that the food we eat should come from a root system that enables man to be nourished by the very same elements of which he is composed.
This plant-based diet instituted in Genesis 1 and 2 was the diet that God’s faithful children followed until after the flood. It was in Genesis 9 that God instituted what I like to call an “emergency diet.” In this diet God allowed the use of animal flesh in the diet, but not all animals, only the clean ones (vs. 3,4; see also Leviticus 11). The emergency diet was necessary because of the barrenness of the earth after the flood. Yet, it was not God’s intention that we should permanently be stuck on the emergency diet, as it was not His best for us. In fact, we simply have to note the drastic change in the life span of man when meat was added to the diet.
Yet, there was more that spoke to my heart. The commonality in the herb bearing seed and the fruit yielding seed is the concept of the “seed”. In fact all plant-based foods develop from a seed, whether nuts or grains.
Seeds contain life and thus are able to impart life. Throughout the Bible, Christ is referred to as a seed (see Gn 3:15, Gal 3:16). As in Jesus we find life (Jn 14:6) even so in the literal seed we find life. When we receive Christ we receive life and that life is able to reproduce life in us. Likewise the foods we eat should reproduce life, and only life begets life. Something that is dead cannot produce life. So it’s impossible to eat food that is dead and expect it to sustain life. These gems that the Lord shared with me, and more, led me to embrace a plant-based diet.
So often when we shoot for God’s best, it requires sacrifice on our part; there might be things we have to part with that we enjoy or things we have to now do that make us uncomfortable. But in my experience, I’ve found that I can trust the heart of God. He really does have my best interest at heart.