Health

Following are scriptures pertaining to health, combined with pertinent quotes by Ellen G. White and others. Mrs. White (1827-1915) was one of the founders of the Seventh-Day Adventist church. You can read more about her via the Ellen G. White Estate.

Our Bodies are on Loan

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)

Our race is in a deplorable condition, suffering from disease of every description. Many have inherited disease and are great sufferers because of the wrong habits of their parents, and yet they pursue the same wrong course in regard to themselves and their children which was pursued toward them. They are ignorant in regard to themselves. They are sick and do not know that their own wrong habits are causing them immense suffering. ~Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol.1, p.488.1

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

The Perfect Diet

In the beginning, in a perfect world, there was no pain, suffering or death. Everyone, including the animals, lived on a plant-based diet.

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.  Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. ~Genesis 1:29-30 (NKJV)

“As our first parents lost Eden through the indulgence of appetite, our only hope of regaining Eden is through the firm denial of appetite and passion. Abstemiousness in diet and control of all the passions will preserve the intellect and give mental and moral vigor, enabling men to bring all their propensities under the control of the higher powers and to discern between right and wrong, the sacred and the common. All who have a true sense of the sacrifice made by Christ in leaving His home in heaven to come to this world that He might by His own life show man how to resist temptation will cheerfully deny self and choose to be partakers with Christ of His sufferings.” ~Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol.3, p.491.1

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

“To every one who is tempted to indulge appetite I would say, Yield not to temptation, but confine yourself to the use of wholesome foods. You can train yourself to enjoy a healthful diet. The Lord helps those who seek to help themselves; but when men will not take special pains to follow out the mind and will of God, how can He work with them? Let us act our part, working out our salvation with fear and trembling,–with fear and trembling lest we make mistakes in the treatment of our bodies, which, before God, we are under obligation to keep in the most healthy condition possible.” ~ Ellen G. White, ‘Counsels on Diet and Foods’ (35.1)

I look forward to adding more content to this page and the blog, so be sure to stop by often. ~Holise