Why Eating Right and Exercising Glorifies God
While donating money, time and one’s belongings to the Church is important, giving your body to the Lord, through adherence to a proper diet and exercise regime, is one of the most important gifts that you can give to God.
2. Gluttony is a sin
Derived from the Latin term gluttire, which refers to gulping down or swallowing, gluttony can be defined as overindulgence in food, drink, or wealth items, to the point of excess.
Gluttony is also a sin, which many of us seem to conveniently forget. Not only is gluttony one of the 7 deadly sins, as dictated by the Church in the 4th Century, along with pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, and slothfulness, but temperance, or self control (the opposite of gluttony), is also one of the 7 holy virtues.
Scripture is very clear about the importance of staving off gluttony, with some fairly scathing references in the Bible, detailing the fate of those guilty of committing this sin.
In Deuteronomy 21:18, for example, the word of the Lord asserts that if a person is found guilty of being gluttonous, “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you and all Israel shall hear and fear.”
This is by no means the only Biblical reference to the fate that gluttons shall meet. Indeed, Proverbs discusses gluttony at length, asserting that, “Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons shames his father (Proverbs 28:7),” while you should, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony (Proverbs 23:2).”
Now, I’m pretty glad that we don’t stone gluttons anymore, as I likely wouldn’t be writing this article if we did, but the severity of the punishment for committing the sin of gluttony does, however, drive home its importance in the teachings of Christianity; it is certainly not a sin which is to be taken lightly.
If we are to conform with the Bible’s teachings regarding resisting the temptation to succumb to gluttony, it is imperative that we also understand how it is defined. In this instance, Saint Gregory is most helpful, offering insights into the Bible’s definition of gluttony, enabling us to better avoid committing the sin.
Saint Gregory asserts that one is guilty of being gluttonous, offering a Biblical reference as evidence, if they: Eat before the time of meals (1 Samuel 14:29), seek delicacies and better quality of food to gratify the sense of taste, complaining against the provision of God (Numbers 11:4-5), seek sauces and seasonings for the enjoyment of the palate (1 Samuel 2:15-16 and 4:11), exceed the necessary amount of food (Ezekiel 16:49), and take food with too much eagerness, even when eating the proper amount, and even if the food is not luxurious (Genesis 25:30, Hebrews 12:16-17).