Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy devotes a lot of attention to food and our relationship with it. I don’t think other conditions get quite as much attention in the book as do food-related problems, except maybe tuberculosis (referred to as consumption).
Christ Jesus gave the subject a good airing in the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “Take no thought... saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink?” (Matthew 6:31)
How many of us have used those words as a justification for overindulging, under-eating, or making unbalanced food choices?
I don't think Jesus' words to "take no thought" can be used as a justification for eating in an unbalanced way. He doesn’t give an excuse for overindulging in sweets, eating unnecessarily, eating a poor quality of food, or denying oneself properly balanced nourishment.
In fact, such behavior often induces way more “food thought” by the attention given to the symptoms of reaction on the body! Don' forget, your body is an obedient little buddy. It follows to a T what influences it. Physically speaking, we can think of the body as the embodiment or expression of thought. It’s like a canvas upon which is projected the best and the worst of what we accept as influences in our lives.
So what constitutes a healthy relationship with food? We have a helpful hint in the commandment - “Thou shalt not commit adultery” Stay true to your first love, or as Jesus put it: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God”.
In the Glossary of Science and Health, there are three definitions for KINGDOM OF HEAVEN that shed some light on the kingdom of God that Jesus was referring to. The 1st definition is, “The reign of harmony in divine Science”.
Harmony and balance are important to consider in relation to eating. We might ask, how is mealtime giving me an opportunity to witness more of God’s harmonious control of the body and relinquish human control? We shouldn't let food be an enemy. But it also isn’t our best or only friend!
Mealtime can be a time of engaging with the good in God’s creation.
- Respect yourself and the food you eat.
- Don't let yourself be used as a human garbage pail.
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