When Christ Jesus said "Take no thought," this was not evasion. This was practical spirituality. He was making an unqualified statement about the value of seeking out Spirit and spirituality to meet human needs.
In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is defined as "the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.”
To looking to matter to define who we are and what we are, is like looking to a shadow to determine what a tree is. Want to know the makeup and potential of an acorn? Check out the mighty oak it comes from. As the reflection of Soul, dominion, balance, clarity, harmony, peace, individuality, and health, are built-ins.
Instead of being trapped in wayward bodies controlled by dysfunctional, fearful minds, we are spiritual - here and now living in the atmosphere of Spirit and governed by the divine Mind, Spirit. All our needs, including our physical needs, are met through an understanding of Soul and of man as Soul's idea or reflection.
Eating and drinking particular foods to move the bowels, plump the face, shine the hair, strengthen the cuticles, and control physical reaction, indicates a gross misunderstanding of who and what we are and opens wide a Pandora box of material beliefs. Unfortunately, these little habits create more invalids than they save by fostering and perpetuating the mistake. Here Christian Science comes to the rescue.
Eddy also explained, "If mortals think that food disturbs the harmonious functions of mind and body, either the food or this thought must be dispensed with, for the penalty is coupled with the belief. Which shall it be? If this decision be left to Christian Science, it will be given in behalf of the control of Mind over this belief and every erroneous belief, or material condition." (Science and Health, p.388)
By recognizing ourselves to be fully under the control of Mind, the divine Spirit, and reflecting the harmony of Soul, we can find freedom from food fears and their accompanying bad effects. The dinner table can become a place to meet and master fear and mistaken beliefs and to learn more about what constitutes the kingdom of God and His love. Love cares for us. Love feeds us. Love meets all our needs.
As the Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (34:8)
There is nothing wrong with eating what you like, if your eating is servant to your spiritual growth, and if you can do it without fear or making excuses for it. Remember the Proverb? “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth and wipeth her mouth and saith, I have done no wickedness.” (Proverbs 30:20)
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