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A Biblical Perspective On Staying Young

By Michelle Newport Published 11/5/2006 | Religion

In Genesis 1:29 the Bible tells how God made provisions for man's
food. 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
the Garden of Eden God gave permission to eat of every tree in the
garden except of course for the tree of knowledge of good and evil
(Genesis 2:16-17). During this time man lived to be hundreds of years
old. Adam was 930 years old at the time of his death (Genesis 5:5). So
in these times man was sustained by herbs and fruits. Sadly due to the
wickedness of mankind God promised His spirit would not always strive
with man and his days would be numbered a hundred and twenty years
(Genesis 6:3).

According to the National Vital Statistics Report
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2003 the
average life expectancy for Americans was 77.6 years. And this is
actually a record high. We should ask ourselves what has changed from
the time of Genesis 6:3 to today? God promised each of us 120 years yet
sadly so many people have deteriorating health even at the earliest of
ages. And for many of those who do reach the average life expectancy,
or beyond, they face deteriorating health conditions along with
physical ailments while their faces and bodies show the passage of time.

don't believe our Heavenly Father intended for man to live his time on
this earth in diseased, aged bodies. God is our Creator and He knows
everything we need in order to sustain what He created. He made those
things in which we need in order to live in abundant health and

We hear more and more today of the importance of eating
healthy foods, drinking water and getting exercise. These are all
Biblical principles. God gave specific instructions in the Book of
Exodus to His chosen people, the Israelites, in what was good to eat
and what was unacceptable. Following these instructions, the Israelites
were spared from disease and pestilence. In Exodus 15:26 God said, If
thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt
do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his
commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these
diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am
the Lord that healeth thee.

Unfortunately man has to contend
with more than the consequences of not following the will of God. He
also has to contend with man himself. We live in a fast-paced society
today where growing your own garden of fresh produce and making
everything from scratch isn't the norm. With our busy schedules we
usually opt for convenience rather than quality. Eating foods that have
been processed in order to have a longer shelf life or foods that have
been genetically modified (GM) have contributed to a decline in our
overall health. God intended for man to have fresh clean water for
drinking, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean and clean meats
(Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14: 3-21). God also provided herbs to be
used as medicine. I believe that over time toxins from processed foods
and foods that contain antibiotics and hormones along with
environmental toxins and toxins from stress age our bodies in a way God
never intended. I believe God is a loving God. He created us in The
Beginning in order to have fellowship with us. He had the very best
intentions for us and still does. Man walks away from God every time he
commits a sin and doesn't repent of it. I believe that God allotted
each and every one of us 120 years upon this earth in which to have a
positive impact and to make a difference. God has given each one of us
special gifts and plenty of time on earth to use those gifts to bring
glory to Him and His kingdom. I think God is also trying to reach those
who love Him and bring knowledge of how to live a more healthy life. A
life that is not filled with disease and aches and pains. I don't
believe our bodies were meant to wither and fade over the years.

believe God in His infinite grace and mercy is sharing knowledge and
wisdom today with those who love Him. Too long have we been in the dark
about the foods we put into our bodies and the drugs we willingly take
or give to our families without questioning the numerous side effects
that could occur.

God always provides a way for His people. We just have to trust in His will.

What are the things I think God would like for us to do to live a more healthy, vital life?

  1. First
    and foremost I think we should put God first in everything we do and
    accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior over our lives. This
    is what our purpose in life was always intended to be.
  2. God
    gives His children a powerful tool by sharing His wisdom with us
    through His Word in the Bible. You can find the answer to all life's
    questions in His Word.
  3. Pray. Spend time in fellowship with
    God. Give thanks to Him each day for all He has blessed you with. Also
    give thanks to Him each time you sit down to eat for providing you what
    your body needs.
  4. Be a blessing to others.
  5. Make the
    commitment to change to a healthier lifestyle. Educate yourself on what
    are the best, nutritious foods to eat. Set aside time to get physical
    exercise and drink lots of water. And most importantly, pray for God to
    give you the will power and strength you will need in order to make a
  6. Whenever possible, consider natural, God-given means
    for healing your body. You would be amazed at the difference just
    taking natural supplements like vitamins and minerals and other
    nutritional supplements could make in how you feel and even look! Signs
    of aging are the result of years of accumulated toxins in the body.
    Cleanse your body of the bad stuff and start enjoying the good things
    in life!
  7. Use herbs as God intended them to be used.

I think as Christians today God is providing us with the knowledge we
need the same as He did His chosen people in the Old Testament to be
healthy and stay that way.