The food fable

Anyone today who says not to worry about what you eat must be looking beyond what's being written on all that food can do for you—or in the negative column, to you. In fact, not to worry is exactly what Christ Jesus advises: "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink. ... Is not the life more than meat...?" Matt. 6:25; Purposeful instruction for people who lived two thousand years ago. But today? Absolutely essential guidance!

There's strong value in de-emphasizing all the present attention being given to food. But there is even greater merit in discerning what the "more" is that Jesus referred to regarding life. He saw beyond physicality. He recognized that God was his Life, the very substance of man's existence. Jesus understood that man is the unadulterated expression of God, the perfect manifestation of eternal Life. Divine beauty and power shape and sustain him.

But what has all this theory to do with some very practical questions about food and its present function? Recognizing that man is the representation of Life enables us to avoid whatever would be injurious about food—and also not to get caught in the mistaken belief that food, rather than an understanding of perfect Life, heals. "Jesus never taught that drugs, food, air, and exercise could make a man healthy, or that they could destroy human life; nor did he illustrate these errors by his practice," Science and Health, p. 232; our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, points out.

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Love was there
November 3, 1980

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