Eating meat and battling temptations?

ImageFor all who want to stay strong in faith to battle temptation and to be confident in healing people, I strongly advice to stop eating meat. Especially pig meat. This advice is for those who are young in faith and still growing in the so called ‘basics’. You probably think why? The reason why it’s better to abstain from eating meats is that meat makes you weak in your battle with temptation, it gives you more fleshly desires which make it difficult to persevere in time of prayer. 

Those who have much outdoor exercise do not realize the bad effects of pork eating, as those do whose life is mostly indoors, and whose habits are sedentary, and whose labor is mental.415 {CCh 230.3}
The moral evils of a flesh diet are not less marked than are the physical ills. Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul.416 {CCh 230.4}
A meat diet changes the disposition and strengthens animalism. We are composed of what we eat, and eating much flesh will diminish intellectual activity. Students would accomplish much more in their studies if they never tasted meat. When the animal part of the human agent is strengthened by meat eating, the intellectual powers diminish proportionately.417 {CCh 230.5} 

As you can read, eating meat will weaken your intellectual ability, which is needed to discern good and evil things of life. Your intellect is required to meditate on the word of God and to enjoy life itself, without the need of fleshly pleasures. The ability to reason the eternal things of life has an effect on your ability to be joyful! 

The health of the body is to be regarded as essential for growth in grace and the acquirement of an even temper. If the stomach is not properly cared for, the formation of an upright, moral character will be hindered. The brain and nerves are in sympathy with the stomach. Erroneous eating and drinking result in erroneous thinking and acting.—Testimonies for the Church 9:160 (1909). {2MCP 392.2}

It is true that having a proper diet, makes you feel and discern more of the effect your praying has. To be more energetic is to eat the proper food. This requires wisdom and trains your self-control. Good luck! And don’t feel condemned when you eat meat, the positive side of eating meat is that your ability to do heavy work increases. 

The Lord would have our minds clear and sharp, able to see points in His word and service, doing His will, depending upon His grace, bringing into His work a clear conscience and a thankful mind. This kind of joy promotes the circulation of the blood. Vital energy is imparted to the mind through the brain; therefore the brain should never be dulled by the use of narcotics or excited by the use of stimulants. Brain, bone, and muscle are to be brought into harmonious action that all may work as well-regulated machines, each part acting in harmony, not one being overtaxed.—Lt 100, 1898. {2MCP 407.1}



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