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Biblical Nutrition Reflections

 

Reflection 1
Meditation: Christian Communities and Kosher
        by Jim Tibbetts


Reflection 2 
Torah Life Ministries
What do the Scriptures say about Health?
Teaching Health from The Scriptures
          by
Paul Nison 


Reflection 3 
Reflection on Pope Benedict on Kosher and Fasting 
        by Jim Tibbetts 



More reflections to come, stay tuned!  


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Reflection 1
Meditation: Christian Communities and Kosher

Question: Should the Christian Churches become Biblical Kosher?  (Biblical Kosher not the Contemporary Kosher with all the stuff about two sets of dishes.) 

Reflection:  Reasons that Catholics and Christians in the Church should consider becoming Biblical Kosher (meat-based for some yet leading towards plant-based the ideal): 

Spiritual Reasons
1. Both Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary were Kosher;  (for details see my book, Biblical Nutrition). 

2. The early Christian Community in Jerusalem was Kosher, which Mary stayed with;

3. Some writers in the early Church believed Jesus was kosher vegetarian; (What Would Jesus Do (WWJD) follow Biblical principles or the Ways of the world?) 

4. There are three levels of kosher: meat-based kosher; vegetarian kosher and raw vegan kosher which was used as a diet and as nutritional therapy for the sick.  Some in this community may need to focus on the plant-based nutrition for their illnesses; healing is a primary goal in using kosher diets, which become purifying, the deeper one goes.  

5. Kosher means “Pure Foods”, purification (body, soul and spirit) is a key concept in the Bible and along with fasting is the theological basis for some of our penance activities;  Thus fasting and penance (penance comes from purification) are in the Church as a main part of it;

6.  To live a Kosher lifestyle is to live a life of purification and purity, Our Lady is the model and often titled: Our Lady of Purity; Kosher and fasting go hand and hand.  Fasting is one of the seven pillars in the Catechism in the Catholic Church.  Fasting is a means of purification which is where penance comes from. 

7.  The seven capital sins include: gluttony and sloth; Thomas Aquinas in his Summa,
has a whole section on “Temperance” which discusses the sins of gluttony, sloth, lust for the flesh and in the second half of the chapter he discusses the sins of sexuality;

8.  There are three sacred altars in the Old Testament: Altar of Sacrifice; altar of the marriage bed (or religious vows) and alter of the kosher kitchen table.  The body is to become holy, and not lust after the ways of the world for any of these three;  

9. We Catholic have a 2,000 year tradition (Basil, Benedict and others) who discuss fasting and also the sins of the flesh including food and drink; 

10.  Food and Fasting have a 3,700 year old Jewish/Christian history and fasting is stated as one of the 5 pillars of Catholicism in the Catechism of Catholic Church. 

11. Cardinal Ratzinger/Benedict XVI  - “And so Ratzinger is seen by many as an anchor against relativism,...”.  Most people rationalize and use relativism against what was just said in 1-10 above.   In this recent Marian Studies: “Ratzinger shares the ethos of truth he met and appreciated in G. Sohngen, his teacher and mentor.   His profession of faith was and is marked by Sohngen’s motto, Von der Wissenschaft zur Weisheit (From Science to Wisdom).  Theology leads to wisdom, however, the way to wisdom is science.” ... “The lack of truth is the major disease of our age.  Success and results have outstripped the truth everywhere.  Renouncing the truth and escaping into group conformity are only apparently a way to peace.”  Most people in the U.S. conform to the Standard American Diet which leads to degenerative diseases and an early, demoralizing death.  (Fr. Roten’s study on Cardinal Ratzinger, in recent Marian Studies, published by the International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, Ohio.) 

Scientific Reasons

12.  Fasting is part of the Biblical Kosher diet.  Regular fasting helps to keep the body clean and detoxed.  A seven day fast was a traditional Jewish fast, and the early Christians used to go on a seven day fast every lent.  Longer fasts (longer 14 days) were used therapeutically as a means of healing in biblical times and today. 

13.  The Standard American Degenerative (SAD) diet is rated as 22 out of 23 industrialized countries, Czechoslovakia is the only one that is worst.  Most studies show similar results about the U.S. low ranking, Japan is no. 1 or no. 2 for health and long life.  Americans eat the five whites (products with: sugar, salt, white flour, milk and meat), plus soda and related products that are degenerative and destructive.  Ham, pork, bacon, other non-kosher meats and the Kings delicacies (in bible - junk foods) are all unhealthy, highly toxic and just plain bad for humans; scripture and science agree on this. 

14.  In one study of a Christian group that is very kosher: For 47,000 Seventh Day Adventist men (over 35) mortality rates were 34% lower for non-vegetarians, 57% lower for the lacto-ovo-vegetarians, and 77% lower for the pure vegetarians compared to the general population.  In nearly every major disease, Adventists ranked well below the average in risk.  Groups like the Hunza’s have even better averages.  
 
15.  Kosher starts with a reflection on scripture and deepens as your meditation and understanding on the “Pure diet” and fasting grows.  If the Companions of the Cross Community do not ponder the Word of God and become Christian Biblical Kosher, then they are not going to change their dietary lifestyle, what does that mean?  It means, that they will suffer the consequences as every other American/Canadian on the SAD diet with degenerative diseases and an early, demoralizing death.     

16.  What are the consequences?  Serious diseases (uncurables for medicine) like; Parkinson’s, MS, Alzheimer’s, mid-range diseases (partially curables for medicine) like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; and mild-range diseases (fairly curable for medicine) like acid-reflux, asthma and allergies, all will continue as normally found in the U.S.  Yet on a meat-based kosher they would be slightly less, on vegetarian kosher they would be far less and on strict raw vegan kosher most of these diseases could possibly be healed, especially the mild & mid-range.  Many studies show results similar to this outline.   

17.   This is a very, very important topic, since the whole world needs to change over to a plant-based diet in the next 20 to 40 years.  There are three main reasons for global warming: 1. Car pollution, 2) Industrial pollution;  3) Animal pollution.  With six billion people on the earth it can not support a meat-based culture for long.  Besides my books and other books with all the scientific studies, show that meat-based diets are a major cause for most degenerative diseases.   We are destroying ourselves through diet both personally and globally!  

18.   The Kosher meat-based diet, is a compromise biochemically but comfortable for those on the SAD diet.  The Kosher plant-based diet is definitely healthier but most do not want the change to it.  The Kosher raw vegan diet is radical and counter-cultural; raw leaders in it would claim cooked food is a vice, addictive, self-destructive, and it is a poison.  There is some truth to that, in-addition it is therapeutic and is healing degenerative diseases, it is Curing the Incurables.  For some people who has degenerative diseases probably their only hope for healing is through a Kosher raw vegan diet, juicing and fasting, there is no medical cure and drugs are only good for about five years then they make the diseases worst, studies have shown.  Yes this nutritional approach is radical, was Jesus radical?    

19.  The Baptist Rev. Malkamus promotes the Hallelujah diet (hacres.com) and writes: “Man’s original diet (Gen. 1.29) consisted of: raw vegetables, raw fruits, uncooked seeds, grains, and nuts which had been grown without any chemical poisons!  This food was eaten in its whole, raw, living state without cooking, processing or additives!!  We have a body comprised of trillions of living cells!!  Living cells cannot be nourished with dead food!!!  Life begets life!!!”   My diet (jimtibbetts.com) is the Alleluia diet, I agree with the Hallelujah diet (kosher raw vegan) but also promote kosher vegetarian and kosher meat-based for those still on the ladder climbing to reach healthier pastures.  Life is a Pilgrimage, Life involves choices, hopefully a Pro-Life choice for the culture of Life.

20.  Younger people seeking religious life are looking for more ....  most do not want to dig their graves early, with their fork and spoon!  The emphasis on a Catholic or Christian Kosher might seem odd to some, but most younger people are health conscious and would be delighted with a diet that is a biblically health conscious and which is challenging and attracting. 

 If you so choose, Ponder/Meditate on this topic during Lent, as the Spirit leads.
In the Old Testament, the prophet delivers the message, the community discerns the message.  Love is a choice, choose wisely.  Grace and Peace. 
     

    “When you sit down to dine with a ruler, keep in mind what is before you; ... Do not desire his delicacies; they are deceitful food.”                     Pr 23:1-3 
    “Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.”                 Ps 141:4 
    “If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred, and you are that temple.”             1 Cor 3:17 
    “My point is that you should live in accordance with the spirit and you will not yield to the cravings of the flesh.”                                                    Gal. 6:16
    “My people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge.”   Hosea 4:6 

Jim Tibbetts   
 
www.jimtibbetts.com      





Torah Life Ministries
What do the Scriptures say about Health?

Teaching Health from The Scriptures
Paul Nison is Answering The Call

After traveling more in a year than most people travel in a lifetime, I have visited many places throughout the world and seen such unhealthy eating patterns and immodest living amongst people, even so-called believers. Witnessing these transgressions has tugged at my heart for a long time. I have been teaching about diet and health, but once I developed a personal relationship with our Creator Yahweh, the call came and the plan followed. The call was not just to witness the disrespect to Yahweh, but to do something about it. To be a light in the darkness!

My wife Andrea and I have been called by Yahweh to teach those who have a desire and a passion to please and obey Him but may lack knowledge of how to do so in certain areas. This calling has brought us to many dark places around the world to teach about health and modest living.

Strengthening the community of Yahweh, starting with our core structure, our heart, mind and body is the call that is being answered. We want to teach people to have a passion for Yahweh’s Torah (instructions and guidelines) in all areas, especially the areas that are often missed, health and modest dress.

Yahweh has blessed me with knowledge about health and The Scriptures along with a vision of true modesty, and a boldness to proclaim the truth. These messages don’t sit comfortably with many because it is so common that people are not obeying Yahweh’s guideline on these subjects.

I'm not looking to teach a popular message so I can be well-known, in fact the mission is not about me, it’s a message Yahweh has put on my heart that so few people seem to be teaching today.

Father Yahweh has put this calling so much into my heart that I can’t not say anything. It’s a joy and passion of mine to teach people how to eat, live and keep the root of the community pure.

In my study of diet, modest living and spiritually, I have found that most of our illness is a result of abusing Yahweh’s blessings. He gave us food as nourishment and clothing as protection and we have taken it and made it a sinful pleasure by overconsuming everything we stuff into our bodies and showing our nakedness to the world.

Too much of a good thing can quickly become harmful and with diet usually does. As for how we dress, in the Scriptures nakedness and shame go hand and hand.

Here is what Yahweh says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls…” —Jeremiah 6:16

It is a calling by Yahweh to all of us to know how to preserve the body in the very best condition of health, and it is a sacred duty to live up to the light Yahweh has graciously given us. Breaking any of the health and modest living rules Yahweh has given us is no different from breaking one of the Ten Commandments: we suffer the consequences for either.

Yahweh has given us a simple choice: life or death (Deuteronomy 30:10). We have got to make the right choice each time we get dressed or sit down to eat!

The reality!

More people have gotten disease for not following Yahweh’s eating guidelines than any other cause of sickness ever! We are committing suicide with the way we eat. We should be continually growing closer to Yahweh and becoming healthier physically, but we are going the other way when we eat in excess and the wrong foods. Even worse, on the topic of immodest living, more people have been led away from Yahweh by lipstick and high heels than any other device of the enemy.

The Real Calling!

Let’s face it, the real calling is not about diet, health or dress, it’s about obedience! The first sin of man was not about eating some apple. It was about disobeying Yahweh. Just as Adam and Eve suffered for their disobedience, we continue to suffer for ours. However, we are given another chance to make things right with Yahweh’s grace. Each day we have a chance to restore all the damage we have done, but we also have the choice to lose all we have gained (Ezekiel 33: 12-20).

Why we are being destroyed!

Hear the word of the Creator, you Israelites, because the Creator has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of Yahweh in the land.

There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying. —Hosea 4:1-3 [NIV]

In Hosea 4:1-3 above, our Creator is telling His chosen people of Israel that without faithfulness, knowledge, and obedience to His guidance, they will be in trouble. They will be filled with sadness, and their health will decline. So will all life around them.

This is the most important thing to remember and keep with you from this entire book: Be faithful, kind, and continue to get knowledge and understanding of His Word. Even if you don’t understand His Word, stick to it. He is our Creator and wants only the best for you.

This call is not just for me. It’s for everyone!

There was a plan designed for us long ago, and eventually everything will be in the end as it was at the beginning.

…Everything I plan will come to pass... —Isaiah 46:10 [NLT]

Do all to the Glory of Yahweh. Yeshua didn’t die for us so we can live overeating, treating our bodies like trash and waste buckets and living immodestly. Each day we need to be thankful for Yeshua and treat our temples with respect. There is no denying it: eating and drinking have a direct bearing upon our spiritual advancement and immodest dress and living in relationship with Yahweh. We must free ourselves from the lust of man! We must break the patterns that have destroyed people for many years.

Trust in Yahweh with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. —Proverbs 3:5-6 [NLT]  




Reflection on Pope Benedict on Kosher and Fasting

     In a theological journal, Marian Studies, 2006, by Fr. Johan Roten is an article on: “Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict 16th), which is titled: “Mary - Personal Concretization of the Church”.  This is a major theme in Cardinal Ratizinger’s writings.  The first part of each section is from this article by Fr. Roten and the second part is a reflection on Kosher and Fasting by Jim Tibbetts.  It is looking at how Cardinal Ratzinger’s concretization fits into and helps explain a kosher diet and fasting.
(Footnotes are not included here but are in the original journal article.) 

Profiling Ratzinger’s Theology
 Considering himself “a perfectly ordinary Christian” whose life was never shaken and uprooted by a ‘lightning-like moment of illumination,”  it may be expected that Ratzinger’s personality profile is not the stuff for People magazine.  Never a theological rebel like his Tubingen counterpart Hans Kung, and not having an original and pioneering theological work of his own, left him for a long time in the shadow of his older friend Balthasar and challenger Rahner, but kept him out of the headlines.  The truly captivating part of his personality lies with the itinerary of his theological development and profile. 

 However, much of Ratzinger’s thought fits the notion of “contextual theology,” that is, theologizing determined by historical movements and periods.  His theology is nourished and fashioned by the dialectic between the Old and New Testament, the reception of the Christian message by the Fathers and Augustine’s vision of history, and by tradition as historical vehicle of Christianity.  

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 The Kosher and Fasting movement has over a 3,000 year history in Jewish tradition and over 2,000 year history in Christian tradition.  This comes from the dialectic between the Old and New Testament, the reception of the Christian message by the Fathers of the Church all the way to the present times, with monasteries, synagogues and individuals who still uphold these nutritional/dietary traditions.   

The Victory of Knowledge
 He uses bold language when hailing knowledge as the basis of Christian faith.  “In Christianity, enlightenment has become part of religion and is no longer its opponent.  Because that is how it was, because Christianity saw itself as embodying the victory of demythologization, the victory of knowledge, and with the victory of truth, it necessarily regarded itself as universal and had to be carried to all peoples.” 

 If the reference to truth is constant, so is Ratzinger’s caveat against idolatry of reason: “We must also lay to rest” – he insists – “once and for all the dream of the absolute autonomy and self-sufficiency of reason.  Human reason needs the support of the great religious traditions of humanity.”    Well aware that anyone who is trying to serve truth by his life, speech and action must “prepare himself to be classified as a dreamer or a fanatic.”   Ratzinger shares the ethos of truth he met and appreciated in G. Sohngen, his teacher and mentor.   His profession of faith was and is marked by Sohngen’s motto, Von der Wissenschaft zur Weisheit (From Science to Wisdom).  Theology leads to wisdom, however, the way to wisdom is science.  Sohngen’s goal was wisdom, “the touching of truth itself, to penetrate reality to its very core, and to become one with it.  His concern was truth, truth which is also the way, the way that will lead man to true humanness and teach him how to live.”  

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 “Christianity saw itself as embodying the victory of demythologization, the victory of knowledge, and with the victory of truth, it necessarily regarded itself as universal and had to be carried to all peoples.”  Thus the process of demythologization about Jesus and Mary’s dietary and fasting practices needs to take place.  The victory of knowing that the Kosher/fasting ethic was part of the ancient Jewish practices and beliefs which Jesus and Mary fully participated in, took place in biblical times.  And the truth scientific facts and knowledge today is relevant and can be used for biblical knowledge. 

 An example is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s birth of Jesus.  There is a mythology about the age of her giving birth to Jesus, which partly comes from the early Church Fathers that she gave birth to Jesus at the age of 13, or 14 or 15.  But in countries around the world, which do not eat the modern industrialized diet, teenagers start their mensus (menstruation or initial bleeding) at 16 or17, this is well established and studies have been done to show this.  In industrialized countries most chickens are given estrogen in their feed because they grow three times faster.  This causes girls who eat chicken to grow their breast larger younger and start their mensus sooner, sometimes as young as ten years old.  Also in industrialized countries there are a lot more poisons, toxins, hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals in the food which affect young women and can cause earlier mensus.  Therefore if the Blessed Virgin Mary was a normal Jewish girl she did not start her mensus until 16 or 17 and did not give birth to Jesus until 17 or 18. 

‘Theology leads to wisdom, however, the way to wisdom is science’.  The above example shows that science can lead to knowledge and wisdom about the past in biblical times, this can also be said to be true with nutrition and fasting.   

The Passion for Truth
 The passion for the truth is the central hermeneutical characteristic of Ratzinger’s theology; it is also the lifeline of his spiritual life because truth “is probably the best guide to selflessness and true freedom.”   Committed to truth and utterly sensitive to treason and oblivion where truth is concerned, he claims that “the lack of truth is the major disease of our age.  Success and results have outstripped the truth everywhere.  Renouncing the truth and escaping into group conformity are only apparently a way to peace. ... Only in truth’s humble patience do we mature from the inside and become free from ourselves and for God.”  And so Ratzinger is seen by many as an anchor against relativism,  against relativism which – according to him – begins in the natural sciences and moves to ethics and politics, then to religion, the latter having been established in the recent present by thinkers such as John Hick and Paul Knitter.  The reassertion of objective truth in a culture often allergic to the very concept begins with the recognition that truth possesses its worth in itself.  However, to think through “the essence of truth is to arrive at the notion of God.  In the long run, it is impossible to maintain the unique identity of the truth, in other words, its dignity (which in turn is the basis of the dignity both of man and of the world), without learning to perceive in its unique identity and dignity of living God.”

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 The passion for the truth about nutrition and health is the central hermeneutical characteristic of raw fooder’s and vegetarian theology; it is also the lifeline of their ultimate health and healing because for Cardinal Ratzinger truth “is probably the best guide to selflessness and true freedom.”  And he claims that “the lack of truth is the major disease of our age.  Success and results have outstripped the truth everywhere.  Renouncing the truth and escaping into group conformity are only apparently a way to peace.”  Most people accept all the ads and commercialism on food products, they find nutrition experts that fit their personal desires and way of thinking.  The success in terms of money is the driving force for nutrition, not actual honesty about the products and claims, usually these claims are well-meant but just off-base or minor white lies in their minds.  Group conformity becomes the norm in dietary and nutritional systems for the sake of comfort and success. 

 ‘And so Ratzinger is seen by many as an anchor against relativism, against relativism which – according to him – begins in the natural sciences and moves to ethics and politics, then to religion.’  Nutrition and health in the 20th century and now in the 21st century is advocated by numerous “Nutrition Guru’s”.  They all have the answer and all have the formula for health and healing.  Yes, most of them do have pieces of the truth and a few have a larger vision of nutritional truth for health and healing.  Yet very few do reviews of the literature or have numerous testimonials of totally healed patients of incurable diseases.  For incurable diseases like MS there are many testimonials of people that are cured, completely freed of the disease as long as they stay raw vegan, they can glorify God through His cure in nature!  Yet there is little to no money in it for pharmaceutical companies or medical institutions so they ignore or speak against this approach, they are involved in relativism.  These people have never matured on the inside to be able to accept and promote these truths for people with MS.  As Ratzinger noted: “Only in truth’s humble patience do we mature from the inside and become free from ourselves and for God.”

Christianity – A Way of Life
 Ratzinger’s historical ethos of respect for history and historical sources includes the idea that Christianity is a way of life both steeped in Christ and leading to him: “A Christianity that is no longer a common way of life, but simply proclaims an undetermined ideal, would no longer be the Christianity of Jesus Christ and his immediate disciples.”  History is here qualified: it is a way with a goal and a roadmap to reach that goal.  The Church by its very nature must always show the way: “She must make the moral content of faith ever newly possible.”  

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 Kosher and fasting were a common way of life proclaiming a concrete ideal of optimum health and optimum healing, for the Jewish community and the Christian community.  Christian communities and monasteries, to a degree, knew this nutritional goal and roadmap to reach that goal.  As part of the Church they were signposts pointing the way.  From early Biblical times it was not just personal health, but the health of the community and even the health of the environment.  These groups were making the moral content of this lifestyle ever new with each passing generation.

Tendency toward Concretization
 The “freshness and vitality of his thought” attracted Ratzinger in Augustine.  He contrasts Augustine with Scholasticism.  “Scholasticism has its greatness, but everything is very impersonal.  You need some time to enter in and recognize the inner tension.  With Augustine, however, the passionate, suffering, questioning man is always right there, and you can identify with him.”  What is being said here about one person, and the attraction of his personal destiny and thought, somehow applies to the perception of Christianity as a whole.  That is why Ratzinger resonates with Balthasar when the latter draws a line of “concreteness” between Christianity and other, especially Asian, religions: “There comes a time for the Christian” – writes Balthasar – “when he wearies of all that is positive and concrete.  He finds himself enchained by words and facts, without hope and liberation.  In all other religions the finite is seen sooner or later to point beyond itself, to be an intermediary ... For the Christian, however, the positive and concrete persist to the end, and isolates him from the rest of mankind.”    

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 The academic pursuit of nutritional optimization is very impersonal and has inner tensions about Standards and Methods of making judgments on optimum health.  Yet with the groups of people who are living this Living Foods lifestyle, their testimonials of superior health and healing is ever present and an inspiration for the listeners.  Optimum health and healing are meant for Christianity as a whole. 

 Non-Christian religions have a very concrete orientation to the body which includes food and drink as part of their spirituality and they attempt to spiritualize the food to point to the beyond.  Christianity through the breaking of the bread has had bread and wine spiritualized from the beginning in the Eucharist.  In this way Christians are isolated from the rest of mankind, in the Divine.  Yet on the level of the human or earthly we can identify with non-Christian religions in the practice of fasting and a “Pure” diet (Kosher = pure food).  Buddhism, yoga, Sufism, and some others emphasize this.

Jesus Christ – “Universale Concretum”
 The cornerstone of this tendency towards concretization in Ratzinger’s thought is without doubt the biblical and incarnational foundation of Christianity, foremost its ultimate foundation in Jesus Christ.  Asked what Jesus Christ meant to him, he immediately thought of Jesus Christ as an answer: “I believe that Jesus Christ enables me to divine what God is and what man is.”  Jesus Christ concretizes:  “God is not simply infinite distance: he is also infinite nearness.  The human person can confide in him and speak to him: He sees and hears and loves.”  All this is possible because God “expresses himself in the man Jesus.”  Jesus Christ is not only the truly upright, good, and loving, but he also shows us that man “is capable of expressing God himself.  Man is made that God can enter into union with him.”  And since the human person is given christoform potentiality, he is also given as alternative to the “dominion of money and desires”:  “In this situation the realism of the Christian must be found anew; Jesus Christ must be found in today; we must grasp anew what it means to say: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 The Biblical Foundation of scripture has fasting and kosher as enduring concrete practices each with their respective theological foundations.  Kosher means “Pure Foods”, purification was a key concept in the Bible and the theological basis for some of our sacraments, such as penance;  Fasting has a 3,000 year old Jewish/Christian history and is stated as one of the 5 pillars of Catholicism in the Catechism of Catholic Church.  Fasting and penance (penance comes from purification) are emphasized in the Church.  The author’s book, Biblical Nutrition goes through many of the Biblical foundations and scriptural texts and principles.  There are many books that go in-depth on this subject.  The tendency towards concretization can be found in the concretization of fasting and the nutritional orientation of the Kosher diet and the Kosher vegetarian diets. 

 Since the human person is given christoform potentiality, he is also given as alternative to the “dominion of money and desires”.   Jesus is the new Adam, he is the new “christoform”.  The first Adam was a raw vegan and lived on Living Foods.  This type of nutrition helped him to be the first perfect man in material form.  We too, are given the potential to be the new christoform as we seek to perfect our bodies, soul and spirit with Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah: the way, the truth and the life.  

“In this situation the realism of the Christian must be found anew; Jesus Christ must be found in today; we must grasp anew what it means to say: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  Jesus was the way spiritually and concretely an example in his plant-based lifestyle that he lived on earth.  The truth of the superiority of plant-based diets over meat-based diets is clear in the field of science.  And life defined scientifically could be termed, “Negative Entropy” (an increase in orderliness or life), which is found in the usage of a plant-based diet over a meat-based diet.  Jesus intuitively would have known and lived these truths, this life!  

Church – “Body of Christ”
 A second domain where concretization is overwhelmingly present deals with ecclesiology.  Ratzinger’s ecclesiology centers on the eucharist; for in the eucharist “ecclesiology is fully concrete while at the same time fully spiritual, transcendent and eschatological.”  Eucharistic ecclesiology is, in Ratzinger’s opinion, a faithful synthesis of Vatican II’s most important intentions regarding the doctrine on the Church; it deserves the name of “synthesis” because in Eucharistic ecclesiology the discourse about the Church includes the discourse about God, the life from God and the life with God.  Different strands of tradition come together in this notion: the concept of the Mystical Body stressing the presence of Christ and, simultaneously, the dynamism of the living Church. 

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 This synthesis involves a discourse about the Church includes the discourse about God, the life from God and the life with God.  And our physical life with its nutritional emphasis and values is part of how we relate in a subtle way with our life in God.  The dynamism of the living Church comes from the inner dynamism of the people in the Church which comes from a deeper level of dynamism of their body, soul and spirit. 

Person as Relation
 There is a third context where concretization leads to more explicit personalization of theological reality.  We are referring to the domain of anthropology, more specifically to the notion of person in theology.  Speaking about freedom and liberation, Ratzinger established the following anthropological parameter: “A correct vision of man ... must proceed from a relationship in which each one remains a free person and is joined to the other precisely as such.  It must be a doctrine of relationship and seek a type of relationship that is not a means-end relation but the self-giving of persons.”

Reflection on Kosher and Fasting
 Anthropology brings up the issue of the human: body, soul and spirit.  First a person must be free in and of himself and a unique individual.  Second he must be free in his relationships with others.  And third it must be a free relationship in terms self-giving of each other and not a means-end, such as a salesman relationship, where one person wants to be friends to sell the other person something.  What this means on a biochemical or nutritional aspect of the person is that they should be free of addictions: alcohol, candy, coffee, sugar, or other addicting foods.  Secondly they should be free from influence of others who try to offer out of friendship or salesmanship these addictive foods or intoxicating beverages or adulterated foods or non-kosher foods.    

      Some of the consequences are: In saying this it was then formulated that theology is a spiritual science and God is the focus.   A consequence on the practical side is noted by Ratzinger in his closing paragraph he writes: “But just as we cannot learn to swim without water, so we cannot learn theology without the spiritual praxis in which it lives.”   Thus the practical, lived out experience is part of theology and spirituality. 






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