So what are the potential deadly side effects of a plant-based diet?
With lifestyle changes such as switching to a plant-based diet, can come PRIDE.
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” – Proverbs 16:5“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” – Romans 12:16“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.” – Proverbs 29:23“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” – Proverbs 8:13“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – Philippians 2:3“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” – Galatians 6:3“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” – Proverbs 27:2“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” – Proverbs 26:12“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches” – Jeremiah 9:23“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” – 1 John 2:16
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
The other potentially deadly side effect of a plant-based diet is GLUTTONY.
“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” – Philippians 3:19
“And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.” – Proverbs 23:2
“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” – Proverbs 25:16
“For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags” – Proverbs 23:21
Thirdly we should not JUDGE our brothers or sisters for what they eat.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” – Romans 7:15-24
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. – Romans 7:2
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
“and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” – Hebrews 10:24
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” – Proverbs 27:17
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 15:13
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16
“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” – Proverbs 12:25
- “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:1-5
- “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:10-12
- “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”- Romans 14:12
But the Bible also tells us that there are foods that are an abomination in the eyes of God and judgment will come upon those who know and ignore God’s law.
In Leviticus 11, God gives us a list of the animals that are an abomination. This law of unclean and clean animals is still valid to us today (download my book “the Bible Diet” for free to help you study this topic). Now, let us consider these verses from the old and the new testament:
“They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.” – Isaiah 66:17
“A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;” – Isaiah 65:3-4
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” – Revelation 18:2
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8
“But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 11:21.
JUDGEMENT DAY: God is for us, not against us!
The Bible is clear, and there will be a great judgment day. In Revelation 20:11-12 we can read:
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” – Revelation 20:11-12
These words may seem hard and unloving, but God truly is love, and he is a just God. His judgment is not to keep us out of heaven but actually to save us. God is merciful in his justice, and he is just in his mercy.
Satan made sin enter our world and sin must be destroyed. God loves each one of his children, and He is:
“not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” -2 Peter 3:9.
But in justice and in love, he has to separate persistent sinners from those who love and who serve him, so that sin can be destroyed once and for all:
- “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him” – Revelation 22:3
- “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
God invites each one of us to prepare for judgment today
With God’s help, we all have the opportunity to be cleansed:
“Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 7:1
“Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he Christ is pure.” – 1 John 3:3.
There is still time to repent. God is merciful and he calls us to repent. But what exactly is repentance? It means to be truly sorry for the bad things we have done. If you have difficulties to repent, you can ask God for help, so that you will feel sorrow for your sins.
The Bible says:
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” – Acts 3:19
“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.” – 1 John 1:9
God can’t wait to forgive us. The only thing we need to do is repent.
He also tells us to turn away from our sins and to sin no more:
“Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” – John 8:11
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” – 1 John 2:3
God calls us to trust him:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” – John 14:15
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16.
And to be baptized:
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5
We can then have the confidence that we will have eternal life:
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:17
”Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”