Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains?

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I often (ok, basically always) encourage readers to ditch the grains for the sake of their health, and many do see tremendous health improvements by doing so. One question/objection I often get is “If grains are unhealthy, why are they consumed in the Bible and why did Jesus use so many references to bread” or “Grains are the staff of life, and Jesus even called himself the “Bread of Life” so eating them can’t be bad!”

It is certainly a valid point to consider and as a Christian, it was one I researched while going grain-free. Fortunately, for those of us striving to eat as healthy as possible and to live good Christian lives, the answers aren’t conflicting.

To fully understand the factors involved though, it is important to note several things:

1. The Grains of Biblical Times are Much Different Than The Grains of Today!

There certainly are many references to grains in the Bible, and with good reason. The Bible was compiled during a predominately agricultural time, and this would have been a reference that was easily understood by the people during that time period.

Though the Bible references grains, the grains consumed a couple thousand years ago bear little to no resemblance to the grains we consume (or don’t consume!) today.

In Jesus’ time, there were only three major types of wheat in existence: Einkorn, Emmer, and later Triticum aestivum along with simple, non-hybrid varieties of other grains like barley, millet, and rye. These grains had (and still have) a higher protein content and lower anti-nutrient content than grains of today.

This is a stark contrast to the 25,000+ species that exist today, most of which we created in a lab to be disease resistant or produce high yields. In order to achieve these traits like disease and pest resistance, scientists had to enhance the part of the grains that naturally resists disease and predators: mainly, the glutens, lectins, and phytates- the most harmful parts of the grains to humans.

In addition, these hybridized strains are often allergen producing and usually sprayed with pesticides and chemicals. It is interesting to note that some people who are allergic to modern strains of wheat show little to no reaction to (properly prepared) Einkorn wheat in small amounts.

So, the grains of Jesus’ time weren’t genetically similar to the grains of today, and had lower concentrations of the harmful components. In addition, they were prepared much differently:

2. The Grains of Biblical Times Were Prepared Differently Than The Grains of Today!

Besides the differences in the basic genetic structure of the grains, grains in Biblical times were processed much differently, and consuming them in modern form wouldn’t have even been an option.

Since grains do contain anti-nutrients like gluten, lectin and phytates, these components have to be neutralized somehow. Traditional cultures throughout the world have found ways to lower the effect of these harmful properties.

In Biblical times, grains were often prepared by soaking, fermenting, or sprouting before being consumed. Often, this wasn’t intentional, but a result of methods of storage which left the grains exposed to warm, moist conditions that encouraged sprouting and fermentation.

When a grain sprouts, the chemical structure changes and the anti-nutrient content is greatly reduced. Fermentation mitigates this further. Grains are harmful to humans when consumed straight off the plant in an uncooked or un-prepared state.

In addition, any grains consumed in Biblical times could truly have been called “whole grains” unlike the processed granola versions of modern times. Equipment didn’t even exist to grind grain to the micro-fine particles that we call flour today. Grains were often ground, by hand, using stones or similar objects.

Think of the difference in particle size between a hand-ground, sprouted piece of wheat and the dried, hybridized, dust-like flour we use today. The flour we consume today is ground to such a small size that the surface area of the grain is literally increased 10,000% and the starchy area is expanded. As a result, the body quickly converts it to sugar, which is why flour and processed foods can have as much of an impact on the blood sugar as pure sugar can.

Another obvious point to realize is that any reference to grain in Jesus’ time was a reference to an actual grain, in whole form or made into bread (that also wouldn’t resemble the stuff you get at the store!). Certainly, grains in Jesus’ time would not have been made into donuts, pretzels, chips, snack foods, cookies, etc.

Grains in Biblical times also wouldn’t have been mixed with vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, chemical additives, commercial yeasts, artificial flavorings, or other ingredients used today. Jesus wouldn’t have been snacking on Chex Mix or chowing down on bagels or soda while he was fishing.

If one truly desires to eat grains because they are referenced in the Bible, than these grains should be one of the three varieties that actually existed in the Bible, and should be prepared in a similar way and eaten in a similar way (though I’m not sure this is what many people are envisioning when referencing the Bible for their reason for consuming grains).

3. Grain Consumption Didn’t Begin Until After the Fall

If you read the text carefully, Adam and Eve are given the plants and fruits to eat in the Garden of Eden when there is peace and optimal health (considering death didn’t enter the picture until after the fall).

It is only after they sin that reference is made to tilling the soil and growing grains, and this reference is mingled with a reference to death when God tells Adam: “From the sweat of your brow shall you get bread to eat, until you return to the ground from which you were taken.”

In this sense, one can wonder if grain consumption was part of God’s plan in the beginning at all. Of course, God created grains, as he created everything, and saw that it all was good. An important distinction to make is that not everything that is “good” is necessarily “beneficial” to the human body.

God created poison ivy, which has its place in the eco-system, but which is not beneficial to the human body. God created many poisonous species of plants and animals, and they are good, though not beneficial to the human person.

God created grains, and while they have been consumed at times throughout history, nowhere is it specifically declared that they are beneficial and healthy for the human body, or that their consumption is part of the optimal diet for humans.

The context of the Bible was an agricultural time period when grains were sometimes necessary for survival or population growth. Especially considering the differences in grains today, it must be evaluated if grains are still a necessary part of the human diet.

In my opinion, references in the Bible give us insight into this as well:

4. Grains Were Often Eaten in Times of Hardship

While grains are referenced often in the Bible, these references are not always positive. From the animal offering of Abel that was preferred to the grain offering of Cain, to the admonition to Adam to till the soil until death, the Bible has its share of negative grain references as well.

The Book of Ezekiel is one of the most detailed and well-known references to grains, as God commands Ezekiel to use “wheat and barley, and beans and lentils, and millet and spelt” to make a bread for the people to eat.

This “recipe” has gained popularity and a version of bread fashioned after this method can be found in many grocery stores these days. Often, this is assumed to be healthy as it was a recipe given in the Bible. Unfortunately, a few important details were left out:

  • Taken in context, the book of Ezekiel is not a pleasant time. During Chapter 4, there is an impending siege, and these grains are all that is available. In fact, these foods are seen as food for animals, and Ezekiel protests having to eat them.
  • Because of the pending siege and famine, Ezekiel is also told to eat carefully portioned amounts to make sure there is enough food.
  • In verse 12, Ezekiel is commanded to cook this “bread” over human excrement, “For your food you must bake barley loaves over human excrement in their sight, said the Lord.” When Ezekiel protests, God allows him to use cow dung instead…. hardly appetizing, huh?

Other references link grain consumption with hardship as well:

  • When God’s people must leave Egypt in haste , they eat unleavened bread because it is all they can prepare in time
  • In the exile in the desert, God’s people eat Manna from Heaven though they eventually cry out for meat and are given quail
  • During the seven years of famine in Egypt, the Egyptians must eat grains because it is all that is available

(On a side note, both Biblical references and research on mummies from Ancient Egypt show that the Ancient Egyptians consumed grains in relatively large amounts in the form of breads and beer. The ancient Egyptians ate more “whole grains,” leaner meat, less saturated fat and more fruits and veggies than the average American today. According to conventional wisdom, they should have been healthier, but researchers are stumped to find that they had high rates of heart disease and plaque in arterial walls as well.)

5. Meat is Often Linked With Times of Celebration or Redemption

Just as grains are often linked with hardship, many references to meat and fat in the Bible seem to promote their use (which is interesting, because many diets that encourage a Biblical way of eating often minimize meat consumption).

While meat was not specifically named as a food for man in the beginning, after the flood, God told Noah that “Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat. I give them to you as I did the green plants.”

When the prodigal son returns, the father kills the fatted calf in celebration instead of making a cake or baking some bread.

In the Old Testament, meat sacrifices were often required. In fact, at Passover, the blood of a lamb (foreshadowing Christ) was necessary to save the firstborn sons. The passage makes it very clear that unless the Israelites actually consumed the flesh of the lamb, they would not be protected.

It times of fasting or sacrifice, people in Biblical times (and still today) abstain from meat. From a scientific standpoint, there are health benefits to fasting, especially from occasionally removing proteins and fats for a short time.

Abstaining from meat as a form of fasting (as Catholics still do during Lent and many other religions do at  times as well) shows that meat is something to be enjoyed and consumed!

Jesus As the Bread of Life

Throughout the New Testament, references to bread take on a parallel to Christ himself. Jesus is born in Bethlehem, (translated “House of Bread”). Jesus is laid in a manger, a feeding trough for animals.

Jesus even refers to himself as the “Bread of Life” in the Gospel of John, and He tells us that unless we “eat His flesh and drink His blood, we shall not have life within us.”

So when Jesus refers to himself in this way, and when we pray for “Our Daily Bread” in the Our Father, are these references an encouragement to consume grains?

I’d say that these references are not meant to be a nutritional directive, but rather to reveal important theological truths. As I mentioned above, there are many references of grain consumption during times of trial and famine.

Bread was consumed during fasting and times of trouble or sacrifice. These references are sprinkled throughout the Old Testament and would have been understood by the Jews during Jesus’ time.

Since Jesus became man to become a sacrifice for our sins, these parallels remind us of the sacrificial role Christ will take on.

Jesus also refers to himself as the “Lamb of God” in the Gospel of John, and these two titles taken together have a lot of meaning. As was foreshadowed in Old Testament Passover, the lamb was slain so that the angel of death would pass over God’s people.

Christ’s sacrifice, the last one needed, offers redemption as He dies for our sins.

Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with his disciples at the time  Passover would have traditionally have been celebrated by the Jewish people. The Last Supper takes place on the feast of unleavened bread, when the sacrificial lamb was typically consumed. Though, the lamb is noticeably absent from the Last Supper.

At the Last Supper, Jesus holds up the bread, saying, “This is my Body, which is given up for you.” At this central moment, Jesus links the two titles he has called himself, the “Bread of Life” and the “Lamb of God.” The “bread” becomes the “Lamb”, which is to become the sacrifice for all mankind.

The next day, Jesus is crucified and dies at the hour that the sacrificial lamb is usually killed during Passover. All these connections would have had deep meaning to the Jewish people who would have recognized their references in Scripture.

Jesus, as God incarnate, was both the “Bread of Life” sustaining His people in times of trouble and trial, and the “Lamb of God” that takes away the sins of the world.

The references connecting Jesus with “Bread” are very important to the message of His Sacrifice for us. They are not ever presented as a dietary guideline or a mandatory command to consume grains.

Just as vegetarians can avoid meat without worrying about not following the references to meat-eating in the Bible, a Christian can certainly avoid grains without worrying about not following a Biblical directive. Jesus drank wine and his first miracle was turning water into wine, though I’ve never seen anyone argue that it is wrong to avoid drinking because Jesus drank wine.

More importantly, as Christians, we believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be nourished and treated as such. (“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)).

For this reason, it is worth considering for a Christian, if grains in their modern form should even be consumed for those trying to live as healthy as possible out of respect for a body made in the image and likeness of God.

In my opinion, grains certainly can be avoided, and often should be!

The Bottom Line

While there was perhaps a time in history when smaller amounts of grains, properly prepared, could be consumed without damaging the body, this is not the case today.

As mentioned above, grains today are much different than those of Biblical times. Many studies are now linking consumption of modern grains to inflammation, arterial plaque, joint problems, arthritis, infertility, PCOS, and many other conditions.

Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer are all on the rise. Even small children are showing signs of insulin resistance and obesity. As a whole, our society suffers from damaged metabolisms and impaired insulin function.

The modern diet, especially in the last half a century has created a society of largely overweight people with health problems. Almost half of all people will die of heart disease, and consumption of grains, especially in processed form, has been linked to heart disease. (For a funny and factual explanation of why, watch the movie Fat Head if you haven’t already!)

For those who still want to consume grains in Biblical fashion, I suggest finding one of the three original strains, taking special care to prepare them by sprouting, fermentation, or both, and eating them in moderate amounts along with a lot of veggies and meat.

For me, I don’t feel as well with any grain consumption, even correctly prepared, and the time needed for proper preparation just isn’t worth it. There are many other sources of nutrition that can be eaten in the whole form God gave us, without the need to process or even cook before eating.

Calorie for calorie, meats, fats and vegetables are much better (and more bio-available!) sources of nutrients, without the harmful anti-nutrient content.

For the small percentage of people who can tolerate grains without ill health effect, moderate grain consumption might be ok. The rest of us should consider the potential negative effects.

Many people will continue to eat grains, even in light of the emerging evidence, and this is certainly their right and prerogative. Heck, if a person wants to eat only Cheetos and Pepsi for the rest of his life (however short it may be!), that is his decision. My hope is just that Biblical references to grains won’t be used to justify eating processed flours and foods that are nothing like the actual grains of Biblical times.

What’s your opinion? How do you think Biblical teaching fits in to grain-free eating (or doesn’t fit)? Weigh in below!

[Note: I’ve seen several other bloggers bring up this issue as well and noticed hateful and belittling comments towards the bloggers and commenters who are also Christian. If you don’t believe in God or the Bible, this post is obviously not written to try to influence you, so please avoid any demeaning comments!]

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

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304 responses to “Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains?”

  1. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    I’m a little late here, and also not sure, but I thought spelt was spared in the plagues. Also, Jesus cooked bread and fish on a charcoal fire when he appeared to the disciples on the shore. Part of the problem with “hard times” is that we celebrate too much. We sometimes worship our health too.

    I totally agree about the growing and preparing of grains as the problem. I’ve heard so many people say that when they eat the grains in Italy, they don’t have issues.

    1. Paula Skinner Avatar
      Paula Skinner

      Thank you for weighing in on this post. I still get notifications from years ago, but I find this topic interesting.

  2. Barry Avatar

    As a Christian I have read many passages in the Bible about Christs disciples and others eating grains. I do not disagree with u about the way in which grains of today are produced much different than them. I saw a reference to low or no grain being healthier for the body and not contributing to plaque in the arteries and studies like this https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/08/low-carb-diets-linked-to-atherosclerosis-and-impaired-blood-vessel-growth/ seem to counter that comment. Even bob Harper who was a fitness trainer and had a heart attack while keto suggest it may not be the best thing for the heart . I think we can prepare our meals in a healthy way and that includes bread. Sourdough being one of those as I saw mentioned . I’m all about living proof. My parents ate whatever they wanted and lived to be 90. I think we just need to trust God and do our best. God bless u all

  3. Kathleen Avatar

    I have been 95% wheat free for almost 2 decades. Zero health issues. I have friends that are being mis-lead by individuals who are using the Bible to persuade believers to eat bread since it is referenced in the Bible. I very much appreciate being able to find your resource to forward to others, because your information 100% aligns with what I have learned and studied over the years about the wheat that is grown in the world we live in today.

    God Bless!

  4. Derwyn Avatar

    Actually, did you know that Einkorn, the Biblical grain you mentioned is still available today,, and in much the same form as in biblical times? The only downside is that it’s only available as a flour for making your own bread. I have been using it now for 3 years, ( in a sourdough recipe) with none of the usual health problems modern wheat causes. In fact all my cholsterol markers inporoved by 50%! So I am very happy to be able to still eat a food that Jesus called good for me. Do you suppose that it might be on that wedding feast table when we sit down to eat it with Jesus?

  5. Boakye Avatar
    Boakye

    Genesis:1:29 reads: “ I have PROVIDED all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruits for you to eat.” This is the command from GOD to human beings made in HIS image.

    Verse : 30 He PROVIDED grass and leafy plants as food for the birds and the wild animals.

    From:Good News Translation (GNB/GNT/TEV)

    1. Leviticus Avatar

      This was before the fall of man as well as the pre-flood world. After the fall, man had to till the land to eat. Noah’s flood gets downplayed all the time, but it is one of the most magnificent things to occur in the bible next to Jesus’ sacrifice. The flood DESTROYED the earth. The earth is unrecognizable today compared to pre-flood. From mountains to deserts to oceans, these things did not exist before. Rain was also a new phenomenon. The atmosphere was destroyed and introduced new weather patterns that hadn’t existed, even the seasons.

      God didn’t “change his mind” about our diets, as he made his creation completely sustainable. Once Noah got off the ark, God instructed that “every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” (Gen 9:3) Vegans will deny this, but we know that a plant-based diet is totally unsustainable for the human body. As a bible believer, it is clear that something changed in the vegetation along with the flood, otherwise God would not have told us to eat animals. Also, with the introduction of seasons, we obviously can’t grow food in the winter, therefore we hunt.

      In the time of Moses, God then puts dietary laws into place which man should continue to follow today as the laws are basically an instruction manual from the designer. He is the creator, and he knows what is good for our bodies. A common theme in determining clean from unclean animals is that most of the animals we are to avoid are carnivores and “scavenger” animals. For example, pigs, crabs/lobster/shrimp, vultures, etc., all eat dead carcasses. They are the “clean-up crew” of the earth. Venison, beef, lamb, things of the sea with both fins and scales, these are some examples of clean animals that are good to eat. If you’re asking yourself what changed between Noah being allowed to eat everything to Moses having restrictions, I can only theorize that these animals continued to eat the vegetation post-flood but over time adapted to the new eco-system.

      You’ve cherry picked verses from a very specific time in biblical history and left out all the context. Animal products should be the priority of our diets today. The reason people have had issues with consuming animal products in our modern day is due to our modern agricultural system. Eat as close to nature as possible, and you will thrive.

  6. Emily A Boronkay Avatar
    Emily A Boronkay

    Hi Katie,

    I have been following you for at least 6 years, ever since I found your recipe for almond flour pancakes.

    Anyone who tells me they’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s , you’re my first recommendation.

    Any recipe I need for my anti-inflammatory aka paleo lifestyle, I check here first.

    I learned about good oils from you. I learned oil pulling from you. I learned about Branch Basics from you. All life changing on some level.

    Now to learn from this article that you are a follower of Jesus, a sister in Christ – have made the truly best life changing decision for all of eternity – I’m over the moon.

    The majority of my health coaching clients are Christian. Knowing I have been referring them to a sister in Christ, and being able to tell them that from now on, what a blessing.

    May our Father God continue to pour blessings in you, your family, and your business,

    Emily

  7. Amber Avatar

    Thank you for sharing your research and opening up this discussion.

    In my studies this scripture jumped out at me Proverbs 23:20.

    “Do not come to be among heavy drinkers of wine, among those who are gluttonous eaters of flesh.”

    I just mention this because the paleo, keto, and now carnivore diets can become very meat heavy diets, this to me illustrates the importance of balance / moderation.

    Additionally, all these nasty environmental toxins are stored in fats, we must be careful of our meat sources.

    I’ve been gluten free a decade, and long periods of entirely grain free (no rice, oats, etc). It’s helped but I also feel ill eating too heavy, and with a low carb lifestyle have had difficulty maintaining my weight (underweight).

    Many foods have anti nutrients outside of grains, like: beans, nuts, coffee, tea, wine, night shades…… I believe a healthy body can thrive with all these in moderation, and they were intended to be enjoyed.

    Now days it may be necessary to avoid all these foods with anti nutrients not because the foods are bad for us, but because our body’s have grown to weak to eat the food supplied by God, because of the years of being bombarded with man made environmental toxins breaking down our system.

    You may find you keep eliminating, and then develop a new sensitivity to the food you replaced the offending food with.

    I tried living the avoidance lifestyle (like the Gundry diet), and I couldn’t keep the weight on and barely had the energy to move. Listen to your body. I believe above all eat clean foods unadulterated by man ( just my thoughts, in my quest for healing).

    The Egyptian mummies were thought to have arthritis, they have been rescanned and now are believed to have DISH, which they don’t know what causes this. But it has been linked to insulin resistance, so perhaps still a result of their grain consumption, I don’t know. I’m just not sure if relating the mummy scans to grain consumption was a conclusion we have drawn too hastily.

    Thank you for you article

  8. John Paul Hozvicka Avatar
    John Paul Hozvicka

    I read you article, your research on the subject was correct and accurate. The wheat people use day is gentically altered wheat call “Dwarft Wheat” which the chromozones are 43 were bible “Emmer” wheat has 18 I believe, much lower. The way they cooked the ferminted wheat to make bread in Bible days makes a big difference compared how they cook it today, and you are right, today bread turns to sugar fast in our digestive tract. Grain in bible days was whole grain with its fiber sill in tact which makes a big deference again. You can still buy organic emmer flour and you can learn how to make true bible bread which is much healthier. For good health, the extra work is worth it.

  9. Nikki Avatar

    While I agree with most of your article, we have no idea if Jesus drank wine. Nowhere in that scripture you cited does it say, Jesus drank wine. It does say he made wine and in particular he made the wine for the weeding guest. It doesn’t say he Christ drank any of it.

  10. Lorna Avatar

    I thought it significant when I learned, in the bible’s NT original Greek, the direct reference connecting wheat to being fat is there, which has been left out of most translations. It’s much richer when studying scripture to it’s original Hebrew & Greek.

    Read Luke 15:23 AMPC… “And bring out that [wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry,”

    And the MSG translation says “Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it.”

    Strongs Greek states:
    ???????? (siteuton)
    Adjective – Accusative Masculine Singular
    Strong’s Greek 4618: Fattened, fatted. From a derivative of sitos; grain-fed, i.e. Fattened.

  11. Bobbi Avatar

    Wonderful read. Clear, concise and I believe, correct. Thank you.

  12. Yennee Avatar

    Abraham had his wife make “cakes of fine flour ” for the lord (suspected to be our Savior pre-sacrifice as noted in the new testament reference), not meat.

    1. Chris Avatar

      That is not correct and perhaps not intentionally, but that is incomplete and deceptive, because here is what the bible actually says in the situation you quoted Yennee…

      And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
      – Genesis 18:6-8 (KJV)

      Here it is from the New Living Translation:
      So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.

      So, if we are going to have a discussion, let’s at least make sure that our facts are straight and we are being honest, especially when referring to the Bible. It is clear that the “cakes” or “bread” were only part of the meal and meat was not only present, it seems it was the centerpiece as a calf is clearly a pretty large animal to prepare and serve and Abraham hurried to get it prepared so that he was certain not to leave that out of the meal. Just sayin.

  13. Lauren Csehy Avatar
    Lauren Csehy

    Just wanted to say this post is awesome! Really opened my eyes. Thank you

  14. Jessica Avatar

    I am a Christian mom who has found wonderful health benefits eating whole grains. I make my own bread, grind my own whole grain flour, and I have never felt better (and my blood work backs that up). I buy ancient grains at times but I also buy organic grains that are not ancient. I disagree with wellness mama that grains are completely different from what they used to be. Yes, obviously there are new varieties, but there are also new varieties of apples and pears and yet they are still healthy and nutritious. Buying organic is very important, and eating the WHOLE grain is paramount.

    1. Paula Skinner Avatar
      Paula Skinner

      I realize this comment was from over a year ago, but I’m assuming you’re not eating a low carb diet. I’d like to hear Katie’s take on these comments. We’ve been keto for almost 2 years but I still am unsure about how to think about grains.

    2. Shelley Avatar

      ” I disagree with wellness mama that grains are completely different from what they used to be.”
      Jessica, you should look into this topic. Wheat is quite different.

  15. Cristy Avatar

    I agree that we do not have the same grain they had in Jesus’ day. Although the Bible was not just written, with His examples, for those Jews in His time here on earth. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And He well knew thenwhat they would do to our grains today. What I do not agree with is that Jesus drank wine. If you study the making of wine then, it was the fruit of the vine. It was the fruit of pure grapes. And it was placed in a new pouch so it would not ferment. God does not contradict His Word. He tells us in many passages in the Bible we are not to drink fermented wine. Actually, if we study the production of our meat and vegetables, we find that they are not the same as well. And their nutrients are defiled with sprays and hormones. Moderation and faith. We ask Him to bless what we have. Fear of something is an evidence of a lack of faith. God has not given us the spirit of fear. He did give us a sound mind. And He will take care of us until He calls us home if we are truly His. We will live out the days He has given each of us if we strive to walk with Him. I’m certain that those such as Billy Graham and Charles Spurgeon and Charles Stanley ate bread, meat etc. Jesus said My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me. John 10:27 If we do not hear His voice, we are not one of His sheep. He is the One that provides our food. I have found that it is just the energy that keeps us going. It is what we share at the table with family and friends. And every country has been given different types to nourish their family. My grandmother raised her five children on fried potatoes, cornbread and biscuits with gravy. It is what she had. They had enough for each meal…all were slender…all 5 are in their 70s to 80s. All are healthy praise Jesus. They are all still in the Baptist Church they were raised in and have raised their children and grandchildren and now great grands. 3 deacons, 5 pastors, and a multitude of teachers and piano players all in Church. Jesus saved all 5…their spouses and almost every grandchild so far. If we keep our focus on Jesus Christ and serving Him and telling others of His salvation…everything else will be taken care of.

    1. Jaedyn Avatar
      Jaedyn

      I really enjoyed this article by wellnessmama as well as Christy’s reply! I often try to be as healthy as I can, and I get stressed because there are so many harmful foods, and I am also thankful for the food that we have on hand that God provides for us. I come from a low-income household, and though most of the time we can manage good healthy food, sometimes what we have on hand isn’t that great. The main focus is to continuously seek God and not make it our dire mission to search for everything healthy 100% of the time for I feel that would be an idol, and we can be spending our precious time serving God in other ways. This article is a great write and read. New things to think about and try, and many of my questions have been answered. Thank you so much!

    2. David Anderson Avatar
      David Anderson

      Dear Cristy, I’m 65 and I’m on a carnivore diet. I miss veggies and the occasional sandwich. I found a bakery that gets organic grains and mills them themselves. I’m going to try a loaf and see. Anyway I just wanted to comment on your comments.
      I found them quite nice and encouraging and sound. It must be nice to have a friend like you. As also in Jesus. Thanks for your thoughts on bread. In Christ.

  16. Carlos cordero Avatar
    Carlos cordero

    Not just grains many animals today are grown with hormones like chicken, beef, etc. Also fishes today have mercury from water and arw not as beneficial as they were hundreds of years ago. Also God never intended us to eat pork and unckean animals, in Leviticus 11 God gave us a list of the unclean and clean animals that we should eat. Christ came to clean humans from sin not an animal. But things have changed animals are treated with many horrible things to supply the industry and thats why we should not eat meat.

    1. Leviticus Avatar

      Where does God ever say we should not eat meat? Readers, do not listen to this man, listen to our creator. Just because man has corrupted animals meant to be clean doesn’t mean you can’t go out and hunt for your own food in the wild, or even buy from a local farmer or butcher. You have no excuse if you live in a city. Get out of the city and provide for yourself and your families.

  17. Deb Avatar

    Dear Miss Katie,
    Great job explaining biblical reference of consumption of grains! It was like you were in my head seeing the questions before I asked them?! Love it!!!

  18. Laura Avatar

    Regarding your article, Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains.
    THANK YOU! You explained everything I had been wondering about
    grains. Your writing is intelligent, informative and much appreciated.

    Thanks Again,
    Laura

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