What is gluttony, and how does it impact our lives. What does the Bible tell us about this deadly sin?
Gluttony is something that many Christians like to ignore. We criticise smoking and drinking as sins, but for some reason, greed is accepted or at least tolerated. More often than not, we used health issues to argue against smoking and drinking, but conveniently, forget overeating. Many believers would not even consider having a glass of wine or smoking a cigarette but have no qualms about gorging themselves at the dinner table.
We can find many passages of scripture in the Bible that warns us about overeating such as Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
Proverbs 25:16 Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled in addition to that, and vomit it. It is a warning to overeat so that you have to vomit is against the wishes of God and therefore is sinful.
Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. If you are gluttonous and a drunkard, then the Bible predicts that you will come to poverty.
So whatever you do it must be done in moderation as we are told here in the book of 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For you are, bought with a price, therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which is God’s.