Indulgence, Christians and the Bible

We all know that Gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. What I can't wrap my head around is why no one believes it. Have you ever heard a pastor admonish someone for being fat as a Biblical sin? If you have, do tell the story! But strewn through out the Bible we see clear distaste for being a greedy fat pig. But where do we find the most Obese people in the US?


 And how does the country break down by religion? 

There are some striking similarities in these maps. So maybe fat Christians don't believe that they Bible says that they will go to Hell. How about we simply take a look at some of these passages that say don't over eat. 


Psalm 78:31 KJV The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [men] of Israel.

This is after God gave them all of the meat that they could eat. So he tempts them, then punishes them for indulging. I would say that the lesson is, if you have a full wallet, Cold Stone is simply one of God's tests. I for one would fail 50% of the time when I think of Cake Batter Milkshakes... ummm. 


Proverbs 23:20-21 "Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags." 

So if you eat and drink too much, God will make you poor in the Old Testament. But won't this make you one of the Jesus' chosen ones in the New Testament? This confusion aside, the message is quite clear. 


More important than overeating is the lesson behind the stories of gluttony. The lesson is that you don't have to take everything in front of you. You don't have to have the biggest cars. The McMansion. The Private Jet. But the lesson is lost on Christians. Even the Chruches themselves are "MEGACHURCH!". A local pastor helicopters between two of them here. Thank God the fuel, pilot and the copter are all tax write-offs. Capitalism for the purposes of extreme wealth and Christianity are incongruent.  


Christians. If you want to really read and understand the Bible, you have to leave Corinthians 13 and try to understand what is being said here. Don't be a greedy fuck. Frankly it's taking down our country. Our last economic crisis is due to the greed spoken of in the Bible. I actually have to give a moral lesson credit to this book written by a den of thieves. 


So the next time you hear a fat, or overindulgent Christian mention being sent to Hell for being gay, not being a Christian, having sex out of marriage, etc. you remind them that you'll see them there. 

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Comment by Reggie on March 12, 2011 at 10:26pm
In the pick and choose world of Christian sin, much of what is ignored are things that don't emotionally register in the individual's mind. So, for most pastors, cheeseburgers are delicious. But homosexual sex is disgusting. Voila! Now we now what we want to speak out against at the pulpit. Even pastors are merely primates.


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