TEMPERANCE

There is a popular saying that you may have heard of; many people say it. “Moderation in everything is good”. The saying is somewhat true and yet misleading. Anything evil should not even be done in moderation. Temperance means using or doing things that are healthful in moderation, but staying entirely away from things that are harmful. Essentially, abstemiousness is self-control or applying self-discipline. In 1Corinthians 9:25, Paul states: And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. He’s basically saying that we should shun that which is harmful, avoid unneeded extremes, and be moderate in the enjoyment of those things that are lawful. Health of body, mind, and soul is impossible without careful, temperate living. Even when eating the most careful diet, you can get too much of a good thing. Too much of the best food, is harmful. Too much sunshine can result in sunburn. Here are some of the harmful things that should be avoided and most people do not consider: tobacco and tobacco products. Others include alcoholic beverages, caffeinated products that can dehydrate the body, especially given that most individual do not drink enough water. Caffeine can cause or worsen the following according to WebMD: anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, bleeding disorders, heart conditions, diabetes, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hypertension, osteoporosis, nervousness, restlessness etc. Lemon can be substituted for recipes that call for vinegar since it can be harmful. The salads are prepared with oil and vinegar, fermentation takes place in the stomach, and the food does not digest, but decays or putrefies; as a consequence, the blood is not nourished, but becomes filled with impurities, and liver and kidney difficulties appear. (Counsels On Diets & Foods p.345) It is so strong that it can and is used as a household natural cleaning agent in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas in the home.

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