Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Word of Wisdom part 2
A while back I upset a few of our readers with a posting where I expressed my opinion that drinking caffeinated beverages was against the word of wisdom. It turned out to be a heated topic. For some reason it is controversial even though it seems pretty obvious to me that caffeinated beverages contain addictive levels of an addictive substance and should therefore be avoided.
But then I came across this article that I thought was worth sharing. It is possibly the most balanced explanation I have heard in a long time regarding this issue. The convincing angle of this article, (but was lacking from my post), was the emphasis that the Word of Wisdom is a spiritual law with eternal implications. Above all other man made attempts at trying to reason or compartmentalize this law, it is ultimately a spiritual law. There were many that felt that it was simply a temporal law of health and was not, as this article proves, a sign between God and his people as to their level of dedication to the covenants they have made with him. Regardless of how the original revelation was interpreted or given, modern day clarifications place the Word of Wisdom as a higher law than what it was in the early days of the church. The passover reference in the article is particularly worth checking out.
And to keep things in perspective with using man's reasoning in the rationalization or justification of certain health practices, note that the first forms of asthma treatment (see attached picture), at least in the western world, came in the form of cigarettes.
Speaking of interpreting the Word of Wisdom, where does lighting and smelling incense rest in relation to the word of wisdom? As hippie as it may be, there are many that do it or have done it, myself included. But is it a violation of the word of wisdom considering that you are choosing to inhale smoke (including burnt remains floating in the air)? If you buy and light incense is that a word of wisdom concern? I don't think I have ever heard anyone address that idea.