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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

47- Controlling eating and drinking

 

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Many take interest in controlling themselves concerning food, which is known as a diet, in order to lose weight. Either as a treatment for diabetes, cholesterol, heart-disease or to avoid fatness... etc.

As for the spiritual man, he controls his food and drink for spiritual reasons, which include renunciation and fasting, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. He uses his self-control as means to suppress the flesh in order to give a chance to the spirit...

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Our mother Eve did not control herself concerning food. So she disobeyed the Lord’s commandment and ate from the forbidden tree. And so did our father Adam also... And it was the first sin...

This fall was preceded by failure in controlling the senses, whether by listening to the serpent or looking at the tree, which was: “...good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise” (Gen 3:6)... Truly, one sin could lead to another... So it moves from the senses, to the thought, to the heart then to action.


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