My husband and I are in a scripture group we enjoy participating in. Sometimes as I attend these group meetings, I feel spiritually fed and on occasion, even to the point of a spiritual feast. However, quite often I have left disappointed. Too often we allow the distractions of the world to intercept and steal what could have been a possible spiritual feast. This led me to ask myself the question, “Is food necessary for scripture group?”
Is food necessary for scripture group?
Food is necessary to sustain life, but it was easy for me to answer “no” to the question, “Is food necessary for scripture group?” It is a choice. I think it is a tradition to have food at gatherings and long-time traditions are difficult to change.
Why do people hang onto traditions? People get used to traditions that give them a sense of security. Everyone likes to feel safe; thus, people cling to traditions. Traditions actually bind us to the past rather than recognizing we have the freedom to explore possibilities that could change our future lives for the better.
Youtube video explanation of Traditions and Rituals
Hans Wilhelm does a great job explaining the limiting role traditions and rituals play in our lives in the following video.
Often our scripture group is engaged in a spiritual discussion when someone will say, “It is time for refreshments or it is time to eat.” I have the rest of my week to think about what to eat and I do enjoy eating; however, when I attend scripture study for a precious three hours, I want to leave all the cares of the world behind including food. I desire to be fed spiritually without any or little thought of the physical world.
Questions formulated for me to answer
I emailed a friend from the scripture group the following questions, but she didn’t respond to my questions.
- Is it your heart’s desire to have food at scripture group?
- Is it your heart’s desire to prepare or buy food for each gathering?
- Do you feel obligated to prepare or buy food for gatherings?
- Have you skipped attending a meeting because you forgot or didn’t have time to buy or prepare food?
- Have you observed if eating at our meetings is disruptive?
- Have you observed if eating at our meetings interferes with the flow of a spiritual discussion?
- How do you feel about going for three hours without anything to eat?
- Do you agree our main objective for gathering together is to increase our spirituality by studying the scriptures?
I do have one friend from our scripture group who agrees with me concerning the question, “Is food necessary for scripture group?” Maybe sometime in the future, I will gently share my thoughts with our scripture group about the subject of “food distraction” at our meetings. In my opinion, the biggest distraction in our scripture group is food.
Bible scriptures concerning food
I wanted to see what the scriptures had to say about spirituality and food. Once again, the scriptures did not disappoint me.
But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Luke 12:22-23
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. John 6:27
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35
In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. Mark 8:1-3
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Deuteronomy 8:3
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1
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