As Christians, we know that the Bible gives us clear guidelines on how to live our lives. God has blessed us with a life-long guidebook on how to walk in victory. So, I don’t know why it surprised me so much to find out that the Bible even shows us how to live the healthiest life possible.
In his book, The Bible Cure, Dr. Reginald Cherry walks readers through the diet God outlined for the Israelites in the Old Testament. Providing scripture references and scientific data, Dr. Cherry shows readers how eating a traditional Mediterranean diet leads to good health. He points out that what God had figured out years ago, science is just now confirming. For example, God told the Israelites not to consume any animal fat. Today, we know animal fat (saturated fat) is not good for our bodies, unlike unsaturated fats (olive oil, canola oil, etc.).
In the first chapters of the book, Dr. Cherry discusses the healing powers of Jehovah Rapha – “the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). Dr. Cherry informs readers that God is not only still capable of healing, but is also willing to do so. According to 1 Peter 2:24, Jesus has already paid for our healing through His work on the cross. When we face disease and sickness on this earth, all we have to do is claim His gift of healing and believe He is manifesting health in our bodies. Dr. Cherry goes on to explain two of the ways God often does this. The first type of healing comes miraculously. This is seen in the Bible when the woman with the issue of blood touches the hem of Jesus’ garment. She is instantly made whole because of her faith in Jesus. The second type of healing, according to Dr. Cherry, includes action on the part of the one who is sick. We see this evidenced in scripture when Jesus applies a spit/mud mixture to the blind man’s eyes and tells him to go wash in the Pool of Saloam. In these situations, the Holy Spirit gives us peace concerning how we are to pursue God’s plan of healing in our lives, whether that be through traditional medicine, natural cures, or some other form of treatment. If this is the path God leads us to take, we still have faith He has healed us. We simply believe He is manifesting that healing through medicine or something else.
In the second portion of the book, Dr. Cherry talks about the Mediterranean diet more extensively. Again, he supports his assertions with scripture, showing readers the foods God instructed the Israelites to consume as well as the ones to avoid. He guides readers in ways to initiate a Mediterranean diet, giving recommendations for foods to eat (olive oil, whole grains, legumes, etc.) and how many servings per day or week to consume.
When you pick up a book like The Bible Cure, you probably don’t expect very much. Personally, I expected something rather works-based – eat the Israelites’ diet and you won’t get heart disease, cancer, etc. But, that’s not really the approach Dr. Cherry takes. He uses the Law as a guideline for how we should eat, but he also recognizes that because of the work Jesus did on the cross, we are not obligated to eat only those things. So, this book isn’t a beat-you-over-the-head manual on strict adherence to an Old Testament diet. Rather, Dr. Cherry gently points out the benefits of consuming traditional foods.
Another thing I really liked about this book was Dr. Cherry’s firm scriptural basis. Every assertion he makes is backed up with scripture references. Dr. Cherry even explores the Hebrew translations of words in Old Testament scripture to give readers a deeper understanding of the Bible cure. Plus, he has a strong stance in faith, and thoroughly believes in God’s healing power.
I highly recommend The Bible Cure as a manual for not only nutrition and health, but also as a means to further appreciate the splendor of God. The way He has designed our bodies and the way in which they interact with His creations is truly amazing!