I am convinced that more than a few serious Christians have so allowed their negative attitude toward "the world" to influence them that in the realm of eating, as in so many other realms (such as entertainment, dress, art, literature), they cut themselves off from God's creative gifts. I would go so far as to argue that gastronomy is not to be classed among the materialistic "lower immediacies" at the bottom of the axiological ladder of values (to use the expression of the late Edward John Carnell of Fuller Seminary), but deserves transcendental status! The deadly sin of gluttony is not the equivalent of gourmandism, but its misuse.Share
Many pietistic souls will be surprised to learn that throughout Scripture eating and drinking are regularly associated with events of the highest theological and spiritual importance. The Bible opens with man's fall -- described in terms of choosing to eat not what God had provided but what he had forbidden; it ends with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, eschatologically restoring Eden and ushering in the new Heaven and new earth (Rev. 19:9). The prime representation of grace under the Old Covenant was the Passover meal, and it foreshadowed the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which our Lord expressly connects with the eternal Marriage Supper (Mt. 26:29 and parallels). The centrality of feasting in the early Church is evidenced by her agapes or love feasts, and the observance of the "feasts" or "festivals" of the saints has been a vital part of Christian worship in all the historic confessional traditions.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Posted by elena maria vidal at 9:51 AM