Long ago, I went to a conference.
The speaker said something in the line of:
You can see a man’s character in the way it has a relationship with three things – chocolate, sex, and money.
It was an instant “A-ha!” moment for me.
I kept thinking about that assertion long after that.
I won’t speak in this blog post about how I connect with these three things – it’s rather personal.
Instead, I want to say some things from the Bible.
Sure, in the Bible I don’t think that this is ever mentioned.
But there are some foods which might be similar.
- The first miracle was done at a wedding, and it involved wine.
- There are lots of other references in the Bible, involving food.
- “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” (a quote from: Matthew 15:1-20 NIV – That Which Defiles – Then some – Bible Gateway)
- On another hand, when Jesus was tempted by the devil with bread, he replied: “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”. (Matthew 4:1-4 NIV – Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness – Bible Gateway)
- In here, things are clear, it is allowed between married couples.
- It’s one of the 10 Commandments: “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20 NIV – The Ten Commandments – And God spoke – Bible Gateway)
When I think of money, some things come to my mind:
- Two small parables: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46 NIV – The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and – Bible Gateway)
- A parable: Matthew 25:14-30 NIV – The Parable of the Bags of Gold – Bible Gateway, with its conclusion: “So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
- On another hand, again with the temptations, Jesus refuses the devil – Matthew 4:8-10 NIV – Again, the devil took him to a very – Bible Gateway.
- And, Jesus replying to Pilate: “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.” (John 19:10-11 NIV – “Do you refuse to speak to me?” – Bible Gateway)
- The parable of the rich man and Lazarus. (Luke 16:19-31 NIV – The Rich Man and Lazarus – “There was – Bible Gateway)
- The parable of the rich man who suddenly had a good harvest. (Luke 12:16-20 NIV – And he told them this parable: “The – Bible Gateway)
- The story with the widow’s offering. (Mark 12:41-44 NIV – The Widow’s Offering – Jesus sat down – Bible Gateway)
- The story of the rich person. (Luke 18:18-29 NIV – The Rich and the Kingdom of God – A – Bible Gateway)
- This quote: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:32-34 NIV – “Do not be afraid, little flock, for – Bible Gateway)
- While sex is a no-no, for chocolate (or other foods) there are pros and cons. Food is not inherently good or bad. Also, money are not necessarily bad, but you need to know how to use them (generally, give them away; but also treat work with care – you need to be a good professional and invest your gifts/talents well).