“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” Colossians 2:20-22
Dieters have a long list of “touch not, taste not, handle not” things. We have rules upon rules to keep. The weight-challenged adhere to the principle of avoidance. We live by the do’s and don’ts. We subject ourselves to the ordinances of diets. The goals we make are part of the rudiments of the world—the principles to which the world adheres.
Man’s nature is to make rules and then break the rules. With the rules, we devise punishment for breaking them. We go through guilt cycles for breaking the rules. Then we grit our teeth and promise ourselves we will stick to the rules next time. We break the rules. We go through our needed punishment and feel guilty again.
The world has developed a whole diet philosophy. If you have that philosophy, you filter all your waking moments through your diet philosophy. You are looking at recipes, labels, books, articles, and all the so-called expert advice to match your philosophy of dieting.
There is no wonder that obesity is such a problem, and so few lose weight. We keep going back to “touch not, taste not, and handle not.” God did not design us to maintain that philosophy for any length of time. Adam and Eve were the first to prove that and through them we have their genes.
Paul says if we know Jesus as our Savior, we are dead to that philosophy. Our place is a place of rest. We are dead to all those rules and doctrines of man’s way. We look to Jesus for our wisdom, righteousness (His right ways), and abundant life. We choose foods right for us not because of any rules, but because we are resting in His love.