I’ve been pondering this topic since I first started seriously researching paleo/primal/ancestral diets. Really, it probably isn’t that important in the grander scheme of things…it’s just one of those things I get obsessed with a bit…something I’ve been thinking and praying about.
Is a diet based on evolution something that I, as a follower of Jesus, am comfortable with?
In case you’re having some of the same wonderings, here are some of the thoughts that settled my mind…and I apologize if it’s a rambly, crazy mess…
I made the decision long ago not to let my personal faith get lost in the debate between evolution, creationism and every possibility in between. Whether God created it all in 6 days and rested on the 7th as Genesis tells us or it all started with a big bang, it doesn’t make a difference to me.
No, I don’t think so.
My focus is on the fact that God created.
A loving, all knowing, all powerful God created me, and He created this amazing world from nothing (Genesis 1:2).
He did it so He can be in fellowship with me, and He created me in His image (Genesis 1:27).
And He declared His creation to be very good (Genesis 1:31).
I have no desire to worry about that other stuff, and I refuse to allow that argument to create a barrier in my relationship with my Savior or to be a stumbling block between myself and those around me.
I also believe that while we are all given different gifts and callings, as followers of Jesus we are all commanded to be good stewards of all that God has given to us. To be a steward is to protect and manage the belongings of another – and I believe that this body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and mind (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) figure into that immensely.
I’m positive that the best way for me to care for this body is by eating a paleo diet. It’s how my body runs the best, and it’s how my mind works at it’s best. After living with daily headaches for most of my life and chronic joint pain and a fibromyalgia diagnosis that came with nearly every fibro symptom possible for two years, I’m convinced there is nothing pleasing to God about what we are doing to our bodies with food.
I will confess, though – I think we individually need to seek out the best diet for us and that maybe a paleo or primal diet isn’t that for every single person, but I also don’t believe that anyone’s best diet is the Standard American Diet of fast food and processed food-like items.
I’ve come to believe strongly that our bodies simply aren’t designed (or haven’t evolved, depending on your point of view) to eat the diet that most of us eat today. Highly refined and processed foods, massive amounts of grains, oils from things that have to be highly stabilized – it’s not what we were meant to eat.
For me, eating a diet that allows me to feel my best has become a way of honoring God, His creation and the works He is doing in me. And for me, that’s a paleo diet.