“Please give us nothing but vegetables to eat & water to drink” Daniel 1:12
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. Daniel 1:15 (~600BC)
The book of Daniel, is not your typical religious text. It’s part of the Old Testament; part I of the Christian Bible. (In case you don’t know, part 2, the New, is a glorious story of redemption or being saved which may or may not be metaphysical. It’s so hard to know with words, but the words are indeed very useful. Which is why they survived.)
The core of the Old Testament is the 5-book Torah given to us by Moshe, our Father. With no archeological evidence for Moses, could he be a scientific created of the Egyptian elite? The timing fits with the reign of Akhenaten, the only monotheistic Phaoroh. After him, they reverted to the traditional Egyptian gods. The speculation is that the religious monotheists established Israel as a colony of Egypt, allowing them to live in peace but away from the new regime of polytheism.
In contrast, Daniel reports a historical character. Like Jesus, Daniel’s story was written long after his death; in Daniel’s case hundreds of years. The value of both stories is to remind of us deep spiritual and practical truths. Such as diet health, and feeding our microbiota (bugs). Eat your vegetables; don’t drink sugary drinks!
I found this pictures on Wikipedia; I hope they don’t mind me using it. It highlights the simple but hard act of self-denial. Rejecting sensual pleasure over health. And his fellows behind him in the portrait show that that Daniel did not do this by himself. We act best as teams. And perhaps the result is the ability to go to the lion’s den, by himself.
Are you interested in following Daniel’s dietary advice, and tell me upon its impact on your health? If so, the first step is: who is the team that will help you? How can I help you?