Stacy Smith wrote:
> Then why can't the church take an active stance on caffeine if that is 
> the 
> real problem?

Because the WoW is not so much a health law as it is a spiritual law.  
It is one of the ways that the Church uses to determine which members 
are serious about the restored gospel and which are not.  That is why it 
is one of the temple recommend questions.  But temple recommend 
interview is not asking us about caffeine, meat, eating sparingly, 
drinking mild barley drinks, etc.  It is specifically asing us about 
tea, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.  Beyond that there are a lot of 
things we can  do to improve our health.  It is just not that part of 
the WoW that the Lord is currently using to deterine temple worthiness.

Maybe the Lord should include regular aerobic execise, or avoiding too 
much salt, or cutting down on our cholesterol, etc.  He could have 
included these things in the WoW if he had wanted to. But he didn't.  

I think it is wrong for me to drinks Cokes, but not because it is a WoW 
violation.  I don't think it is.  The reason I think it is a sin for me 
to drink Cokes is because I become addicted to them and lose control 
over how many of them I drink.  But every person is different.  A lot of 
people can drink Cokes without becoming addicted.

So, caffeine is a bad idea for those who have a weakness for it.  But it 
is not mentioned in the Word of Wisdom and is not part of it any more 
than avoiding fatty foods or using too much white sugar.

Besides, several places in the New Testament the Savior teachines that 
true religion is not a matter of meat and drink but charity, loving our 
neighbor, administering to the needs of widows and orphans, etc. If we 
get hung up on WoW, we are going to overlook the more important parts of 
the gospel.

Or at least that is the way it seems to me today.

Your friend and brother,
John W. Redelfs, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> 
> Stacy.
> At 05:43 PM 11/16/2002 -0500, you wrote:
> 
> >I have heard that tannic acid is used in the making of coffee and tea 
> >and
> >that can be more harmful than caffeine.  It's kind of reminiscent of the
> >WhiteLies anti-smoking  campaign telling us what is REALLY in a
> >cigarette--it ain't just tobacco.  Yet I can remember not so many years
> >ago when it was "cool" to smoke "Kools" etc.  My how things change in a
> >couple of decades.
> >
> >On the subject of caffeine, as for me and (sometimes) mine--I have heard
> >President Hinckley, twice, say on national television that we do not
> >drink soda with caffeine, and that is good enough for me (is this a
> >liberal stance ;-p).  My two inactive sons do their own thing with that,
> >but when I drive to the temple in Chicago, and afterward go to Jewel to
> >stock up on caffeine free Dr. Pepper, they are ecstatic.  I have not yet
> >been able to get local bottlers to get the caffeine free DP here.
> >
> >your sis in Mishawaka
> >val
> >
> >On Sat, 16 Nov 2002 10:11:19 -0800 Stacy Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >writes:
> > > What else does coffee have in it besides caffeine?  Are there other
> > > active
> > > ingredients?
> > >
> > > Stacy.
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