JWR's assessment of the WoW is exactly how I think. It's too bad we live
so far away from each other or we could sit down and celebrate our
agreement with a Coke!
On Mon, 18 Nov 2002 08:15:05 +0000 "John W. Redelfs"
> Because the WoW is not so much a health law as it is a spiritual
> It is one of the ways that the Church uses to determine which
> 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
> the WoW that the Lord is currently using to deterine temple
> Maybe the Lord should include regular aerobic execise, or avoiding
> 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
> violation. I don't think it is. The reason I think it is a sin for
> 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
> than avoiding fatty foods or using too much white sugar.
> Besides, several places in the New Testament the Savior teachines
> true religion is not a matter of meat and drink but charity, loving
> neighbor, administering to the needs of widows and orphans, etc. If
> 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]
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