Is gluttony or overeating considered a sin?

Hello C,

Thank you for contacting BibleAsk.

While God has blessed us with foods that are delicious, nutritious, and pleasurable. To have too much, even of a good thing, is to turn the good into an evil. The Bible says a few things about gluttony:

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” (Proverbs 23:20-21).

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” (Proverbs 28:7).

“Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.” (Proverbs 23:2).

“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” (Proverbs 25:16).

The first sin had to do with appetite of food and the self control. And Jesus had to overcome that same sin when He was tempted in the wilderness after fasting for 40 days (Luke 4). Christians are to have control over appetites (Deuteronomy 21:20, Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, and 2 Corinthians 10:5). Self-control—is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

Paul taught that we present our bodies as a “living sacrifice” for God (Romans 12:1). And he spoke of the necessity to “bring it (body) into subjection” (1 Corinthians 9:27) because it is “the temple of the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). So, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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