Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 7, 2019

Beets & Jesus

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Baby Eating Beets

How are Beets and Jesus alike?

Until quite recently I hated, absolutely hated, beets!

Now I love beets, including beet greens! I am so eager to see beets on my plate for dinner. I love them boiled, baked, and especially pickled. I love blanched beet greens!

What happened? What caused me to change from strong hate to intense love?

Answer:
My wife related to me material she had read about how nutritious beets are.

In a nutshell, what caused me to change was the information about how beets are nutritionally very good for you. I simply changed my mind and decided to like beets.

Beets

Health expert and best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola said this about beets:
“While beets contain more sugar than any other vegetable on the table, they’re low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and folate, which helps make and maintain RNA and DNA cells and prevent anemia. They also contain potassium, which is necessary for building muscle and regulating the heart’s electrical activity, and manganese, which helps maintain muscle and nerve function, build bone strength, regulate blood sugar levels, and promote a healthy immune system.”
(From Mercola, What Are Beets Good For? October 11, 2016)

According to Dr. Mercola, research studies have identified many good things about eating beets including these aspects:
– Reduces the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
– Inhibits tumor growth.
– Increases blood flow to the brain which then retards degeneration of brain cells.
– Rich in phytonutrients with detoxification, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties which help control high blood pressure and heart attack risks.
– One of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin which are beneficial for healthy eyes.
– Beet greens are also very nutritious as they are rich in iron.

Beets & Jesus

Just as I changed my mind about beets because they are good for me, maybe people should change their mind about Jesus because He is good for them. In particular, going to heaven is healthier than going to hell. Eternal life is better than eternal death. And Jesus offers abundant life. He said,
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(John 10:9-10)

From Scripture we know that in order to turn to Christ, the supernatural internal work of God’s Spirit is absolutely necessary (John 16:7-11; John 6:44; Ephesians 2:1-10). It is a mystery of God’s sovereign grace. But from the point of view of human experience, each person is commanded to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as a deliberate act of the will (Acts 17:30-31; Acts 3:19; 1 John 3:23).

It’s something to think about. You can choose to change your mind and choose to follow Jesus, just as I changed my mind and decided to like beets.

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you ever changed your mind from a negative opinion to a positive opinion? How difficult was it?
2. Have you ever told God that you are “willing to be made willing” to believe in Jesus? Jesus responded when an afflicted boy’s father called out to Him, “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

Photo Credits:
Baby eating beets by michael.matuzak on flickr.
Beets by woodleywonderworks on flickr.

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Wednesday August 7, 2019 A.D.

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:7-9)

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Responses

  1. Definitely going to get some beets. I really do like them and didn’t really know all these health benefits from eating them.
    Thank you for posting.

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting.
      Don’t forget the highly nutritious beet greens. Farmers’ markets are an especially good place to get beets with a full sheaf of greens attached.
      My wife cuts beets into matchsticks and we eat them like we eat carrot or celery sticks.

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  2. The ancients defined the “Transcendentals“ as Goodness, Beauty, and Truth. These are characteristics that are not limited, or bound, by Creation (time and space). Goodness, Beauty, and Truth are immutable when crossing the boundaries of Creation. They remain unchanged under transformation from the here and now to that which transcends the here and now (the realm of God).

    Volumes have been written testifying that God is the source of all Goodness, Beauty, and Truth; and these are also identified as characteristics of Him. I have yet to see anything written about the Goodness, Beauty, and Truth of beets, but that is merely an oversight. Like God, beets have the characteristics of Goodness, Beauty, and Truth.

    Your article covers many of the reasons that beets are Good. Nothing more needs to be added to your evidence for the Goodness of beets.

    The picture of the farm fresh, newly picked beets in your article proves their Beauty. For those who might never have seen a fresh beet, the rich colors of the green leaves in contrast with the deep crimson red of the leaf veins and the beet root, and the stems that fade from green to crimson are objectively visually beautiful. The flavor of a properly cooked fresh beet can also be described as beautiful. All mankind should be grateful that God not only makes so much of our food delicious, but He also makes most of it remarkably beautiful.

    And beets are True. Beets never pretend to be apples, or grapes, or fish. When they reproduce, they always produce more beets, after their kind: unlike the first Adam, beets always obey their Creator in Truth.

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    • Very insightful thoughts! Thanks for reading and for adding to the thrust of the blog with these ideas.

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