Is gluttony a sin? What does the Bible say about overeating?

We should thank altruistico for talking about this. Very few of us do anymore. Nonetheless, this sin is commonplace in America.


Gluttony seems to be a sin that Christians like to ignore. We are often quick  to label smoking and drinking as sins, but for some reason gluttony is accepted  or at least tolerated. Many of the arguments used against smoking and drinking,  such as health and addiction, apply equally to overeating. Many believers would  not even consider having a glass of wine or smoking a cigarette but have no  qualms about gorging themselves at the dinner table. This should not  be!

Proverbs  23:20-21 warns us, “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  28:7 declares, “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of  gluttons disgraces his father.” Proverbs  23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”

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5 thoughts on “Is gluttony a sin? What does the Bible say about overeating?

  1. Freedom, by the way

    Unfortunately, many of our churches facilitate gluttony. I understand that the bulging buffet tables of potluck suppers are cultural and possibly even a regional not religious phenomenon but personally I am turned off by the fact that it seems impossible to even attend a small-group Bible study without fattening foods being in attendance. But no, I have not spoken up about it because to do so seems to be critical of those who are overweight. What to do?


    1. A question! For me! What to say? What do I know? When our society is so overwhelmed by gluttony, who are the experts? Just out of curiosity I googled “Bible study gluttony,” and I got quite a few hits. Perhaps your Bible study group could tackle that subject. Then you all could be the experts. 😀

      What’s my immediate advice? I doubt this is a subject where lecturing does much good. Although I stay fit, I don’t know that I have influenced anyone else to do the same. If I have, then it is with my example. Our example is our most powerful influence, but when we exercise the power of example, we often get very little feedback from our fellow human beings. We must instead take satisfaction in the knowledge our Maker knows of our restraint.

      During the week, I expect most Bible studies meet in the evenings. Although I attend a group that eats before the meeting, I have also attended one that went the potluck route. Since I have gotten older, I prefer the former. That allows me to eat food I can digest more easily. Nonetheless, if you can set a good example, I don’t think that means you should not attend Bible studies that involve food. Was not the Last Supper a Bible Study for the apostles?

      We have to eat, and even desserts can serve a useful purpose. Just pray the Holy Spirit blesses you with self-restraint. Then bring something healthy and eat modest portions.


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