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


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
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 argu...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
Lets face it. Christians love to condemn others for the things that they don't do. The gossips condemn the gluttons, the drinkers condemn the smokers, and the ones that don't do anything condemn everyone. The bible does give us guidelines. As far as drinking alcohol wine was given in the old testament as a blessing. Paul said the leaders in the church should not drink much wine. But the legalists love to twist scripture and make it no wine.

Drunkeness is a sin. Proverbs shows us that. But drinking in moderation is not according to the bible. The bible says wine was given to make the heart merry. 

Smoking is not a good thing, but it is not named in the bible. Gluttony and gossip are. Which do you think God cares more about?

We are to control our appetites. But you can't just stop eating altogether either.

I have personally left these things up to the Lord as far as others go. I am sure not perfect. I still have to say, Lord be merciful to me a sinner. 

Then we all love to sit in Moses seat and hand down the law for others. We raise doubtful things to "thus saith the Lord." We love to pick at little sins and let the big ones go by. We strain at a nat and swallow a camel. 

Somewhere we have to draw the line between license and grace. May the Lord have mercy on us all.

July 17 2015 4 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Agnes Stuart
1 Corinthians 6:10 says neither 'thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.' so yes, gluttony is a sin and it will keep the glutton from inheriting the kingdom of God.

September 09 2014 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Teri Lawson
I believe the Bible does speak out against gluttony in Proverbs. But it also speaks out against deception, slander, coveting, gossip, putting anything above God, and many other things, which all of us are guilty of. I don't believe this is meant to be a tool to judge and condemn others. It's a good idea to remove the block of wood in your own eye before you look to remove it in someone else's.

April 30 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
"Glutton" (from glut, to swallow greedily) is the translation of zolel from zalal, "to shake or pour out," "to be lavish, a squanderer." In De 21:20, "This our son.... is a glutton, and a drunkard," the word may mean a squanderer or prodigal; the English Revised Version has "a riotous liver." In Pr 23:21, "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty" (following zole bhasar, "squanderers of flesh," the Revised Version (British and American) "gluttonous eaters of flesh"), "glutton" in the usual sense is intended; "a man gluttonous," "a gluttonous man" (the Revised Version) (phagos, "an eater," "a glutton") was a term applied to Christ in His freedom from asceticism (Mt 11:19; Lu 7:34).

The Revised Version has "idle gluttons" (margin Greek, "bellies") for "slow bellies" (Tit 1:12); "gluttonous" "gluttons," for "riotous" (Pr 23:20; 28:7).

--W. L. Walker

I will quote just this one verse: ◄ Titus 1:12 ►
New International Version

One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”

I remember once while we were on vacation, my wife and I, and our 2 girls, went out to eat at Paul Bunyon’s restaurant near Tomahawk, Wisconsin. We ordered chicken and rolls, and I overate "because it was so good!" But then I started getting a stomachache, and we started driving back to “Wisowa,” our resort for the week. I begged my wife, who was driving the 32 miles, to stop the car and let me walk the rest of the way. "Please, stop the car, let me get out and walk," I pleaded! She just laughed, and I did, too, but I was hurting. Never again!

August 06 2021 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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