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Myths and Idols – 29 September 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 the Apostle Paul says,

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires;

4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.
~ New American Standard Bible

Nowadays, many people, when they hear the words “myth” or “idol” in connection with religious beliefs, think of paganism or something from ancient times. Others may think of modern-day rituals in other people’s places of worship.

It’s not always easy to be objective about the day-to-day secular activities and beliefs that are handed down to us, especially if they are assumed to have a “scientific” basis. Some of these taken-for-granted “facts” are stumbling blocks that should be rejected as we are led by the Holy Spirit and grow in knowledge.

One such myth that comes to mind is the widely held belief about “protein.” The word “protein” elicits a knee-jerk reaction from many (if not most) people. The “protein myth” keeps people fearful that they may not be consuming enough animal products – flesh, dairy, and eggs. It’s obvious that the industries supplying these “foods” have done a thorough job of indoctrinating the public.

Frank and I stopped consuming animal-derived products nearly twenty years ago. People’s comments and reactions to our vegan lifestyle became predictable (and nearly amusing): “Where do you get your protein?” This question might be accompanied by a glance at our shoes (to see if we wore leather).

We had finally learned that humans need only one gram of protein for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight; and that plant products contain all the protein our bodies can ever want or need. I had asked myself, “How do elephants and cows grow so big when they are natural herbivores?” The truth had finally dawned on me, and I was free of the burden imposed by the myth promulgating, animal exploiting industries and their minions.

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