The Word of Wisdom in Early Christianity?
A reader asked whether there was any early
Christian evidence in support of the LDS "Word of Wisdom", our
code of health. Here's my answer:
No. In fact, Jesus apparently drank enough wine to be criticized as
a "winebibber" (Matt. 11:19). However, Joseph Smith never claimed
that the Word of Wisdom was a restoration of anything. Rather, the revelation
itself specifically spells out the major reason why the health code was
revealed. "Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence
of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring
men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto
you this word of wisdom by revelation." (D&C 89:4) All one has
to do is take a look at the tobacco executives, beer commercials, and drug
cartels of today to realize that the Word of Wisdom is not just a health
code, but an amazing, fulfilled prophecy. It stands on it's own
without any corroboration from former dispensations.