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Healthful Living, Page 74

Chapter 17—Appetite

320. Many are made sick by the indulgence of their appetite. They eat what suits their perverted taste, thus weakening the digestive organs, and injuring their power to assimilate the food that is to sustain life.... Thus the delicate machinery is worn out by the suicidal practises of those who ought to know better. Sin indeed lies at the door. The door is the mouth.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 25, 1897.

321. The declension in virtue and the degeneracy of the race are chiefly attributable to the indulgence of perverted appetite.—Testimonies for the Church 3:486.

322. If the appetite is allowed to rule, the mind will be brought under its control.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897.

323. One of the strongest temptations that man has to meet is upon the point of appetite.—Testimonies for the Church 3:485.

324. As our first parents lost Eden through the indulgence of appetite, our only hope of regaining Eden is through the firm denial of appetite and passion.... The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, then they would have had the moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character.

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