: the act or habit of eating or drinking too much
1 : excess in eating or drinking
2 : greedy or excessive indulgence
The dictionary I used also went on to say that “Gluttony is a serious failure of discipline.” Now I agree with this definition, and claim, but, I do not think that it limits it self to just eating and drinking in excess. Let’s look again at what Dante has said, “excessive love of pleasure”. I would also add to this with the excessive love of stuff.
Having said all this I think that Gluttony is, like all Pride based sins, evidence of a lack of faith. And the the Bible tells us that faith cast out fear.
So in its basest form Gluttony, like Lust, is a manifestation of fear.
So, what are we afraid of? Gluttony seems to me as a fear of not having enough. It is totally distrusting God to supply your needs. It’s why the hoarder hoards, or the over eater over eats. If one of anything is good then 2 must be better, and so on. Like lust, Gluttony cannot be sated by any worldly thing, it is an emptiness that can never be filled, but will eventually consume the glutton.
In the Old Testament there is a book called Ecclesiastes, which was believed to have been written by King Solomon. In the book the author confronts this topic, as well as others, concluding that all things are “vanity and vexation” in a life without God. In the New Testament Jesus tells us in Matthew Matthew 6:25-34:
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
In these verses Jesus is telling us, the believer, that we have enough to consider without worrying about food and clothing, and that God knows what we need to live. Jesus desires that we choose to trust God, and bring Him Glory, in other words to live our lives today for God, and not to worry about tomorrow because there is plenty of evil to deal with today, but, therein lies the rub. Gluttony is a manifestation of fear, i.e. a evidence of unbelief, so in essence the glutton puts his faith in himself, and not God which is why Gluttony is a manifestation of Pride.