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BBQ PORK and the bible. Ok, lets just call it Pork.
I live in a medium sized town called Lexington in the state of North Carolina. Its famous for Pork BBQ and Lexington has a BBQ ( PORK ) festival every October ! There are pig statues scattered all over town. But my town is no stranger when it comes to people eating pork. America LOVES pork ! Bacon, pork chops, hot dogs ( processed pork ) ham, pepperoni and Canadian bacon ( on your pizza ) , sausage , tenderloin, etc.... its all pork. In 2013, American meat companies produced 23.2 billion pounds of pork !
So if your a Christian who is conscientious of doing what is right have you considered what the bible says about eating pork ? There is a lot of controversy about eating pork and many misused scriptures to make unsupported claims. Pork in the bible is called " swine" or " swines flesh ". It refers to that adorable pig we see rolling around in the mud. But the question is " are Christians allowed to eat it " ? Before we dig into scripture lets learn about the swine and see if it is " healthy or not " for our consumption. Pigs are considered the garbage and waste eliminators of the farm, often eating literally anything they can find. This includes not only bugs, insects and whatever leftover scraps they find laying around, but also their own feces, as well as the dead carcasses of sick animals, including their own young.
There are many reasons that the meat of the pig becomes saturated with toxins. A pig digests whatever it eats rather quickly, in up to about four hours. On the other hand, a cow takes a good 24 hours to digest what it’s eaten. During the digestive process, animals (including humans) get rid of excess toxins as well as other components of the food eaten that could be dangerous to health. Since the pig’s digestive system operates rather basically, many of these toxins remain in its system to be stored in its more than adequate fatty tissues ready for our consumption. Another thing to consider is that the pig has very few functional sweat glands to get rid of toxins. This leaves more toxins in the pig’s body. When you consume pork meat, you too get all these toxins that weren’t eliminated from the pig. Pigs can and often do carry many diseases. Influenza , the SWINE FLU, many type of hepatitis such as HEV, tapeworms, PRRS, Nipah virus , Menangle, virus, blue-ear pig disease and many more. Recently the terrible disease MRSA has been attributed to pigs. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/14/9/07-1576_article The CDC confirms that 40-45% of all pigs carried the MRSA virus after it was found here in America/ Most Merca cases were very close to hog farms.
Many pigs have the trichinella worm which causes trichinosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating undercooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. This worm parasite is very commonly found in pork. When the worm, most often living in cysts in the stomach, opens through stomach acids, its larvae are released into the body of the pig. These new worms make their homes in the muscles of the pig. The worm's ( dead or alive ) next stop could be YOU !! I am not going to go into what symptoms these worms can cause, just know it aint good. If the internal temperature of the pork is cooked to 160 F, than we should expect all bad things killed, but what if its not cooked properly ? And its been shown that cooking doesnt always kill these things ! Today, a whopping 97 percent of pigs in the United States are raised in factory farms. This means that these pigs never live a healthy life of fresh air and wide-open pastures. If you’re a pork eater, you should know that it’s very likely (only 3 percent unlikely) that you’re eating the meat of a pig that spent all of its time in a crowded warehouses with no fresh air or exercise, fed a steady diet of harmful drugs to keep the pig breathing as producers make pigs grow faster and fatter. These drugs often cause the pigs to become crippled under their own excessive and unnatural weight gain. It’s estimated that 70 percent of factory-farmed pigs have pneumonia when they go to the slaughterhouse. Unsightly factory-farm conditions of filth and extreme overcrowding lead pigs to have an extreme likelihood for serious diseases. The conditions are so bad that the only way to keep these pigs barely alive at times is to misuse and overuse antibiotics. A 2013 Consumer Reports analysis of U.S. pork chops and ground pork samples found widespread (69 percent) presence of a bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica. This bacterium infects about 100,000 Americans a year, especially children, and can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain in humans.If you think you can just opt for a “higher quality” pork product, think again. Don’t be fooled by a “no hormones added” claim when it comes to pork because even though it might be true, hormones are not allowed in the U.S. for any pork production.
Ask yourself this before we dive into the bible, " If a pig was not a healthy thing to eat when God gave the rules about what we should eat, why would something unhealthy back then, all of a sudden become healthy later on ? God did not make rules about what to eat just for the fun of it, you can count on that !
God designed and created us, I think it is safe to assume that He knows what is best for our bodies.... and whats UNSAFE. The original diet of nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables was laid down in Genesis 1:29 and 3:18.
Because vegetation had been destroyed by the flood, God allowed the use of flesh food, and it seems clear that it was for this purpose that the clean animals had been taken into the ark by sevens and the unclean by twos (Genesis 7:1, 2). Even though Genesis 9:3 seems to be an unrestricted permit to eat any kind of animal, please note that it was not without limits. God said, "Even as the green herb have I given you all things." In the same way that God had given vegetation, so now He gave flesh. But all vegetation was not necessarily good to eat. There were weeds and poisonous plants that it would not be wise to eat. So in the same way, soon afterward, God proceeded to show that certain animals were not good for food and should definitely not be eaten. (Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14). Geneis 9 is one scripture where Gods Word needs to be added onto for more detail. And more detail comes in time. Isaiah 28:10“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
If you read Leviticus 11:47, God points out there are clean and unclean animals. IF and only IF all animals were clean in Genesis 9:3 , that is not the case in Leviticus. He says in this verse 47 that there are beasts that can be eaten and beasts that can not. Which beasts ( as describe by rules of design ) can not be eaten ? Again sometimes when God gives a rule in the bible, more specific guidelines concerning that rule can be found. Eccl 12:13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter..
Lev:11:3: Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Lev:11:4: Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. God then gives examples of some animals that has one thing but not the other then in verse 7..... Boom, there it is ; Lev:11:7: And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. This specific swine rule is repeated in Deut:14:8. God says " DO NOT EAT PORK ". This is health law, not a ceremonial, sacrificial, civil or moral law.. it is a HEALTH LAW. Health laws remain forever because if something is bad for you back then, it is bad for you now !
Some people think that Old Testament Laws have been abolished since the crucifixion of Jesus. Let me share there are 5 types of laws in the Old Testament. Moral, ceremonial, sacrificial , civil and health laws. Jesus death and resurrection abolished the old system of sacrifice after he became our sacrifice and because we dont live under a theological government we dont adhere to OT civil laws. Many of our civil laws still reflect those laws because they are good for society. We dont particpate in ceremonial laws because that is also OT era . https://www.gotquestions.org/ceremonial-law.html
However moral laws ( such as the 10 commandments in Exodus ) and health laws have not been done away with . Why would they ? The 10 commandments were written by the finger of God for the good of mankind. And if something is bad for you thousands of years ago, well I will say itagain ' you can bet it still is !
Poplar Arguments debunked !
A scripture that many people will run to and yank out of context to support their theory that eating unclean meat is acceptable today is this one -
Mathew 15:11 Jesus said " Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man". At first sight, it seems to support eating unclean meats. Jesus said, Without consideration of the context, this verse seems to be saying that we may eat anything without being condemned or contaminated. But when we examine the entire chapter, we find that it has nothing to do with diet. From Mathew 15:2 we learn that Jesus was dealing with a controversy by the Pharisees, who insisted that the disciples give their hands a ceremonial washing before they ate food. The purpose of this bath was to cleanse away the defilement of touching any Gentile person or object. Christ condemned their hypocritical tradition in verses 3-10, declaring that they were worshipping Him in vain by teaching manmade laws. Then in verse 11, He made the statement about defilement coming out of man, not going in.
Afterward, Peter asked Jesus, "Declare unto us this parable." Matthew 15:15. This statement proves that Christ's words were not to be taken literally, because a parable is merely a story or statement to illustrate a point. Notice how Jesus explained the meaning of His figurative statement: "Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." Verses 17-20. This verse in its context is about defilement through an unrighteous attitude.
Now the whole story begins to clear up. Jesus knew that these religious leaders had murder in their hearts against Him, and yet their greatest concern was not over those evil dispositions, but only for a foolish tradition based on prejudice. Christ called those inward sins by name and then declared: "These are the things that defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." That was the meaning of His parable. It did not refer to eating food, but rather to ceremonial washing.
Some have been puzzled by the addition of three words in Mark's account of the same incident.
Mark 7:18-19 ( Jesus saying ) And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? There Jesus is quoted as saying, "It cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats." Does the expression "purging all meats" indicate that anything put into the body is somehow sanctified as wholesome and healthful? Of course not! Again, Jesus is highlighting the fact that true defilement comes from harboring spiritual uncleanness in the mind. Physical food passes through the purging processes of digestion and is separated from the body, while sin remains as a permeating poison. Finally try applying logic to this. Imagine eating an infected pig who had worms and about 15 diseases. Do you think if you swallowed some infected meat from this pig that those things would go through your belly and out to the waste collection without you getting sick ? Hardly not !
Now we turn to another text which has been fearfully misinterpreted by certain Bible readers. Paul wrote to young Timothy: 1 Timothy 4:1-5 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified ( set apart and made holy ) by the word of God ( which means it must be defined as a CLEAN FOOD and prayer." Read closely ( it is made Holy by the Word of God ).
By carefully considering the context of these words, we find nothing out of harmony with the rest of the Scriptures. Apparently some specific end-time group ( possibly the Catholics that forbid their priests to marry ) is described that forbids marriage, is full of hypocrisy ( Catholocism fits this pefectly ) , and is demon-controlled. In addition, this group commands its followers to abstain from obviously clean foods, "which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." ( Catholics Ash Wednesday and Good Friday ).
Can merely praying over food can make it good to eat ? Paul affirms that any created thing in the food line is acceptable as long as it meets two tests -it must be approved (or sanctified) by the Bible, and it should be prayed over with thanksgiving. Please take note that both of these requirements must be met in order for the food to be suitable for the Christian diet. Incidentally, the word "meats" in the original language is not limited to flesh foods. The Greek word "broma" simply means "food."
Do these verses suggest that moles, bats, rattlesnakes,horses, owls, skunks, leeches,cats,dogs,rats,bats,cockroaches seagulls,road kill eating vultures ... well you get the picture; may be sanctified for food by simply praying over them? Quite the opposite! Nothing is made suitable unless it has passed the first test of being approved by the Word of God. If the Bible says it is clean, then and only then can prayers of thanksgiving be assured the seal of God's acceptance.
I also need to add this about the word " creature ". The Greek word is κτίσις (ktisis) , I looked this up - " Creature " can mean all living things including man . Did God tell us to preach to animals when He said in Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. I dont think so. However Im not sure if the word " creature" can have a two part meaning when used throughout the bible. I am ambiguous on the subject.
It may be interpreted, possibly then, that anyone who does not have the spirit of god within them, needs to hear the gospel, even more than those who have already been saved. This is just a thought but regardless we already have studied Gods commandments about foods so this does not mean we can eat anything that moves. More " creature " scriptures - 2Cor:5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Col:1:15: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Col:1:23: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Rv:5:13: And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Perhaps the most common basis for the supposed cleansing of unclean meats is the story of Peter and his vision of the sheet let down from heaven. With a bit of background, however, we can clearly understand the true meaning of Peter's strange vision. As a Jewish convert, Peter held the opinion that all Gentiles were unclean, and therefore unworthy of salvation. He would not preach to them or have any type of social interaction with them. Peter received the vision just before messengers arrived at his Joppa home from Cornelius, a Gentile centurion. God had instructed Cornelius to send for Peter, and his servants were practically at Peter's door when the faithful apostle fell into a trance on the rooftop.
In that vision, Peter saw a great sheet descending from heaven, filled to overflowing with all kinds of beasts, birds, and creepy-crawly animals. Three times Peter was invited to eat the disgusting collection of creatures, and three times he refused. Each time a voice declared, "What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." Acts 10:15. Finally, the sheet was lifted back into heaven with its cargo of wriggling varmints.
At this point, we should make some crucial observations. Peter's response to the invitation to eat establishes a very important point. He said, "Not so, Lord, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." Acts 10:14. This proves that during his entire three and one-half years with Jesus, Peter had never seen or heard anything that made him accepting of unclean meats. In other words, Jesus had not changed the prohibition against eating the forbidden animals, because if He had, Peter would have known about it and would not have responded as he did. In simpler terms, Jesus and Peter never ate unclean meats when they were together.
In fact, the context of Acts chapter 10 reveals that Peter at first did not understand the meaning of the perplexing vision. Verse 17 says that "Peter doubted in himself" what it meant. And again, verse 19 says that "Peter thought on the vision." While he was trying to figure it out, the three servants sent by Cornelius knocked on Peter's door. He listened to their account of Cornelius' vision, then lodged the men. The next day Peter returned with them to Caesarea, where Cornelius had his family and friends gathered to welcome the apostle.
The central them of the entire narrative is found in verse 28, where the previously blinded fisherman-disciple tells how the vision had been explained to him. He addressed the Gentile assembly with these words: "Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any MAN ( the bible said MAN not animal ) common or unclean." Acts 10:28, Here we plainly see that God had used the vision of the sheet to teach the prejudiced Peter that he should no longer shun the Gentiles. The vision had nothing to do with eating and drinking. It was addressing Peter's attitude toward people, not toward food. What a dramatic lesson for that early church! And it's a lesson that all of us should learn, also. From this moment on, be quick to correct those who try to apply this vision to any cleansing of unclean animals. It actually proves the opposite, and then presses home one of the greatest lessons for Christians everywhere–count every individual of equal worth before God, and make every effort to win that one to Christ.
Romans 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. ( all food that this chapter refers to is CLEAN and acceptable ... it is not talking about UNCLEAN meats ). Because many readers have lifted words and phrases out of their logical setting in this chapter, some strained interpretations have been created. There is a very important common theme running through the chapter. Almost every verse relates to the subject of judging, a problem which was most malignant in the early Christian church, even as it is in the modern church today. In order to understand the counsel given by Paul in Romans 14, we must first recognize the parties involved in the judging and the issues over which the judging was taking place.
There were two main groups in the early church -the Jewish Christians who had been converted from Judaism, and the Gentile Christians who had been won from heathenism. These two groups did not get along very well. They were constantly judging each other. Now let's notice what the division was all about. The Gentile Christians judged the Jewish Christians because they were eating meat which had been offered in sacrifice to idols. To the Gentile convert, such food was unfit to be eaten. Even though he was now a Christian, he could not forget how he once offered food to idols, and in his mind the eating of such food was connected to idol worship. The Jewish convert, on the other hand, had no such compunctions ( moral scruples ) because he had always acknowledged only one God, and naturally felt no guilt about eating the meat which had been sacrificed to idols. It was sold in the market place at a cheaper price, and the Jewish Christians considered it a desirable bargain.
Now let's read the first few verses of Romans 14 concerning the brother who was weak in the faith. "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations ( debate or argument ). For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him that eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant?" Romans 14:1-4.
Can we, by comparing other Scriptures, locate the weak brother? Can we also locate the problem which created the "judging" situation? Yes, we can. Paul had to deal with it at considerable length in 1 Corinthians 10 and 1 Corinthians 8. Notice his description: "As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. ... However there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. ... But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak." 1 Corinthians 8:4-9, emphasis added.
Here we locate the weak brother of Romans 14:1-3. He was the Gentile Christian who felt that it was sinful to eat the meat which had been offered to idols. Paul agreed with the Jewish converts that there was nothing wrong with the food, since there is only one God after all. But he advised that the food not be eaten in front of the Gentile believers lest it be a stumbling block to them. Compare this language with Paul's counsel in Romans 14:13: "Judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way."
In 1 Corinthians 8:11, 12, Paul asks this question: "And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ." Compare that statement with this one in Romans 14:15: "Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died." Also read Romans 14:21: "It is good er to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak."
Obviously the accounts in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 are referring to the same problem. Identical language is used in describing them, and the same judging was taking place in reference to the problem.
One more point needs to be clarified. The meat in question was not "unclean meat" in the biblical sense. The question only revolved around food that was "esteemed" unclean by the Gentile Christians because it had been offered to idols. Actually, the heathen did not offer SWINE ( PORK ) or other unclean animals in their sacrifices, as Acts 14:13 establishes. So when the Jewish Christians bought the food which had been offered to idols, it was not wrong in itself, as Paul pointed out. It became wrong only when it offended the "weak brother," or the Gentile Christian, who esteemed it to be unclean through association with the idol. Some of the Gentile believers were so strong against it that they abstained from meat altogether and ate only herbs for fear they might eat some meat that had been offered to idols. In Romans 14:1-3, Paul urges the Roman church to receive such people and honor their conscience. It was not a moral issue and should not be permitted to divide the church.
By examining these apparent contradictions in the Bible relating to diet, we have also discovered the root of much theological confusion in today's religious world. A simple understanding of the circumstances behind the writing enables us to grasp the words and phrases in their original format and to recognize the beautiful harmony and unity of Scripture.
Meats Unfit for Human Consumption
Ponder this significant fact carefully. If certain animals were identified as unclean before the flood; if they were still counted as unclean when Peter rejected them in his vision; if they are still called unclean in Revelation 18:2, where it speaks of "unclean" birds; and if Isaiah declares that all who are eating swine and the abomination at the time of the second advent will be consumed (Isaiah 66:15-17), how can we feel that they are now fit to eat? When did they become clean?
Did God have a reason for forbidding the use of certain animals for food? He never acts in an arbitrary way. We have no indication that the proscription was based on ceremonial, or shadowy, issues. As far as we can determine, all of the forbidden categories are so classified because God wanted His people to be healthy and happy. They simply were not suitable for human consumption, and God told His people not to use them as such.
This conclusion is verified by the findings of modern nutritionists, who have identified many of the "unclean" meats as heavy with deleterious fat or disease elements. In ancient times, God accused His people of destroying themselves for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and promised freedom from disease if they followed His laws (Exodus 15:26). Why should we continue the destructive rebellion which marked the course of Israel's past?
The One who made our bodies has also supplied an operating manual for the proper maintenance of these delicate organisms. Just as Israel's frequent apostasies often involved eating and drinking (Exodus 32:6), so God's modern Israel goes astray in the same indulgent fashion. There are strong reasons to believe that God considered those health laws to preserve the body temple equally as important as the moral principles of the written law.
Two Thousand Swine Wasted ( Why ? )
We have already established that Jesus never communicated any change in the dietary laws to Peter and the disciples. Now we need to examine an incident in the life of the Master which will show clearly whether or not He regarded the unclean animals as appropriate food.
But first, let's review a principle which appeared often in the ministry of our Lord. He was never wasteful. In fact, we can agree with the writer who described Jesus as a "God of Economy." We recall how He commanded the gathering of all the scraps of food following the feeding of the multitudes. On two occasions, Christ specifically ordered that nothing be thrown away. The Scriptures even detail the exact number of baskets of food which were salvaged from the two mountain-side miracle feedings–12 and seven. (Luke 9:17, Mark 8:20). With this firm principle in mind concerning our Lord's disposition to conserve every tiny bit of edible food, please consider His experience with the inhabitants of Gadara. With His disciples, Jesus had embarked on a rather harrowing voyage across a wild, tumultuous sea. In their extremity of fear and despair the disciples had awakened Jesus from His peaceful sleep in the bottom of the storm-tossed boat. Standing in their midst, Christ commanded the elements to cease their raging, and there was an immediate calm.
When the ship reached the opposite shore, the little company was confronted with an even greater threat. A naked, demon-possessed madman came rushing out of the tombs as though to attack them. What followed is one of the most unusual encounters in the record of the gospels. For the only time in the Scriptures, Jesus briefly dialogued with the demons who controlled the frenzied vic- tim. When the legion of evil spirits requested to be cast out into a nearby herd of swine, Jesus granted their request. While the nameless man sat at Jesus feet, now fully restored and fully clothed, the herd of 2,000 swine rushed headlong into the sea and drowned.
Many have marveled at this extraordinary turn of events. Why did Jesus precipitate the wholesale destruction of that valuable herd of animals? Was He aware of circumstances which related to the owners and their very un-Jewish occupation as hog-tenders? It seems so. But one thing appears beyond all question; Jesus did not consider the swine to be suitable for food. Would the One who commanded leftovers to be gathered from the feast destroy enough pigs to feed a small army? It is impossible to believe that our compassionate Saviour would needlessly allow such a waste of resource when the hungry and needy were on every side. We can only conclude that Jesus did not view the animals, which His Father had declared an abomination, as acceptable items of diet.
As recent nutritional research has been publicized along with recommendations from government health agencies, more and more people are turning away from eating animal products. The very latest releases assure us that Americans consume too much fat and too little fruits and vegetables. It is most encouraging to see a gradual change in the eating habits of millions who have been influenced by either the Bible counsel on proper diet or the directives of government committees on health.
Is it wise to carefully scrutinize the labels of all food items before putting the contents into our bodies? Indeed, we would be almost foolhardy not to examine the list of ingredients in the products which find their way into our stomachs. Often we discover that some of the biblically forbidden animals have been utilized in the manufacture of some very common household staples. Let me share with you what I learned about the chief component of one very popular product.
Note- I doubt the demons died when the pigs jumped off the cliff. As I understand demons dont die. What Im asserting here is that Jesus sent those demons into the pigs simply to illustrate that he has not a care in the world for swine. He could have given consideration that those pigs were worth saving for food HAD THEY BEEN CLEAN !! No where in the bible is a similar story. --------------------------------
Of Pig Grease and Pride
Quite some time ago I read a gripping story of mission adventures among the fierce Stone Age tribes of New Guinea. One recurring reference throughout the narrative made a deep impression on my mind, and that was the aboriginal practice of smearing pig grease and soot on the face for beautification purposes. The proud South Pacific tribesmen called themselves "Lords of the Earth," and the use of the cosmetic mixture was a settled tradition of their pagan culture. But now I must tell you why that particular custom made such an impact on my mind. Just before reading the book, I had conducted an evangelistic crusade in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the young men who was baptized in that series had been employed for several years at a local rendering plant ( a plant that converts packing house waste, kitchen grease, and livestock carcasses into industrial fats and oils (as tallow for soap) and various other products (as fertilizer).
He shared some very interesting facts with me concerning his particular duties at the plant and how its product was later marketed. After I explain the process involved, you will probably appreciate the relief this man felt upon finding other employment just before my crusade began. In my conversations with him I discovered for the first time what a rendering plant really is. It is a collection center for all kinds of dead animal bodies. Carcasses of every variety are hauled to the plant daily. Some are wild creatures that have been killed on the highway, such as skunks, opossums, etc. Huge supplies of the decaying bodies come from farms where disease has decimated herds of swine, cattle, and other domesticated animals.
At the plant, the bodies were all dumped together into a huge cooking pot which generated intense heat. After a certain period of cooking, the bodies were subjected to a process of extreme pressure in order to extract the fat from bones, skins, etc. It is the rendered fat which constitutes the final product of the plant. According to my friend's account, no one can imagine the horrible stench of the diseased and decaying conglomeration of cooking carcasses. But the thing which interested me the most was the way in which the extracted grease is utilized. The great majority of the stuff was sold to the manufacturers of lipstick and eye makeup. He named two of the most prestigious cosmetic companies in the country as the chief customers of the rendering plant. Anyone looking at the elegant ads portraying glamorous women wearing the colorful "grease" on their faces would never suspect the true origin of their cover-up.
Is there really a lot of difference between the beauty program of those South Pacific and modern "civilized" people? Are not the practices of both based upon the same principle of human pride? In one case the pig grease has been refined, colored, and properly perfumed; the other has stayed closer to nature and is used unrefined.
But the main point I want to emphasize is how so many millions of fine Christian ladies are ingesting that abominable blend without realizing what it contains. This is only one example of similar concoctions which have found their way into the homes and bodies of untold millions. Yet, in the final analysis, we must reject the indulgence of forbidden foods not because they are distasteful or unhealthy, but because God says they are not to be taken into the body temple. May the Bible principles unfolded in this book form the basis of our Christian lifestyle: "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Some people would like to interject a short reply in their pro pork debate by saying " O that pork law was just for the Jews. Let me touch base on those things. First Jews did not exist when the Mosaic law of clean and unclean meats were given. Jews only appeared from the line of Judah which didnt happen until after Moses. But to be more specific the Israelites to whom the law was given to in Leviticus and Deuteronomy were Gods Chosen People. The 10 commandments found in Exodus were also given to the Israelites but let me ask you an important question " Does that mean we dont have to obey the 10 commandments " ? Does this mean that since you are probably not an Israelite that your allowed to murder, fornicate, bear false witness, idolize other gods, etc ? Of course not. These are moral laws set to be followed by ALL flesh. The laws about homosexuality and beastility were given to the Israelites but are you suggesting those laws were ONLY for the Israelites ?
And the health laws that were given to the Israelites were given for their HEALTH ! Whether you are an Israelite, Jew, Gentile etc... you are not immune from the bad things that can happen to you from unclean foods. And if you still insist that these laws were set apart only for the Jews, let me ask you " than why did God make a disctinction between clean and unclean animals on Noahs Ark " ?? Clean animas were made for eating and unclean animals were made for other uses than eating. God never ever recieved an animal sacrifice with an unclean animal and had Noah and his family eating an unclean animals that animals would become extinct !!
As I said before , if something is unhealthy back then, its unhealthy now and God wants us to be healthy. God tells us that our bodies dont belong to us and that they are the temple of God where his Spirit dwells. Why defile that Temple ? Sounds pretty harsh and it is. Lets read from Isaiah 66:15-17. which is speaking about the unavoidable return of Jesus.
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. This is talking about those who KNEW what was an abomination to God but did it anyway and God reflected on these things by using " eating pork " as a reference to those abominations.
But didn't this law of clean and unclean animals originate at Sinai? Wasn't it for the Jews only, and didn't it end at the cross?
"And the Lord said unto Noah, ... Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens ... and of beasts that are not clean by two." Genesis 7:1, 2
Answer: No indeed! The Bible has ample evidence that there were clean and unclean animals from the very dawn of Creation. Noah lived long before any Jews existed, but he knew of the clean and unclean, because he took into the ark the clean animals by "sevens" and the unclean by "twos." Revelation 18:2 refers to some birds as being unclean just before the second coming of Christ. The death of Christ had no altering effect whatever on these health laws, since the Bible says that all who break them will be destroyed when Jesus returns (Isaiah 66:15-17). The Jew's stomach and digestive system in no way differs from that of a Gentile. These health laws are for all people for all time.
Interesting notes and video links below
Under the Old Testament Law, even touching the meat of swine made one ritually unclean (Deuteronomy 14:8). This detail further insulated the Israelites from pagan practices. The Canaanites kept herds of swine and sacrificed them to idols. The connection between swine and pagan worship became so strong that the prophet Isaiah equated the sacrificial offering of pig’s blood with murder—both are called “abominations” (Isaiah 66:3) Isa:66:3: He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
The bible says in the new heaven and earth animals will eat a plant diet and there will be no death in heaven. That means no killing of animals ( to eat ) !
When peter said he never ate anything common or unclean he said that 3 -6 years after he had been eating with Jesus, so this is big evidence that Jesus never taught him that he could eat unclean foods !
Romans 14: 5-8 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Here are two videos. IF your really wanting to understand all there is to know about this clean unclean meat mystery, you will watch these videos.
And saving the hard to understand most wrongly referred verse that SO MANY people jump to when debating this subject;. Listen close ... it makes so much sense and fits the hand like a glove. Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Pro supporters of the " God has abolished food laws " use this verse to say no one should judge you if your eating what God has deemed " in the past " as unclean meats. BUT THE REAL REASON IS TOTALLY OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY ARE CLAIMING !!
A short and crued explanation is this. This is Paul talking to the Jews ( recently became Christians ) who were being judged by gnostics in the town of Colossia. He did not want them being affected or take heed to those gnostics ( know it alls ) who were trying to put their traditons on them . And when God said " these are things that are a shadow of things to come " He ( God ) meant... be ready , you will be hearing these claims in your walk with God.
Simply go to these verses and take a close listen ! You will hear a much better explanation than I could think of giving !
Great videos on the subject ! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBX46GVZEyY
It amazes me that science is learning of the dangers of eating things that were deemed unclean in the bible, after God told us about this thousands of years earlier !
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Please dont think that God gave the Old Testament Christians one menu of acceptable foods and then after Jesus came that He yanked that menu out of mankinds hands and replaced it with a much different one.
1 cor 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.