Should I eat that?
Nutrition is a hot topic whether one is considering dieting, snacking, is highly active, or for that matter deciding a balanced meal for the family. One could write a book on just the thousands of books published to guide nutrition, calorie counting, or foods to eat or avoid.
One book that is not consulted enough regarding eating is the Bible or Torah. It could shock people today concerning what the Good Book says about what to consume. As it says at least twice in the Scriptures, “everything is permitted, but everything is not good for you”.
There is a distinct difference between sin and unhealthy food choices. The consumption of restricted Old Testament meat was disclosed in Leviticus 11 to Moses for the children of Israel. Animals that cheweth the cud and do not have a divided hoof as the coney or hare were unkosher. An exception was the swine who did not chew the cud but was classified unclean, perhaps because a swine will eat anything including dead animals and has no sweat glands to bleed out body impurities.http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-10-reasons-eat-pigs/
A real eye opener was the ban put on eating only fish with fins and scales from the oceans or water. Three times the term abomination is repeated for emphasis should one consume creatures of the water that did not have fins or scales. Typically other types a bottom feeders are garbage collectors that eat the refuse that sinks to the bottom. Nutritional experts concur that eating those restricted sea creatures are not that good for you.
Fowls as the vulture, kite raven, owl, hawk, swan, pelican, eagle, stork, heron, bat, or all fowls that “creep” are designated an abomination also.
Interestingly the locust, beetle, grasshopper and other insects are given the green light to eat. Bugs in general are a good source of protein, but it is rather doubtful insects will make it to the fast food menu.
These dietary restrictions were given to the Jewish culture, however it would be illogical to assume the same eating issues do not transfer over to us Gentiles. One can go back when Christianity was first birthed, and there was a contentious debate about making these Christians eat kosher. Should these new followers of “The Way” be forced to comply with Jewish eating standards?”
Rather than burden Christians with Jewish traditional customs, it was decided in Acts 15: 19-20; 28-29 that the Christians abstain from meat dedicated to idols, from ingesting blood, eat meat from strangled animals, and from fornication. It was more critical to focus on dietary restrictions.
This signal should be adhered to today as the increase in diseases, infections, and illnesses can easily be linked to the eating of items that are unhealthy to be consumed. Ignoring or the ignorance of eating foods not beneficial to the human body is manifesting huge consequences to our long term health.http://www.medicinenet.com/nutrition/related-conditions/index.htm
There are those that believe on can eat anything as long as they are thankful to God, and then pray over the food with the anticipation it is fine to eat, even if it is a restricted food which God declared “would be an abomination” to eat. Since God does not change, what is one to do? We are in a dispensation of grace are we not?
One grievous error done by many Christian looking for a verse to validate eating anything they wish is the story extrapolated from Acts 11: 1-10 which tells the vision of Peter experiencing a heavenly sheet being lifted down from heaven with the sheet full of those unclean animals outlined in Leviticus.
Next, a voice from heaven instructs, “Arise, Peter; slay and eat”.
Peter said, “Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth”.
But the voice answered me again from heaven, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common”. This was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven.
There is a practical spiritual lesson being given to Peter, but those superficially reading the Bible will quickly assume it is allowed for Peter to go and have a bar-b-que with all the animals stipulated unclean and all would be fine.
Except that would mean God changed His Mind on eating unclean animals without consequences. That would be a bigger problem than getting the ok to eat “unclean meat”.
The correct application of the vision is Peter and many other Jews believed the Gentiles were unclean and they would defile themselves even if they entered into the house of a Gentile. Later in the story Peter and the Jews would witness that God’s gift of salvation and gift of the Holy Ghost was also given to the Gentile. The Jews and Peter had some prejudices to clean up.
Also, notice in the instruction God gave to Peter in the vision states, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common”. Common was a Greek term meaning vulgar or filthy.
God gives new Christian converts a newly created spirit with His divine spark in each new believer. God was instructing Peter and the Jews not to call common what God had cleansed from the regenerated spirit deposited into a new believer’s inner being and removing the dead one from inside.
God has not changed His mind on the types of food that should or should not be consumed. What God declares does not change simply because a lot of people are doing it. Long term consumption of certain foods is nutritionally bad for you and opens the body up to a variety of illnesses. This is a fact
As with some other Biblical advice, eating things not good for you is not a sin, it is just bad for your health and health care providers are seeing the results of people making unwise eating choices.
Eating poorly will not stop you from going to heaven, you will just get there faster.