And the voice spake unto him again the second time, “What God Hath Cleansed that Call Not Thou Common.” Acts 10:13-15(KJV)
The Dr defended “That was a onetime thing”
“One more question” I inquired, “Having full knowledge of the Apostle Paul’s statement to his spiritual son Timothy that every creature is good if received with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4:1-5) how much consideration should I put in your allegation that we should abstain from the meats which God has created to be received with thanksgiving?”
room went chillingly quite, the good Dr. walked up to where I was sitting on
the bottom seat of the bleachers, bent over until his face almost touched mine
and whispered in my ear “I will speak to you after the class” I realized that I
was causing an interruption so I slowly moved from the bench where I was
sitting and slipped right out of the door.
No because Genesis 9:3 which came before the law God says "Every Living Thing that Crawls Shall Be Meat For You; For Even as the Green Herbs Have I Given You All Things".
Had I finally found a contradiction in the bible? Was God changing his mind? This just can not be so because Malachi 3:6 clearly states "For I Am the LORD, I Change Not;"
When I was a kid they would teach in school that any problem could be answered if you knew the 5 “W’s” Who, What, Where, Why and How ( even though I’m not sure how “How” is a W) However when it comes to many things concerning the Bible we need a 6th “W” which is When.
- The When; (In Genesis 1:29; ) prior to the Great flood God said “...Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
- Then in Genesis 9:3 ; 4 right after the flood when much of the plant life was destroyed by the flood God gave man meat with no restrictions
- When; Then after the exodus from Egypt God wanted to show the Israelite
as separate from the rest of the world? And those animals that were likely
to cause the most disease He (God) restricted from the diets of the
children of Israel by the law.
Many of the animals that chew cud but did not have a split hoof ate feces. Like rabbits and pigs scrimp and lobster were no longer a part of their diets because of the microbial contamination that they naturally carry. It makes good sense when you see that lobster, shrimp and crabs were restricted but fish from the same lake or ocean was not.
It is these very same animals that we eat today as a delicacy; lobster, crabs, oysters all oceanic animals which eat the feces of the ocean floor, also rabbits and camels which though they chew curd do not have a split hoofs, and of course the dreaded pig that has a split hoof but does not chew curd. What do all these animals have in common? They all carry many diseases which could not be controlled with the medical knowledge that was available up to that point.
- Then; Today we have the technology to process these meats in ways that prevent microbial contamination in meats, and minimizes bacterial growth, reducing or eliminating contamination altogether.
When Christ came we were given a new law and testament, a law of mercy, the testament of reconciliation. It is under this law that God gave all His people freedom to eat any meat desired. Acts 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 10:25; Romans14:2, 14; 1 Timothy 4:1-3 The Christian is no longer under the ceremonial Laws of the Old Testament. We can make the decision to be carnivores, (pure meat eaters) or vegetarian (never eating animal flesh) or like most people we can find our comfort zone somewhere in between. Whereby every other religion has restrictions on what they can and cannot be eaten, Christians have a God gives us freedom to eat meat if we desire, or if we so desire not eat meat. The Bible says Whom the Son set free is free indeed (John 8:36) There is a freedom that is in Christ whereby we are not controlled by law or rule or tradition, and no man has power to take away this freedom that Christ gives us (Galatians 2:1-4)
Paul addresses the question directly in the book of Romans:
Soli Deo Gloria
Your Brother in Christ
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