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Return to the Father's Heart
So the Earth Will Survive
Robert B. Scott

Return to the Father’s Heart

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Pork and More

 

Unclean for All Stomachs, Not Only the Jewish Kind

 

 

Across from my parents' home in South Carolina is a restaurant called "Pork n' More." They serve pig meat and meat from other animals that God calls "unclean" in the Bible.
 
In France, where I lived for almost five years, they eat horsemeat, frog legs and other expensive seafood delicacies. They even have a fancy word for snails, escargot, but it's not a cargo I would like to haul back from the grocery store. Why?
 
The reason is simple: I discovered forty years ago that God meant what He said in His Word.
 
Who should know better what our body needs to stay in good health than the One who made us? Although, thankfully, some Christians are beginning to teach the Biblical food laws, most Christians today believe those laws are Jewish and we put ourselves “under the law” if we observe them.
 
Is the body of a Jew different from the body of another human being? Did God make Jewish stomachs from a different mold?
 
The food laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are not spiritual or moral laws. They are simply laws of health.
 
We are not to eat the meat of animals unless they part the hoof and chew their cud. In the case of fish, they must have fins and scales. This is the way God separated the animals that properly digest their food and provide clean meat for mankind from those who are the scavengers or walking, swimming garbage cans of the natural world.
 
In many scientific domains, men are beginning to catch up with God and the Bible. Unfortunately, this has not been fully achieved in the nutritional realm. There are, however, some interesting facts that explain God’s health laws.
 
Studies have shown that the Jewish people who keep the food laws are almost completely free of certain diseases. The connection between the food laws they observe and this phenomenon is unavoidable.
 
One scientific journal stated that even a small amount of pork is bad for the human body. The protein in pork is almost identical to humans. To digest the pork, the body has to develop enzymes that eat away at the stomach. Doctors will tell people with heart problems not to eat pork, yet they won’t tell people to avoid it so they can prevent problems.
 
Another study was made recently to teach stranded seafarers how to survive on ocean fish. They concluded that the best fish to eat were those that had fins and scales. God wasn’t so stupid, after all!
 
It is fruitless, of course, to try to prove these things scientifically. Biochemists and nutritionists are generally like most experts in scientific matters: they refuse to believe God and the Bible unless and until science can prove what the Word says. And the studies are by no means conclusive at this point.
 
One Scripture that experts would agree with is Leviticus 7:23-24. Animal fat contains hormones that encourage the storing of fat and the addictive consumption of fatty foods.1 God had already placed a further prohibitive rating on fat when He said “All the fat is the Eternal’s” in Leviticus 3:17.
 
The fat belonged to the Eternal (Jesus). One of the spiritual meanings of the fat is the flesh and its lusts that we must surrender to Jesus in exchange for the muscular strength of His body in communion. He forbade animal blood in honor of the blood He would shed for us – and in so doing He made it unacceptable for human consumption. He wanted us to rely on the power of His blood in communion for our spiritual and physical life and health.
 
Alas, even Christians refuse to believe what God says. A misunderstanding of the nature of the New Covenant is the main culprit. Jesus’ sacrifice did away with the need for animal sacrifices and rituals. His death did not, however, change the structure of the human stomach and body. You wouldn’t put milk into your gas tank, would you? God designed the human stomach and body to run on certain fuels. He spelled out those that are not appropriate.
 
In Acts 10:14, the apostle Peter makes an interesting declaration – ten years after he became a Christian. He said he had never eaten anything unclean. God gave him a vision, telling him to eat unclean animals. Did God do a great miracle at that moment, altering the human body forever so that unclean food could now produce good health? No! Peter’s stomach stayed the same. It was his attitude that changed! Verse 28 clearly shows that the unclean animals were only a symbol for unclean men, i.e., Gentiles whom the Jews considered unclean and unfit to first, enter the Jewish society, and then later, enter the Christian church. By this vision God showed Peter that Gentiles could come into the church.
 
God forbade eating blood as well, because the life, as well as toxins and dangerous hormones, are in the blood. That’s why He even said not to eat even clean animals that were strangled or died naturally and were not properly slaughtered to let the blood spill out. God even repeats this for Gentiles under the New Covenant!
 
That’s in Acts 15:29. Some claim that these four things are the only things from the Hebrew section of God’s Book of Love that Gentile Christians must avoid. Preposterous! That would mean it’s okay for Gentile Christians to commit murder, or steal, or lie, etc. No, the council mentioned those four things because they were the only parts of the ceremonial law that needed to be pointed out to Gentile Christians, who had formerly taken part in idolatrous ceremonies where they committed fornication and drank blood.
 
What is interesting, though, is what God is saying here – in the part of the Bible that is supposed to do away with the laws of Hebrew Scripture. He says that even Gentiles under the New Covenant should abstain “from blood and from things strangled.” If the food laws against eating blood and eating even clean animals that were strangled are still valid for all under the New Covenant, so are the laws about unclean meats!
 
These verses from the pen of meticulous Luke are clear. Peter said that people often misunderstood Paul. And in the question of unclean meats, this is also the case. If Peter continued to refrain from unclean meats after conversion, it is certain that Paul did as well. It is beyond the scope of this book to examine the verses from Paul that people cite to justify eating pork. Suffice it to say that the context of Romans 14 involves not judging others about days of fasting.
 
Some of Paul’s statements may seem unclear to some. He is quite clear, however, when he states that we are the temple of God (I Cor. 3:17). The connection with the tabernacle is unmistakable. God did not allow unclean animals into the tabernacle. So why would we – as God’s temple today – allow the meat of unclean animals into our temple? The priests were never allowed to eat the sacrificial meat of unclean beasts. Why would God demand any less of us – His New Covenant priests? Have human stomachs been miraculously changed under the New Covenant and in this twenty-first century?
 
No, and end-time prophecy proves it. Jesus never changes, and His judgment is coming against those who “eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice” (Isa. 66:15- 17).
 
Again in an end-time context, Malachi 4:4 tells us to remember the laws God gave Moses – all that “Old Testament stuff.” That includes laws of health.
 
As I am doing last minute editing, I am watching on Trinity Broadcasting TV Dr. Ted Broer, internationally known nutritionist, who is respected by top political and religious leaders. He is preaching from Isaiah, where God calls those who eat pork and rat “smoke in His nostrils” (65:4-5). As he warns against the dangers of sugar replacements, he lambastes lobster lovers, calling these scavengers (the shellfish – not the people!) “giant cockroaches.”
 
On a preaching circuit in 1987 my family was eating at a gourmet restaurant in the French Caribbean when my seven-year-old daughter Lisa spied a giant cockroach on the ceiling. In French she blurted out to the waitress, “What is that animal up there?” It seemed almost as big as a lobster. But had it fallen in my plate, I don’t think it would have been worth $25 a pound!
 
Taste deceives. The forbidden fruit looked and tasted good. When we let God show us from His Word the knowledge of discerning between good and evil, we walk in spiritual and physical health. When we eat that which God says is unclean, we open the door for the master of the unclean to attack us with sickness.
 
The Maker of the stomach knows the end from the beginning. He knew that carnal men would poop-pooh His principles and that scientific proof of His food laws would be rare and when presented debunked. That's why He revealed this truth in His Word. He never compromises with that truth. And neither should we if we want to be in good health.
 

 
1 According to the National Institutes of Health, saturated fat (which include meat, cream, eggs, butter, poultry, chocolate, coconut, palm oil and lard) boosts your blood cholesterol level more than anything else in your diet. Eating less saturated fat is the best way to lower your blood cholesterol level.