Why is eating pigs now okay?


Leviticus 11:7

ESV - 7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
During His earthly life, and although He adhered to all the Old Testament dietary laws, Jesus Himself indicated (as He said in Mark 7:14-23) that true spiritual defilement comes from within a person (that is, the heart), rather than from anything that a person consumes, or the manner in which he consumes it. In that regard, the gospel writer also included the explicit parenthetical note in Mark 7:19, "(Thus He declared all foods clean.)"

This was further reinforced by the vision (which was repeated three times for emphasis) that God gave to Peter in Acts 10:9-16, which figuratively dealt with the issue of the acceptance of Gentiles as Christians (despite the fact that they would have had no knowledge of Jewish dietary laws), but which also, on another level, reinforced the fact that, now that Jesus had fulfilled all of the Old Testament Law by His sinless life, His atoning death on the cross, and His resurrection, no animal sources of food were any longer to be regarded by Christians as unclean.

The only constraint now placed on Christians is respecting the views of others who still believe that eating certain types of food is sinful. They do this by voluntarily refusing to eat such foods while in the presence of those others, so as not to tempt them to sin against their own consciences (even though the Christian does not regard the eating of such foods as sinful) (Romans 14:1-23).

November 03 2018 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Aurel Gheorghe
According with the Bible, eating pig is not okay. Pigs are dirty animals and due to their scavenger lifestyle, they harbor large amounts of viruses and parasites. They are known to consume their own feces and cannibalistically eat their own dead carcasses, thus making them unsafe for human consumption. 

God who created all life (Gen 1:20-25) differentiated between two kinds of creatures: clean, and fit for food, and unclean - unfit to eat. 

An early distinction between clean and unclean animals is found in the Flood story (Gen 8). The clearest identification of which animals were clean for food and which were not is found in Leviticus 11. Land animals must "chew the cud" and have a split hoof (Lev 11:2). Water creatures must have fins and scales (Lev 11:9). All other animals are considered "unclean” - the pig is included in the unclean category. 

God who created our bodies knows best what is good for us and have a very good reason for forbidding the use of certain animals for food. As far as I can tell, all of the forbidden categories are so classified because God wanted His people to be healthy and unclean foods are not suitable for human consumption.

The human body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:20) and as such, "whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor 10:31).

"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” (3 John 2).

November 15 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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