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Does God require us to follow the Old Testament laws about not eating pork and other kinds of meat today?


The dietary laws for Israel recorded in Leviticus, chapter 11, which include, for example, a prohibition against eating pork, were given for specific religious and, perhaps, health reasons.

The New Testament, however, makes it clear that observation of these Old Testament food laws for religious reasons is no longer required in the New Testament era. Jesus Himself declared that all foods were “clean” (Mark 7:17-23).

In Acts 10:9-16, Peter was informed by God through a vision that he was not to reject the use of certain animals for food on a religious basis. The apostle Paul also writes, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4).

The Bible makes it clear that “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

There is no saving grace in either eating or not eating certain foods. We are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; see Ephesians 2:8-10. This, of course, does not mean that all animals we use for food are of equal value when it comes to our health.

Many people feel they can win God’s favor and have eternal life by following the dietary laws of the Old Testament. But this is a misunderstanding. You cannot save yourself—but Christ can, and He will as you commit your life to Him by faith.

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  1. leonard swila says:

    incredible clarification.thank you!

  2. Kia says:

    Although it may say that all meats are clean…if it is placed on your heart to cut out certain foods or substances, do it. All things may be clean, but certain foods do compromise your health which therefore compromises the dwelling place of the Spirit. Daniel forsake meat & wine, in doing so he enhanced his physical being which allowed his Spiritual gifts to manifest more powerfully. If you have a relationship with God, you will come to realize that there is a special course for you, & at times you will be required to refrain from certain things that are “right”..because they still aren’t the right choices for you at certain times in your own journey to be a better servant.

  3. sylvia says:

    thank you for this article, my daughter and I was having a discussion over this. I know she wants me to be a little more heath conscious and means well, but she don’t believe we should eat meat.she believes that there’s enough healthy foods raised from the ground without having to kill animals. I love her for her thoughts and love of animals but I also believe she should understand that there’s nothing wrong by eating meat. again thank you for this I can copy and paste and send this to her. nothing to do with who’s right or wrong. just a learning and living of The Word of God

  4. Shirley Sargent says:

    Confused about clean and unclean

  5. chaize says:

    I will follow what GOD says.

    1. Richard D Floyd says:

      Amen! GOD’S WORD has all Authority!!!
      It’s best to read GOD’S WORD for yourself and not just take people’s word for it!
      Pastor-Richard D Floyd Sr,
      Our Ministries is for JESUS CHRIST.