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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. Kelvin says:

    Wow! This is awesome. I used to eat pork and sometimes think that I was missing the mark but now am sure that I am not missing in any way…. Thanks… I would give this a 5/5 star if it were being rated.

  2. Ira Malone says:

    So much western-Christian misconceptions in this article about Torah.

  3. Christine Treasure says:

    I have gotten a clearer understanding now of this! Wow! Everyone has their own opinion on things but this explanation is the best that I’ve heard thus far. Thank you… Shalom

  4. Natalie Ross says:

    Very helpful thankyou

  5. Sandra says:

    Very helpful.

  6. Torey says:

    You have to read those scriptires in tge context they were written. Pigs were used as scavengers aND sewer systems. Today we have land fills and septic tanks so pigs are fed and raised humanely. I’m sure the creator would rather you eat what’s convenient than starve. Some people don’t have a choice .

  7. Zachary Harrison says:

    Quite true.

  8. Cherie says:

    Thanks for the clarification. This question arose recently and I did not know how to accurately respond. Wish I had read this before! Oh well.