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


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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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140 Comments

  1. Nina case says:

    Thanks for the information.

  2. Lourdes says:

    We should always take into consideration what is good and bad to put inside our bodies regardless of what the Bible teaches us. We have been given a will to choose. However, to eat pig and other unfavorable animals should be considered and studied under the microscope always. I say these things as a doctor of herbs. Our bodies sometimes are not equipped to digest certain intakes!

  3. Maggie As says:

    Thank you for the truth.

  4. Arthur Moon says:

    Praise the Lord. It’s so good to hear real truth.

  5. Ginger Murphy-Phillips says:

    I find this to be so true! I always go back to John 3:16.

  6. Shelia says:

    Glory to the Most High.

  7. Anita Magana says:

    It was very helpful in our studies.