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Q:

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


A:

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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151 Comments

  1. Carrie Abraham says:

    We are discussing this subject on Sunday. I found the information very informative.

  2. Danielle L Viens says:

    Thank you so very much. I’m very glad I found this. My brother and I were so confused and you have brought great clarity. Many blessings to you and your family. Thank you so much.

  3. Daniel Rodriguez says:

    Blessed by the best. Thank you, Jesus.

  4. Felicia Johnson says:

    I really want to thank you because I was lost.

  5. Keshia says:

    Thank you for this information. This information will affect me in a positive way.

  6. Tony v Grier says:

    Very encouraging thank you all so much.

  7. Marlyn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I was asked this question and had no clue what to say. This has really helped a lot. I knew Jesus had something to do with it but didn’t know for sure how to explain it. So thankful for God’s Word.

  8. Holly Woodard says:

    God has always made a way to redeem His people. This was His way in the Old Testament. Not eating unclean food might have been a discipline not to partake of unclean acts.