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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. Carl W. Smith says:

    For more than four years I have read and studies The Holy Bible through much of the day and night. With help from some of the bibles more knowledgeable people. After all this time I feel so confused and almost deceived. Your piece on food as noted in Acts 10 9-16 above, leaves me further confused. For should you continue to reading Acts 10 you will see that God used Acts 10; 9-16 to tell Peter not about food but the salvation of man. That Peter should not call any man unclean. Peter then went to Cornelius home where Cornelius and the other gentiles received the Holy Ghost and were baptised. Therefore it appears your answer should not rest on Acts 10; 9-16. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this question concerning food. God Bles

  2. bazanye derrick says:

    i also want to know about the real day sabbath

  3. Susan Lynn says:

    Thank You for helping me to understand God’s dietary guidelines.