Bible Tales and Art

.3 Leviticus

Nutritional Laws

What should we make of the nutritional laws of the Old Testament??? From Leviticus 11: 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

It is not unclear here that the Levitical Law of the Old Testament forbids the consumption of pork (swine). Christians, who are God-fearing bible teachers are eating bacon, ham and sausage after church on Sundays when they visit with their friends from church usually at a local diner.

Whereas, the New Testament opposes the law of works, Galatians 3 states: 10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: which means that a Christian should not live by religious laws, but naturally live their life through a discernment of good and evil. To take this thought a bit further, the Old Testament is riddled with stories about the failures of the religious class of God’s people trying to live by the law. As an antidote, God sent his only son Jesus to take upon him the sins of the world so that the new Chosen People could live with an improved law: a law within.

However the new religious elite soon found new ways to impose new laws upon the layman and laywoman. In every denomination there are demands such as tithing or church attendance that push the parishioner into guilt not much different than an observer of the ancient laws of nutrition.

The apparent contradiction of pork consumption demonstrates the clash between Old and New Testament more than other subtle contradictions. Christianity teaches there is supposed to be an understanding that we are not enforcing ourselves and our families to a strict man-made legal structure, yet obey common sense ethical and logical courtesies. This teaching is more appetizing to the modern religious consumer.

However, are we not expected to live with His rules if we say we believe the Holy Bible is inspired by the living God? That should include the nutritional rules as described in Leviticus 11, I would think. The New Testament, Matthew 5:18 “…until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the law, until all is accomplished.”

In support, Ellen G. White, of the seventh Day Adventist Christian Denomination, advocated strongly for Biblical Nutritional Law and lived a long life to prove her convictions. biblical health

There is much scientific evidence that unclean meat, fowl, and seafood lacks nutritional value and requires extra cooking or smoking. Were the Levites exceptionally wise for their time or was the Bible inspired by a supernatural force?

You Judge….

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