Eating pork and other unclean meats displeases God and is considered in judgement: “those who feast on pork and rats and other detestable meats will come to a terrible end i.e. destroyed together, says the Lord.” (Is 66:15-17; Is 65:2-4). God says those who do things in which He doesn’t delight will be destroyed (Is 66:4). 🙀😭
- The guidance for clean and unclean foods is in Lev 11 and Deut 14. Even before God chose the Jews, man knew what foods were clean and unclean, as seen in Noah knowing which animals were clean and unclean for the ark. Gen 7:2
- In the new testament, Peter also knew this and is why he said he’d never eaten anything unclean in Acts 10. Many read this chapter and use it as permission to eat unclean meats but don’t read the entire chapter to know what’s being discussed. In verse 28, Peter clarifies that the vision was to show him that he should no longer call any man (jew/gentile) clean or unclean and had nothing to do with food! 💡
- There are a few other verses in the new testament that are used to justify humans eating anything. My understanding now is that our interpretation of these verses has been faulty as we often don’t read for the context of what is being discussed. Also, the Bible doesn’t contradict itself. If these foods were okay then why would God say in Isaiah that he would consider these things in judgement? 🤔 Indeed, we will be judged by the truth/revelation of God’s requirements that we have but when we know what to do and decide not to do it then it’s ascribed to us as sin. 🤷🏾♂️
- What we eat actually affects our children, grand children and great grand children. Some of the challenges we have are consequence of decisions our parents made, including about food! Deut 12:25; Ex 20:5.
The comforting thing is that many regular meats are clean 😁; we just need to know which ones aren’t clean and avoid them, such as pork, shelled sea foods such as prawns, octopus, lobsters etc. Then if we want to live/eat much healthier, we take a cue from Daniel 1:8-16 and Genesis 1:29. 🙏🏾🍽
The final thing to say here is that it’s not just what we eat that could be viewed as sin in God’s eyes but also how much we eat. In fact, in describing the sins and reasons for Sodom’s destruction, Ezekiel 16:49-50 is instructive: “this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.”