What most people eat has nothing to do with Scripture (Lev. 11), rather it has to do with the justifications that fit their own proclivities. If you really think He made all food clean, why do you avoid so many things on the ‘unclean’ list?
Paul said, ‘Touch NOT the unclean thing… be not defiled in FLESH or spirit.’ Clearly, he still believed we can be physically defiled….
To be fair, the answer for many that believe ‘He made all things clean’, yet refrain from eating much of what is on the ‘unclean’ list is simple. They don’t like the idea of eating bugs (which may include those on the ‘clean’ list), or eel, or possum (although some do like those things), or ants, or whatever. It would be “gross” to them. I can legally (biblically) eat crickets and locusts, but I have no desire to do so because it would be ‘gross’ to me. Does that make me wrong in the Father’s eyes to reject what he has so graciously provided for me as a means of sustenance?
We are not commanded to eat all of the clean animals implying options. We are commanded not to eat any of the unclean… They are all equally detestable… Just my thought.
For sure on your reply! Maybe I just don’t understand the point of your original question, “If you really think He made all food clean, why do you avoid so many things on the ‘unclean’ list?”. Isn’t it just the opposite of why people DO eat certain things on the unclean list? They avoid because it doesn’t appeal. They consume because it appeals. Are you trying to say that in reality those who believe such and avoid certain things really know the truth and are lying to themselves? Just trying to understand, as I am admittedly tired from traveling back and forth between SC and PA over the last 2 days (almost 24 hours driving), and may not be thinking clearly.
The point is that God equates pig and bugs as being in the same ‘food’ group. Why don’t we?
A more obvious place He does so is Isaiah 66:16-17 where He tells us that in the future He will judge with fire and sword all flesh (kol basar) who eat pigs, mice and other detestable things.
Sorry you are ‘trip lagged.’. Hope nothing serious in PA.
My 11 year old granddaughter lives with me half the week (my son is a single dad). At me house she eats clean, but at her dad’s she wasn’t.
Over the last year gave up shrimp, and recently pork. It started with her hearing that shrimp and lobster were the cockroaches of the ocean. And just a couple of weeks ago we were talking about pigs and what they eat. When she realized they eat garbage, dung, etc., she gave it up.
All this was the result of prayer – her prayer. She knew what the Bible said about what is and isn’t food, but really loved pork. So I told her to talk with Abba about it. She did. He answered. It wasn’t immediate, but He worked on her heart and obedience came.
To answer your question, Pete, people eat what they enjoy and avoid what they don’t because they don’t knowing the truth about what they are eating.
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