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q.gif (1639 bytes)    Is it ok for Christians to eat pork, rabbit, shellfish, squid, etc? People say that the verse in Acts 10 is misunderstood and is just about telling Peter that he should not label people as unclean.  My family is Christian, but I am scared about not obeying God.


a.gif (1659 bytes)   Jesus did not come to “break” the Law, but to “fulfill” it.  Matthew 5:17 says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

When Jesus died on the cross, He blotted out certain parts of the Law, because they were fulfilled on the cross.  Colossians 2:14-16 says, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.”

1 Timothy 4:1-6 gives further instruction on the matter of meat: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.  If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.”

These Scriptures make it very clear that all of the meat restrictions of the Old Testament were blotted out on the cross, and that we have permission to eat any kind of meat now, if we thank God for it.  1 Timothy 4 is clear that in the latter times, some will try and teach that we should not be eating meats; but it forewarns us that they will be teaching “doctrines of devils” – not what God teaches.


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