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The word health means different things to different people, depending on the situation. If somebody says “I was worried about my husband’s health when he climbed Mt. Everest”, it is clear that the woman is referring to her husband’s physical health, possibly his heart, skin (frostbite) and risk of developing hypothermia (when the body’s temperature drops too low.
On the other hand, if you hear the phrase “With all these deadlines, presentations and working weekends, I wonder what the effect will be on her health,” most likely the word “health” refers more to mental health than physical health (although the two are often linked).
The words “health” or “healthy” can also be used in non-medical contexts. For example “A healthy economy needs an ideal GDP growth rate that is sustainable, one that remains in the expansion phase of the business cycle as long as possible.”
The English word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning “wholeness, being whole, sound or well,”. Hale comes from the Proto-Indo-European root kailo, meaning “whole, uninjured, of good omen”. Kailocomes from the Proto-Germanic root khalbas, meaning “something divided”.
World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) definition of “health”
The most famous modern definition of health was created during a Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The Definition has not been amended since 1948.
During the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986, the WHO said that health is:
“a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”
The Bible rates health right near the top of the list in importance (3 John 1:2). Man’s mind, spiritual nature, and body are all interrelated and interdependent. God gave health rules because He knows what is best for the body (Deuteronomy 6:24, Exodus 23:25). A bondservant of Christ should eat and drink all to the glory of God – using only “that which is good” (Isaiah 55:2, 1Corinthians 10:31). If God says a thing is not fit to eat, He must have a good reason. He is not a harsh dictator, but a loving Father. All His counsel is for our good, always. So if God withholds a thing from us, it is because it is not a good thing for us (Psalm 84:11). The diet God gave people at the beginning of Creation was fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds (Genesis 1:29, 2:16; 3:18).
These items are unclean and forbidden: All land animals which do not have a split hoof and chew the cud (Deuteronomy 14:6); all fish and water creatures that do not have both fins and scales (Deuteronomy 14:9); all birds of prey, carrion eaters, and fish eaters (Leviticus 11:13-19), and most “creeping things” (or invertebrates) are also unclean (Leviticus 11:21-23, 41-43). Also, if a clean food touches any unclean food, the clean food must not be eaten (Leviticus 7:19, Haggai 2:12-13).
The Bible clearly forbids the use of alcoholic beverages to induce drunkenness (Leviticus 10:9, Deuteronomy 21:10; 29:19, 1Samuel 1:14, 1Kings 16:9-10, Psalm 69:2, Proverbs 20:1; 21:17; 23:20-21,29-35; 26:9; 31:4-7, Isaiah 5:11-12,22; 19:14; 24:9,11; 28:1,3,7; 56:12, Jeremiah 25:27, Ezekiel 44:21, Hosea 4:11; 7:5,14, Joel 1:5; 3:3, Amos 2:8,12, Micah 2:11, Nahum 1:10, Habakkuk 2:5,15-16, Matthew 24:49, Luke 12:45; 21:34, Romans 13:13, 1Corinthians 5:11; 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Thes.5:7, 1 Peter 4:7). Strong drink, by itself, is not unclean. It is only when one abuses strong drink that it’s condemned. God himself gave His approval of strong drink (Deuteronomy 14:26), and therefor cannot be evil in itself. At a marriage feast, Jesus performed the miracle of changing water into wine (John 2:1-11), which He would not have done if it was sinful to drink wine. Drunkeness is condemned, not wine.
Some of the simple, yet very important, health laws found in the Bible are to:
Those who break God’s rules regarding the care of the body machine will reap broken bodies and burned-out lives (Galatians 6:7), just as one who abuses his automobile will have serious car trouble. And those who continue to break God’s laws of health will ultimately be destroyed by the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). God’s health laws are not arbitrary. They are natural, established laws of the universe, like the law of gravity. Ignoring these laws always brings certain disastrous results.
Nothing defiling or unclean will be permitted in God’s kingdom (Revelation 21:27, Ezekiel 11:21). The use of improper foods defile a man (Daniel 1:8). Choosing their “own ways” and that in which God “delighted not” shall be slain by the Lord (Isaiah 66:3-4), especially eating pork & swine’s flesh (Isaiah 66:15-17), because it’s considered rebellion against God.
Sincere bondservant’s of Christ will bring their lives into harmony with God’s rules, because they love Him (2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 John 3:3, John 14:15). God’s counsel and rules are always for our good, just as good parents’ rules and counsel are best for their children. God holds us accountable (James 4:17). The reason for restricting our diet is because we are the holy children of God (Deuteronomy 14:1-3).
Take all of these habits to Christ and lay them at His feet. He will joyfully give you a new heart and the power you need to break any evil habit and become a child of God (Eze.11:18,19). How thrilling and heartwarming it is to know that “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). Jesus says, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Jesus is ready to break the shackles that bind us (John 1:12). He longs to set us free, and will, if only we will permit it. Our worries, evil habits, nervous tensions, and fears will be gone when we do His bidding (Philippians 4:13). He says, “These things have I spoken unto you … that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). The devil says freedom is found in disobedience, but this is a falsehood (John 8:44).
Your Questions Answered1) “Are health laws and eating and drinking really important to me personally? If I love the Lord, isn’t that enough?”
Answer: They are a matter of life verses death, because these laws involve obedience (Hebrews 5:9, Matthew 7:21, John 14:15). When we truly love the Lord, we will gladly obey Him without dodging or making excuses. This is the supreme test.
2) “What did God make the hog for, if not to eat?”
Answer: He made it for the same purpose that He made the buzzard, shrimp, and crab – as a scavenger, to clean up garbage. They are God’s sewerage disposal system. Contrary to this, the clean beasts are “ruminants.” their bodies are designed to eat things that are unclean (such as a lizard) without taking on that uncleanness into their own flesh (cows for instance, have four compartments in their stomach in which to digest their food in this way). The unclean beasts are not ruminants, so the unclean foods they eat stay in their flesh. Pigs eat excrement, it merges with their flesh, which then enters us.
3) “What health problems does pork pose?”
Answer: First, pork is loaded with saturated fats, the highest meat in fats, and filled with cholesterol. Second, cancer in the pig’s skin, kidneys, the lymphatic system and other internal organs is common. The more cancer affects animals, the more (scientists tell us) that there is potential to affect man. Third, pork products are regularly preserved with nitrates that are known to be cancer-causing compounds. Fourth, pork contributes to numerous digestive and stomach problems. And fifth, Pork contains trichina larvae, and trichinosis can be a major problem, it kills people. You eat the pork, the trichina larvae enter the stomach, and as the eggs hatch in the stomach, they invade muscles and tissues. Sometimes it shows up as rheumatism or arthritis.
4) “Mark 7:18-19 and Matthew 15:11 says, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out.” How do you explain this?”
Answer: If Jesus had intended to do away with the law of unclean meats, His listeners could not have missed the point. If He had made a statement that all foods are now clean, it would have created one of the biggest controversies of His ministry. Did His listeners understand Jesus to he abrogating the Old Testament dietary laws? There were Pharisees present when Jesus made the statement. How would we expect them to respond if Jesus had plainly said that swine’s flesh was good for food? There is not a hint in the account that they understood Jesus that way. If they had, they would not have needed to hire false witnesses against Jesus at His trial (Matthew 26:59-60, Mark 14:56-57). They could have simply charged Him with speaking against Moses and the Law. But no such charge was ever made!
The subject in Matthew 15:1-20 is eating without first washing the hands (verse 2). The focus is not eating, but washing. The scribes taught that eating any food without a special ceremonial washing defiled the eater. Jesus said the ceremonial washings were meaningless. In verse 19, He listed certain evils – murders, adulteries, thefts, etc. Then He concluded, “These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man” (verse 20).
5) “What about “Whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake” in 1 Corinthians 10:27?”
Answer: 1 Corinthians 10:25-29 says that “anything that is sold in the market eat, and ask no questions for conscience sake. If an unbeliever invites you [for dinner] and you consent to go, eat whatever is put before you and ask no questions for conscience sake [but, of course, you can ask questions for health sake, and many already do: low sodium diets, fat-free diets, allergies etc.]. But if anyone tells you, ‘This food has been offered in sacrifice’, abstain from eating it for the sake of him who warned you, and for conscience sake – I mean his conscience, not your own”. The point this passage is making is that it is best to courteously warn your host ahead of time as to your food preferences.
Besides, the above passages are in reference only to meats “offered in sacrifice” (1 Corinthians 10:28). Only clean animals were offered in sacrifices, never unclean animals. In the sacrifices, usually only a part of the animal was consumed. The rest was given to the priest or sold again in the market. Anyone might therefore unknowingly purchase meats offered to idols, and Paul was saying that it was okay to eat meat that was offered in sacrifice.
Remember that the apostle Paul was writing to folowers of Christ whose sole “Scripture” was what we term the Old Testament! His teaching to the Corinthian Church was founded on the writings of the Old Testament. They were thoroughly familiar with the division of food into “clean and unclean”! As Paul wrote to Timothy: “Cling to the truths that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing who your teachers were, and that from infancy you have known the sacred writings which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is profitable for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:14-17). With their respect for the Old Testament, it would take some convincing that Paul was telling them to flaunt God’s Laws! Especially in view of Jesus’ attitude to God’s Law – “I have not come to destroy [abolish] the Law” (Matthew 5:17).
6) “1 Timothy 4:4 says, “Every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused.” Can you explain this?”
Answer: This Scripture passage refers to meats “which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving” (verse 3). Therefore, it may be presumed that He created things which were not to be received as food. These meats, as we have already discovered, are the meats listed in Leviticus chapter 11 and Deuteronomy chapter 14. Verse 4 makes it clear that all creatures of God are good and not to be refused, provided that they are among those created to “be received with thanksgiving” (the clean animals).
Verse 5 tells the reason why these animals are acceptable foods: because they are “sanctified [set apart] by the word of God.” Where in the Bible are foods “set apart” for consumption? In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. Paul did not say that everything created by God was good for food without qualification. This verse also says it is sanctified by a “prayer” of blessing, which is offered before the meal. Please note, however, that God will destroy people who try to “sanctify themselves” while eatingunclean foods (Isaiah 66:17).
7) “Some people claim that to abstain from certain meats is a “doctrine of demons”. Is this true?
Answer: There is one reference to this subject in Paul’s letters. It is his warning to Timothy (I Timothy 4:1-5), he said, “Many shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.” One of these “doctrines of demons” is “commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
What, precisely, does this mean? Well, it is important to note that this is not merely a discussion of eating meat. The term, “meat” does not mean animal flesh, but food in general. The Greek word is broma, which means “food”. Upon taking a closer look, this cannot refer to a command not to eat the “unclean meats” of Leviticus 11. If it did, it would be tantamount to calling Leviticus 11 a doctrine of demons! And as we all know, Leviticus 11 is a doctrine of God.
8) “Romans 14:3,14,20 says: “Let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth.” “There is nothing unclean of itself.” “All things indeed are pure.” Can you explain this?”
Answer: Verses 3-6 are a discussion of those who eat certain things versus those who do not. The passage does not say either is right, but rather counsels that neither pass judgment on the other. Instead, let God be the Judge (verses 4,10-12). Verses 14 and 20 refer to foods that were first offered to idols (and were thus ceremonially unclean) – not to the clean and unclean meats of Leviticus chapter 11. (Read 1 Corinthians 8:1,4,10,13). The point of this discussion is that no food is “unclean” or “impure” just because it has first been offered to idols, because an idol is “nothing in the world” (1 Corinthians 8:4). But if a someone’s conscience bothers him for eating such food, he should leave it alone. Or even if it merely offends a brother, he should likewise abstain. Compare the similarity of Romans 14:15 with 1 Corinthians 8:11. Also, compare the use of the term “weak” in Romans 14:1-2 with 1 Corinthians 8:7-12. If you read Acts 15:29; 21:25, you will see it confirms all the above.
9) “Genesis 9:3 says, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, even as the green herb have I given you all things.” So didn’t God say all animals are food for them?”
Answer: This is when God first allowed man to eat meats. God did not tell Noah to eat all animals, because this verse likens meat to green herbs, all of which God gave man to eat (Genesis 1:29). We all know there are green plants which are deadly if eaten, and we wouldn’t consider eating them.
God intended for Noah’s family to eat only clean animals, which is why God commanded Noah to gather the clean animals by 7, and the unclean animals by 2 (Genesis 7:2). In fact, if Noah did kill any unclean animal, that species would have ceased to exist, since there were only 2 of each unclean animal. Which is why Noah only used clean animals when making burnt offerings on the altar (Genesis 8:20). Besides, if literally all “moving things“, are meat for us, are not men and women living things? I’m sure you wouldn’t eat your neighbor! We must interpret scripture with scripture (Isaiah 28:9-10).
Even Abel sacrificed “the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions” (Genesis 4:4) and – as with many of the types of sacrifice – it’s likely that he would have eaten a portion of it as part of the “sacrificial fellowship” with God. These sacrifices were of the ‘clean’ animals only, or cattle (Genesis 18:7ff).
10) “But God did not describe which plants are poisonous in Genesis 9:3. He allowed man to discern which plants are good. Likewise, some animals are not good for food, and God allowed Noah and his descendants to discern which were good for food.”
Answer: This is speculation, and contradicts the fact that God has identified these good foods for us in His dietary laws. There is a difference between plants and animals. Plants do not have blood, or a soul. The life (nephesh, which means “soul”) of living creatures is in the blood (Leviticus 17:10-14). This is why this command applies to the “stranger” (all people) as well, and not just to the Jews, and why it was commanded to Noah (Genesis 9:4), before Israel or Jews existed in the world. You see, there seems to be a righteous issue involved here. It is not righteously wrong to eat a plant, because plants have no soul. But “moving creatures” do have a soul, the life of which is in the blood.
11) “Doesn’t the law of unclean foods apply to Jewish people only?”
Answer: There were no Jews in Noah’s day when this restriction was laid by God upon all men (Genesis 7:2,8; 9:3). Ponder this significant fact carefully: if certain animals were identified as unclean before the flood (Genesis 7:2,8); if they were still counted as unclean when Peter rejected them in his vision 10-20 years after Christ’s death (Acts 10:14; 11:8); if they are still called unclean in Revelation 18:2, where it speaks of “unclean” birds; and if Isaiah said that all those who are eating swine (such as pork, ham, bacon, sausages, hot-dogs, baloney, pepperoni) at the coming of the Lord will be consumed with fire (Isaiah 66:15-17), how can we feel that they are now fit to eat?When did they become clean?
Notice this last passage well (Isaiah 66:15-17). God said those who eat unclean meats will be consumed with fire by Him. Also, look at:
Leviticus 20:25, “Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your soulsabominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.”
God said anyone who eats unclean meats is abominable!
12) “How did Jesus feel about Swine (Pork)?”
Answer: First, let’s review a principle which appeared often in the ministry of our Lord. He was never wasteful. In fact, He commanded the gathering of all the scraps of food following the feeding of the multitudes. On two occasions, Christ specifically ordered that nothing be thrown away. The Scriptures even detail the exact number of baskets of food which were salvaged from the two mountain-side miracle feedings – twelve and seven. (Luke 9:17, Mark 8:20).
With this firm principle in mind concerning our Lord’s disposition to conserve every tiny bit of edible food, please consider His experience with the inhabitants of Gadara. Jesus had just cast out devils, and transferred them inside a herd of 2000 swine and drowned them (Matthew 8:30-32, Mark 5:11-14, Luke 8:32-33). Keep in mind there was a famine around this time and people were starving (Acts 11:28). Why did Jesus precipitate the wholesale destruction of that valuable herd of animals? Because Jesus did not consider swine to be suitable for food! It is impossible to believe that our compassionate Saviour would needlessly allow such a waste of resources when the hungry and needy were on every side. We can only conclude that Jesus did not view the animals, which His Father had declared an abomination, as acceptable items of diet.
13) “But didn’t God cleanse all animals in Peter’s vision, as recorded in Acts 10?”
Answer: No! In fact, the subject of this vision is not animals, but people. God gave Peter this vision to show him that the Gentiles were not unclean, as the Jews believed. God had instructed Cornelius, a Gentile, to send men to visit Peter. But Peter would have refused to see them if God had not given him this vision, because Jewish law forbade entertaining Gentiles (verse 28). But when the men finally did arrive, Peter welcomed them, explaining that ordinarily he would not have done so, but “God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (verse 28). In the next chapter (Acts 11), the church members criticized Peter for speaking with these Gentiles. So Peter told them the whole story of his vision and its meaning. And Acts 11:18 says, “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” So, Peter interprets this vision as pertaining to Gentiles, not animals.
14) “But in Acts 10, how could Peter have understood that the unclean beasts referred to the Gentiles if the unclean beasts in his vision were not literally made clean?”
Answer: Peter understood this vision because the comment from the Holy Spirit in Acts 10:19-20 allowed Peter to finally interpret what his vision meant. Remember, this is a vision, a dream, and a dream does not have to be literally true in order for it to be understood. For example, look at Genesis 37:5-10. When Joseph dreamed that his“sheaf arose, and stood upright”, and his brother’s sheaves bowed down to Joseph’s’ sheaf (verse 7), did his brothers sheaves literally have to bow down to Joseph’s’ sheaf before they understood that the sheaves were symbolic of his brothers? No, of course not. When Joseph dreamed that “the sun and the moon and the eleven stars”bowed down to Joseph (verse 9), did the sun, moon, and stars literally have to bow down to Joseph before they understood that his symbols applied to his mother, father, and brothers? No, of course not. So why would the unclean meats have to be made literally clean before Peter understood these beasts were symbolic of the Gentiles?
15) “I’m still a little confused about this chapter. Can you give a breakdown of Acts 10, verse by verse?”
Acts 10:1-2: Cornelius was a Gentile, but a devout man. He feared God, prayed to God, and wished to know more about God. What this means is that the Holy Spirit called Cornelius to reverence God, because no man can come to God unless the Holy Spirit draws him to God (John 6:44).
Verses 3-6: shows that Cornelius’ desire to be shown the way to salvation was met. God sent him a vision of an angel to instruct him as to whom he should seek to be taught these things: Peter! At this time, Peter would not teach, or have anything to do with, a Gentile. Peter looked on Gentiles as unclean because they didn’t keep the clean food laws, making themselves unclean, abominable, and defiled (Leviticus 11:43). Gentiles were considered as dogs or swine, because they ate all manner of unclean beasts.
But remember, Cornelius was not one who broke God’s Laws. Verse 2 says he was striving to reverence God. Peter was brought up in the Laws of God, and he knew and kept the Dietary Laws of the clean and unclean meats. The angel instructed Cornelius to go to Peter for instruction and knowledge.
Verses 11-14: is the vision. Notice in verse 14 that Peter himself states that he has never eaten anything unclean. This was some 10-20 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus taught Peter to eat unclean meats, why had Peter not eaten it?
Verse 15: is still part of the vision, and says, “Do not call anything unclean that God has made clean.” But just what does this vision mean? The vision contained all manner of unclean beasts. Did Peter jump up and down and shout for joy that he could now eat all these cleansed animals?
Verse 17: has Peter still wondering what this vision meant. Peter had no idea what his vision meant at this point. (Some people think they know what this vision means, but let’s have Peter tell us, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…)
Verse 19-20: While Peter wondered about this vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “three men seek thee.” These three men were the men Cornelius sent to find Peter (verse 8). This comment from the Holy Spirit allowed Peter to finally interpret what his vision meant. We are told the interpretation of this dream. It is made clear in Acts 10:28.
Verse 22: Notice Cornelius is a “just man” and had a good report among the Jews. Anyone living contrary to all or any one of God’s Laws, including the Dietary Laws of the clean and unclean beasts, would not have any good report with any Jew.
Verse 27: Many had come together to hear what Peter had to tell them.
Verse 28: We are told what Peter’s vision actually meant, “…God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” This verifies that it was considered unlawful for a Jew, even one who accepted Jesus as the Messiah and Saviour, to keep company with a Gentile, no matter how observant that Gentile was of God’s Laws. The vision was not to show Peter that all beasts are now clean, but to show that any man, no matter what race or color or nationality he might be, when he turns to Jesus and becomes clean, he is no longer to be considered common or unclean.
Verses 34-35: Again, Peter explains what is commanded thee of God in verse 33. “But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Again, confirming that no man is unclean who believes in God.
Verse 48: Peter then “commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord”. Before this time, repentance was considered to have only been given to the Jews. Afterwards, it was accepted that God had granted repentance to the Gentile nations as well.
In the next chapter (Acts 11), the church members disputed and criticized Peter for speaking with these Gentiles. So Peter told them the whole story of his vision and its meaning. Acts 11:18 repeats the biblical interpretation of this vision. It says, “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” This vision made Gentiles clean, it did not make the unclean beasts clean. We must let scripture interpret scripture.
16) “What was the penalty if one ate an unclean animal?”
Answer: Some sins required people to bathe themselves and their clothes in water (Numbers 19:19-20 – all the washings and sprinklings under Levitical institutions were designed to teach the necessity of the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost – Titus 3:3-7), but at the end of the year, an animal would be killed for those sins (Exodus 30:10, Leviticus 16:34, Hebrews 7:27; 9:7).
As far as eating unclean animals, anyone who came in contact with any thing unclean was to wash their clothes and themselves in clean water, and were considered unclean till the evening (Leviticus 11:24-31), then blood would be shed at the end of the year for those sins as well. However, if somebody touched an unclean animal through ignorance, and he was not aware at the time that it was wicked, then he was guilty (Leviticus 5:2), and he had sinned (Leviticus 5:5), and since he did not wash himself in water that very day, he must now shed the blood of an animal immediately (Leviticus 5:6-13).
Additional thoughtsObviously somebody has to touch dead bodies, clean up blood after a traffic accident, and treat patients with skin diseases. Breaking the cleanness laws is not automatically a sin, but there are penalties. In ancient times, the usual penalty was that you became “unclean until sunset” (Leviticus 11, Numbers 19). This meant that you were not allowed to enter the Temple that day. This was not a severe penalty, unless you were a priest on duty. This is probably one of the rationalizations that the priest used in the parable of the Good Samaritan when he “passed by on the other side” (Luke 10:31). So uncleanness was a short term inconvenience. However, we can now see that there are also long-term penalties not mentioned in the Bible. For instance touching HIV-infected blood is a major hazard for medical personal.
ConclusionIn the Middle Ages, Jews were accused of sorcery because they escaped many of the sicknesses that afflicted others. It is now known that this was because they observed the laws of “cleanness”. The laws of uncleanness also include other (obvious to us) instructions such as avoiding contact with blood, contaminated water, skin diseases, rats and fleas, and not touching dead bodies. Isn’t it logical that a God who created and loves mankind will also have given guidance on the best “fuel” for his body?
Unclean meats of the BibleLand Creatures
Exodus 15:26, “…if thou wilt indeed hear the voice of the LORD thy God, and do things pleasing before him, and will hearken to his commands, and keep all his ordinances, no disease…shall I bring upon thee, for I am the LORD thy God that heals thee.”Exodus 23:25, “And thou shalt serve the LORD thy God, and I will bless thy bread and thy wine and thy water, and I will turn away sickness from you.”
Deuteronomy 7:12,15, “And it shall come to pass when ye shall have heard these ordinances, and shall have kept and done them, that…the LORD thy God shall remove from thee all sickness.”
Psalm 103:2-4 (Psalm 102:2-4 – LXX), “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His praises. Who forgives all thy transgressions, who heals all thy diseases; He redeems thy life from corruption; who crowns thee with mercy and compassion.”
Jeremiah 30:17 (Jeremiah 37:17 – LXX), “For I will bring about thy healing, I will heal thee of thy grievous wound, saith the LORD.