Health laws done away with?
When Jesus died on cross and rid of the ordinances and statues of the law (see also The Old Testament and The 10 Commandments
), it was the requirements of the animal sacrifice and the physical representation of the ceremonies (sprinkling of the blood sacrifices etc)- not the health laws which concern eating certain animals - that was done away with. (See Heb 9, Heb 10:12-John 2:19, entirety).
Would it make sense for thousands of years for the unclean (scavenger type animals such as pigs, eels, bottom feeder sea creatures) to be considered unclean and unhealthy then all of a sudden they are okay and fine just because Jesus died on the cross? No that does not make sense, it does make sense that the laws concerning animal sacrifices and ceremonial ordinances and statues were abolished since Jesus was to be the ultimate and final sacrifice - by the shedding of his blood are we now saved and can ask forgiveness directly from God when we sin and fall short of the law
, not by the shedding of blood of an animal sacrifice through a certain ceremonial action (as outlined in the old testament) (See also Old Testament Laws & The 10 Commandments
). But we are to still follow the health laws just as we are to follow the 10 commandments, which was also not
abolished on the cross. We cannot cherry pick the 10 commandments although we do. How can we follow some of the commandments and blatantly disregard others such as the most common Sabbath day? We cannot cherry pick the other laws either, such as the health laws. Especially considering the state of the earth and pollution today.
Paul also addresses this 'departing from the faith', as he had also addressed the corruption of the Church.
1 Timothy 4: 1 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;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 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.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Does this mean we can go all willy nilly and eat whatever we want as long as it is received with thanks? NO!
Read again, carefully: which God hath created to be received
, as in the ones he created to be ate
with thanksgiving. These are very specifically listed as what was created to be good to eat and that which was not, in the health laws.
These health laws are specifically addressed beginning in Deuteronomy 14:3, what is considered a clean and unclean is specific, and after some thought and consideration...even some research it is easy to understand that most of what is considered unclean were scavengers, bottom feeders and generally 'clean up' type animals. Such as vultures which eat dead animals. Not leaving the blood within an animal was also a health issue, animals need to be bled because blood left in a dead animal spoils the meat.
It is well known that in the long run of your life, health starts with what and how you eat, it should be no wonder when we get sick with preventable diseases and sicknesses because we eat filthy. Diet and nutrition play a big part in your overall health from the start and especially for the long run. What may not affect you now, can catch up to you.
Deuteronomy 14:3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.
The unclean meat
What are the unclean animals? Why are they unclean? Most of the animals, as written above, are scavenger animals, bottom feeders that filter and clean the ocean, in general 'clean up' animals, they eat other dead animals and rotten things.
Pigs, for example, do not have sweat glands, they are scavengers known to eat pretty much anything including humans. One of the benefits of sweating is that it releases toxins in the body, pigs do not sweat this is why they wallow in mud. They have a fast digestive tract, taking only 4 hours to digest food and filter toxins, which many are not, while animals such as cows have an extensive digestive system process and takes much longer to process their foods. The pigs toxins are not filtered from the body and instead are released in the animals system, such as their skin and fat. They can handle large amounts of toxins, and because of this they can eat just about anything, including their own excrement, dead animals and even humans. The animals was designed to clean up the earth. God knows his creation and what is good for us!
Consider the health of our environment as it is, our marine life is suffering at an astonishing rate. Small bits of plastic tiny enough for fish to eat they consume bits of materials that are unnatural and full of chemicals and then we turn around fish them out of the sea and eat them. We are polluting the earth at an astonishing rate, this cant go on forever. There is garbage islands floating in the oceans the SIZE OF TEXAS
. Marine life is suffering from run off pollution, pesticides/fertilization from drains going into the sea, mass amounts of small pieces of plastic that are clogging up the stomachs and intestines of animals so that they literally die starving but their bellies are PACKED with garbage. There is a big problem in the way we treat our food.
In the world of cooking, generally people do not consider pork to be a red meat, however it is. Nutritional science determines white meat from red meat by the amount of myoglobin (stores oxygen in cells, gives meat its color). If it generally above 65% it is considered a red meat. Pork is one of the worst red meats for you, especially if it is processed (sausage, bacon, salami, etc) Other red meats are also bad for you, you should always eat proportional sized servings. Any meat that is processed has been recently linked to colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer by the World Health Organization
. (Source 2
) Eating meat has known health benefits but eating too much has known links to increased risks of death from heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses. Fats and sodium are risk factors of cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Lean red meats are considered healthier, they also should be cooked properly specifically not burnt. Personally, and many people prefer a steaks in a medium/medium well range. Burning the meat produces carcinogens and cancer causing compounds. Ways to prevent this is not burning it for one, and marinating it (marinates without sugar preferably). Ultimately we can reduce our risk of health issues by limiting our portions of red meat (no more splurging) and increasing our intake of known health beneficial food sources such as plants - vegetables and fruits.