Is God really concerned about what meats we eat?

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“Eat ye that which is good” (Isaiah 55:2). “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Automobile manufacturers place an “operations manual” in each new car because they know what is best for their product. God, who made our bodies, also has an “operations manual.” It is called the Holy Bible. Ignoring God’s “operations manual” results in disease. Following God’s rules results in “saving health” (Psalms 67:2) and more abundant life (John 10:10).

God gave health rules in Leviticus and Deuteronomy because He knows what is best for the human body. And He promised healing for those that obey “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Exodus 23:25). Healthful living in itself goes far to protect one from sickness of mind and soul as well as of body.

In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, God very clearly points out that the meats of most animals, birds, and water creatures people ordinarily eat are clean. There are, however, some very notable exceptions. According to God’s rules, the following animal meats are unclean and are not to be eaten: hogs, squirrels, rabbits, catfish, eels, lobsters, clams, crabs, shrimp, oysters, frogs, and many others.

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. The Bible promises: “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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