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What’s the big deal about eating unclean meats?

God gave health rules because as the Creator He knows what is best for the human body. God has an “operations manual.” It is called the Holy Bible. Ignoring God’s “operations manual” results in sickness. Following God’s rules results in “saving health” (Psalms 67:2) and more abundant life (John 10:10).

In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, God very clearly points out what is clean and unclean meats. These chapters teach that 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 animals are unclean and are not to be eaten: hogs, squirrels, rabbits, catfish, eels, lobsters, clams, crabs, shrimp, oysters, frogs, and many others.

The ancient Israelites were assured that God would preserve them in health if they would obey His instructions (Ex.15:26; Deut. 7:12–15). This He will do for His people now if they will follow His counsel and take into their bodies only those things that are in harmony with His laws.

The Bible says, “Eat ye that which is good” (Isaiah 55:2). If God says a thing is not fit to eat, He must have a good reason. He is not a blind dictator, but a loving Father. The Bible promises: “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11). So, if God withholds an unclean creature from us, it is because it is not fit for human consumption.

Paul admonishes the believers, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Christians must learn to avoid the unclean meats that will injure their bodies and choose the good foods that will promote health, both mental and physical.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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