Clean and Unclean Foods.
The question has been asked,
"Why don't the Jews eat pork?"
A fair question if you don't know what is going on.
It all starts in the Bible.
religious Jew is very concerned about what is written in the first five
books of the Old Testament. To them it is "The Law" - or God's
instructions on how to live life.
In two different books, God
describes what animals He made to be eaten by man, and those mankind
should not eat. These descriptions can be found in Lev 11 and
Let us look at the summary in,
Lev 11:46-47 NET This is the law
of the land animals, the birds, all the living creatures that move in
the water, and all the creatures that swarm on the land,
(47) to distinguish between the
unclean and the clean, between the living creatures that may be eaten
and the living creatures that must not be eaten.' "
There are differences.
things are obvious, then God will often leave it to us to work out what we should or should not do. For
example, certain plants and fruits will make us sick, so we soon learn
which ones not to eat.
However, in the animal kingdom, the
difference between the clean and unclean are not obvious at first, so
God has had Moses write down instructions about the ones he made to be
eaten by man, and those mankind should leave alone.
What are those differences?
the world of animals, fish and birds, there are two different types.
The ones God made to be eaten by man, have a special system of
digestion that either stops or takes out any poisons that could be bad
for us. For example, those animals that chew their cud and have cloven
hoofs, have multiple stomachs. The digestion process is longish, and
the resulting meat is considered "clean". If you like there is a
"barrier" between the poisons taken in/produced and the final meat.
ones not made to be eaten have a different function. The food that they
eat is digested quickly. Any poisons eaten or produced in the stomach
are not filtered. For instance, the pig is made by God so that it can eat anything -
including dead animals, and even rattlesnakes - and reduce them down to manure so that it can
go back into the soil. Sharks also perform the same function in the
sea, and vultures and hawks and the like, within the bird species.
some animals even go further, and absorb any toxic material in their
environment. An example would be oysters. If there is any toxic mercury
in the water, they will take it in (in an effort to keep the
environment clean). If you eat oysters, then you could be giving
yourself a "cocktail" of poisons - therefore oysters are on the unclean
What should we eat?
Those that have cloven hoofs and chew the cud.
Deu 14:6 NET You may eat any animal that has hooves divided into two parts and that chews the cud
pig has cloven hoofs - but does not chew the cud, so is unclean. The
camel chews the cud - but its hoof is not divided, so it too is
unclean. And so on.
This one is easy - any fish that has fins and scales is clean and OK to eat.
Deu 14:9 NET These you may eat from among water creatures: anything with fins and scales you may eat,
don't have scales, so are not OK to eat. All crustaceans (animals with
their "bones" on the outside, such as prawns and lobsters) are not
to be eaten. In general, all bottom dwellers are there just to keep the
oceans clean - like pigs on the land.
This one is
not so easy, but we can come up with things to look for. Clean birds
will have a crop. They sit on a branch with three toes in front and one
behind. They do not eat while flying. It is specifically stated that
grass hoppers are clean, but not any other flying animal that walks on
A more complete list can be found on the ucg.org.au website. At the top put "clean and unclean" into the Search box.
we - like the Jews - have
read our Bibles and taken God's instructions to heart, and then we look
at the statistics of who gets sick from what foods, we can see that
ingesting toxins most often comes from the unclean foods group.
A couple of quick quotes about pigs from off the Internet, (theorganicprepper.ca).
"The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison."
"Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as
tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at
which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their
cysts, and eggs will be killed."
In short, they are walking garbage cans.
God knew we needed the instructions up front - and I thank Him for that.
Orchard Sep 2015
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