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Common Bible Verses That May Confuse Us About The Proper Diet 1

Brothers and sisters, suffice it to say that from experience and research, there may very well be some verses that may confuse many people on what and how exactly the LORD would prefer that we conduct ourselves when it comes to the proper diet. These verses are often times used as rebuttals or excuses to not have to make dietary changes, even when they are for our own Good. However, so you and I do not make the same mistakes, let’s go over some of this scripture shall we.

a.   1 Timothy 4:4 says, “Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused.” (1 Timothy 4:4)

This Scripture passage (verse 3) refers to meats “which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving” by His people.

These meats, as we have already discovered, are the clean 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 they are among those created to “be received with thanksgiving” (the clean animals). The key verse to keep in mind here is Verse 5, which tells us why these animals (or foods) are acceptable: they are “sanctified” by God’s Word, which says they are clean.

Let’s see, What makes a food “holy” and acceptable to eat? An attitude of thanksgiving, prayer and the word of God. Now, for the early Christian Church, the only word of God at that time was the Old Testament! Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are the portions of ” the word of God ” which list the meats God approved for human consumption.

Instead of  allowing the consumption of unclean meats, Paul’s instructions to Timothy actually affirmed that food must have PRIOR APPROVAL in the word of God (the Old Testament) in order to be eaten.  As a result, suffice it to say that in this passage, Paul is actually reinstating the pertinence and use of the Old Testament dietary laws.

It should also be noted that by reading the whole of 1 Timothy 4, we see that Paul was addressing the subject of enforced vegetarianism, not the subject of “unclean meats.”

Paul warned that: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith . . . speaking lies in hypocrisy . . . forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving . . .” (1Timothy 4:1-3, NKJV)

Paul’s argument was that it is permissible to eat animal flesh, the right way, as long as the meats were approved in the word of God. Paul was telling those living “in latter times”-which would be us, as many believe we are in the end times-that they should ignore those who say it is wrong or immoral to eat animal flesh.

Paul prophesied that people could continue to eat animal flesh in the latter days as long as the meats were “approved” for human consumption in God’s Word. Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are those sections of the word of God known to Paul that specified what types of animal flesh were permitted by God for human consumption.

However, on an additional note, do remember that CLEAN animal flesh may be eaten again if it is in accordance with ALL the rules in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 which includes (but are not limited to)

  1. Not eating the blood in the animals
  2. Not eating fat (so frying is ruled out)
  3. Not using condiments.
  4. Not eating animals already dead (or the ones slaughtered improperly) and
  5. Definitely NOT eating the animals which are raised and groomed by eating what they are NOT designed to eat!

So, I am quite sure eating cows that are raised to eat chemically enhanced foods or injected with abominable steroids and growth hormones will be out of the question!

Furthermore, dare I say that yes VEGETARIANISM is wrong, FRUITARIANISM is what is right.(or at least a diet that is mostly of fruit and fruit vegetables) as humans are not herbivores.

Therefore, for what it is worth, which is a lot, this passage of 1Timothy, really supports the clean and unclean foods laws as being pertinent to the New Testament Christian church.

Furthermore, most vegetarians forego the consumption of meat and replace it with genetically modified soy based products like tofu or eat freely of SEEDLESS and genetically modified fruits. In addition to this, they still consume mucus forming foods or ‘healthier alternatives’ to junk foods like fat-free popcorn. All instances here are wrong and erroneous as far as the body is concerned. So yes, Paul is right, erroneous vegetarianism should be avoided.

1 Timothy 4:4

Please note, however, that God will destroy people who try to “sanctify themselves” while eating unclean foods (Isaiah 66:17).

His word stays the same as is said in Malachi 3: 6 “I am the LORD, and I do not change” and Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

About 50 A.D., nineteen years after the crucifixion, the food laws were still in full force. This was in the time of the New Testament so claiming that this portion of the Bible nullifies the laws in the Old testament, (besides being an uninformed and unwise decision,) is clearly not the case.

The decision of the “Jerusalem Conference,” given by the apostle James, brother of the Messiah, required Gentiles to “abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication…,” Acts 15:29.

In the Acts of the Apostles, 15:29, we find that the original disciples still differentiate between clean and unclean foods, and this time Paul is in agreement with them. Six chapters later, in Acts 21:25, their decision to impose food regulations on believers is mentioned without regret, and this time Paul demonstrated his full agreement with them.

It should be noted that we must insist on finding the plain and exact confirmation when applicable that something in the New Testament has been “done away” with before we abandon the practice.

Very tellingly, this is very important in the case of Paul’s writings as Peter warned that Paul’s writings were easy to misunderstand (2 Peter 3:16 & 17) . “just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. ”

Subsequently, efforts should be made to ensure that one does not take a verse or verses out of context when reading his writings. Therefore, as many Bible Teachers would state, it’s best to read up on subjects in the Bible with a concordance or reference points and verses so scripture can build upon scripture for you to get the FULL meaning. The use of a concordance is to allow a student of the Bible to re-find a phrase or passage previously studied. It also lets the reader directly compare how the same word may be used elsewhere in the Bible.

See you in part 2 of this article.

Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of “Fitness: Inside and Out”, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally with a Bible-Based Diet and Exercise. For more information on this book or other natural health tips, visit his site at http://www.bodyhealthsoul.com/

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