Does It Matter What I Eat?
 
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When Israel was in the wilderness, God gave them many health rules. He gave them sanitation rules about how to dispose of sewage (Deuteronomy 13:9-14). He gave them quarantine rules to control the spread of disease (Leviticus 13:4,5,21,26,45,46; Numbers 11). He also gave them healthful diet rules (Leviticus 11). If you will study the categories of animals God called unclean, you will see that they were the scavenger type animals, birds and fish.

If the quarantine and sanitation rules were useful then, they are still useful now. By the same reasoning, if diet rules were useful for optimum health then, they are useful now.

Some have referred to Peter's experience on the rooftop in Joppa as an indication that God had changed the rules. God's vision to Peter was not to cancel these dietary rules. Peter himself understood this. The vision was given so that Peter would follow the men sent to him from Cornelius and share the gospel with them even though they were Gentiles. In explaining the purpose of the vision, Peter said, "God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean." Acts 10:28.

I know of nothing in the Bible that forbids the eating of meat. Jesus Himself ate fish and lamb. I personally am a vegetarian, not because the Bible forbids the eating of meat, but because in my opinion, I can enjoy better health by leaving flesh foods out of my diet. The fact that the original diet of Adam and Eve was a non-flesh diet reinforces my conviction that it is better.
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By Bob Edwards. © 2007 AnswersForMe.org. Click here for content usage information. Published with permission from the Voice of Prophecy, Simi Valley, CA.