Clean and Unclean Foods!
The topic of foods being " clean or unclean" may seem a
bit antiquated, or perhaps strange, but even modern science has
supported the concepts of certain foods being healthier (clean) and others
being unhealthy (unclean).
Let's take a look at the specific scriptures first, then
we can discuss the general ramifications of modern-day scientific
support. This will only be a brief discussion on the subject, but
will be far more than is needed to prove the truth that there
are, indeed, foods which God created that are unfit for human
The majority of the details of foods which are considered fit
for eating are found in Leviticus 11:
Leviticus 11:1-47 "Now the LORD spoke to Moses and
Aaron, saying to them,
2 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'These [are]
the animals which you may eat among all the animals that [are] on
3 'Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having
cloven hooves [and] chewing the cud -- that you may eat.
4 'Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew
the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it
chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to
5 'the rock hyrax, (rock rabbit or Dassie) because it chews the cud but does not have
cloven hooves, [is] unclean to you;
6 'the hare, (rabbit) because it chews the cud but does not have
cloven hooves, [is] unclean to you;
7 'and the swine, (Pig) though it divides the hoof, having cloven
hooves, yet does not chew the cud, [is] unclean to you.
8 'Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you
shall not touch. They [are] unclean to you.
9 These you may eat of all that [are] in the water: whatever in
the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the
rivers -- that you may eat.
10 'But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have
fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing
which [is] in the water, they [are] an abomination to you.
11 'They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat
their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an
12 'Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales --
that [shall be] an abomination to you.
13 And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds;
they shall not be eaten, they [are] an abomination: the eagle,
the vulture, the buzzard,
14 'the kite, and the falcon after its kind;
15 'every raven after its kind,
16 'the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the
hawk after its kind;
17 'the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl;
18 'the white owl, the jackdaw, (A Eurasian bird (Corvus monedula) related to and resembling the crows) and the carrion vulture;
19 'the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the
20 All flying insects that creep on [all] fours [shall be] an
abomination to you.
21 'yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps
on [all] fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet
with which to leap on the earth.
22 'These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the
destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and
the grass hopper after its kind.
23 'But all [other] flying insects which have four feet
[shall be] an abomination to you.
24 By these you shall become unclean; whoever touches the carcass
of any of them shall be unclean until evening;
25 'whoever carries part of the carcass of any of them shall
wash his clothes and be unclean until evening:
26 '[The carcass] of any animal which divides the foot, but
is not cloven-hoofed or does not chew the cud, [is] unclean to
you. Everyone who touches it shall be unclean.
27 'And whatever goes on its paws, among all kinds of animals
that go on [all] fours, those [are] unclean to you. Whoever
touches any such carcass shall be unclean until evening.
28 'Whoever carries [any such] carcass shall wash his clothes
and be unclean until evening. It [is] unclean to you.
29 These also [shall be] unclean to you among the creeping things
that creep on the earth: the mole, the mouse, and the large
lizard after its kind;
30 'the gecko, the monitor lizard, the sand reptile, the sand
lizard, and the chameleon."
". . .41 And every creeping thing that creeps on the
earth [shall be] an abomination. It shall not be eaten.
42 'Whatever crawls on its belly, whatever goes on [all]
fours, or whatever has many feet among all creeping things that
creep on the earth -- these you shall not eat, for they [are] an
43 'You shall not make yourselves abominable with any
creeping thing that creeps; nor shall you make yourselves unclean
with them, lest you be defiled by them.
44 'For I [am] the LORD your God. You shall therefore
consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I [am] holy.
Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that
creeps on the earth.
45 'For I [am] the LORD who brings you up out of the land of
Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I [am]
46 This [is] the law of the animals and the birds and every
living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature
that creeps on the earth,
47 'to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and
between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not
be eaten.' "
Many people believe these are simply a part of
"old" customs and traditions which were "done
away" with in the New Testament and with Christ's death,
but is this true?
Most often, the New Testament Scripture used to support this
claim is Acts 10, starting in verse :9;
"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew
nigh to the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about
the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while
they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to him,
as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let
down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth,
and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing
that is common or unclean.
15 And the voice [spoke] to him again the second time, What God
has cleansed, [that] call not you common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he
had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from
Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood
before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter,
were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him,
Behold, three men seek you.
20 Arise therefore, and get you down, and go with them, doubting
nothing: for I have sent them. . ."
Peter learned that there were "gentiles," commonly
considered "unclean" by Jews of that day, calling upon
him. He eventually came to understand the point of the vision he
received . . .
" . . . 28 And he said to them, you know how that it is
an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or
come to one of another nation; but God has showed me that I
should not call any man common or
Notice this was Peter's discernment of what God was telling Him, after He was pondering this questionable vision that told Him eating unclean foods was now OK. He "doubted in himself..." what the vision should mean. It was obvious Peter was not immediately taking it as it was seemingly being given. Peter, three times refused to consider eating the unclean animals, and later understood.
This was NOT God telling all of us that all "unclean" foods were now clean and ok to eat. This clearly shows that this supposed "proof" text
is nothing of the kind, but is God's way of showing to Peter
that He has called some NON-Jewish people into His church, who were considered "unclean," into the same calling that
was initially given to the Jews. "God has showed me that I
should not call any man common or unclean," not foods that were, and still are, unclean according to God's word.
Here are a few other scriptures to consider . . .
Leviticus 7:26 "Moreover you shall not eat any
blood in any of your dwellings, [whether] of bird or
Leviticus 3:17 "[This shall be] a perpetual statute
throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall
eat neither fat nor blood."
Virtually everyone, NOW, realizes scientifically, that
eating the fat of animals isn't healthy. For decades,
though, this was ignored by a large percentage of the world's
It shouldn't be surprising that a vast amount of the
world's food supplies are unclean foods. From a scientific
standpoint, you can support the issue of a food being
"unclean." Most of the unclean foods can be
demonstrated to be, literally, unclean.
Most of these foods are considered to be
"scavenger" animals that eat the wastes of other
animals, and help to clean up the environment. Lobster, shrimp,
shell fish and other water scavengers contain high levels of
heavy metals. Pigs, as you well know, scavenge the land and will
eat literally anything they come into contact with.
The issue here, however, isn't whether we can prove
whether or not the unclean creatures listed in the Bible are, in
scientific fact, "unclean," but whether we are willing
to believe what God tells us, along with everything else He has
told us through the pages of the Bible. We can't reject what
we don't like or don't agree with.
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture [is] given by
inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Please realize that "all scripture" referenced
refers to the "Old Testament Scriptures" because that
is all they had at the time, therefore, these scriptures must be
valid because Timothy was written well after Christ's death,
which supposedly "nailed the laws to the cross."
This is just another topic that has been largely ignored by
the Christian world, and even many of the Jewish people, who
still hold the Old Testament scriptures as valid, ignore this
command. You just have to decide what you will do with this
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