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What the bible says about eating unclean meat?

Are health principles really a part of true Bible religion?
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2

Does health rules have anything to do with eating?
“and eat ye that which is good…” Isaiah 55:2

What items are mentioned as being unclean for eating?
Answer: Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 mentioned articles of meat God said was unclean ( Read both Chapters)

Why did God make a distinction between clean and unclean animals?
“To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. ” Leviticus 11:17

Answer: So that we may be able to distinguish what should be eaten and what should not be eaten.

How was unclean animals classified? 
– Animals which does not chew the cud and have a divided/split hoof ( Leviticus 11:4, Deuteronomy 14:7)
– Fishes and sea creatures which doesn’t not have fins and scales ( Leviticus 11:10, Deuteronomy 14:10)
– Birds of prey, carrion eaters and fish eaters ( Leviticus 11:13-20, Deuteronomy 4:11-19)
– Most creeping things or invertebrates (Leviticus 11:21-47)

Which unclean animals were mentioned as examples:

Answer: Camel, swine (Pig), hare, coney (rabbit), eagle, ossifrage, ospray, glede, kite, vulture, raven, owl, hawk, cuckow, swan, pelican, comorant, stork, heron, lapwing, bat.

Note: These were the few examples mentioned but when we follow the principles given in finding out which animal is unclean, there will be many others which fall under this category.


“But I Like Pork. Will God destroy me?”
“For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. ” Isaiah 66:15-17

The distinction between clean and unclean was made in all matters of diet:
“I am the Lord thy God, which have separated you from other people. Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing, … which I have separated from you as unclean.” Leviticus 20:24, 25

Wasn’t the law of clean and unclean animals only for the Jews and was nailed to the cross? Didn’t it originate at Sinai?
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. ” Genesis 7:1,2

Answer: Definitely Not! The Lord instructed Noah to bring in clean animals by “sevens” and unclean by “twos” into the ark. This tells us that were clean and unclean animals way before Sinai( Noah lived long before the Jews). The death of Christ had no effect upon these health laws, since Isaiah 66:15-17 states that all who break them will be destroyed at his second coming.

Let us put away those foods which brings dishonor to God; And make a decision that we will never put an unclean thing in our mouths again! The Lord is able to help us but we must first make our decision and remain true to our commitment. Remember Philipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ”

Further Study: What are the Dietary Guidelines on Clean Foods?

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  1. Sharon

    Help us Lord. So, God is only protecting us from diseases and ailments faced by so many of us.

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