You are what you eat! A search on this statement returns a wealth of result, from book titles, beauty tips, diet tips and the like. It is very clear from just some basic research that what we eat affects our health. If only we had some guidelines to know what to eat and stay well.
I’ve had friends over the years who when faced with a terminal illness have sought alternative health paths, either because normal medicine can’t help them anymore or they don’t like the prescription being offered. What’s been reported is that the first bit of advice given by an alternative health practitioner and even some of the mainstream practitioners is “don’t any any more pork.”
As I became dissatisfied with religion, I began a journey of getting back to the original text of the Bible. I’d been raised a Christian and my starting point was that if God was real and He had really written the Bible, then all I really needed to know was what he said in it. Now I’m already convinced the bible is true. A book can’t predict the future with pinpoint accuracy and be false. There are multiple proofs to clearly demonstrate that the text we have today of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the bible is authentic and accurate. (Unlike any other book, you can actually test and validate the results). However, this is not the matter for discussion now.
What I found, however, is what we have often been taught that the bible says is simply wrong. As part of the journey, we came to the Torah instructions regarding food. At this point, I’m still of the mind that the Old Testament is old and irrelevant and these instructions don’t apply anymore. So, I and a few others started wondering, “Why would God say that?”
Although not immediately discovered I did find something profound that affects all our attitudes regarding food. Anyone with biblical knowledge will understand that there are clean and unclean foods. BUT, are there?
What I found was striking. Deuteronomy 14:3 “You shall not eat any abomination. 4 These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5 the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex,[a] the antelope, and the mountain-sheep. 6 Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat.
That which is considered clean is food to eat. That which is unclean is not food at all, but an abomination. So, Deuteronomy 14:7 Yet of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cloven you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, because they chew the cud but do not part the hoof, are unclean for you. 8 And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch.
Of course looking at the other instructions we find that shellfish, crab, prawns are not food, where fish with scales and fins are. Through a single thought change, we have introduced a flaw and opened the floodgates to stuff that we ingest that the Creator doesn’t consider food. No wonder we get sick.
Still I did research on pig meat. Pork, bacon, etc. Based on that research alone, I will never eat pig again. Separate to this, being keen on a healthy environment, I read how mussels/shellfish are used to see how polluted waterways are. They can do this because the toxins in the water end up in the flesh of the mussel/shellfish. Yes, the very delicacies that we love. Toxins and all!
I began to see why the creator gave a list of animals that were to be considered clean and therefore food and which were not. By ingesting the flesh of unclean animals that are not supposed to be food, we are putting our immune systems under great stress and actively hindering it from working, keeping us well and whole.
Many Christians will argue that the food instructions were overturned in the New Testament. All I say is look again. Never is the Torah of God overturned anywhere at any time. We read into the scriptures things that aren’t there because we either want to do our own thing or we don’t have an understanding of the context of the passage.
Many have said to me, I’m not giving up my bacon. Fine, I won’t argue with you. We all have free will. What I am saying is that the Creator has given instructions for the best way to live, even down to what we eat.
There is so much good information about food provided by specialists in their fields. All I’m saying is start from a perspective that gives you the best chance of finding the best dietary intake for health, healing and taste and that is the Creators perspective.
Again real science backs up the creators position. People live longer using the Creators guidelines and healthier to boot. Do some searching yourself and see what I mean. Be Blessed Aryeh.