by Harley Howard

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The Book of Leviticus Chapter 11 (5 of 14)
Harley Howard

In this chapter we see dietary laws of the Old
Covenant. Many people debate on whether we should
keep these food laws as far as health is concerned. I
guess you could, if you choose to do so, but there is
a warning that is often overlooked. There is a
tendency for many people to equate dietary laws or
rituals as a spiritual badge of maturity or
righteousness. None of that is found in the New
Testament. Eating certain foods and not eating others
does not affect your spiritual walk or position with
God one whit. I urge those who are involved with
eating only certain foods not to allow yourselves to
become proud and attempt to delegate guilt trips or
some kind of legalistic mindset on the people of God
as far as food is concerned.

There are plenty of scriptures in the New Testament
that would confirm all of what I have just said. For
example, Romans 14:1-3,13-23. 1st Corinthians 8:8,
and of course Colossians 2:16-17.

Now if you want to eat the same kinds of foods that
are outlined in the Old Testament and not to eat the
food restricted, that's fine, help yourself and enjoy.
But if you know someone who likes to eat an occasional
piece of ham or lobster, don't get on your soap box
and condemn them for doing it.

Read vss 1-3

We see that the instructions are clear. Any animal
that has a parted hoof and is cloven footed, and chews
the cud, (cud being food that is regurgitated from the
stomach and chewed again) is clean. Now some people
continue to insist that people should be vegetarians
and they attempt to use the bible to prove it. In
fact, some say that God doesn't want us to eat
animals. Well what in the world do you do with
passages like these? God clearly tells the children
of Israel that they can eat of all the animals that
are on the Earth. So what's the problem here? I
believe that God has clearly spoken about ...

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