31 Oct Christianity & Food
Throughout the years we have been confuse on what should we eat as Christians in order to please God. Should we eat pork? What about shellfish? Should we only eat fruits and vegetables? The confusion may be due to the misunderstanding of the Old Testament and the New Testament. We will explain why there is no food restrictions for Christians today.
Laws of Moses
These laws, including the 10 commandments, were first given to Moses when the Israelites were in the wilderness. There were meat restrictions given to the Israelites that you can find in Leviticus 11. Restrictions include animals that only have fins to animals that have hooves.
God implemented these laws in order for the Israelites to be consecrated until Jesus Christ came into the world (John 3:16). Before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, believers didn’t have authority or power to cast out evil spirits. Therefore the only way Israelites would deal with evil spirits was by punishment for sin, avoiding certain meats, avoiding corpses, remain physically clean, and animal sacrifices in the Tabernacle.
Blood of Jesus Christ
As Christians we have the blood of Jesus Christ to overcome Satan and his kingdom (Revelation 12:11). So we are only redeemed from sin through the precious blood of Jesus and not by perishable things (1 Peter 1:18-19). With the blood of Jesus, we are not obligated to follow the Old Testament food restriction laws. Just as the blood of the Passover lamb protected the Israelites through the wrath of God towards Egypt (Exodus 12:27) is how the blood of Jesus Christ protects us from the wrath of God towards sinners (John 3:36). This is why Jesus Christ is our Passover lamb.
Christian Dietary Laws
As Christians we are not condemned for what we eat. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. – 1 Corinthians 8:8. We as the body of Christ shouldn’t argue with each other concerning small things but encourage each other (2 Corinthians 13:11). One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. – Romans 14:2-3.
However we need to feed ourselves in the things of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Since our God is spirit, his word is the spiritual milk we should long for (1 Peter 2:2, John 4:24). This is the reason why it is important for us to begin a habit of fasting regularly in order to grow spiritually. Eat the fruit that the Holy Spirit produces (Galatians 5:22). Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3.