Christianity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When the Lord let down from the heavens the blanket showing all the foods we could eat, pork was among them but I know that a few faiths still believe it is a sin to eat this unclean food. I don't know who to believe or where to find the answer.

share|improve this question

closed as primarily opinion-based by Flimzy, Thomas Shields, David, Dan, Jayarathina Madharasan Apr 25 '14 at 6:48

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Similar Question: Ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible? – mojo Jan 11 '14 at 2:57
Welcome to the site! This next has nothing to do with the quality of your question, it's just standard to help new visitors avoid misunderstanding the site (as I did at first.) As a new visitor, I'd recommend checking out the following two posts, which are meant to help newcomers "learn the ropes": help page and How we are different than other sites? – David Jan 11 '14 at 3:04
More relevant to your question: What to do with “Is x a sin” questions? We try to avoid trying to answer "who's right" here. It tends to lead to nothing but disagreement and confusion, so we stick to"what does group x teach" and agree to not argue "is groip x right". – David Jan 11 '14 at 3:06
Did Peter kill and eat as instructed in Acts 10? Was Peter hungry? Did Peter disobey God to avoid eating pork? Who was 'The Rock', Peter or Paul? – gideon marx Jan 11 '14 at 9:44

Look at 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV) (note verses 4-5):

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Paul said that every creature is good if it is received with thanksgiving because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

See this for more information: Is It Wrong to Eat Pork?

share|improve this answer

All Foods are Declared Clean

There are several places in the New Testament where all foods are declared clean. (Mk 7:19, Ro 14:14, Ac 15:28-29, as well as Ac 10, which you mentioned)

Disagreement in the Church

Even for non-essential issues, you will always be able to find some Christians who disagree. They cannot both be right, nor does it behoove you to side with one group as if they are always going to be correct. The fact that there will always be divisions among Christians only proves that we are corrupted by sin. You are to follow Jesus alone, not sinful men (like me).

Paul points out that we are each individually accountable to God for our choices, and that we are not necessarily beholden to someone else, as if we should please that person more than we should please God. (Ro 14:5, Col 2:16)

Is There One Answer?

The Protestant philosophy for dealing with this problem is to study the Scriptures yourself (with an open heart, desiring to know the truth, whatever it might be) and arrive at a conclusion that is consistent with the Gospel.

Other groups (e.g. Roman Catholics) might point to official conclusions based on their hierarchical structure of authority.

You are Accountable to God

Recursion: To choose between these two groups or philosophies is the same problem as the one you mentioned. In the end, you are accountable to God alone, so do what you think God wants you to do, and do it with a clear conscience.

share|improve this answer

This is a hotly debated topic. In the law of Moses, the Bible prohibits the Isrealites from eating pork and there is still open debate on whether or not this applies to us today:

Leviticus 11:2-4 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth: ‘Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat. ‘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 you;

And pigs (swine), are specifically warned against here:

Leviticus 11:7 ‘and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.

One could argue that since we are not living in Israel, this does not apply to us (e.g. the first portion says "Speak to the children of Israel...". Some argue that since we are grafted in through Jesus, they do apply to us. However, some argue that since we are under the New Covenant, this no longer applies to us. There are verses in the New Testament that one can interpret to say that all meat is okay, for example, this passage:

Acts 11:7-9 “And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ “But I said, ‘Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’ “But the voice answered me again from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’

However, if you read the whole chapter, it becomes apparent that this is a vision that illustrated to Paul that he is supposed to preach to the Gentiles. Whether or not it is also saying it is okay for us to eat pork is a point of debate. Many nutritionists, even non-Christian ones claim that pork is unhealthy to eat (e.g. it really is unclean).

Romans 14:21-23 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.

If we believe it is sin and we do it anyway, it is sin. I personally am not fully convinced it is okay to eat pork, so I try to avoid pork. However, we can be forgiven for all our sins, just by believing on Jesus for our salvation and asking Him to save us:

1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

share|improve this answer
Definitely agree about Act 11:7-9. Thing should be read in the context. Peter himself states that the meaning of the vision is that he should not call any person unclean. – algiogia Mar 31 '15 at 10:52

Short answer: Yes! You can eat pork as much as you like.

(Pork is my favorite. If I have give up eating pork to become a Christian, I prefer to remain an atheist. This is one of the reason why I am not a Muslim)

Long answer:

There are two types of Christians,

  1. Those who read the Old Testament too much
  2. Those who read the New Testament too much

The problem with the Bible is that there are two sets of Testaments and they both are clubbed in a single book. There are many things in the Old Testament which are not related to Christianity. There are also many laws that are obsolete for Christians. The more you read the Old Testament, the more you will be shaped into a a type of Christian who tries to follow the Old Testament laws. For instance, the OT says "Do not eat pork" but the NT says "All foods are clean". They are contradicting each other.

Christians should live by the New Testament. The Bible is useless if you exclude the New Testament. Christianity is based on NT and Judaism is based on OT. Are you a Christian? Follow what the New Testament says. Are you a Jew? Follow what the Old Testament says.

The Old Testament contains -

  1. History of Israel
  2. Prophecies about Messiah
  3. Laws in Judaism

The New Testament contains -

  1. The life of Jesus
  2. Salvation through Jesus
  3. History of Christianity
  4. Doctrines and Laws for Christians

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 (NIV)

We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.