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Unlike Judaism, Christianity has no rule prohibiting (or commanding) the eating of pork. In fact, in Acts 10:9-16, Peter has a vision where a sheet is lowered from Heaven with "all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds" on it. He is then commanded to get up, kill, and eat the animals. To this, Peter is shocked and replies that he has never eaten anything ...


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There are a number of verses that talk about what you should or can eat and a few of them do concern vegetarian eating. There are a number of Christian sects that even have a "health message," where they prescribe a vegetarian diet. I think the most notable one is Seventh Day Adventists, but note that the diet is a suggestion in their mind, not Biblical law. ...


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Protestantism and Tradition I'm coming at this answer from a Protestant perspective. Since I've seen a variety of folk in my branch of Christianity hold hands during prayer, I'll assume you've been observing my people. We've inherited from Paul a suspicion of traditional rites and practices. When we do observe some custom, we are very likely to either: ...


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Well, the word "manna" itself means "What is it?" so I'm not sure you're going to find a perfectly satisfactory answer to your question. :-) In addition, it was created supernaturally by God, and He didn't share the recipe. :-) Since it was a single miracle, and not something that people still eat today, no one really knows personally what it tastes like. ...


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Canon Law 1251 says: Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays [...] (emphasis mine). In other words it is to be determined by the bishops exactly what constitutes abstinence. The bishops of Quebec can simply state that beaver meat is OK to eat on days of abstinence. They ...


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Not sure how definitive an answer I can provide to this question, but thought I'd contribute a few thoughts that came to mind. The "law," or "law of Moses," was codified by the Rabbi's in ancient times into the mitzvot, a collection of 613 laws compiled from a close reading of the Pentateuch. The mitzvot consists of "positive" (ie "do this") and "negative" ...


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Since you did not state which denomination you'd like to find out from, I will provide you an answer from a purely sola scriptura point of view. All verse emphasis mine. Taken wholly, the NKJV Bible does not contain the word vegetarian. However, there are a ton of verses about eating, the virtue of eating, what to eat and what not to eat. Let me give you ...


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The "good work" that one can do by eating fish on Fridays is penance. Perhaps it's hard to understand if you love fish and abhor meat, but that's not the case for most people. The following lines contain an excerpt of Keeping Friday, from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Jesus invited to carry the Cross and do penance for the good of the Church ...


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There seem to be two different questions addressed by the New Testament relevant to this issue: Does eating certain foods defile a man? Should certain people abstain from certain foods? I don’t think the New Testament teachings contradict. Jesus’ teaching in Mark 7 declares that the first question is answered ‘no’: there is nothing inherent in certain ...


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The Encyclopedia of Mormonism article on Emergency Preparedness explains that this practice is about simple pragmatism. It really has little if anything to do with eschatology; rather, the concept that members should maintain a stored supply of food is based on the simple reality that disasters and emergencies, both personal and wide-scale, do happen, and ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has useful information on how we should treat the animals. [2416] Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. ...


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A "potluck", in this context, is nothing more than a meal shared among members of a Church after a service. There's no doctrinal or ritual significance to it, as you know, and it's not ordained. it's simply sharing a meal amongst our Church family. Jesus often ate with His disciples, so an argument could be made that Christians can trace it there. You ...


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There never were any dietary Laws enforced in the New Testament aside from polite rules derived from brotherly love and the desire for peace during the time of transition between the shadows of the Old Testament and the realities found in Christ. Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not ...


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The bible portrays that God's original perfect design for his creation included that for humans be vegetarian: God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.” - Genesis 1:26 CEV 'Rule' - neither constitutes killing nor eating, but rather governing and nurturing - ...


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Isaiah 55 says: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why do spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight ...


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A great deal of this is copy-pasted from my answer to another, similar question. First off, Revelations 19 has a wedding feast. Revelation 19:9 (NIV) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Emphasis mine.) You ...


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There's no literal indication. Apparently (correct me if I'm wrong on this), the humans knew which animals were pure and which weren't even before of the flood. You can observe this when God tells Noah to take the animals into the ark: 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by ...


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In 1 Corinthians 11: 17-22, Paul is absolutely railing on the Corinthians: "For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk." (verse 21.) So far in my research, I've found that early Christians gathered together for love feasts, which was followed by the Lord's Supper. Unfortunately, some of the richer ones brought a ...


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Well, Jesus was able to eat after His resurrection, so I assume we will, too: Luke 24:39-43 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and ...


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This question is similar to many questions that find a command in the Old Testament and ask if it should apply to Christians today. It is important to note that the Old Testament refers to the Old Covenant. God has made several different covenants with different people at different times. The covenant which is of note here is the one He made with ...


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Ansari referred me to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which provides an example of this: The food taboos found in the Old Testament are observed by most people as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church prescribes them. The flesh of animals with uncloven hoofs and those that do not chew their cud are avoided as unclean. It is nearly impossible to get pork. Animals ...


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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 ...


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In the beginning every animal and man were all vegetarian. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. Gen 1:29 and 30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. ...


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Some commentators do employ a bit of speculation on this question, including Augustine himself. The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture summarizes Augustine, saying that the fish "represent the faith of the martyrs that have gone through the fiery trials of suffering." With respect to a similar passage in John 21, Augustine writes that "[t]he fish ...


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One way to come at this is not to treat it mathematically. When we treat natural language mathematically we are inclined to say none must mean 0% and all must mean 100%. However often when we use natural language there can be exceptions to statements (i.e. an implicit 'some' or other limitation on the statement). Such as when one says, "but everyone is ...


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There might be some confusion here, because killing animals in the church would probably not be done by most Christians. If, however, you mean "why to Christians kill and eat animals, in general?" then I can answer that. Christianity inherited its beliefs about food and animals from Judaism. Animals are perceived differently to Christians. They are not ...


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If I may speak from my convictions, Acts 10, while a fun story is not the definitive passage on this issue. Neither is Matthew 15:11-20, though I do love teaching that passage to middle school boys :) No, Paul wrote the treatise on clean and unclean foods in Romans 14. Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over ...


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Some Christians eat Pork. Some Christians like me don't. You may ask why do I obey dietary laws? Let me state my reasons. Malachi 3:6 - "I the Lord do not change." Hebrews 13:8 - "Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever." We see Jesus Christ saying this in John 10:30 - "I and the Father are one." Since Father and Son are one, we know that the ...


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There are few verses that mention that one shall not consume the flesh of swine: “Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you.” [Leviticus 11:7-8] Pork is also prohibited in the Bible in the book of Deuteronomy “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is ...



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