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Why do most Christians eat pork when Deuteronomy says not to?

Why do most Christians eat pork? Initially, the prohibition against pork was part of the Law giving to Moses as Deuteronomy 14:7, 8 states. However, you must not eat the following animals that chew ...
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Does Christianity allow eating pork and horse meat, which even though it is prohibited by the Jewish Law?

Dietary rules among Christians vary from sect to sect. The starting point for understanding the Christian views on food regulation is in the book of Acts, chapter 10, when Peter has a vision and is ...
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Why do most Christians eat pork when Deuteronomy says not to?

This is part of a larger question about whether/how the Old Testament Law still applies to Christians of today. What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it? When Christ came, ...
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According to Protestants following the Reformation, what did Jesus mean when he said "do this and you will live"?

Protestants typically argue that Jesus is explaining how one might be "saved by works," and not suggesting that it is actually possible for the man to accomplish it on his own – on the contrary, he ...
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Does Christianity allow eating pork and horse meat, which even though it is prohibited by the Jewish Law?

The answer which focuses on Acts 10 is excellent, but this statement from the Jerusalem Council, also recorded in the book of Acts, is also pertinent: It is my judgment, therefore, that we should ...
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Did Samuel act as a priest on top of being a prophet?

Pay close attention to the words and what they are referring to here: 1 Samuel 1:1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham,...
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?

It is not about abortion, it's about Jealousy and the Lord acting as a witness in trials that otherwise had none. Note that the NIV is the only translation to use the word 'miscarriage' (see Numbers ...
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Why do most Christians eat pork when Deuteronomy says not to?

Why do most Christians eat pork, in light of Deuteronomy 14:8? Is this a contradiction? Looking at Christianity from the outside, one could see that the eating of pork is a contradiction, but in ...
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How was sin not counted before the law?

In answer to your related question "How did people know right from wrong before the law?", I included the following: There was always a 'law' before it was written on tablets of stone and given to ...
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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

As someone else stated in an answer to a similar question of yours, "The Catholic Church does stand behind the verse, but insists that it be read in context, and in the context of the literary genre ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

Jeremiah 31:31-34 English Standard Version (ESV) The New Covenant 31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house ...
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What is the origin of the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of the Old Testament law?

Division of the law in the early church The law has been "divided" since the early church, but at first only into two parts. Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Augustine, and others described a ...
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Why is Ruth's child in the line of Boaz and not Mahlon?

tl;dr> Why was it recorded like that? because the story is making a theological point, not a legal one Is this the norm or the exception? the exact particulars of Boaz are exception, but it is ...
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Why couldn't a person in the OT be both priest and king?

The strongest restriction is that the priests of the Israelite nation could only be from the tribe of Levi, and specifically on descendants of Aaron. Some verses showing this include Numbers 3:10, 3:...
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What does the Bible tell us about how people knew right from wrong before the Law of Moses?

Firstly, understand that men and women are made in the image of God, who by His nature defines 'goodness'. There was always a 'law' before it was written on tablets of stone and given to Moses: God ...
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What is "jubilee(s)"?

In the Hebrew Bible, Jubilee refers to a set of practices around forgiveness of debts and restoration of land. Basically, every 7 years the people were supposed to hold a "sabbath" for the land and ...
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Does Christianity allow eating pork and horse meat, which even though it is prohibited by the Jewish Law?

Christianity is broad in its beliefs of what may be eaten and what may not be eaten (see Acts 15, 1Co 8, and Gal 2:11-14 for a peek at early church debates on what foods may or may not be eaten). ...
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Was the near-stoning of the adulterous woman something to be considered common practice, or was it strictly to trick Jesus?

In short, the argument you heard is sound. In John 18:31, the Jewish leaders make it clear they are unable to execute anyone by Roman law: So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge ...
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Why do most Christians eat pork when Deuteronomy says not to?

Because most Christians are Gentiles (non-Jews). A lot of people want to make the Mosaic Law an all-or-nothing proposition. That was the view of some of the early Jewish Christians, who demanded that ...
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How did Cain and Abel know to offer sacrifices before the Law of Moses?

Though many interpret God's rejection of Cain's sacrifice to be because it was not a blood sacrifice, the text doesn't support it. One has to take from another context and make suppositions to arrive ...
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Was Esau's Birthright also a physical token?

Probably not. Even in our modern era, there is such a thing as a valid, non-voidable, oral contract, and it is enforceable in a court of law, under certain circumstances. If person "A" promises orally ...
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Was Barnabas' land ownership as a Levite against Mosaic Law?

I am not sure you are interpreting the law about Levites owning land correctly. Joshua 10 describes the division of the land between the tribes, but does not assign it to individuals. Verse 14 gives ...
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What is the Law of Moses comprised of?

Good question. There is confusion in some quarters that it refers solely to the 10 commandments, but it is clear from scripture that it refers to all of God's commandments as given in the Torah (...
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What is the basis for believing that 40 lashes would be deadly (especially in Roman law or jurisprudence)?

What is the basis for believing that 40 lashes would be deadly (especially in Roman law or jurisprudence)? This is a false assumption! For one thing, the Romans were not limited in the number of ...
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Do Protestants believe it is easier for New Testament believers to fulfill the moral law than it was before Christ?

Welcome to the group. I'm new here myself. Do those verses show that the Christian is more able to fulfill God's commands than the old testament believer was? No, they do not, but maybe not in the ...
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?

That passage doesn't even say the woman was pregnant, yet pro-aborts use it to rationalize abortion! It shows how desperate they are -- as if they actually cared about what the Book of Numbers said. ...
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Can a Christian marry his deceased brother's wife?

The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England has a Table of Kindred and Affinity which lays down prohibited degress of relationship where a marriage may not be contracted. A similar table is ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, were the Levitical sacrifices also penal substitutions?

Charles Hodge (Systematic Theology, 3.7.6) and Herman Bavinck (Reformed Dogmatics, v3, III.7) are two Reformed theologians who make a number of exegetical arguments from Old Testament passages to ...
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Is there a clear verse to stop circumcision for all males?

Circumcision is not just a law, it was a sign of the covenant between the Lord and Abraham and his descendants. Yes, circumcision was reaffirmed and included in the law given to Moses, but this ...
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According to Catholicism, why does Paul spend so much time arguing that the law doesn't apply, when Jesus seems to indicate that it does?

Acording to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (as usual, emphasis is mine): 577 At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus issued a solemn warning in which he presented God's law, given on ...
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