Why do Christians eat pork when the Bible explicitly prohibits doing so?

Just check out LEVITICUS, chapter 11, verse 7-8. It reads:

"Also the pig, because it is a splitter of the hoof and a former of a cleft in the hoof, but it itself does not chew the cud. It is unclean for you. You must not eat any of their flesh, and you must not touch their dead body. They are unclean to you."

So why do the majority of Americans (80% of which are Christians) eat Pork??

Update:

I'm asking this because I don't eat pork and shellfish because of health reasons. They are considered scavenger animals, or the cleaners of the earth (they are able to eat garbage/waste).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Pork is still unclean. It is an extremely unhealthy animal to eat.

    The distinction of clean and unclean foods were made all the way back in the book of Genesis with Noah, who wasn't even a Jew. So these food laws were meant for everyone. And they were never changed.... People have thought it is now ok to eat because of mis-interpretation of scripture....

    The verse where it says not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man, but that which comes out of the mouth,this defiles a man has nothing to do with unclean foods, if people read the entire section in context the Pharisees were telling them they were defiled because they did not wash their hands before breaking bread.

    The verses in Acts where Peter see's a sheet come down showing unclean animals and saying they are clean isn't literal. If they read further it explains those verses, it actually says it wasn't talking about the animals literally, it was talking about the Gentiles (who were originally considered unclean). Once Stephen was stoned the Gospel was taken to the Gentiles. God was telling Peter that they are no longer to be considered unclean anymore. It refers to PEOPLE, not animals. The animals in the vision were just used as an example.

    The verse that says everything God has created is good, and no food is to 'be rejected, provided if is received with thanksgiving: the word of God and prayer make it holy.... By examining this passage in its overall context, Paul was countering a false teaching by saying that it is permissible to eat animal flesh as long as the meats were approved in the word of God. Paul was addressing the subject of enforced vegetarianism, not the subject of "unclean meats."

    Pork is still an un-healthy, un-clean animal. God didn't change the animal and he didn't just change His mind about them. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Suzy, you raise a valid point. The Bible does indeed prohibit eating pork, as well as other animal flesh, as recorded. There is one thing that a lot of people sometimes don't catch.

    What I mean is the context of the passage. Who is speaking? Who is listening? What is the topic and why is this topic being addressed? When was this topic addressed? As you can see, there are a lot of variables to consider.

    In this case, God is speaking to the nation of Israel, as they're in the wilderness or desert, between Egypt and what was called Canaan in those days. God gave these dietary laws and other laws to Israel in order to keep them a pure and holy nation. God wanted them to be different than the other nations. So this was mandatory and binding upon the nation of Israel as part of the Law of Moses.

    Now, after reading Leviticus, turn to the Book of Acts, chapters 9 and following. Peter has a dream where he sees all kinds of animals, clean and unclean according to the Law, and hears, three times, a voice saying that nobody should call something "unclean" what God made clean. Besides, Jesus Himself said that it wasn't what you ate that made you unclean but what you did.

    In summary, unless you are a member of the nation of Israel, living under the Law of Moses, and--by the way--keeping ALL of the Law, then the Leviticus passage doesn't apply to you. If you don't want to eat ham, pork, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, or any other meat from swine, then don't eat it. Nobody will fault you. It's just that Christians are not, repeat NOT, under the Law of Moses. We should be following the Law of Christ which is to love God and your neigbor.

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  • 4 years ago

    Actually, that is why Jews and Muslims don't eat pork. but, as you have done some research before you put that chip on your shoulder, you know that Christians do not follow Jewish dietary laws. There is nothing in the New Testament about eating or not eating pork. Now, have a nice BLT and settle down.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Thank you for being so bright! You have just quoted part of the Jewish kosher law. Jesus was Jewish and I have always wondered why christians pick and choose which bible rules they will use. Another one is the Sabbath. If the bible says that God created the earth in 7 days, and the first day he created light, that would be Sunday, right? So, therefore, when he rested on the 7th day, that would be the Sabbath on Saturday. So why then do christians think the sabbath is on Sunday? Just remember that man wrote the bibles....all of them. And it was man who created all of the gods since history began. Therefore, non of it should apply anyway since man wrote it all himself. I hope I didn't complicate your answer too much. You had such a great start, you really did.

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  • 1 decade ago

    9 ¶ On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

    10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

    11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet bknit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

    12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

    13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

    14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

    15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

    16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

    Acts 10:9-12

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  • babbie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You do realize that Leviticus is laying out the Law of Moses, given to the Israelites, and that Christians are not Jews? We believe we live under Grace, not the Law. So Leviticus has nothing to do with us. Although some Christians follow the food restrictions for health reasons, as you do.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because they are Paulites not Christians.

    Jesus is reported to have said:

    Matthew

    5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

    5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    So this says that Jesus thought that all the Jewish laws applied.

    But Paul, long after Jesus' alleged death, says:

    Romans 10:4

    Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

    2 Corinthians 3:14

    But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

    If that last is true, then WTF is the OT doing in the Christian bible?

    Once again we have a contradiction between bible verses. So people 'interpret' it and do whatever they want, using the applicable verse to support their actions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Kosher laws were given only to the Jewish people to follow before the time of Jesus. Once Christ made a complete sacrifice for sin by dying on the cross, the Law of Moses was fulfilled and no longer is applicable to Christians. Instead we have the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us internally in the will of God.

    To be saved, and made free from the law of sin and death, all a person needs to do is believe in Jesus Christ. He died on the cross and rose from the dead for you. A simple sinner's prayer is all it takes.

    Yours in Christ, Nick

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  • 1 decade ago

    Perhaps you are unaware there are three types of laws in the Old Testament. The 10 Commandments, or universal laws, made for everyone. Then there are laws for the priests of the temples of the Jews. Then the common civil laws for the Jews. The one you quote is of the civil nature.

    Port is unclean the way it was eaten back then and in some ways it still is, depending on what country you live in. Unless they are grain fed, a pig is a disgusting creature, on par with a rat.

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  • 1 decade ago

    With all respect, I believe there are many Christians who

    A)have never read the bible, just know what they hear in church

    or

    b)Pick and choose which parts of the Old Testimate are still true today. If they believe it is valid to their argument or beliefs it should still be true today. If it will be an inconvenience for them it no longer holds true.

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