Are the Food Laws of Leviticus 11 Scientific?
If "nothing is unclean of itself" (Romans 14:14), should we consume canned RATTLE SNAKE and FROG'S LEGS? If "every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused" (1 Timothy 4:4), shall we eat ESCARGOT (SNAILS) and WHALE BLUBBER? Did Peter's vision (Acts 10) somehow cleanse CAVIAR, CLAM CHOWDER and chocolate covered ANTS? Were the prohibitions on PIGS and RABBITS merely temporary, ceremonial rituals until "the cross of Christ," or are there scientific, health principles involved in avoiding these unsanitary creatures?
We believe mushrooms are not "GREEN" and therefore should be avoided since YEHOVAH God said, "I have given every GREEN herb for meat (food)" (Genesis 1:29-30). They are a FUNGUS and many are POISONOUS. BLOOD should be avoided also (Leviticus 3:17). "Thou shalt not eat it, that it may go well with thee" (Deuteronomy 12:25). Why? Because BLOOD transports BODILY WASTES and POISONS to excretory ducts in the body. Infectious DISEASES can be transmitted to man by ingesting BLOOD of diseased animals (e.g. tuberculosis). Ezekiel condemned those who "eat with the BLOOD" (Ezekiel 33:25). We must also avoid FAT (Leviticus 7:23-24). Why? Because "where the diet is rich in these ANIMAL FATS, heart disease is generally a problem" (Prevention, 1980, p. 134). Saturated FAT causes a buildup of cholesterol in human arteries and veins. This in turn causes atherosclerosis. Excess animal FAT has been linked to Pancreatic and Colorectal Cancers (Diseases, 1983, pp. 224, 228). Avoid HAMBURGERS! Regarding PORK, HAM and BACON, YEHOVAH God said, "the SWINE, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch"(Leviticus 11:7-8).
Ezekiel said, "Ah, Lord God! Behold, my soul hath not been POLLUTED; for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces, neither came there ABOMINABLE (Hebrew: "PIGGUL") flesh into my mouth" (Ezekiel 4:14). An interesting consequence of the runinant-type digestive process is the fact that ruminants aren't PREDATORY or CARNIVOROUS! They get all the nutrition they need from PLANTS! This PLANT-EATING nature results in LESS DISEASE and FEWER PARASITES. But the PIG is a SCAVENGER eating DEAD and DECAYED flesh (often of other UNCLEAN animals). TRICHINOSIS is caused by "ingestion of uncooked or undercooked meat that contains T. spiralis cysts. Such cysts are found primarily in SWINE" (Diseases, p. 426). There is no specific treatment or cure for TRICHINOSIS and the disease can be fatal. Diagnosing the disease in man is extremely difficult since the symptoms are mistaken for at least FORTY other diseases. Thus its EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS are hidden from Americans! And "there is no 'safe' temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that parasitic organisms are killed" (Leviticus, p. 125). PORK and HAM digest in a period of THREE HOURS whereas CLEAN MEATS require 18 HOURS to digest (pp. 48-50, Health Guide For Survival). It is interesting that the nation of Turkey avoids eating PIGS or any other unclean meat and has a very low incidence of cancer compared to America. Israel's parliament prohibits the "raising, keeping, or slaughtering" of swine in most areas of the country. Former Prime Minister David BenGurion stated at the Jubilee celebration of Israel's Medical Association that, "Israel has the lowest death rate In the world" (i.e. the highest life expectancy). As YEHOVAH God said, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee" (Exodus 15:26).
But doesn't the New Testament abolish these Kosher laws? Of course not! Yeshua the Messiah destroyed a herd of PIGS -- not the Kosher laws (Matthew 8:32). James told gentiles to avoid BLOOD (Acts 15:29). Paul said to "touch not the UNCLEAN thing" (2 Corinthians 6:17) and stated that "No... UNCLEAN person... hath any inheritance in the kingdom" (Ephesians 5:5). Leviticus 11:43 defines UNCLEAN people as those who have eaten UNCLEAN creatures. Romans 14:14 and 1 Timothy 4:4 refer to the controversy between meat-eaters and vegetarians. Nothing else. In the near future, "the Eternal will come with fire, and with his chariots... They that sanctify themselves ... eating SWINE'S FLESH ... shall be consumed together, saith the Eternal" (Isaiah 66:15-17).
Some common problems with vitamins, supplements and additives are as follows: B vitamins can be derived from PORK liver, zinc from liver or SHELLFISH, and vitamins A and D often come from SHARK OIL. Royal Jelly is a queen BEE SECRETION. Pancreatic Enzymes such as Alpha Amylase are derived from a HOG pancreas. Ambergris, used for flavoring, comes from a WHALE'S intestines. Magnesium Stearate is a NON-KOSHER ANIMAL derivative. Glucosamine is derived from Chitin -- the exoskeleton of SHRIMP, LOBSTERS and CRABS. Glucosamine Sulfate cartilage extracts are derived from SEA CUCUMBER, green liped MUSSEL and SHARK cartilage. Calcium is often derived from OYSTER shells. Most of the above ingredients also have a vegetable source. Neither poisonous METHANOL (wood alcohol) nor ACETONE (paint remover) is usually identified as a natural component of coffee on the label, but both are present. Carmine (Cochineal) is a red pigment derived from a Mexican scale INSECT (coccus cacti) used to color Maraschino cherries and spices. Castoreum comes from BEAVER glands. Civet Absolute is a flavoring derived from CATS. L Cysteine is derived from HORSES. Emulsifiers and Shortening are often ANIMAL FAT. Glycine is often an ANIMAL gelatin and Glycerine is often from BEEF FAT. Magnesium Stearate and Stearic Acid can both be from ANIMAL FAT. Polysorbate 60, 65, and 80 come from Stearic Acid and are therefore also ANIMAL FAT. Lysine and Albumin both come from BLOOD. Mono- and Di-glycerides can come from NON-KOSHER ANIMAL sources. Oleic Acid can come from ANIMALS FATS. Pepsin is an enzyme from HOG stomachs used as a coagulant in cheese. Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids can be derived from ANIMAL FATS. Propylene Glycol (Alginate) is ANTI-FREEZE. The Resinous Glaze (Shellac) used to coat pills and candies comes from INSECT secretions. Marshmallows are made from NON-KOSHER ANIMAL gelatin.
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