WHAT ARE THE BIBLE’S TEACHINGS ON FOODS???
THERE ARE FALSE DOCTRINES ABOUT FOODS THAT NEED TO BE AVOIDED..
I TIMOTHY 4:1
‘NOW THE SPIRIT SPEAKS EXPRESSLY, THAT IN THE LATTER TIMES, SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, GIVING HEED TO THE SEDUCING SPIRITS AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS.’
In the last days, as predicted by the Word of God, there are an abundance of false prophets, false prophecies, doctrines of devils, and seducing spirits. These are and will cause a great departure from the faith, a great distraction from the needed awareness of the times. The Word has been explicit, the Spirit has been warning expressly, in no uncertain terms. The ones who are not aware of such, are already, at least partly, in the deception.
If Christians tune in ... to the Spirit of God, they know that these deceptive, misleading doctrines are out there. The Spirit’s voice is clear, and precise. He is not pulling punches, He is greatly concerned that we are aware of the times. The ten virgins slept, in the parable told by Jesus, and much of the church is also sleeping, for they have not heard the clear voice of the Spirit.
There are other voices speaking, voices that should not be heard, but they are. These voices are the voices of demon spirits, devils of the spirit world. Many in the faith, are ignorantly listening to these voices. Some are being led astray.
There is a great need of the church to be aware of these other voices, to shun their messages from our hearts, and to speak to others concerning the lies being told by these demonic voices...
There are evil, deceptive, mis-directing lies of devils out there, some are being preached in churches, some are being gobbled up by naive saints. One such doctrine, involves food, diet, laws of dietary nature. The health conscious saints, who are not sinning in concern for their maintenance of good health, is often led into false doctrines, of which the Spirit has forewarned us.
God planned for mankind to have a varied and wonderful diet. The garden of Eden was filled with many, many trees, fruit, vegetables, and leaves. And mankind was told to enjoy and eat freely. God had planned a wonderful menu, and many natural medicines for maintenance and restoration of health.
"I have given you every plant yielding seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit, you shall have them for food."
In the Bible times, we find the people eating a cornucopia of foods. Grapes, figs, pomegranates, dates, cucumbers, carrots, beans, lentils, were common. They had spices to vary flavor, using dill, cummin, saffron, coriander, mint, mustard, turmeric, cinnamon, and rue, among others. Bread was made from whole grain, giving a fiber rich diet. They used the grains of wheat, barley, millet, sesame seed, rye. Melons and raw vegetables were commonly eaten. Fruits and nuts were common also. Nuts have shown to be useful in regulating blood sugar, and in lowering cholesterol. Cheese provided an inexpensive protein source. Olive oil was used daily, in a variety of ways, in most every meal. It is one of the most digestible of fats. It was used also as a fuel, as a healing ointment on wounds, and as a skin and hair conditioner. It aids bone growth, reduces gastric acidity, protects against ulcers, provides vitamin E as an anti-oxidant, and blocks the tendency of the blood to clot. Two thirds of a tablespoon of olive oil a day has shown to lower blood pressure in men. Four or five tablespoons of olive oil a day, has shown to improve blood profiles of heart attack victims. It has also shown to retard the growth of cancer.
Meats were eaten. They ate a variety of fish, fowl, and red meats. The poverty of many keep them from eating as much as many today do, but even they had an abundance of turtle doves, small game hens, which were easy to catch, and abundant. They could be used for sacrifices by the poor, and meat for their meals, that was readily obtainable, even if they had no home, job, or finances. Even John the Baptist, in the wilderness, could live upon the honey and locusts. The honey and dried locusts were often blended to make a nutritious and nourishing diet, of a ‘brownie-like’ meal.
The diet of those in Bible days, was conducive to good health. There were foods considered ‘clean’ and acceptable, and some that were unclean, and forbidden. Before even Moses gave the law, it was known that some animals were not acceptable for sacrifice.
"...of every clean beast, thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female."
That means on the ark of Noah, there were seven pairs (14) of some animals that were considered appropriate for sacrifice to God. The word for ‘clean’ is the Hebrew word ‘tahor’, meaning ‘pure, clean in a ceremonial sense. It is from the root word ‘taher’ meaning ‘to be pure, unadulterated.’
In the law, a more detailed description of ‘clean’ versus ‘unclean’ was given. A ‘clean’ animal had to be:
1. Unthreatening... Predatory and carnivorous animals were regarded as forbidden. Clean animals were generally vergetarian and cloven-footed.
2. Not tending to having parasites... Swine were forbidden for they were dangerous when under-cooked, due to parasitic organisms.
3. Not of value for other reasons... Camels were unclean due to their value to the community for other reasons.
4. ????? Another determining point is undefinable, and not fully understood. For instance, hares (rabbits) and coneys were considered unclean, and yet the reason is not fully understood.
Many foods were considered ‘unclean’ in the Old Testament. Yet, this ‘uncleanness’ was a ceremonial uncleanness. The defiled, of that which was ceremonially unclean, could be ‘cleansed’... This was done with the garments of priests, with the Temple items, and finally Jesus did it with ‘ceremonially’ unclean animals. In the New Testament time, we find that the defilement and uncleanness of foods was removed.
In type, Jesus showed that the defilement of the world, that contaminates, can be cleansed.
"PURIFY ME WITH HYSSOP, AND I SHALL BE CLEAN."