There has been a common misunderstanding about the biblical diet… Some have said the the bible condones the eating of any food you like.
Eating what ever you like is said to be the result of the Messiah coming and dying for Israel and all mankind (Click here to see what the new covenant is which was established by the Messiahs death).
But what does the bible say about what we should be eating? There are a number of scriptures that are used to prove the biblical diet, that says we can eat whatever we like…
The Most common scriptures used are:
1 Timothy 4:1-5
We can can explore these together and see if the biblical diet is supported by these scriptures or not.
The first scriptures in Acts 10 is a probably the most common scriptures used to give authority to the notion that we can eat what ever we want to, let’s see…
I will present the whole of Acts 10 so you can read it here, there’s no need to go anywhere.
1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
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 upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit 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.
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
If we look at (Acts 10:1-5) we see that a centurion from the Italian band (Noah had 3 sons who populated the world Ham (Africans) Japheth (Europeans) and Shem (The seed of Israel and Middle eastern), Cornelius found favour with the Most High (Italians are from the seed of Japheth)
So much so that the Father wanted him to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which was until now, mostly only given to those of the House of Israel, so he told Cornelius to send for Simon whose surname is Peter.
Peter being a Jew of the House of Israel was given the order to go with men sent by Cornelius to speak to him about the Good news (Gospel) , which he was to find out later, but before he did this, he had the vision….
As you can see here Peter fell into a trance and what he saw was all types of animals fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air…. Which he was told to eat three times and also What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common, immediately when told this Peter replied that he had never eaten anything common or unclean? This lets us know that there was a biblical diet in effect. After Peter awoke from the trance he wondered what it meant (Acts 10:17 & 19 Read above!). REMEMBER! Peter was not accustomed to eating just any food?
Now the Men that Cornelius sent to Peter who was in Joppa at the time met him and asked him to come with them to see Cornelius (Acts 10:21-24). When Peter got to Caesarea where Cornelius was, Cornelius respected the Jews God so much that he bowed to worship Peter, but Peter told him to stand on his feet because he was just a man like Cornelius.
At this point Cornelius explains to Peter the vision he had where he was told to send for Peter in Joppa, then Peter recalls the vision he had about eating unclean animals and NOW understands its meaning to be SYMBOLIC! The unclean animals representing the Gentile (Other nations) outside of Israel, of which Cornelius was.
Peter explains this here Acts 10:28-48
He clearly says here that the Most High showed him ” I should not call any man common or unclean.” !!!
So we see that the Vision in Acts 10 was NOT related to FOOD AT ALL!! or what we should eat, the unclean animals were used in the vision as symbolism to represent Other nations
( Those nations that were not from the seed of Jacob who had 12 sons that became the Lost sheep of the House of Israel (the 12 tribes), which the Most High was now allowing open access to the Holy Spirit and Kingdom, if they would commit to keeping his Laws just like the Jews).
Other nations are –
Hamitic peoples – Native Africans
Japhetic peoples – Europeans, Caucasians (Ashkenazi Jewish also)
Shemitic Peoples – Arabs, Middle easterns, ISRAELITES
House of Israel (from the seed of Shem) – Negroes (Jews, consisting of the Tribes Judah, Benjamin and Levi ), Hispanics, Latinos, Aborigines, Samoans scattered all over the world and have no idea who they are hence “the lost sheep of the House of Israel”
A common scripture about a biblical diet which says we can eat anything we want also comes from –
Matthew 15:1,2, 7-12
1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread……
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
Here in this scripture we see that the Scribes and Pharisees who were the teachers of the law to the Jews, had started to introduce their own “Traditions”, the one in question here was the washing of hands, before eating.
The Pharisees questioned the Messiah because his disciples did not wash their hands before eating, so the Messiah replied…
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
The important thing here to note is that the SUBJECT was whether or not washing your hands before eating made you unclean according to the traditions of the Scribes and Pharisees.
This scriptures should not be used to justify the eating of any food and animal, the Messiah never said that, he only lets us know here that eating with unwashed hands does not make you or what you’re eating unclean….
The Scribes and Pharisees were offended by what the Messiah said concerning them and their “traditions” (Matthew 15:12) let us not be….
Here is what Paul Prophesied concerning the Biblical diet…
1 Timothy 4:1-5
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 God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
We can read above that there would come a time when we would be told to abstain from marriage and and meats, I’m presenting this scripture because it is a much overlooked scripture concerning the biblical diet.
The bible never told us that we should not eat meat (Read Leviticus 11 to find out what meat we should eat), but we find that Paul’s prophecy has come true, as part of the biggest church on the planet the Roman catholic church.
Here is what there canon says
Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
As you can see from their canon above Catholics are supposed to not eat meat on Fridays. Nuns and Priest not marrying I’m sure you will agree is common knowledge, all of these are traditions of men brought about by seducing spirits
***We should still be using the Dietary laws in Leviticus 11 to determine the foods we should eat.***
No Pork, Seafood such as prawns, lobster etc only fish from the see with scales and fins…. Click here to see a list of the Laws, that we should be using to please the YHWH.
So in Conclusion we can eat any food the the biblical diet says we can, which are those clean foods found in Leviticus 11, these laws were not put there for nothing.
Why didn’t the Most High just tell Peter he wanted him to preach to Cornelius instead of giving him a vision
A vision which is used today by many to justify the eating of all types of detestable food…??
Well! the answer is the Most High is testing us as believers to see if we really love him or the World, its is our job to work out our salvation, something we should not let anybody else dictate to us, here are some scriptures to ponder on –
Also for an images and pictures of the foods we should be eating checkout the post below:
Peace and shalom.