Is All Animal Flesh Good for Food?

By Mark Jenkins

Would you consider eating a dog? Probably not! Yet, one food manufacturer in China says that it is “fine, tasty and can warm the body.” In all likelihood, you would not even consider eating any number of things that might be acceptable to those in a foreign land, such as mice, admittedly poisonous fish and other so-called delicacies. You have personal standards that you simply will not violate when it comes to putting food in your mouth.

Yet, most do violate the standards that God has set for their dietary needs!

Would it not be logical that a loving God, who created the human body and the animals that man consumes as food, would tell man what he can and cannot eat? What does the Bible say on the subject? Does it even matter?

Some say that eating swine, catfish and rabbit is really no big deal. Many professing Christians believe that God somehow cleansed these meats in New Testament times, as revealed to Peter in a vision, described in Acts 10. Does this mean we can eat anything we want? Others claim that no meat products of any kind should be eaten. Let’s examine the plain biblical teaching about clean and unclean meats.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Everything on Earth—in fact, everything in the universe—has a designer. Someone designed the pattern from which your clothing is made. A whole team of engineers designed your automobile. When your car breaks down, often you must go to an expert to have it repaired. The information that mechanic has will surely have come from the designers of the automobile. By looking at the design of your vehicle, he can determine the problem and find the best way to correct it.

Your body was “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) by the Master Designer, Almighty God Himself. He knows exactly how everything in the body should work. He also designed the fruits, vegetables and animals that you consume. Who could possibly be more qualified to tell you what can properly nourish and sustain you than your Creator? We should look to Him for dietary understanding, not to man’s inadequate, limited knowledge. If the Designer of your body says that you should not consume something, you can be certain He knows best!

Most determine what they eat by taste, not by laws of good health. In fact, some of the things that people commonly call “food” are nothing more than slow-acting poisons, however tasty they may be. When it comes to plants, man can tell which are poisonous and avoid eating them. However, man simply does not have the ability to tell which meats are healthy and which are not. Nor does he need to. After all, God has already revealed what man may eat, and what he may not!

For instance: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (Genesis 1:29). We can see here that God has given us the fruits and vegetables for our health. He told us what to eat for nourishment. Similarly, He reveals which meats our bodies are able to properly digest. They are listed in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. In Leviticus 11:2, we read, “… These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.” Notice that there is a presumption here that we will eat animals. The question is not if we will eat animals, but which animals we may eat.

Our standards must come from God, not from our own reasoning. He wants you to have optimal health. The same people who will eat dog meat are horrified at some of the things Americans eat. Almost without exception, the things that you can’t believe others would eat (like dogs and mice) and the things foreigners can’t believe Americans would eat (such as oysters) have all been forbidden by God!

Every animal was created for a purpose, but that purpose is not necessarily for human consumption. Consider the following quote from Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet Is All Animal Flesh Good For Food?: “Just as every plant that God caused to grow out of the ground was not designed for food, so it is with animal flesh. Some will say, ‘Well, if swine’s flesh isn’t supposed to be eaten as food, what did God create swine for?’ You might as well ask, what did God create weeds and poison vines for? Everything may have been created for a purpose, but not everything for the purpose of eating.

“Now some believe that in the original creation—in the Garden of Eden—God did not intend any animal flesh to be eaten. God’s revelation on that point is vague, and many have argued it both ways. However, God has clearly revealed that certain animal meats are to be eaten as food now, in this age, and Jesus who came to set us an example did eat flesh as well as vegetables and fruits, and so do I. …

“The day will come when we will at last learn that eating greasy hog flesh and other unfit ‘foods’ has been a prime cause of cancer and other deadly diseases” (emphasis added).

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9 thoughts on “Is All Animal Flesh Good for Food?

  1. well people also justify eating any kind of meat by quoting MATTHEW 15:11 “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’” I was hoping that also would be touched on.

  2. I am 54 and until just the last few years none of all the church’s and religions have ever taught the importance of biblical foods. Only the Trumpet & PCOG have taught about Clean & UN-Clean foods. I can’t seem to find the TEN Commandments posted in these so called, Christian church’s. When I ask why the TEN Commandment’s are NOT posted, they become frustrated or upset. I don’t go back.

    • Well I’m not that much old but I’m sure you’re right where you should be: THE PHILADELPHIA CHURCH OF GOD.
      I have read many articles from different ”Christian” sources and listened to many ”men of God” preach and teach but none even comes close PCG when it comes to bible truth. They draw a straight line from the time of Abraham to our time and removes all the “contradictions” from the bible

  3. Great article! Our son, Luc, LOVES pigs…so this picture is a REAL hit with him!! It’s now our desktop background – for a while! :-) I think it’s the similar personality…slow, wallowy, etc, etc! :-)

  4. You forgot locusts and crickets. It may seem odd that God allowed us to eat certain insects, but He did. It says in Leviticus 11:22-23:

    ” Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.”

    Note that “beetle” is now commonly thought to mean “cricket” instead.

    Also, I found this article in the Telegraph that the giraffe is now also considered kosher:
    Apparently, the giraffe has cloven hooves and chews its cud, so it is safe to eat. I wonder what it tastes like?

  5. How revelatory this beautiful article is. Thank you for sharing this with us and for listing several examples of clean and unclean meats. Thank you~

  6. Ever since I fully repented of all my sins 10 years ago, I have made a conscience effort to change my eating habits which God has told us what to eat. I used to eat alot of pork before, But since I have quit eating Pig, the smell of it cooking stinks so badly that I can not believe I ate this meat . And I cant understand why anyone would want to eat it. It stinks so horrible.

  7. Having worked in the medical flied for the past 28 years, (nursing) I have increasing seen an awareness in this flied of how these unclean meats are not good for us, an example swine is very high in cholestrol which is now known to be a major factor in heart diease, amazing how God loved us enough to teach us how to look after our bodies. If we would only listen.

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