“And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.” Leviticus 11:7
From the Ten Commandments, we go through the set up of the tabernacle and the sacrificial laws, then the very next laws we see are concerning food and cleanliness -Leviticus 11-15 +17.
From the previous posting, we know that God has reasons for all He he commands. Based on that then, why should we stay clean? Because it’s healthy for us. Uncleanliness is actually a good way to spawn diseases.
What about not eating the pig? The same is true.
The Bible tells us that the pig is unclean for us. Is it?
Well, ask yourself.. what is the pig? Along with all the fancy scientific names, we learn that the pig is an omnivore. This means that they eat anything, plant or animal, dead or decaying. This also includes urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals! And that’s just what they eat!
Something else to learn about pigs is that they carry parasites and diseases. A parasite known as Trichinella Spiralis, most commonly found in rats and pigs, is the cause of Trichinosis. If ingested, it can lead to serious issues and even death. And this is only one parasite! Pigs carry over a dozen parasites, and we haven’t even touched on the diseases -30 of which can be easily passed to humans.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10. The pig is nothing even close to life.
Check out this site for more pig facts and details on things mentioned here and prepare to cringe (http://www.ensignmessage.com/archives/porkfacts.html).
So, can we say “unclean” is accurate then? You better believe it! You might as well eat your fill from a garbage can. That’s basically what you’re doing when you consume pork.
Now, there is an argument that comes hand in hand with this topic -refrigeration and cooking methods as means of killing the parasites in the meat.
Issue one with this is rather small and quite possibly might be insignificant to some. It’s the fact that man made those methods, and that man is fallible. Point is, you still take a chance when you eat pork even if it has been cooked and properly frozen.
Issue two has to do with toxicity. The site linked above says several things about toxicity and the pig. Here are a few:
-The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.
-When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.
-Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.
-The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.
Toxicity is not something you can get rid of by merely freezing the meat or cooking it to death. Toxic is what the pig is. It’s their physical make up. And it’s toxicity that our bodies still can’t handle like the pig can -making them the worlds most efficient garbage cans.
So, based on these facts alone, why would anyone want to put it within ten centimeters of their mouth?
Please.. I beg you. Do not ignore the truth about the pig. I pray with everything that is in me that next time you have the choice to eat it, you will decide not to take the risk. Your life is too precious to risk it. God knows this as well. That’s why He gave these rules to the Israelites to keep them from harm.
He wants to do the same for you. Please, let Him!
There are certainly far more animals than just the pig that the Bible says to stay away from. Choose one and research it and see if you can find out why God would command such a thing.
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