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Eating of certain foods

Submitted: 12/31/2004
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Question: I am a christian in the undenominational church. I praise and worship Jesus Christ, I read the Bible daily, and live by his words, however I have recently met some friends who are Apostolic, and they make me feel guilty for eating 'unclean' food. Why is this so very important. It is like there eternal life depends on what they eat. The New Testament claims there are no unclean foods. Why are there so many loops these people must follow in order to feel the love of Jesus Christ?

Answer: The dietary laws of the Old Testament serve as a useful guide for healthy eating, but they no longer have any moral consequences. Some apostolic people (but not very many) have returned to Old Testament standards and have taken up Sabbath keeping, Jewish feasts, and even the dietary laws. They have missed the point of the New Testament, that all of the types and shadows of the Old are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. They are the shadows, but He is the substance. Paul writes in Colossians 2:16-23 - So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. 18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. 20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- 21 Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,' 22 which all concern things which perish with the using--according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. (NKJV)