"Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so!"
The famous childrens' song might have another verse: "Pork is yucky this I know, for the Bible tells me so!"
And modern studies are bearing out that fact. A recent Consumer Reports study found "significant amounts of harmful and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, along with low levels of a growth hormone used to promote growth in pigs..."
FoxNews.com ran the story in detail.
Check it out.
As usual, the Bible said it first:
The pig, because it divides the hoof but does not chew the cud, it is unclean for you. You shall not eat any of their flesh nor touch their carcasses. (Deuteronomy 14:8)
Jesus loves me this I know. Pork's no good, He told me so!
Aaron Eby relates an interesting video from Joel Osteen's church where Osteen tells his congregation to avoid eating pork or shellfish in order to promote healthy living. Is Osteen promoting kosher?
Many individuals and families who are beginning to walk in Torah commandments are interested in keeping "Biblically kosher", that is, eating according to the commandments of G-d. The commandments regarding food are primarily given in Leviticus 11 and in Deuteronomy 14. Kosher is a Hebrew word that means "proper". Although the word kosher is never used in Scripture to describe the food that is fit for consumption according to G-d's commandments, it is the word that has been commonly used for millennia to describe that food.
As was noted about a year ago in a previous article pork is not good for you. It seems that this issue has cropped up yet again in the news. This time a woman was severely debilitated as the result of a worm that was in the pork working its way into her brain. Fortunately the debilitation was only temporary until the worm was removed via surgery.
YouTube has a number of videos about Coke and pork. Some of them a hoaxes and some of the them are just plain stupid but the fact remains that pork often has parasites and you just don't know which do and which don't. Better to 1) obey G-d and 2) avoid the consequences. Do a quick Google search on pork brain worm and see what all comes up.
California Institute of Technology has this article on brain worms and brain amoebas. They do exist and the article points out that the "pork tapeworm is one of the most common disease-causing brain parasites".
G-d does not make up arbitrary laws. He knows that pork is not good for humanity. He has repeatedly told us not to eat it (and other things) that are unsuitable (Leviticus 11:1-23, Deuteronomy 14:3-20). Peter declares that he never ate anything unclean in Acts 10:14. He was a good disciple of the Master and in the same way we should also avoid unclean animals in our diet.
After a long break from words that brought anything Scriptural to mind...
The Merriam-Webster word of the day for January 21st was "palatable". These meanings were given:
1 : agreeable to the palate or taste2 : agreeable or acceptable to the mind
The previous article of this series addressed common myths regarding Sabbath observance for believers. This article will focus on addressing common myths Christians have about food.
First we should note that G-d does not change. Ever.
For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. - Malachi 3:6
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. - James 1:17
OK... I just wrote about thinking about what you are saying. Now for a different take on thinking and your mouth.
I was having a discussion with one of my coworkers when a guy on our team (who is an avid marathon and triathalon runner) walked by with a soft drink in his hand. My coworker teased him: "all the sugar in those soft drinks are going to make you fat". The soda-drinker replied "it's diet". My coworker's expression changed from a good-natured smile to outright horror as she replied "aspartame can kill you".
I get a news digest from CNN each morning and an interesting article recently came up about how people were getting ill with a rather unusual set of symptoms. It turns out the problem was caused by a fine mist of pig brain tissue these folks were inhaling as a result of working in a slaughter house. One of the women interviewed went from being able to walk to needing a wheelchair in 4 months.