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My Discussion question is; if eating pork is a sin then why aren't Seventh Day Adventist required to be kosher. Since the laws of unclean animals are included in the Levitical law which requires Kosher rituals why aren't we required to do so now?

And if God does not require the ceremonial  laws which served as an example for sin, why  are we required to abstain from certain meats such as pork, which also served as an example for sin. Didn't these restrictions become unnecessary after Christ died.?

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There is nowhere in scripture, anywhere, that justifies eating unclean meat.  In fact, in Mark 5:1-16, "They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.[a] When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region."

Why would Jesus send the impure into what is pure?  He would not.  The swine were an abomination and so were the demons.

There is no basis anywhere in scripture for your position that eating pork is acceptable.

Philippians 3:19, "Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things."

What about col 2:21 which is a direct reference to the principles of unclean, or 1 Cor 10:35 where Paul directly says you can eat anything sold in the meat market. And Phil 3:19 is referring to an appetite for sin rather than for unclean meat.

You can't say no where in the bible when there are direct references. I can say that there is solid evidence that Jewish or ceremonial laws were laid aside by the Christian Church. It is also evident in our practice. So why are we holding on to this one?

Hello Herbert.

Another thought if I may, ... about what goes into the body.

If we are to "rightly divide" Jesus' statement about what goes "into the mouth", I think we need to ask things like, "Why did Jesus refuse the vinegar and gall when it was offered to Him at Golgotha?"

Was His refusal on that occasion purely symbolic? Or were there things that Jesus would not take into His body for other reasons?

The vinegar (cheap wine) mixed with gall were offered to Him for their sedative/anesthetic properties, but Jesus would not accept it into His mouth (Matt 27:34). I do not believe that Jesus ever took alcohol or drugs into His body. Why not? I suggest that He knew perfectly well that these would "defile" His body, and that this defilement would quickly go on to affect His mind.

He simply would not allow it.

Hello Stewart

I understand the issue with wine at his Death. But being Jewish he drank wine at other times, it was their custom. And I am not sure why you think I am advocating for drugs and wine? I am saying that there is no need for abstinence from what is unclean, which Adventist believe except for unclean meat, which is a non-biblical traditional belief.

Your right Herbert. If you want to keep the law, you must keep all of it, all of the 613 laws that apply to you, as there are some laws that depend on certain facts; such as some for women, others for men, and given certain circumstances, then you would have to do certain sacrifices for example for certain sins.

To the Jews of the Old Testament and the Gospels, all of the law was required to be kept, and God nor the Jews differentiated between laws and did not call some "ceremonial" and non-ceremonial, nor did Jesus.

The Apostle Paul covers these matters in his epistles, that we are not to judge one another as far as eating and drinking, new moons or sabbaths, as well as that different people esteem different days, some don't esteem them, but whether they do or not they still do so to the Lord God.

These matters have to do with conscience before God. Some people understand that they have liberty to a certain extent in Christ, will others do not. Touch not, taste not, handle not.

The real commandment is to love one another. No one is justified by the keeping of the law. Read what James said in Acts Chapter 15, when it was determined that the Gentiles were only required to abstain from blood and that offered to idols, strangulation of animals, and to avoid fornication. The leaders under the authority and power of the holy spirit decided not to trouble the gentiles with those matters.

Acts 15; "        And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.  7And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.  8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;  9And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  10Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  11But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

 12 ¶ Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them."

So, there are basically two camps, 1. those who attempt to gain righteousness by keeping the letter of the law that killeth, and condemns us as we are all sinners, and will continue to some degree sinning...

or 2. We obtain righteousness by what Jesus Christ accomplished as the sacrifice for man's sins, and accept the holy spirit of promise which is the token of eternal life, and then walk in the spirit and in love, by grace.

Now, I will not tell others they have to drink coffee, drink tea, drink alcohol, don't attend the weekly Sabbath etc. BUT WHEN YOU START JUDGING PEOPLE'S STAND WITH GOD ACCORDINGLY, YOU VIOLATE THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE NEW COVENANT, AS STATED BY PAUL AND EVEN JAMES, AND PETER, NOT TO MENTION THE ALMIGHTY HIMSELF.

So even if you want to do the law, then do it, but mind your own business. If you even want to wear phalacteries, the little box worn on the head by Pharisee Jews, and wrapping cloth around the forearms etc. thats your business and conscience before God. But judging others in eating and drinking, and the holy days (festivals and weekly Sabbaths, and the other Sabbaths) is NOW UNSCRIPTURAL ACCORDNG TO GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE LEADERS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS AND THE NEW TESTAMENT.

READ THE SCRIPTURES WITHOUT BIAS AND PREDETERMINED MIND SET. READ AND STUDY AND BE MEEK TO GOD'S WORD. I have heard SDA people act as though salvation was lost through eating meat, pork, coffee etc. etc. Some religious people forbid dancing, and God knows what, man's attempt to make his own righteousness, and following a religious system.

God hates man-made religions, including those in Christianity. Those that mind the things of the flesh tend to attack those that are lead by the spirit of God, who walk in grace and love, and the power of the holy spirit. The carnal Christians, reject the power of God, but insist on rules and regulations that either no longer apply, or that are optional according to conscience, or are not even in the scriptures at all.

Some SDA act self righteous, and glory in abstaining from meats, and judge others who partake of meat or pork or whatever. The Priests and Levites ate of part of the Bullocks that were offered to God under the law as commanded by God. So where do these people get their religious ideas from?

Look, you can do or not do according to your conscience, but dare not attack others who have liberty in Christ according to the scriptures of the New Testament.

see Isaiah 66;17 Those who 'consecrate' and 'purify' themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center--feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats--will come to a terrible end," says the LORD.

so yes, very interesting I let my students watch a video of an experiment done on coke being poured on pork and the acid brought out maggots, the pig is a filthy animal and we are not to defile our temples.

see Isaiah 66;17 Those who 'consecrate' and 'purify' themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center--feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats--will come to a terrible end," says the LORD.

so yes, very interesting I let my students watch a video of an experiment done on coke being poured on pork and the acid brought out maggots, the pig is a filthy animal and we are not to defile our temples.

Herbert you say

"in the Levitical law which requires Kosher rituals why aren't we required to do so now?

Where are these rules concerning the eating of clean meat such as cattle?

I know only of a teaching that we should not eat blood....is that your Kosher rule ?

Does the bible actually explain this ? Show me the verse and the cooking instructions....

Actually the Bible speaks of eating things unclean....is with dangers to our health

Meat of any kind I dangerous these days....that's why is better to eat plants

Shalom

Quite right Rob the Kosher rules is not in the Bible its a Jewish tradition. We need to be careful to follow the Bible and not manmade traditions. 

You are very wrong Ian, read Leviticus again.

Here is good Wikapedia information on Kosher.

Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Food that may be consumed according to halakha (Jewish law) is termed kosher in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér (כָּשֵׁר), meaning "fit" (in this context, fit for consumption). Food that is not in accordance with Jewish law is called treif (Yiddish: טרײף or treyf, derived from Hebrew טְרֵפָה trāfáh).

A list of some kosher foods are found in the books of Leviticus 11:1-47 and Deuteronomy 14: 3-20, as are also certain kosher rules. Reasons for food not being kosher include the presence of ingredients derived from nonkosher animals or from kosher animals that were not slaughtered in a ritually proper manner, a mixture of meat and milk, wine and grape juice (or their derivatives) produced without supervision, the use of produce from Israel that has not been tithed, or the use of non-kosher cooking utensils and machinery. Every law of kashrut, according to all Rabbinic authorities of the ages in a rare agreement, makes the assertion that the laws can be broken when human life is at stake. Among the dozens of sources for the laws of pikuach nefesh (the Jewish term for saving any life) are the multiple discussions in the Talmud, for instance B. Yoma 83a, "We have agreed in the case of saving a soul he may be given [by a doctor in this case] to eat even unclean things, until his eyes are lightened from death".

Clean and unclean animals

Main articles: Kosher animals and Unclean animal

Deuteronomy and Leviticus state that any animal which chews the cud and has a cloven hoof is ritually clean, but animals that only chew the cud or only have cloven hooves are not.[1][2] The texts identify four animals in particular as being unclean for this reason; the hare, hyrax, camel, and pig — although the camel is a ruminant and has two toes, and the hare and hyrax are hind gut fermenters rather than ruminants.[3]

The Torah lists winged creatures which may not be consumed, mainly birds of prey, fish-eating water-birds, and bats. Leviticus and Deuteronomy state that anything residing in "the waters" (seas and rivers) is ritually clean only if it has both fins and scales.[4][5]

Leviticus states that every creeping thing that crawls the earth is unclean (Hebrew: sheqets).[6] However, a bug born inside a fruit may be eaten if it has never crawled on the ground. All "flying creeping things" are also considered ritually unclean,[7][8] according to both Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Leviticus lists four exceptions, including locusts.

Animal products

In addition to meat, all other produce of ritually unclean animals, as well as from unhealthy animals, were banned by the Talmudic writers.[9] This included eggs (including fish roe)[10][11][12] and milk,[13] as well as derived products such as cheese and jelly,[13] but did not include materials merely "manufactured" or "gathered" by animals, such as honey (although, in the case of honey from animals other than bees, there was a difference of opinion among the ancient writers).[14][15][16] According to the rabbinical writers, eggs from ritually pure animals would always be prolate ("pointy") at one end and oblate ("rounded") at the other, helping to reduce uncertainty about whether consumption was permitted or not.[17][18][19]

Dairy products

The classical rabbinical writers imply that milk from an animal whose meat is kosher is also kosher. As animals are considered non-kosher if after being slaughtered they are discovered to have been diseased, this could make their milk retroactively nonkosher. However, by adhering to the principle that the majority case overrules the exception, Jewish tradition continues to regard such milk as kosher, since statistically it is true that most animals producing such milk are kosher; the same principle is not applied to the possibility of consuming meat from an animal which has not been checked for disease. Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a prominent rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has made the bold claim that with modern dairy farm equipment, milk from the minority of nonkosher cows is invariably mixed with that of the majority of kosher cows, thus invalidating the permissibility of consuming milk from a large dairy operation; the Orthodox Union, however, released a statement declaring the milk permissible based on some leniencies.

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Cheese

The situation of cheese is complicated as hard cheese usually involves rennet, an enzyme which splits milk into curds and whey. Most forms of rennet were formerly derived from the stomach linings of animals, but currently rennet is most often made recombinantly in microbes. Because the rennet could be derived from animals, it could potentially be nonkosher. Only rennet made recombinantly, or from the stomachs of kosher animals, if they have been slaughtered according to the laws of kashrut, is kosher. If a kosher animal is not slaughtered according to the halakha, the rennet is not kosher. Rennet is not considered a meat product and does not violate the prohibition of mixing meat and dairy.[25]

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Blood

One of the main biblical food laws forbids eating blood on account of "the life [being] in the blood". This ban and reason are listed in the Noahide Laws[33] and twice in Leviticus[34][35] as well as in Deuteronomy.[36] The Priestly Code also prohibits the eating of certain types of fat (chelev) from sacrificial land animals (cattle, sheep, and goats), since the fat is the portion of the meat exclusively allocated to God (by burning it on the altar).[37]

The classical rabbis argued that, in a number of cases, only if it is impossible to remove every drop of blood, the prohibition against consuming blood was impractical, and there should be rare exceptions: they claimed that consuming the blood which remained on the inside of meat (as opposed to the blood on the surface of it, dripping from it, or housed within the veins) should be permitted and that the blood of fish and locusts could also be consumed.[38][39][40][41]

To comply with this prohibition, a number of preparation techniques became practiced within traditional Judaism. The main technique, known as melihah, involves the meat being soaked in water for about half an hour, which opens pores.[42] After this, the meat is placed on a slanted board or in a wicker basket, and is thickly covered with salt on each side, then left for between 20 minutes and one hour.[42] The salt covering draws blood from the meat by osmosis, and the salt must be subsequently removed from the meat (usually by trying to shake most of it off and then washing the meat twice[42]) to complete the extraction of the blood. The type of salt used in the process is known as kosher salt.

Melihah is not sufficient to extract blood from the liver, lungs, heart, and certain other internal organs, since they naturally contain a high density of blood, and therefore these organs are usually removed before the rest of the meat is salted. Roasting, on the other hand, discharges blood while cooking, and is the usual treatment given to these organs. It is also an acceptable method for removing blood from all meat.[42]

Ritual slaughter

See also: Shechita

Of the rules appearing, in two groups, in Exodus, most do not express dietary laws, but one of the few dietary rules it does list is a ban on eating the meat from animals which have been "torn by beasts";[43] a related law appears in Deuteronomy's law code, totally prohibiting the consumption of anything that has died from natural causes, and even giving away or selling such things.[44] The Book of Ezekiel implies[45] that the rules about animals which die of natural causes, or are "torn by beasts", were only adhered to by the priests,[46] and were only intended for them;[47] the implication that they did not apply to, and were not upheld by, ordinary Israelites was noticed by the classical rabbis, who declared "the prophet Elijah shall some day explain this problematic passage".[48]

Traditional Jewish thought has expressed the view that all meat must come from animals which have been slaughtered according to Jewish law. These strict guidelines require the animal be killed by a single cut across the throat to a precise depth, severing both carotid arteries, both jugular veins, both vagus nerves, the trachea and the esophagus, no higher than the epiglottis and no lower than where cilia begin inside the trachea, causing the animal to bleed to death. Orthodox Jews argue that this ensures the animal dies instantly without unnecessary suffering, but many animal rights activists view the process as cruel, arguing that the animal may not lose consciousness immediately, and activists have called for it to be banned.[49][50]

To avoid tearing, and to ensure the cut is thorough, such slaughter is usually performed by a trained individual, with a large, razor-sharp knife, which is checked before each killing to ensure that it has no irregularities (such as nicks and dents); if irregularities are discovered, or the cut is too shallow, the meat is deemed not kosher. Rabbis usually require the slaughterer, known within Judaism as a shochet, to also be a pious Jew of good character and an observer of the Shabbat. In smaller communities, the shochet was often the town rabbi, or a rabbi from a local synagogue, but large slaughterhouses usually employ a full-time shochet if they intend to sell kosher meat.

The Talmud, and later Jewish authorities, also prohibit the consumption of meat from animals who were slaughtered despite being in the process of dying from disease; but this is not based on concern for the health of the eater, instead being an extension of the rules banning the meat from animals torn by beasts, and animals which die from natural causes.[51][52][53] To comply with this Talmudic injunction against eating diseased animals, Orthodox Jews usually require that the corpses of freshly slaughtered animals are thoroughly inspected. There are 70 different traditional checks for irregularities and growths; for example, there are checks to ensure that the lungs have absolutely no scars, which might have been caused by an inflammation. If these checks are passed, the meat is then termed glatt (גלאַט), the Yiddish word meaning smooth.

Compromises in countries with animal cruelty laws that prohibit such practices involve stunning the animal to lessen the suffering that occurs while the animal bleeds to death. However, the use of electric shocks to daze the animal is often not accepted by some markets as producing meat which is kosher.[49]

Foreleg, cheeks and maw

The gift of the foreleg, cheeks and maw (Hebrew: זְּרועַ לְּחָיַיִם וְקֵּיבָה‎) of a kosher-slaughtered animal to a Kohen is a positive commandment in the Hebrew Bible.

In rabbinical interpretation a continuing application of the commandment is identified. Rabbi Yosef Karo Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 61:1,[54] rules that after the slaughter of animal by a shochet (kosher butcher), the cuts of the foreleg, cheek and maw should be given to a kohen freely, without the kohen paying or performing any service.[55] This giving is required to be free of both monetary and servicial compensation (B.Bechorot 27a).

These gifts are entirely mundane ("chullin") and are not associated with all or part of the sacrificial offerings brought on the central altar in the Jerusalem temple (Mishna Chullin Ch. 10:1). Some chazal opinions maintain that consumption of the animal is forbidden before these gifts are given but halacha rules that although one may consume the meat before the gifts are given it is preferred to ensure the gifts are given prior to consumption. Furthermore, the actual foreleg, cheeks and maw of all kosher-slaughtered beef is forbidden to a non-kohen unless the kohen permits[56]

Food preparation by non-Jews

See also: Kosher wine

The classical rabbis prohibited any item of food that had been consecrated to an idol, or had been used in the service of an idol.[57] Since the Talmud views all non-Jews as potential idolaters, and viewed intermarriage with apprehension, it included within this prohibition any food which has been cooked/prepared completely by non-Jews.[58][59] (Bread sold by a non-Jewish baker was not included in the prohibition.[58][59]) Similarly, a number of Jewish writers believed food prepared for Jews by non-Jewish servants would not count as prepared by potential idolaters, although this view was opposed by Jacob ben Asher.[60]

Consequently, modern Orthodox Jews generally believe wine, certain cooked foods, and sometimes even dairy products,[61][62][63] should only be prepared by Jews. The prohibition against drinking non-Jewish wine, traditionally called yayin nesekh (literally meaning "wine for offering [to a deity]"), is not absolute. Cooked wine (Hebrew: yayin mevushal), meaning wine which has been heated, is regarded as drinkable on the basis that heated wine was not historically used as a religious libation; thus kosher wine includes mulled wine, and pasteurised wine, regardless of producer, but Orthodox Judaism only regards other forms of wine as kosher if prepared by a Jew.

Some Jews refer to these prohibited foods as akum, an acronym of Obhde Kokhabkim U Mazzaloth (עובדי כוכבים ומזלות), meaning "worshippers of stars and planets". Akum is thus a reference to activities which these Jews view as idolatry, and in many significant works of postclassical Jewish literature, such as the Shulchan Aruch, it has been applied to Christians in particular. However, among the classical rabbis, there were a number who refused to treat Christians as idolaters, and consequently regarded food which had been manufactured by them as being kosher;[citation needed] this detail has been noted and upheld by a number of religious authorities in Conservative Judaism, such as Rabbi Israel Silverman, and Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff.

Conservative Judaism is more lenient; in the 1960s, Rabbi Israel Silverman issued a responsum, officially approved by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, in which he argued that wine manufactured by an automated process was not "manufactured by gentiles", and therefore would be kosher. A later responsum of Conservative Judaism was issued by Rabbi Elliott Dorff, who argued, based on precedents in 15th-19th century responsa, that many foods, such as wheat and oil products, which had once been forbidden when produced by non-Jews were eventually declared kosher. On this basis he concluded wine and grape products produced by non-Jews would be permissible.

Tainted food

For obvious reasons, the Talmud adds to the biblical regulations a prohibition against consuming poisoned animals.[64] Similarly, the Yoreh De'ah prohibits the drinking of water, if the water had been left overnight and uncovered in an area where there might be serpents, on the basis that a serpent might have left its venom in the water.[65] In a place where there is no suspicion of snakes, this prohibition does not apply (tosafos, beitzah 6a).

Milk and meat

Three times the Torah specifically forbids "seething" a young goat "in its mother's milk" (Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26, and Deuteronomy 14:21). The Talmud interprets this as a general prohibition against cooking meat and dairy products together, and against eating or deriving any benefit from such a mixture. To help prevent accidental violation of these rules, the modern standard Orthodox practice is to classify food into either being meat, dairy, or neither; this third category is more usually referred to as parev from the Yiddish word parev (פארעוו) (also spelled parve and pareve) meaning "neutral". As the biblical prohibition uses the word "Gedi" and not "Gedi Izim", the flesh of all "Behemoth" (domestic mammals) is categorised as "meat", while that of fish and bugs is considered parve; however, rather than being considered parve, the flesh of birds and "chayot" (like deer) has been regarded by halakha (Jewish law) as meat for over 2000 years, though only by Rabbinic decree.

One of the major dietary laws that observant Jews keep of Kashruth is that dairy and meat may not be eaten at the same meal. Though it is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, Rashi held that it was connected to two major ethical laws in the Jewish heritage from the original Five Books of Moses, which are first: to respect the mother animal, Exodus 23:19 "You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk" (C.F. to above law about mother birds, Deuteronomy 22:6, "If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young."). Which some held relate to the "hurt to living" (tzaar baalei chaim) statute cited throughout Jewish law, against hurting any living thing, the Mishnah Avoth 1:12 "Be a disciple of Aaron... and love all of God's animals" (chaim, living), also "His compassion is over all of His creatures" (Psalm 145:9) again the term is "chaim" living things

please list the Kosher rules found in Leviticus. 

Hello Jason

Please look at the evidence provided. Kosher is clearly biblical, ask your pastor.

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