Is it wrong to eat pork?

Q. Someone told me the other day that eating pork was wrong.  They said that the Bible teaches that eating pork is wrong.  They also told me that Jesus was a vegetarian and that the Apostles all taught the early church to be vegetarian.

Eating pork was indeed prohibited under the Law of Moses.

Leviticus 11:7,8

7 and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you.

8 ‘You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

But, we are not under the Law of Moses today.  Nothing in the Law of Moses is to be bound on New Testament Christians.  Paul writes to Timothy and he warns about those who would restrict our eating of meats

1 Tim. 4

4:1 ¶ But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,

3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;

5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

You see, according to the teaching of the New Testament no meat is prohibited today.  It is no longer considered “unclean” because it is “sanctified” (which can mean “made clean”) by the word of God and prayer.

There are many people today that will tell you that it’s wrong to eat certain meats, it is true that there are certain cultures that have identified certain meats that they will not eat, but these are not God’s prohibitions.  Remember what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write.  Paul said that those who forbid abstaining from foods which God has created are “deceitful spirits” and are teaching the “doctrines of demons.”  We will look at another verse on this subject in just a minute

There is a lot of mis-information about Jesus being a vegetarian and the status of the early church with regard to eating meats.  Notice these passages:

Matt 14:19

“Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds”

Acts 21:25

“But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, having decided that they should abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication.”

Rom 14:21

“It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.”

1 Cor. 8:8 

“But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.”

1Co 10:25 Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake;

Acts 10 :9-15

9* ¶ On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.

10* But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;

11* and he *saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,

12* and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.

13* A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”

14* But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”

15* Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”

John 21:9-14

9* So when they got out on the land, they *saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread.

10 Jesus *said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.”

11* Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.

12* Jesus *said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord.

13* Jesus *came and *took the bread and *gave it to them, and the fish likewise.

14* This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.

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