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To Eat or Not to Eat

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,


I thank God for having always guided my steps, whether I knew it or not. The protection that He has provided to get me to this point in my life. When I was about 5 years old, my mother prepared liver as our family supper. I had never eaten liver nor many of the other foods that the rest of my family ate, such as the inward parts of cow, chicken, or pig. The smell alone made me sick. But I wanted to do as my father and the rest of my family so I asked my mother if I can also have liver for supper. She placed the plate in front of me and I started to feel queasy. But I wanted to do this, after all, this is what everyone else was eating, it must be good. After eating a portion of my serving, I did not feel well at all. I ran to the bathroom, barely making it before spewing it all out. I never ate liver again. I did eat beef, chicken, and pork in a very limited way. My family nor I had any of the light that God has given us regarding His prescribed diet. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them. Isaiah 8:20.


God gave us His health laws and principles for a reason. He loves us and wants to protect us from the harm and deceptions of the wily foe. His laws are for our own benefit. But too often, we give in to our appetites and indulgences without exercising any self-control. Instead of eating to live, we live to eat. We make eating the focus of our day, thinking of what we’ll eat and talking with others about what and where we ate and recalling all the details surrounding our meal and oh how good it was. Such an obsession with eating. This country is addicted to eating, over eating, and eating all the wrong things. Then they try to “diet” because they realize they need to lose weight as a result of their over- eating. They also have other problems. Their health deteriorates. Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, cancer, etc. They go to the Doctor who prescribes them a pill. What a shame that the recommended treatment doesn’t treat the problem, only the symptoms, while the remedy is plain and clear in the Word of God, in His Holy Bible. But Jesus ate fish. Yes, He did, it’s in the Bible. That is so, but the conditions to do so are plainly laid out in the Bible.


BIBLICAL GUIDELINES FOR FLESH CONSUMPTION

No Disease: DEU 14:21, MAL 1:13, ACTS 10:14

Clean Animal: LEV 11, DEU 14, ACTS 10:14

No Organs: EX 29:12-14, LEV 4:7-11

No Blood: GEN 9:4, LEV 3:17, LEV 17:11, ACTS 15:20

No Fat: LEV 3:17, LEV 17:11

Non Violent Death: LEV 17:15, ACTS 15:20

Eat Within Three Days: LEV 7:17, LEV 19:6,7


These conditions are ignored today and some are not even possible to follow. The oceans and waters are saturated with polluted matter. Fuel dumps from airplanes, fuel from cruise ships, aircraft carriers, cargo ships, boats, jet skis, human and animal waste, etc. Garbage from “recyclables” that are being dumped in the oceans. Fertilizer runoff. Nuclear waste from power plants, intentional or accidental from tsunamis or other events. Diseased. One can hardly call anything that comes from these waters clean. This is not the fish that Jesus ate. What about the Bible stating that we can eat of the clean animals and clean fish? Yes, after the flood, because plant life was decimated, God gave us, for a season, His approval to eat of such clean animals. This season is long over and there is nothing “clean” about these animals.


Genesis 9:3-6

9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.


Genesis 9:3 is the scripture about God, Noah, and the flesh diet after the flood.

Genesis 9:5,6- If man commits murder, the murderer is to be punished by man; but when the beasts are killed to be eaten, God Himself avenges their death.


Also, I often hear Acts 10 quoted as the reason to continue to eat of flesh foods.

10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

10:15 And the voice [spake] unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.

10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,

10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.

10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.


Peter did not comprehend God’s vision to him, until the Spirit spoke to him, and for what actually happened after the vision. God did not bring to Peter 3 servings of unclean food, He brought to Peter 3 Gentiles, unclean men as perceived by Peter. As an Israelite, Peter considered all Gentiles unclean. Cornelius the Centurion and the other men were Romans, Gentiles! Verse 28 clearly states that it is men that are being referred to as unclean, and not food.


Today, these animals are loaded with steroids or being fed the blood and meat of other slaughtered animals of their own kind. Animal cannibals. Diseased as their blood is filled with adrenaline while being led to the slaughter, Mad cow disease, hoof and mouth disease, salmonella, swine flu, etc. These diseases have only been present in more recent times and certainly did not exist in Jesus’ time nor during the season after Noah’s flood. While there has been more awareness of late for a plant- based diet being superior to a flesh or animal- based diet, including dairy, know that this is the original plan from the time of God’s creation. Even Daniels’ diet has been brought to the attention of the mainstream. Daniel proposed to Melzar a ten- day challenge whereby Daniel and the other 3 Israelite boys (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) would only eat of the foods prescribed by God, based on the Bible diet, and drinking only water, as opposed to all the other boys who were eating a flesh, animal- based diet and drinking strong wine (fermented alcohol). After the challenge was completed, Daniel and the other 3 boys were more fit, alert, intelligent, slept better, energetic, and in better health than their counterparts, proving that God’s plant- based diet is superior to man’s animal-based diet. Daniel 1: 8-16. Today, this is hope and encouragement for those who choose to make a lifestyle change. For Daniel and the three boys, it was not just a fad, rather, it was their way of life as was given to them by the Word of God. Daniel and the three followed and lived their lives’ as God instructed them to. God calls us all. God wants you to come to Him. Will you answer His call?


Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.


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