Friday, 05 August 2011
I did some Internet research, and came across a website called New2Torah that made a good point about this:
"The modern day Christian will usually point to Acts 10 in order to say that Yahweh made all food clean. This argument is quickly annihilated when countered with, “READ THE WHOLE CHAPTER”. Acts 10 has nothing to do with food and everything to do with people. Peter even says so in the chapter. He again states that the vision he had was about people in Chapter 11! Keep in mind that Acts 10 occurs at least 10 years after the death and resurrection of Yeshua/Jesus. So if His death and resurrection made all foods clean, Peter didn’t get the memo. “Certainly not Lord, for I have never eaten anything unclean!” Acts 10:14. Peter realized that the vision was about people and not about food. Isn’t it interesting that the same Christians will tell you that homosexuality is an abomination as stated in the Law of Moses just as eating pork in the Law is an abomination. But somehow after Yeshua’s/Jesus’s resurrection, pork is now ok but homosexuality is still bad. The Christian church is picking and choosing which commandment of Yahweh to follow and which to disregard." (Read the other "Church myths" here).
But then I thought recalled reading in the book of Mark that Yeshua declared all food clean. Mark 7:17-19, "After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 'Are you so dull?' he asked. 'Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.' (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)" It made me question, why is that part in parenthesis there? Was it added later by a translator who misunderstood what Yeshua was trying to say? If Yeshua declared all foods clean, then why did Peter keep Kosher years after Yeshua's death and resurrection?
And here's one more point: Isaiah 66:15-17 states "For behold, Yahweh will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword Yahweh will judge all flesh; And the slain of Yahweh shall be many. 'Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens After an idol in the midst, Eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together,' says Yahweh." If eating pork and other non-kosher food is okay to do now, then why is Yahweh destroying those who do?
Another argument is that these laws were only for Israelites, to keep them holy (holy means "segregated" or "separated"), but then why would Yahweh tell Moses, "The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the alien shall be the same before the LORD" in Numbers 15:15?
It is apparent that these laws don't only apply to the Israelites. This is what I've been thinking about a lot these days -- if you have any valid arguments against this I'd love to hear it because honestly it's going to be really hard trying to convince my Korean husband to give up almost all his favorite Korean delicacies to be Kosher (as well as it will be hard for me to give up carnitas, bacon, cheeseburgers, shrimp, etc.). I am going to keep praying to Yahweh about this because this information is all new to me and it will be very challenging to be kosher when I know family members will object to it; I'm not sure what to do or what He wants me to do.
Do you think Christians should be kosher? Do these laws apply to Christians or not? Who are these laws for if they aren't for Christians?