Why do Muslims abstain from pork?

The prohibition of pork in Islam is derived from the following verse of the Glorious Qur’an:

“Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.”

[Al-Qur'an 5:3]

Let us examine various aspects of this prohibition:

1. Prohibition in Earlier Scriptures

Islam is a culmination of the same monotheistic religion that was revealed to earlier prophets. Although the Glorious Qur’an is the only revelation that is extant in its original revealed text, some remnants of earlier revelations can be found in the Bible.

The Bible prohibits the consumption of pork, in the book of Leviticus

“And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you”.

“Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you.”

[Leviticus 11:7-8]

Pork is also prohibited in the Bible in the book of Deuteronomy

“And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.”

[Deuteronomy 14:8]

A similar prohibition is repeated in the Bible in the book of Isaiah chapter 65 verse 2-5.

2. The Nature of Pork

The main utility of pigs in the ecosystem is as scavengers. They live and thrive on muck, feces and dirt.

It could be argued that in developed countries, pigs are bred in very clean and hygienic conditions. Even in these hygienic conditions the pigs are kept together in sties, and so the chances of them consuming filth are very high.

3. Health Aspects

Research has shown correlation between pork consumption and several diseases. Eating pork can expose the individual to various helminthes (worms) like roundworm, pinworm and hookworm. One of the most dangerous of worms is Taenia Solium, which, in lay man’s terminology is called the pork tapeworm. It harbors in the intestine and is very long. Its ova i.e. eggs, enter the blood stream and can reach almost all the organs of the body. If it enters the brain it can cause memory loss. If it enters the heart it can cause heart attack, in the eye it can cause blindness, and in the liver it can cause liver damage. It can damage almost all the organs of the body.

A common misconception about pork is that if it is cooked well, these ova die. In a research project undertaken in America, it was found that out of twenty-four people suffering from Trichura Tichurasis (another worm commonly found in pork), twenty two had cooked the pork very well. This indicates that the ova present in the pork do not die under normal cooking temperature.

Pork has very little muscle building material and contains excess of fat. This fat gets deposited in the vessels and can cause hypertension and heart attack. It is not surprising that hypertension is a common ailment due to the prevalence of the consumption of pork.

Thus the prohibition of pork in Islam is a blessing.

 

113 Comments

  1. Stephen Villano says:

    Friend, your article is entirely in error in a number of areas.
    First, pigs do NOT eat feces, muck and dirt. Earthworms do that. Pigs are omnivorous, they eat plants and animals. They NATURALLY eat leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. They’ll also scavenge, hence one of the reasons of prohibition, as scavenger meat most certainly can carry a high toxin load, not to mention all manner of pathogens.
    Additionally, pigs share a large number of highly similar biochemical receptors. In short, one can consider the Spanish influenza pandemic, which killed between 50 and 100 million people.
    Recent research, based upon preserved samples of tissues infected with the virus, clearly showed the origin of the pandemic.
    In WWI, the British camps had a large common holding area for livestock, adjacent to the abattoir.
    In those stockyards, wild ducks and geese would enter with the domesticated ducks and chickens, spreading avian influenza. From the ducks, it passed into the nearby stockyard holding swine. The swine became infected with the new influenza and it mutated slightly. Just enough to infect humans.
    From there, the rest is history, as the old saying goes. It had shifted JUST enough in the pig to easily infect humans and spread around the world.

    As far as pork having very little muscle building material and an excess of fat, THAT is due to practices in raising the animal. In a feral state, they are loaded with muscles and have little fat, indeed, a full grown boar or sow can easily kill a human!
    But, eating pork, being so similar in so many biochemical ways, is as dangerous as eating human. A disgusting thought for a good reason, not the least of which is, diseases get rapidly spread that way.
    So, both are haram for good reason.

    • alhas says:

      Brother stephen,
      you are right but not in all points..
      First, i disagree with the point “pigs do NOT eat feces, muck and dirt”
      99% pigs do that…1% may be vegiterian i dont know…this we are seeing this day to day life…vist some rural Asian countries.
      second..would appreciate if you elobrate the following thats interesting…
      But, eating pork, being so similar in so many biochemical ways, is as dangerous as eating human.

  2. M.O says:

    Brother Stephen,
    I grew up in one of the under-developed countries that brother Alhas was talking about. And I can confirm what he said that pigs eat dirts and feces. I do not mean to gross you out but eating pork is kind of gross anyway if you have seen what I have seen. There in my hometown where only few houses have toilets, people normally just put newspaper sheets on the floor and do their business. Immediately after they finished, before they even wiped themselves, these pigs would come and eat the dos quickly. I believe that it is still going on over there today. I was as young as 8 years old when I first experienced this and since, I have viewed eating pigs as eating my own feces. Out of all the animals in the world that God made available for us, would it kill us to let one be just for our own good?

  3. Why do Muslims abstain from pork?

  4. Julien Dusk Summer says:

    H-How would people know this…?

  5. Jeff Kujat says:

    Acts 11:4-9

    Peter began and explained it to them in order: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. 6 Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is nonsense! I was raised on a farm and I saw all my life firsthand how all animals live and eat. Pigs are no more "scavengers" than chickens are. Why aren't chicken's prohibited? Many more people get sick from chicken and from eggs than from pork, why aren't they prohibited? And pigs don't eat feces. This is absolute nonsense. In fact, any animal might ingest a little feces along with their food and thereby get these worms, because that is the normal life cycle of the worms: sheep, goats, cows. We had to give worming medicine to all our animals to keep them from getting worms. Pigs don't eat feces, muck and dirt. It's absolute nonsense.

  7. Anonymous says:

    All of this is just trying to justify what is written down and prove that it makes sense when it really doesn't. If pork were so darn dangerous as you are all saying, then all of us who eat pork would be sick and unhealthy, when in fact we have a longer life span than in Muslim countries. The reason you think pork is "gross" is because you've been told that your whole lives. Pork is a very healthy meat, as healthy as chicken for sure. I have seen chickens eating dead meat the same as pigs do, but no one has trouble eating chicken. It is really illogical. You are just trying to prove that the book is scientific, but it's not. Believe it if you want, but don't try and insist that it is all based in science, because that is false.

  8. Oscar Wen says:

    Just because muslim people don't eat pork and you think the justification is nonsense you shouldn't really say this. Some might see it as an offensive post because you mention it, it might seem offensive. Its not because its been told their whole lives, its their belief and the people who have been 'told their whole life' may believe too. They think that pork is disgusting because it kinda is. If you think of the TRUE stereotype that pigs roll around in mud and eat human food scraps and be cannibals because the scraps sometimes contain PORK itself, it isn't really anyones fault they might think its a little disgusting and don't want to eat it.

  9. Zayna Gichi says:

    1. Western nations have longer lifespans because of advanced urbanization and scientific medicinal technologies. The Middle East is still developing, as well as other regions such as Africa and Asia, where birth rates are through the roof, but lifespans are shorter.

    2. Pork is in no way a healthy meat. The over-consumption of pork and pork fat can cause a lot of dietary problems. Meat like pork is not comparable to white meat like chicken, which generally contains less fat and more protein.

  10. ATOR says:

    its cuz in allah's time the pigs in he's/her era is gross these days pigs are well kept….. we all humans are born to die so accept the fact that whatever you do or whatever you will be doing you i mean we are all going to die

  11. Man Methaya says:

    A lot of bull. Dogs are not any cleaner. The way I see it is that pigs/swine is the only animal God want to protect from man. Think about it: every other animal are allowed to be eaten by man. The swine alone are protected, like they have a constitutional right against being slaughtered by human. No other animal can boast this and that's pretty cool.

  12. Mohammed Farooqui says:

    Bharat Bhandari he might have asked the question to a Aghori.. lol

  13. Mark 7:15-20 -There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

  14. Zayna Gichi Then it is a health issue and not a religious one?

  15. Nicole Shoo says:

    Zayna Gichi I have eaten pork since I was a baby. I'm pretty sure that I am healthy and living. So I don't understand why we should be against this. Obviously too much of something can be bad for you, but it's not like we are obsessed.

  16. Rob McFarland says:

    Zayna Gichi it's weak and doesn't take in many factors of Swine influenza for example. The other is how Pigs are not good at all for herding and thus any crisis situation a very poor choice over other protein herding animals. Leaving a galvanized group of people to trade with others their pigs on friendly terms when choosing to move. Thus, any Jewish historical person, imo, is doing their heritage a disservice only looking through a lens as described above. When the lens above of regarding religion would be repeatedly reinforced from the beginning to increase survival in general of geographical areas and especially the long history of persecution Jews have faced.

  17. Rauf Khan says:

    Just look at the % of people is non-muslim countries who die because of obesity & heart diseases & compare it with muslim countries u'll get your answer :-)

  18. Rauf Khan says:

    Because it has more harm than cure :-) & it is haraam in qur'an

  19. Rauf Khan says:

    The point is no matter how many signs you get about anything which is wrong, guys like you will never believe it. That's a fact :) Coz you guys have a disease in your heart & you will never understand

  20. Rauf Khan says:

    Christene Gates Plus all the pigs & swines

  21. Antero Hilavetkutin says:

    I can't vow for the taste, however pigs do have similar bone and tissue properties to humans, in fact they are the closest non-primates to humans in terms of structure. It's not a coincidence that pigs are used in ballistic tests so often. I'm afraid that calling pig meat unclean is just profound human arrogance.

  22. Anonymous says:

    What is with this "cloven Hoof " Thing ?
    As far as that goes all animales live in and do dirty stuff.
    Guess thats why we have vegatarians.. but they were raised in dirt..lol
    I just ate a pork chop.. hope I do not die.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Antero Hilavetkutin ; I was raised on a farm in Iowa.. I saw pigs rolling in their own fitlh and eating anything they could find even from farmers slop jars.. they balk at nothing and love nasty filty comditions. So yeah basically they are unclean.. unless raised on a pig factory.. and then who knows..pigs will even eat huumans should you fall in the pen as a little boy.

  24. Zayna Gichi sir..with all due respect..its from your own words..you said OVER-CONSUMPTION of pork can cause lots of problems..as i am taught in my elementary days sir..every thing that is OVER or shall i say TOO MUCH IS BAD..so meaning right amount is still ok..

  25. Greg Vinovich says:

    the last part "This fat gets deposited in the vessels and can cause hypertension and heart attack." is BS, it's excesses sugar that makes fat clog you up, fat is good for you. I will say I avoid pork (unless served it as a guest) due to the bad karma they are raised into and chemicals added in at various of levels, but not because it is an animal called a pig.

  26. just wondering ==> a chicken dos it not eat the same stuff a pig dos ?

  27. Tshepo Sergio Beastrand says:

    Elisa i think this dirt and worm story is just one thing that's covering the other. Pigs have 98% DNA that's similar to human DNA, so when u eat pork u eating meat close 2 human meat. Do u think they can tell u that straight? No reason being we will end up eating each other.

  28. Nicole Shoo You guys healthy?? com'on are you kidding me?? or you have never met an arab, afghani or pakistani? meet and watch what is health? LOL Healthy west

  29. In Simple words ''Islam is perfect and complete'' Islam has told almost 1400 years ago about all whats happening now in world, we know all in advance :)

  30. Syed Junaid Mohiuddin so not a answer to me question

  31. Except he didn't. You need to learn context. That verse is about the Pharisees challenging Jesus and his disciples over not WASHING THEIR HANDS before eating. He was pointing out how their rules were innovations and not from the Law, which Jesus, and later the Disciples in their writings, talk about keeping.

    Funny how you ignore that Jesus said not one jot or tittle of the Law would expire until heaven and Earth passed away

  32. Rauf Khan Everything we eat, if done in moderation is healthy. If compared to 'goat' Muslim's favorite meat, the pig is more civilized animal…the goat really is ALL THE CRAP she can put her mouth to.

  33. I am a Christian and I eat everything with proper food balance diet. God created evrything on earth for us to use properly, if I am going to eat pork or beef or goat, I will surely wash it and make sure its good for human consumption. So tell me what is the big deal with that? Muhhamad is probably more on health issue but not on religious matter. Look people, if you dont eat pork this is what going to happen..you will start bombing, you will create your own terrorism, you will hate people and start beheading them. Let me tell this to you my brother Muslims, our great inventors this time are probably people who eat pork, right? They are all intelligen people who invented the cellphones, that you are using to communicate when doing the terrorist attack, they invented the televisions and radios to give you guys access to know what is going on, they invented the airplane so you guys are able to jump from place to place, christian inventor invented the light so you guys are able to make a bomb to kill christians, one amongst your children is probably playing Sony Playstation, right? So with your strong believe with your religion,why are you using all christian inventions? My Muslim brothers, try bacon and pork chop, it's good for your body, at least the pork nutrients will give you capability to invent your own..just saying..

  34. Rauf Khan says:

    Tony Marzilli Even though pig is civilized, it is still HARAM for us Muslim's & I never think about eating or drinking a HARAAM food! For your kind info Goat is not Muslim's favourite meat & its more civilized than pig who doesn't eat whatever comes its way!

  35. Fats and cholesterol are the main causes of clogged arteries and blood vessels. Sugar mainly causes weight gain and creates fat, and affects the pancreas.

  36. Anonymous says:

    You do not have to be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or any religious background to know that recorded history shows that Jesus was crucified by the Romans. Christ's crucifixion occurred about 2000 years ago. This is documented by Roman, Jewish, and Greek historians. However, the Quran denies the crucifixion occurred. The Quran goes against known, recorded history. Muhammad and the Quran are flawed. Muhammad made an error when he said that Christ was not crucified. Muhammad was not a true prophet, he was a false prophet. The Quran is not the word of God.

  37. Angel Light says:

    Are your under the influence of some powerful, delusional drug?

  38. Dreck Molly says:

    Really ?Prophet Mohammad came with one Book called Quran , then how many "Bibles" do you have ? I hope you know who are the liars who lie at all the beloved Righteous Prophets
    Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus and Prophet Mohammad !

  39. Earl Guthrie says:

    Megan Goodhart yes and sugar is the main cause of the diabetic influx we are having. It's in everything we eat now almost. I for one love pork and have been eating it for over 60 years now without any problems, and I'm 66 now and still going strong. So if people want to abstain from it it should be a personal decision, not a Fatwa from some prophet took a 9 year old girl as a wife.

  40. Don Crain says:

    Tshepo Sergio Beastrand Then why aren't monkeys forbidden?

  41. With respect , Terrorism and extremism is another story who are the terrorists everybody knows , Moslims are US and westerns I as a Pakistani citizen knows better who are the worst terrorists and who are attacking on others countries and destroying their infrastructgure , disrespecting their women etc….also i would like to inform you that in the game of "Might is right" the number is now of westerns but we still believes that the world is revolving and it will transfer and rotate the number as well , Now with respect research and get knowledge why the pork should be avoided, Let me share a non-moslim doctor link with you "http://draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/" , also if QURAN are false words then let me know who can write a book Like quran in 21st century that was written according to others and you by an illetrate and uneducated Prophet(SAW) 1500 years before as there was no universities and no proper education , Let me know the process of birth is 100% correct according to QURAN as you can search the researches of american universities in youtube.also allah challenges if you denies then bring lines like quran.

  42. Avsps Charm says:

    These poor people donot know that their own scriptures have banned pig , old testaments and torah . why only eat pigs go eat dogs , lizards, cats and ur own poop. god has prohibited eating ur own filth why not try it some time once in a while .

  43. Ghani Adnan says:

    If u ever read the Quran dogs are forbidden u cant even keep it as a pet

  44. Rom. 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

    Rom. 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

    Rom. 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

    Col. 2:16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day —
    Col. 2:17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

  45. Ghani Adnan thank you for proving my point about how Muslims are unforgiving and attack easily to offer mindless support of an evil cult of hatred.

  46. Ghani Adnan, you may want to blow yourself up. Alone. Now.

  47. Salaam Alnur says:

    Really lol. Let's not forget all the Christian ministers then and now who are molesting and raping little boys let's not forget that up until the early part of the 19th century it wqs Christian males marring 11,12 and 13 yr old girls. So don't act like Christians haven't and still aren't sipping on the wrong side of things.

  48. Randy Teer says:

    pork is bad for you, but then they say limit your consumption of red meat…

  49. Salaam Alnur How can you justify the mass murders and atrocities against mankind that Muslims are committing daily by calling on mistakes of the past. While the rest of the world has evolved, muslims are still living on a wold they believe is flat, blindly following lies told by a thief and a bully and still trying to take over the world with ignorance and murder? You can't…you can only lie like Islam allows you to

  50. Humza Tariq says:

    Michael Nappi Not exactly a simple truth is it? You are impressing no one by coming up with passive aggressive comments to show how you can be an eloquent dick. Dont worry, its the same as being just a dick.

  51. Ghani Adnan We do not see Mohammed as that last prophet. WE see Jesus as that last prophet. We do see Mohammed as an anti-christ though. So it seems you should know who the Bible says that last prophet is we will never agree on. We see Jesus as the last prophet. In truth Mohammed to us is nothing but a liar and an anti-Christ. Not making fun of your religion I'm just telling you the real fact. He is nothing to us, He is nothing but someone who adverts attention from Christ willingly. In the minds of Christians Mohammed will be raised into eternal hellfire on the final judgement for the sole act of being a false prophet. So you see theres no point to even associate or talk to Christians other than for the purpose that the world brings us into contact and we both need peace. Do not ever compare your prophet to my prophet priest and king and son of God and also God Jesus Christ (YHWH) the true God who was in the beginning is now and forever will be. Our bible says nothing more of Mohammed other than he is one of the many anti-christ that have come to lead the world astray. Your prophet is a devil a bastard a liar. There is no point to attack or defend your position there is no coming to terms on this issue….This is the truth.

  52. The law of food was changed in Christ we arent Jewish we are Christians…If you dont know the passage where CHrist changed that rule I feel sorry for you…

  53. They also used to think we coudlnt eat shellfish basically one of the most healthiest foods for the brain. Thank you Jesus CHrist for bringing common sense.

  54. Ghani Adnan SO get it straight through your head. The jewish Bibles prophecy was of a last prophet preist and king was fufilled in Christ we do not accept Mohammed ever as a prophet. He was a warlord that claimed to be a prophet. He was a liar. A dead for nothing liar also a murderer.

  55. Whether talking about the Quran or the bible, religion needs to grow as societies grow. 1000 years ago it might be more accepted to marry ANY female in the village as your choices were scarce. In our world today, choices are far greater thus why islam should accept, like christians do, that older ways need to be updated as times change. The bible speaks to stoning people to death but we have grown as a civilization and now we have laws and government and we expect a better judicial system then a mob mentality. The bible and christians are responsible for countless conflicts and deaths(murders) under their banner of religion just like islam but we as a society don't allow this kind of behavior anymore and look down on it while it still runs rampant with Islam. The bottom line is, enjoy your religion, let it guide you through life, but know that our civilization has grown over the last 1000 years and as such, we should accept that while on our own paths of religious understanding, we not try to hold on to the more esoteric and certainly more barbaric practices. Their time has come and gone and now our world is a lot smaller and people more integrated amongst one another. It makes no sense to try and continue such ridiculous practices as each of our holy books suggested many decades ago. Consider that when each book was written, people may have only been able to travel 30-40 miles per day. Now we can travel to around the Earth and back. We looked up at the stars, now we've been to them. Our understanding of the world is far more than anyone who put ink to paper would ever have conceived back then and as such, we should learn and grow as humankind. We aren't isolated pockets of religions anymore who can act and be ignorant of each other. We have grown into a civilized world where travel allows us to wake up in one place and sit down to dinner on the other side of the world. Why any people, no matter their religions, would hate another based solely on what they believed is beyond rational thought and shows the lack of religious tolerance that SHOULD exist in a modern world.

  56. Avsps Charm says:

    Leviticus 11:7-8 ESV / 746 helpful votes

    And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.
    Isaiah 66:17 ESV / 329 helpful votes

    “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the Lord.
    i can still give more proofs that pork is proibited by jesus

  57. Mr Eric Michael Hoffmann, I think you haven't read the Holy Bible or may have missed some part of it. Let me start from your first point, as you said you Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is not the last prophet, in the Holy Bible, John – Chapter 16, verse 7-14, it’s says about Prophet Mohammed and you said Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is an anti-Christ, he is not anti-Christ and not a liar. Although in Holy Quran Jesus (PBUH) is mentioned by name five times (5x) more than the number of times the prophet Mohammed. For example:
    "..WE GAVE JESUS THE SON OF MARY CLEAR SIGNS AND STRENGTHENED HIM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT" HOLY QURAN 2:87
    Just to let you know that every time the Muslim mentions the name Jesus (PBUH) without these words of respect, he would be considered disrespectful, uncouth or barbaric. Now your comment about liar, if you read the history, even his enemy, who didn't accept Islam trust on him and he was given a title As-Siddiq (meaning The Truth). I am just confuse on thing, you said the last Prophet is Prophet Jesus (PBUH) and then you said he is God, in the Holy Bible it’s mention that God is one, for example, Mark, Ch 12, verse 29 and John, Ch 20, verse 17. Anyway I don’t wanna make it longer, just as you said peace, if you know the word Islam mean is peace and we don’t abuse any other religion people or their belief as some people like to do. We just want peace, in every religion and society there are some bad people and some good people, my request is don’t blame Islam if someone call himself Muslim and do bad thing. If you wanna know about Islam then read the Quran. Thanks

  58. Dan Wright says:

    It's all a joke. You people sit here and argue who's version of the bed time story is better or "true". All religions have their evils and when people learn to just forget them we will all be better off.

  59. Eric Michael Hoffmann was that Isa (aka Jesus) that gave the law or one of his followers/apostles?

  60. If your so smart then you already know the 12 he taught to…I will not comment anymore with you. I disagree with your religion just as your disagrees with mine. I don't care about your false religion or weather your law is reserved for Ali and his bloodline or not. I'm a Christian I do not believe in your bastard prophet or his relatives Ali and further on. Please do not comment to me anymore I will not engage in anymore conversation. Your religion is the exact anti-thesis of Christianity and most of judaism. Please do talk to me about divine revelation from Christ anymore. He was is and will be GOD forever….goodbye

  61. Avsps Charm In the new testament he said its not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of a man. No Jesus in the New Testament rid the world of all the stupidity of the OT law. I'm done commenting with you goodbye. You can find the verse where he said those words on your own because, you save forgotten what Christ did during his time here. If you think Christ will return and throw people in hell for what food they ate you are dead wrong and I would question yourself as to where your going…….

  62. Avsps Charm 10After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand. 11"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man." 12Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?"… Matthew 15:11. You are such a stupid person I can't even take it.

  63. Your stupidity floors me. You quote Old Testament just for me to Quote New Testament to ruin your argument. I'm a Christian the Old Law was fufilled in Christ with him we have a new law and none of it gives a damn about what food we eat. Thanks be to Christ.

  64. Hatixhe Pira says:

    Why are people hating on us Muslims,because some of them were bad it doesn't mean our religion tells us to do what they did. There are bad people and there are good people in every religion. I don't see the concept of you discriminating us , you're only making yourself a bad person and from this post I believe you are a bad person. When the time comes you will abide in hell forever.

  65. Yeah and when you get pigs to fly or hell to freeze over thats when people will just forget about them. This is absolute worst argument for anything. "Just forget about it."

  66. Were not hating on Muslims, I'm just talking from the obvious and true point. We don't worship the same GOD. So to even get into religious debate just causes friction and ruins the peace. We have two very different religions and and to pretend they are the same when they aren't is just dumb. We maintain the peace by not discussing religion with each other. Theres no point for me a Christian to try and convert a Muslim they have already decided as so have I. Theres is noone hating on another here just acknowledging the difference and just like I said in so doing your now pissed. Peace doesn't work here. And yes I have Muslim friends and we don't discuss religion. I live in Dearborn Michigan I'm very aware of Muslim culture.

  67. Hatixhe Pira says:

    Maybe you're not hating but everyone else is , our religions are very different but we have similarities. I don't want to fight with you about this but one persons mistake shouldn't affect all of us in unfair treatment. It's not right calling Muslims names and hating on them because of their religion

  68. Eric Michael Hoffmann Paul change the law not Jesus Matthew 5:17-20—17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

  69. Avsps Charm says:

    Eric Michael Hoffmann there is no point arguing , Jesus never encouraged going against old testament ..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DLA_BRO4p4 Sad that u r unaware of ur own religion .

  70. Avsps Charm says:

    The Bible prohibits the eating of pork. Jesus never made permissible the consumption of ‘all’ foods, it was a Pauline innovation by the Gospel writers. The Gnostic leader Marcion (d 140 CE) said that Jewish scribes were corrupting the Gospels by adding Jewish material into them. This proves that the four Gospels were originally composed by Gentile (pagan) writers. however —————————————————————————————- Matthew 5:17-18 English Standard Version (ESV) Christ Came to Fulfill the Law 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

  71. Salaam Alnur So typical of a dole bludger to act 'holier than thou'. Don't preach to the converted and law abiding citizens. Nothing spells deception like Islam! Nothing spells hatred like Islam! Nothing spells Paedoplilia and Rape like Islam! There is nothing GOOD about your 'book' of Satan, so don't insult our intelligence by calling it HOLY. Unless you mean it is full of holes – ARSEholes that is! You moslems are nothing but filth and all of you need to be exterminated like the cockroaches and leeches upon society that you truly are!

  72. Archie Back says:

    @Michael Nappi, Your first post applies to all cultures and religions, plenty of Christians like giving their special love to children. In fact all religions and cultures harbour perverts. Welcome to real world..

  73. He fulfilled the law and rendered much of the old law obsolete. How can you deny the passage. It says clearly its not whats going into the mouth of a man that defiles him. But its whats comes out the mouth of a man. How the hell else do you interpret that???? Let alone I have always been told by my pastors thats how we interpret it. What else would he be talking about going into the mouth of a man besides food???? What hes clearly saying is the gentiles who eat whatever they want will be saved by their spirit not their actions. Yes if you want you can continue in the law if thats what you want, but you don't have to because of Christ. The pharisees said Jesus was breaking the law healing on the sabbath. So do you follow that law to that you can't heal on the sabbath. Was Christ wrong and the Pharasees right? He clearly gave the correct interpretation of the law. In your view if you came across someone diying on the sabbath you can't help him lol. Your so wrong tis not even funny. He didn't say to go against the law, but he corrected where the law was wrong. End of story. God does not care that I eat pig I jsut can't believe some of you lol. Be a Christian understand what Christ did for you.

  74. And as for Jews who still follow the law read the New Testament Paul and Peter had to deal with Jews who thought they should still keep the law and were countless told no you don't have to now the law was fulfilled in Christ. There is one law Do unto others as youd have them do unto you. That is the law. This is not the Old Testament Era its been the New Testament for 2015 years lol

  75. And if you follow the law if youve ever broken it at any one point you fall short for GOD you need Christ he fulfilled it for us so we can be saved. What does your pastor teach you that you think these things.

  76. Please do not message me anymore I know what I'm talking about.

  77. Tell me where do you go to Church that they tell you to observe all the Jewish Law of the OldTestament to be Christian??????

  78. I mean do you understand how many Christians in the world don't follow any of that anymore???? I don't even think you go to church and this is insulting me to to even try what your doing.

  79. The damn Pope eats Pig. Billions of Gentile Christians eat Pig. All the protestant reformation fathers eat Pig. There seven some Messianic Jews that eat Pig now. LOL I just can't believe you.

  80. Avsps Charm says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H69MCV8Qp6A read this a pastor talking abt christianity … apologizes if i upset u.

  81. Avsps Charm says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H69MCV8Qp6A this is wat a pastor has to said abt pope n christianity … apologies if i upset u

  82. Jo Anna Katts, you know what I don't blame you, you just show me how much you know about Islam. you said Islam is deception and nothing good about our book. let me start from our Book, I will suggest that you should say thing you know by yourself and not heard from someone. you know Islam is based on our book (Holy Quran) so I suggest if you want to say something about our book then you should read it. Its not people or changed by people as other books and I am not saying this without proof,as a student of science, I believe on science and scientist have proved that the Holy Quran is word of God. you will not be able to find any mistake or anything against peace. I don't have to insult your intelligence, you are doing it by yourself cause if you're really intelligent then you should believe on something you have proof and have study it by yourself. do you actually know a person who is a Muslim, Muslim are clean cause that's our religion say. At the end I just want you to think about this "why is Islam fastest growing religion in the world?"

  83. You dumbass. First you discredit Paul. Then you draw from the same Gospels. The New Law is Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. He is saying that because if he came and abolished the law how could he Fulfill it? I mean do I have to explain why you can't fulfill something that is being abolished? Paul was a called disciple of Christ. The Resurrected Christ. He told him what to teach the people. He saw him!!!!!!!!! He was told by The Son of Man what to teach the people. You are no longer Pagan once your Christian. Jews will be judged by the law and will fail because they don't have Christ and remain sinful. Gods covenant keeps the Law for Jews because he promised them that. Christians have the Christ we don't have to be yoked by those laws anymore. Were allowed to eat whatever we please he said its not what goes into a mans mouth that corrupts him, but it is what comes out of a mans mouth that defiles him his spirit. Were not going to be judged by what we eat because of Christ. Get it through your head the law was changed for Christians we have one law now the new covenant love your neighbor as yourselves. Where in Gods name do you go to Church. The gospels are true Pauls ministry is true just as Peters. I'm sorry man, but your wrong Christ showed to true interpretation and we follow him now with the Law of Moses on our Hearts the 10 commandments and only the 10 and Law of Christ the New covenant love your neighbor as yourselves. Chris is there so we can be forgiven. Only one sin grants you eternal seperation of God only one. So Christ has to come. WE ARE ALLOWED TO EAT PIGS. WE ARE ALLOWED TO GO TO CHURCH WHATEVER DAY WE WANT. WE CAN HELP OTHERS ON OUR SABBATH DAY. WE CAN WORK ON THE SABBATH DAY ALSO> ITS ALL BECSUE OF CHRIST UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES AND RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SAY SOMETHING. AND IF YOU DON"T BELIEVE PAUL OR PETE AND ARE JUST GOING TO GO WAY LEFT FIELD TO TRY AND TELL ME I'M WRONG TEHN I'M NOT HAVING THIS DEBATE WITH YOU ANYMORE!!!!! CHRIST CHANGED THE TRUE INTERPRETION TO SO MANY LAWS ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY> I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU MAN I REALLY DO! JSUT DON"T MESSAGE ME AGAIN ON THIS YOU DON"T EVEN BELIEVE HIS DISCIPLES!!!!!!!!!! AND DO MOE RESEARCH ABOUT WHAT CHRIST MEANT ABOUT THE OLD LAW REMAINING. YOULL FIND YOUR INTERPRETATION IS WRONG. I'M A PROTESTANT A LUTHERAN. I"M DRAWING MY STATEMENTS FROM LUTHERAN TEACHERS AND STUDY GUIDES NOT MY OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR ABSOLUTELY WRONG STRAIGHT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WERE CHRISTIANS NOW NOT JEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. Colossians 2:16-17 ESV / 64 helpful votes

    Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

  85. Mark 7:1-37 ESV / 33 helpful votes

    Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” …

  86. Galatians 3:23-25 ESV / 32 helpful votes

    Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,

  87. Acts 10:28 ESV / 29 helpful votes

    And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.

  88. Revelation 22:11-14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

    Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.

  89. Acts 15:28-29 ESV / 13 helpful votes

    For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

  90. Romans 14:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

    Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

  91. Romans 14:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

    Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

  92. Romans 14:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes

    Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

  93. Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 18 helpful votes

    The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …

  94. Mark 7:1-37 ESV / 33 helpful votes

    Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” …

  95. Acts 10:9-19English Standard Version (ESV)

    Peter's Vision
    9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour[a] to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

    17 Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate 18 and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. 19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you.

    Footnotes:

  96. Isaiah 66:15-17 ESV / 60 helpful votes

    “For behold, the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord enter into judgment, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many. “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the Lord.

  97. Matthew 15:11 ESV / 117 helpful votes

    It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

  98. 1 Timothy 4:3-5 ESV / 110 helpful votes

    Who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

  99. 1 Timothy 4:3-5 ESV / 110 helpful votes

    Who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

  100. Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 132 helpful votes

    As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …

  101. Mark 7:15-20 ESV / 191 helpful votes

    There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.

  102. Unlike Judaism, Christianity has no rule prohibiting (or commanding) the eating of pork. In fact, in Acts 10:9-16, Peter has a vision where a sheet is lowered from Heaven with "all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds" on it. He is then commanded to get up, kill, and eat the animals. To this, Peter is shocked and replies that he has never eaten anything unclean (as per the Judaic Law). To this, God replies:

    Acts 10:15 (NLT)
    15 But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”
    There is of course a deeper meaning, but on the surface, God is telling Peter that nothing is unclean now (that is, no animals are unclean). This includes pigs and pork, so eating bacon and the like is perfectly acceptable (and happens quite often in the United States) among Christians. Another piece of support is that the four things still considered prohibited for Christians are listed in Acts 15:

    Acts 15:29 (NLT)
    29 You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.
    None of these four actions apply to typical ways to consume pork. So, as a Christian, it is perfectly fine to eat pork.

    As noted by waxeagle in a comment, not all Christians consider it acceptable to eat pork. Some sects maintain a kosher lifestyle whereas others abstain from meat entirely. However, these don't compose a significant portion of Christianity. The best course of action is to ask the Christian group you're part of.

  103. Is It Wrong to Eat Pork?

    by Kyle Butt, M.A.

    A myriad of different views have been adopted to ascertain the rightness or wrongness of specific actions. Some have adopted the philosophy that if something feels good to them, then that thing is right for them. Others suggest that if animals engage in a certain activity, then such must be right for humans as well. In truth, however, there is only one way to know if an action or idea is right or wrong, and that is to compare it to the ultimate standard. If it can be proven that the Bible is God’s Word (and it can, see Thompson, 2003), then the Bible reveals the perfect mind of God and is the sole source of authority on which assessments of right and wrong should be based.

    What, then, does the Bible say about eating pork? Is it wrong? This question naturally arises from reading the Old Testament, because it was wrong for Jews under the Law of Moses to eat pork. In Leviticus 11, God gave the Israelites a list of animals that were permissible to eat, but the text specifically labels swine (pork) as unclean and forbidden (vs. 7). Throughout the Old Testament, the act of eating swine’s flesh was viewed as an abomination to the Israelites—wrong and sinful (see Isaiah 66:17). One primary reason for this prohibition in the Old Testament against eating the meat of unclean animals, including pork, was to protect the Israelites from diseases, infections, and bacteria that were more commonly carried in scavenger animals such as vultures, catfish, and pigs (see Thompson, pp. 52-53).

    The question does arise, however, if it was wrong for those under the Old Law of Moses, is it still wrong for those who are following God under the New Law of Christ? The straightforward answer to this question is a simple, “no.” It is not wrong to eat pork.

    When Jesus Christ died, He nailed the Old Law to the cross (Colossians 2:14). The book of Hebrews explains that Christ made the Law of Moses obsolete and replaced it with the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:13). Paul explained to Christians in Galatia that the Old Law was cast out and replaced by Christ’s New Law (Galatians 4:21-31). As a result, the regulations about clean and unclean foods were jettisoned, along with rules for animal sacrifice, ritual washings, annual feast days, Sabbath observance, and a host of other ceremonial trappings.

    As evidence that the food regulations were abolished, the book of Acts includes an account in which the apostle Peter saw a heavenly vision of unclean animals being lowered from heaven. A voice from heaven said to Peter, “Rise, Peter, kill, and eat” (Acts 10:13). Peter responded that he did not eat unclean animals. The heavenly voice countered by saying, “What God has cleansed you must not call common” (10:15). In the immediate context, the vision was designed for Peter to understand that God was arranging for the Gospel to be preached to the Gentiles. But the interchange also manifests the fact that the regulations for clean and unclean animals had been altered so that animals that once were unclean to the Jew were now fit to eat.

    In a passage that has a direct application to the eating of pork, Paul wrote to Timothy:

    Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:1-5, emp. added).

    Under the New Law of Christ, it is no longer wrong to eat animals such as pigs or catfish, since such regulations have been removed. Those who want to be accepted by God no longer have to offer up physical animal sacrifices, since Christ offered Himself on the cross as the ultimate, permanent sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 9:28).

    When Christ died on the cross, His New Law went into effect (Hebrews 9:16-22). While it is true that some of the things in the Old Law, such as the prohibition to murder or lie, are repeated in the New Law, many regulations were not carried over. The only way to know what God expects of individuals under the New Law is to study the 27 books in the New Testament that contain this law. Ultimately, all people who have lived after Christ’s death on the cross until His Second Coming will be judged by this New Law (see John 12:48).

    REFERENCES

    Thompson, Bert (2003), In Defense of the Bible’s Inspiration (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press), [On-line]: URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/pdfs/e-books_pdf/idobi.pdf.

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