God created certain animals that can be used for food and others that are unfit to eat. "Clean" foods are those which in their natural state do not harm the human body. "Unclean" foods are
those which are unhealthy for the body.
Genesis 1:29 "God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the
face of all the earth, and every fruit tree containing seeds to be your food."
Leviticus 3:17 "It will be an everlasting law for your generations in all their dwellings,
that you can not eat fat or blood."
Leviticus 7:23-24 "You cannot eat any kind of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. But the fat
of any animal that dies by itself or is killed by other animals, can be used for
other uses but you can not eat it."
Leviticus 7:26 "Also you cannot eat any type of blood, whether it be from fowl or mammal, in
any of your homes."
Leviticus 11:2-47 "Speak unto the children
of Israel, saying, These are the beasts
which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are
on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and
cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall
ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as
the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is
unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not
the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the
hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is
unclean unto you. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted,
yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to
you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they
are unclean to you. These shall ye eat of
all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath
fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye
eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of
all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is
in the waters, they shall be an abomination
unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their
flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins
nor scales in the waters, that shall be an
abomination unto you. And these are they which
ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are
an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, And the vulture,
and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind; And the owl, and the
night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, And the little owl, and
the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier
eagle, And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall
be an abomination unto you. Yet these may ye eat of every flying
creeping thing that goeth upon all four,
which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; Even
these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after
his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But
all other flying creeping things, which have
four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall
be unclean until the even. And whosoever beareth ought
of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even. The
carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is
not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are
unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean. And whatsoever
goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all
four, those are unclean unto you: whoso
toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even. And he that beareth the
carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are
unclean unto you. These also shall be
unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the
weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, And the ferret, and the
chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. These are
unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be
dead, shall be unclean until the even. And upon whatsoever any
of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it
be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever
vessel it be, wherein any
work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even;
so it shall be cleansed. And every earthen vessel, whereinto any
of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall
be unclean; and ye shall break it. Of all meat which may be eaten, that
on which such water cometh shall be unclean:
and all drink that may be drunk in every such
vessel shall be unclean. And every thing
whereupon any part of their carcase falleth
shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or
ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for
they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto
you. Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is
plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be
unclean. And if any part of their carcase
fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it shall
be clean. But if any water be put
upon the seed, and any part of their carcase
fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you.
And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof
shall be unclean until the even. And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall
wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the
carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even. And every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be
an abomination; it shall not be eaten. Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and
whatsoever goeth upon all four, or
whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth,
them ye shall not eat; for they are an
abomination. Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing
that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye
should be defiled thereby. For I am the LORD
your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am
holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD
that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall
therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is
the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth
in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a
difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be
eaten and the beast that may not be eaten."
Deuteronomy 14:3-21 " Thou shalt not eat any
abominable thing. These are the beasts which
ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, The hart, and the roebuck, and
the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the
chamois. And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two
claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts,
that ye shall eat. Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the
cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as
the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not
the hoof; therefore they are
unclean unto you. 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 carcase. These ye shall eat of all
that are in the waters: all that have fins
and scales shall ye eat: And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat;
it is unclean unto you. Of
all clean birds ye shall eat. But these are they
of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, And the
glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind, And every raven after his
kind, And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his
kind, The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan, And the pelican, and the
gier eagle, and the cormorant, And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and
the lapwing, and the bat. And every creeping thing that flieth is
unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten. But of
all clean fowls ye may eat. Ye shall not eat of
any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is
in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou
art an holy people unto the LORD thy God.
Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk."
Below is a list of foods, defined in the Bible, as being Clean and Unclean.
They can be found in Leviticus
11 and Deuteronomy
The list of Clean Fish
would be to long to list, all that
have fins and scales are clean.
Unclean Fish, Marine Mammals, and Shell Fish
Sturgeon (includes most caviar)
The Bible does not specifically mention what is clean,
rather from it's
lengthy list of forbidden birds it can be concluded that all the birds
of prey and most water-fowl were considered unclean.
Sparrow (and other songbirds)
Vulture after his
Every raven after his kind
Cuckow or Cuckoo
Hawk after his
after his kind
locust after his kind
Beetle after his
after his kind
All insects except
some in the beetle and locust family.
These laws are known as health laws, and are the means for
achieving a healthier life.
In the beginning man ate fruits and vegetables, but later
started eating meat. God made known what meats where unhealthy through the laws
of clean and unclean foods long before there was a nation of Israel, even before
Noah's time, as seen in Genesis 7:2 and 7:8.
It is a well know fact today, that these same unclean foods
are known to be unhealthy.
But you say, what about the following verse from scripture?
Deuteronomy 12:15 "Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh
in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing
of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may
eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart."
This is one of the most misinterpreted verses on this subject, because of the
food laws being well know in their nation they did not keep unclean animals
around for food, so they would not have found it in their gates. It is speaking
of the unclean person eating with the clean person during this time. Normaly an
unclean person was not allowed to eat with those that where clean.
Deuteronomy 15:22 "Thou shalt eat it within thy gates: the unclean
[person] and the clean person shall eat it alike, as the roebuck,
and as the hart "
How clear it becomes now.
We should take note that these are very clearly laws to be obeyed.
Isaiah 66:17 "Of them that bless themselves, or purify themselves in the gardens hiding
behind a tree, eating swine's flesh, and the other abominations, such as the
mouse, will be consumed together does say the Lord."
As shown with this verse God does condemn those that eat of what is
considered an abomination. Isaiah 65:4 tells us that eating swine and other
abominable things provokes the Lord to anger.
For those that would say these laws where only for the
people of Israel at that time, take note that animals where regarded as clean or
unclean during the time of Noah (Gen 7:2) before Israel existed.