Yes. Under the New Covenant that Jesus instituted, all dietary prohibitions against unclean meats have been removed. However, it is important that all foods should be received with thanksgiving and prayer. The apostle Paul declared that all creatures were created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them that believe and know the truth.
“For every creature of God is good, and not to be rejected, if it be received with gratitude: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – I Timothy 4:4-5
First of all, we must give thanks to God for every meal we partake each day, recognizing that without our heavenly Father’s loving provision of health, work and finances, we could not survive or provide for our families. Secondly, through prayer, any harmful chemicals, bacteria or toxins that our food might contain is eliminated.
A proper prayer over our meals might include, “LORD, we thank you for providing this meal we are about to eat. We ask that you purify it and sanctify it, make it nourishing to our bodies, In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”
Also, it is important to consider that our Christian liberty is never license for failing to maintain certain health precautions. Common sense and wisdom, as well as modern scientific evidence dictates that we follow the following guidelines:
- Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats.
- Cook foods properly.
- Avoid overeating and gluttony.
- Eliminate high fat and sugar intake.
- Do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain good habits of cleanliness and hygiene.
- Allow for ample rest.
If you observe the above guidelines as well as praying over each meal with thanksgiving, you shall do well. God desires that all His faithful children should be in good health and prosper, as well as live long lives.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
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FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Jesus said that what defiles a man is not what he eats, but what comes out of his heart.
What God has cleansed, let no man call unclean or common.
Let no man judge you in food or in drink.
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Comment from Cygnet: “Exactly! I think that people who try to follow the old covenant are people much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They were prideful that their actions were to the letter of the law than they were receptive to God’s love. Salvation is not contingent upon what I do, but upon what He [Jesus] has already done for each of us. Praise God for His Grace!”