Pork ribs
Pork ribs (Apolonia/Free Digital Photos)

I must say I know nothing about football—except that it’s played with a pig skinand I couldn’t care less about watching the Super Bowl. The commercials are quite amusing, although I wouldn’t endorse many of the products.

OK, now I’m about to de-endorse Hormel ham and Jimmy Dean sausage links and patties, so prepare yourselves.

I wrote recently that I, by no means, think it’s sinful or rebellious to eat foods prohibited by God via the 3,000 year-old Mosaic law. We’re freed from the law of “sin and death” (Rom. 8:2), and we’re not to judge one another based on what we eat and drink (Col. 2:16).

However, I think it’s worth pointing out that just as every Old Testament sacrificial law and ordinance was rife with symbolism pointing to the fulfillment of the law through Christ, surely there is nothing arbitrary or insignificant about the dietary rules God gave His people.

Now, about pigs.

Leviticus 11:3 makes it clear that creatures with split hooves that chew “the cud” (regurgitated food) may be eaten. Pigs, though they have split hooves, do not re-chew their food. Similarly, cud-chewing camels are off-limits because their hooves are undivided. The reason pigs do not re-chew their food is due to their limited anatomy.

They, unlike cattle, only have one stomach available to process and refine its contents. Their simply made stomachs and excretory organ systems were not designed to cleanse themselves of all the putrid and polluted matter entering into them. In other words, when we eat barbecued ribs, we are actually consuming more than we realize. Pigs are the antithesis of picky eaters; they’ll eat anything they can get their snouts on, from a fellow swine’s droppings to dead, diseased animals.

Besides their toxic diets, pigs also possess large amounts of sulfur in their connective tissues, which can lead to increased blood acidity and osteoporosis. Research has even found that 56 percent of all pork samples are contaminated with salmonella!

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll switch to turkey bacon. Oh, and flip open a cookbook and you’ll discover a heavy emphasis on fully cooking pork to a well-done state. What these warnings fail to mention is that the reason to do this is to guard against the trichinia worms that only unclean animals host. Gross!

Animals OK for consumption—aka those that chew their cud and have split hooves—include cows, buffalo, goats, sheep, and so forth. These vegetarian critters, whose diets consist of grasses and hay, use their secondary stomachs to thoroughly digest food and eliminate waste. Grass-fed versions of these meat sources have been found to have substantially less fat than their grain-fed counterparts. Not only is grass-fed better for you, but it’s also much tastier.

This is my understanding: These ol’ bodies of ours are all we have to serve God with ’til Jesus comes for us or calls us home. God’s health laws do not add or subtract from our salvation, which comes only through belief and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, but they do make for a cleaner dwelling place for His Spirit.

Diana Anderson-Tyler is the author of Creation House’s Fit for Faith: A Christian Woman's Guide to Total Fitness. Her popular website can be found at www.fit4faith.com, and she is the owner and a coach at CrossFit 925. Diana can be reached on Twitter.

For the original article, visit dianafit.com.

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