Since God told Noah, "Every moving thing which liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things" (Gen. 9:3), isn't it permissible to eat whatever we want?

We might ask "was God giving Noah permission to eat snakes, rats, alligators, lizards, Worms, and cockroaches?" Certainly not! Noah already knew the difference between clean and unclean foods (Gen. 7:2). God was simply making a statement, "Noah, you may now eat flesh foods." The evidence for this is that God clearly forbade unclean animals later in both Lev. 11 and Deuteronomy 14.

Since God does not change His moral standards (Ps. 89:34) and since God's character does not change (Mal. 3:6) He did not give permission to Noah to do something He forbade Moses to do. All God's laws including those relating to health were given in love to reduce disease and increase happiness (Ex. 15:26). Many in the scientific community recognize that the health principles of the Bible can significantly assist in reducing both heart disease and cancer. God's ways are best.

Didn't the apostle Paul say, "Meat doesn't commend us to God, we are no better or worse if we eat" (1 Cor. 8:8). Didn't he also declare, "Whatever is sold in the market place eat, asking no question for conscience sake (1 Cor. 10:25)?

1 Cor. 8:1 provides the background for the answer to these thoughtful questions. Paul introduces the passage by saying, "Now as touching things offered to idols" (verse 1) so there will be no misunderstanding he emphasizes it again in verse 4 "as concerning those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols." In 1 Cor. 10:28, at the end of the discussion, he speaks of meat "offered in sacrifice to idols."

Portions of the meat which were used in idol worship at pagan temples in Corinth were sold in the market places. This led some very strict Jews to become vegetarians (Rom. 14:2-4). The issue at stake here is whether it is morally wrong to eat meat offered to idols. In eating will one be participating in idol worship. Paul's response is idols are nothing at all (1 Cor. 8:4). We are no better or worse if we eat (1 Cor. 8:8).

If your liberty is a stumbling block to someone else, offending their weak conscience, don't eat any meat offered to idols (1 Cor. 8:11-13). At stake here are not unclean foods but food offered to idols. Jesus did not come to cleanse pigs. He came to cleanse sinners. Unclean animals which are unhealthful in the Old Testament are still unhealthful in the New. Since our Lord will not withhold from us any good thing (Ps. 84:11) unclean animals are not good things.