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Saturday November 18, 2017 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Annually on November 18

Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. (Genesis 9:1-3)

A change is seen here, food-wise; God allowing Noah and his sons to have non-veg. food.

Earlier Adam and Eve were told by God,” I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face

of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for

food.” (Genesis 1:29)

Later God placed restrictions for eating certain foods.

And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. (Leviticus 7:26)

"'There are some that only chew the cud or only have a split hoof, but you must not eat

them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is ceremonially

unclean for you. (Leviticus 11:4)

Still later on in the New Testament, we read,

As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if

anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. (Romans 14:14)

“You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled

animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. (Acts 15:29)

Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so

that I will not cause him to fall. (1 Corinthians 8:13)

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, (1

Corinthians 10:25)

So, New Testament- wise it’s basically our choice- what to eat, how much we eat, when

and where to eat, as long as we abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the

meat of strangled animals. Also let us not eat certain foods in presence of others which can

weaken their faith because of their lack of maturity in the faith. Moreover we have all to be

careful to take care of our body, which is the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in it,

so let us eat wisely.