Questions and Answers

Q. Can we eat anything we want? What does the Bible say we are supposed to eat?
A. Mankind started out eating vegetables, fruits, and grains (Gen. 1:29), then was allowed to eat flesh of clean animals after the flood (Gen. 9:3). Meat is an addition to the main food, not the other way around.
   Is one diet better than the other? From what we’ve seen, it looks to be that way. However, even Yahshua ate fish when He came back after being resurrected.
   And they (the disciples) gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them, Luke 24:42-43.
   In John, chapter 21, the implication was that He also ate fish at a third appearance. This time it was for breakfast!
   Yahshua gave examples showing that bread and clean fleshy foods are good to give to children; If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? Luke 11:11-12. Did you notice that Yahshua used, as examples, serpents and scorpions that are unclean? It’s evident that He was putting some extra emphasis on what He was saying.
   After the flood, it’s interesting to see the decline in longevity among mankind. Noah lived to be 950 years old, but after many generations, a rare individual lived to be around 100 years old. Yahweh evidently wanted it this way. And that may be one reason why meats were introduced after the flood.
   And Yahweh said; My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years (120 years), Genesis 6:3. It was after this announcement that the flood came and Yahweh allowed meat to be added to the diet of man.
   It should be pointed out that the 120 years may have been the actual years to the flood from the point and time of Genesis 6:3. It’s certainly debatable as to the exact interpretation, but both views may be correct. It’s either a time period of 120 years or the maximum life span of individual people or both. A study of the Jubilees (i.e, the count of 120 of them) may also be in order. Yahweh's Word has much depth and meaning for those willing to study things out.
   We find further along in time in Psalms 90 that a man could live to be 80 years old if he had strength. This Psalm is said to be a prayer of Moses, and if that’s the case, the date of that Psalm or the date of Moses’ prayer is placed at roughly 897 years later following the flood. It seems that Moses saw men living to be 80 years old on average at that time, and only if they were in good health. Interestingly enough, Moses lived to be 120 years old, and then was laid to rest.
   Today in America, the quality of life and life expectancy is starting to drop even more sharply for those following unbiblical diets.
   Vegetarians can live longer than meat eaters do, and some of them up to 12 years and longer. This has been documented. The question is, why? The answer is, it’s how we were created, compared to the animals that were actually created to eat animal flesh.

   A Biblical diet, if followed, does not produce obesity in people. You have proof of this as there are people in other parts of the world that, whether they realize it or not, basically follow the Biblical way of eating and do not have the coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity that this nation has.
   Just recently, in Missouri, USA alone, diabetes was moved up one spot to be the state’s fourth leading killer. “The disease costs the state more than $2 billion, causes more than 121,000 hospitalizations and kills almost 4,700 people each year,” as stated in an article by the Associated Press.
   For America, and the state of Missouri, it wasn’t always this way. “In 1901, the United States was classified as the healthiest nation in the world among the hundred nations studied. By 1920, we had dropped to second place. By 1950, we were in third place. By 1970, we were in forty- first place. And in 1981, we had dropped all the way to ninety fifth place! How does a nation go from being in forty-fourth place in the area of good health to being in ninety-fifth place in only eleven years? And from first place to ninety-fifth in just one century? The answer can be summed up in two words: fast food,” What Would J-sus Eat? by Don Colbert, M.D.
   A recent report from the USDA shows that since 1990, Americans, on average, have increased their calorie intake by more than 90,000 per year. We are fat and getting fatter fast!
   There is wisdom in the Psalms for us. Psalm 119:70 says, Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. The question should be asked, “What is our priority?”
   The Bible has something to say about fat: Don’t eat it. It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood, Leviticus 3:17.

   In Genesis 9:2, we find the first written confirmation that animal meat was now being allowed for human consumption. It says, Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
      Does this really mean “every moving thing” is good to eat? Without looking at the rest of Yahweh’s Word, one could come to that conclusion. However, it would be like taking what Yahshua said in John 16:23b (…truly, I say to you, if you shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name, NASB.) and saying that means one can ask that his neighbor be murdered. Since we know the command of “Thou shalt not murder,” we know we cannot ask for anything like that, nor are we to even think such a thing.
   It’s clear that Genesis 9:2 does now allow clean meats to be eaten; hence, the reason why more clean animals than unclean were allowed onto Noah’s ark.
   There are some basic instructions (2 Tim. 3:16-17) elsewhere in the Bible to show us which animals are clean and which are not. In Leviticus 11:2-3 we are told, 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. See also Deut. 14:6-7.
      Something that is also noteworthy concerning clean animals versus the unclean ones, and that is that the clean animals are all herbivores (vegetarians). Clean animals would include moose, cows, antelope, deer, elk, goat, buffalo, and sheep. You’ll find that the meat eaters (unclean animals) will have more cases of disease and parasites associated with unclean fleshy foods. If you avoid them, guess what? You’ll avoid all those diseases, too.