Did Jesus declare all food clean, and abolish the food laws?


Didn’t Jesus declare all food to be clean? This question is in reference to Mark 7:19
in the NIV, which says, For it doesn’t go into his heart but into
his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”)
(Mark 7:19 NIV) Now, look at the same verse in the King James: “Because it entereth not into his heart,
but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats” (Mark 7:19 KJV) The New King James says it this way: “because it does not enter his heart but
his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods” (Mark 7:19 NKJV) Notice that the phrase “In saying this,
Jesus declared all foods ‘clean’” is not present in the King James or New King
James. This is because it is a translator’s note that was added by the translators of
the NIV (and a few other modern translations). If you look at the Greek text, you will not
find that phrase anywhere. It is not present in any of the Greek manuscripts, it is an
addition that was made by the translators. This actually really bothers me, because so
many people are being misled to think these words are valid Scripture, when in fact they
are nothing more than someone’s opinion. But because it is inserted into the body of
the text, instead of the footnotes, it gives the impression that it was actually part of
the Scriptures. This is quite a deception, and unfortunately many people have been misled
by these eight words – “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods ‘clean’.” However, even if that phrase was in the original
text, it still would not mean that Yahshua declared all animals to be food. It simply
says that all foods are clean. If you go by the Biblical definition of food, you will
see that pig, shrimp, crab, and rabbit (among many other things) are all listed as unclean
animals. This means they are not even to be considered as food. Just because it is in our grocery store today
does not mean it was meant to be food by Yahweh. This is why the phrase “Jesus declared all
foods ‘clean’” is so confusing to people today, because they see pork in the grocery
store and on the menu at the restaurant, and so they think it’s food. However, these
same people would probably not consider rat, dog, vulture, bat, lizard or skunk to be food.
The reason for this is because of conditioning and habituation. We have been programmed to
think certain things are food, when in reality they are not. We have become so familiar with
seeing these items on the menu that we are now comfortable with the idea of eating them.
Did you know that rat is considered a delicacy in some countries? There is very little difference between the
diet, lifestyle, and anatomy of a pig and a rat. They are both omnivores, they both
live in filth, they will both eat anything including their own young. They even eat feces.
Their bodies are full of toxins, diseases, and parasites. There are actually great health risks in being
a pig farmer, and they must take special precautions when they are around the pigs, like wearing
masks, gloves, and protective clothing. Many pig farms require employees to shower after
leaving the pig area because the spread of disease is such a high risk when working with
these unclean animals. These are the same kinds of precautions that people would use
when handling a rat. Now, lets examine the context of Mark 7, and
you will see how the claim that “all animals are now clean” does not even fit the context
of that chapter. “Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes
came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat
bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees
and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the
tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they
wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing
of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him,
“Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread
with unwashed hands?” (Mark 7:1-5) So we see right here from the context, that
Yahshua’s teaching is in direct response to the Pharisees claim that the disciples
must wash their hands before eating bread. This is not a commandment from the Scriptures,
it is a “tradition of the elders”. Now listen to how Yahshua responds: “He answered and said to them, “Well did
Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their
lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines
the commandments of men.’ “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition
of men – the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said
to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.”
(Mark 7:6-9) He is telling the Pharisees that their hand
washing ritual is not based in the Scriptures, and in fact it is a rejection of the commandments. The entire context of Mark 7 is about eating
bread with unwashed hands. Bread is already a clean food, and there is nothing we need
to do to make it clean. There are no special rituals or prayers that must be said to purify
our bread, because it is clean by definition. For someone to teach and require that special
rituals be done before eating actually borders on witchcraft, and Messiah called them out
on it. He goes on to further explain to the people
what he is talking about: “When He had called all the multitude to
Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters
a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are
the things that defile a man.” (Mark 7:14-15) But his disciples were a little confused about
what he was saying, so they asked him to explain it for them. “So He said to them, “Are you thus without
understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot
defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated,
thus purifying all foods?” And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For
from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:18-23) So, he is saying that food is not what makes
you unclean, even if you eat it with unwashed hands, because it just passes through your
body. But, the things that come out of your heart is what makes you defiled. To the Pharisees,
cleanliness is the result of special rituals, but according to the Messiah, cleanliness
is about having a pure heart. So, did Messiah declare all foods to be clean?
No, the translators of certain modern Bibles made that declaration. Did Messiah declare all animals to be food?
No, that is an assumption based on faulty interpretation. Is is wrong to wash our hands before we eat?
No, it is perfectly fine to wash your hands before you eat, but don’t think it’s a
magic ritual that will somehow make your food clean. All you are doing by washing your hands
is getting the dirt and germs off.

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