To Eat or Not to Eat?

ORIGINALLY POSTED 15 APRIL, 2002

Many subjects arise when today’s Messianic Believers often talk about their faith and practice to their evangelical Christian colleagues.[1] We should try to do our best to emphasize common beliefs and convictions as they relate to who Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is as our Savior, what He has done for us, and the richness we possess in seeing Him throughout the pages of the Tanach (Old Testament) as opposed to just the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament).[2] Likewise, we should also emphasize the Messianic prophetic fulfillment, both past and future, that we see in the Biblical holidays that God gave to His people in Leviticus 23 (cf. Colossians 2:17). But unlike much of mainstream Christianity, we do not believe that the New Testament gives us the place to eat anything we want, and that it annuls the dietary laws of God’s Torah.

This third set of Messianic convictions is quite easy to camouflage in day-to-day activities, unless friends and associates are over-inquisitive about your eating habits. But nevertheless, many Christians believe that the New Testament tells us we can now eat whatever we want, with the kosher dietary laws being a thing of the past. Is it truly this way, though?

The issue of eating the way God has prescribed is one where we need to realize whether or not He has the right to tell us what we can and cannot ingest into our bodies, and why He specifically issued these commandments. Messianic orthopraxy directly challenges much of modern Christian thought as it relates to “food.” Why do we need to follow the dietary commandments the Lord gave us? What lessons might we learn from following them, in addition to how the kosher laws may affect our health?

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reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic

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  • Is the Torah or Law of Moses really relevant for Believers today?
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  • What are the ancient civilizations relevant to the Bible?
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  • What are the Biblical festivals?
  • Am I required to eat kosher?
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  • What do Messianics think about the end-times?
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