Eating Animal Organs.

I have been told that organ meats of clean animals are forbidden.  Is there a Biblical basis for the idea that we are not to eat the organs of clean animals? Thank you and have a great day!  

Roy Hill   Listen to the answer:  Listen

 ANSWER. The simple answer is no!  I?ve searched and checked through the Bible and I cannot find any reference concerning not eating the organs of clean animals.

 The Bible does have some things to say concerning the best diet we can have.  It also advises on substitute diets when the best is not available.  Here is a quick rundown of the Biblical Advice:

 The ideal Diet:  Genesis 1:29   Then God said, "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.

 A less ideal diet after the flood:

 Genesis 9:3-4     Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.  But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

 Blood and fat were both parts of the animal that God recommended should not be eaten: 

Leviticus 17:13     'Any Israelite or any alien living among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth.

 Leviticus 3:17     'This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.'

Leviticus 7:23, 26.    "Say to the Israelites: 'Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. . . And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.

However, even as animals entered the ark God was distinguishing between those suitable to eat and those considered ?unclean?. 

Genesis 7:2    Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate.

The distinction of clean and unclean became more clear in the laws as set out in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.  In general the principle is to eat animals that are vegetarians.  Those that are carnivores or scavengers are more likely to be disease ridden and so c ome in the prohibited list.

The above advice leads me to take some care over my diet.  God know what is best for me, and what will keep me most healthy.  Daniel and his friends had the same experience in the Babylonian court when the choose to eat a simple diet rather than the kings rich food.  (Daniel chapter 1).  However, the most important Bible text on diet refers not to what we eat, but rather, how we eat it:

1 Corinthians 10:31  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

That is the advice I most want to follow.  See also Bible and Health  


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