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Question: Can we eat anything we would like? If not, what food does the Bible say we are suppose to consume?
Answer: In a way, we can eat whatever we choose. How about a salad laced with arsenic? Or maybe gobble down what you find behind the barn? The reality is, God won't stop us from eating anything, but he has given us a menu of what's good for us and what isn't.
You know the arsenic salad would knock you dead in short order. Certain green herbs, such as digitalis and deadly nightshade, will do the same thing. So we know not to eat them. In the same way there are moving things that live which are not good for us.
We have terrible illnesses with no apparent cause. But the flesh of certain animals slowly breaks down the human system bringing on disease. Ingestion of the genetic code of such animals may be the cause of genetic mutation in the human body. Yet, like the plants, there is much flesh we can eat with no adverse results.
God knows which animals are harmful to the human body and because he loves us he has revealed which ones they are. The animals are found in the books of Leviticus Deuteronomy 14. God's guidelines make it fairly easy to understand that while cattle is good to consume eating pigs or even alligators certainly are not!
Clean birds, which the Bible says are made for mankind's health, have six primary characteristics. They are not birds that prey on others for food. They eat any food caught on the ground. They possess a longer middle toe. They generally stand on a perch with 3 toes on one side and 1 on the opposite side. Clean birds also possess crops. Lastly, these animals possess a gizzard. Any bird that does not have all these traits is considered Biblically unclean and unfit for human consumption.