commentary: Romans 14, Judging, Food, and Sin
To Eat or Not to Eat
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 18-Aug-12; Sermon #1116c; 12 minutes
John Ritenbaugh maintains that the scriptures have much to say about spiritual problems connected with eating food, with specific proscriptions about eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil , abstaining from eating blood, clean and unclean foods, with specific ways of determining what is clean and what is unclean (split hooves, chewing cud, fins scales, etc). People detached from keeping God's laws will eat anything to the detriment of their health. Even the foods that God created as healthful can be corrupted by additives and genetic modification, making them indigestible. We need to be careful about what we consume, but we cannot be judgmental if a brother in Christ cannot afford organically grown food and is forced to depend on inferior food. It is important to remember that food is a peripheral issue and not central to salvation; eating organically grown food is not a doctrine of the Church of God. Nevertheless we must protect ourselves and always ask God to cleanse the food we are about to eat.
Deuteronomy 14 I Corinthians 10:13 Judging others Leviticus 11 Misguided experimentation Romans 14 Spider Split hooves
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