This article is NOT to persuade nor does it criticise anyone's dietary choices; it's purpose is to demonstrate how careless teaching and/or translation has lead many to gooble down the flesh of unclean animals ignoring the health-wise injunction therefrom given to us by our loving Father through His servant Moses.

(Act 10:1) But a certain man, Cornelius by name, was in Caesarea, a centurion of a cohort being called Italian,

(Act 10:2) one devout and fearing God, with all his house, both doing many alms to the people and praying continually to God.

(Act 10:3) About the ninth hour of the day, he saw plainly in a vision an angel of God coming to him, and saying to him, Cornelius!

(Act 10:4) And he was staring at him, and becoming terrified he said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your prayers and your alms went up for a memorial before God.

(Act 10:5) And now send men to Joppa and call for Simon who is surnamed Peter.

(Act 10:6) This one is lodged with one Simon, a tanner, whose house by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.

(Act 10:7) And when the angel speaking to Cornelius went away, calling two of his servants and a devout soldier of those continually waiting on him,

(Act 10:8) and having explained all things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

(Act 10:9) And on the morrow, these passing along on the road, and drawing near to the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray about the sixth hour.

(Act 10:10) And he became hungry and wished to taste food. But as they were preparing, an ecstasy fell on him.

(Act 10:11) And he saw the heaven being opened and a certain vessel like a great sheet coming down on him, being bound by four corners, and let down onto the earth;

(Act 10:12) in which were all the four-footed animals of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the birds of the heaven.

(Act 10:13) And a voice came to him, Rise up, Peter, slay and eat.

(Act 10:14) But Peter said, Not at all, Lord, because I never did eat anything common or unclean.

(Act 10:15) And again a voice came to him a second time, What thingsG3739 God made clean, you do not make common.

G3739 (Strongs)
hos  he?  ho
hos, hay, hoform
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588);
the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what,
that: - one, (an-, the) other, some, that,
what, which, who (-m, -se), etc.
See also G3757.
for the "bottom line" from Peter's view see v.28

(Act 10:16) And this happened three times, and the vessel was taken up into the heaven again.

(Act 10:17) And as Peter was doubting within himself what the vision which he saw might be, even behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius stood on the porch asking about the house of Simon.

(Act 10:18) And calling out, they inquired if Simon being surnamed Peter is lodged here.

(Act 10:19) And as Peter pondered concerning the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are seeking you.

(Act 10:20) But rising up, go down and go with them, not discriminating, because I have sent them.

(Act 10:21) And going down to the men, the ones sent from Cornelius to him, Peter said, Behold, I am the one whom you seek. What is the cause for which you are here?

(Act 10:22) And they said, Cornelius, a centurion, a just man and one fearing God, and being testified to by all the nation of the Jews, was divinely warned by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear words from you.

(Act 10:23) Then calling them in, he lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went out with them. And some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.

(Act 10:24) And on the morrow they entered Caesarea. And Cornelius was awaiting them, having called together his relatives and his intimate friends.

(Act 10:25) And as Peter was coming in, meeting him, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped.

(Act 10:26) But Peter lifted him up, saying, Stand up! I myself am also a man.

(Act 10:27) And talking with him, he went in and found many having come together.

(Act 10:28) And he said to them, You know how unlawful it is for a man, a Jew, to unite with or to come near to one of another race. Yet God showed to me not to call a manG3367 common or unclean.

G3367 Strongs me'deis me'demia me'den may-dice', may -dem-ee'-ah, may-den' The masculine, feminine irregular (second form) and neuter (third form) from G3361 and G1520; not even one (man, woman, thing): - any (man, thing), no (man), none, not (at all, any man, a whit), nothing, + without delay. Of course Peter was the bishop (leader) of the Church in Jerusalem. See Galatians 1:18. He was a very "traditional" Jew; it was Paul (who was, as Saul of Tarsus, the "Pharisee of Pharisees") who, through The Holy Spirit, tells us:

Col 2:13 And you, being dead in the deviations and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all the deviations,
Col 2:14 blotting out the handwriting in the ordinances against us, which was contrary to us, even He has taken it out of the midst, nailing it to the cross;

Remember dear brethren, that Peter in his dream, did not have one single morsel of polluted flesh, cross his lips.

It is not that we will be damned for eating the flesh of unclean animals; au contrair, with the liberty we have in Christ Jesus, we are free to "pig-out" on spare ribs, lobsters and all sorts of polluted delicacies. We are not however free from the CONSEQUENCES of so doing!

Not the hypocrite, i must confess that i do "cheat" from time to time (mostly shellfish and rarely swine flesh). Due to my pollution of my body in various forms, i find myself in rather poor health at my retirement. It is only by His Grace that i have lived this long in a mostly pain free and (semi ?) lucid state. :-)




Last Update 16 Jun 2010