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To A Christian, Nothing Is Unclean Of Itself

Old Testment law went into great detail about clean and unclean things. For instance, many animals were declared unclean and could not be eaten. Also, all people who were not Jews were considered unclean, and Jews were forbidden to associate with them.

But God has now abolished these laws of cleanliness and uncleanliness, as revealed in the vision He gave to Peter.

             ACTS 10:9-16 (KJV)
                                       
                            The Vision Of Peter
                                          
             9
                    On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and
                    drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the
                    housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
             10
                    And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but
                    while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
             11
                    And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel
                    descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet
                    knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
             12
                    Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the
                    earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and
                    fowls of the air.
             13
                    And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and
                    eat.
             14
                    But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten
                    any thing that is common or unclean.
             15
                    And the voice spake unto him again the second time,
                    What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
             16
                    This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up
                    again into heaven.
                        *           *          *
The Apostle Paul confirms this idea, saying that there is "nothing unclean of itself."
   ROMANS 14:12-23 (KJV)                                   
                                      
   12
          So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
   13
          Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this
          rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall
          in his brother's way.
   14
          I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is
          nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing
          to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
   15
          But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou
          not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ
          died.
   16
          Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
   17
          For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but
          righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
   18
          For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to
          God, and approved of men.
   19
          Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace,
          and things wherewith one may edify another.
   20
          For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are
          pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
   21
          It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any
          thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made
          weak.
   22
          Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he
          that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
   23
          And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not
          of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
          

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