Isaiah 65:4 frightens me...I am new to the Bible..reading Isaiah I see warnings about eating pork. I eat pork. Have I prevented myself from entering the Kingdom of God and what do I do?

Greg Pyc
Vancouver,BC

In Acts 15, questions concerning the law brought about a confrontation which resulted in a definite decision. I would urge you very strongly to read through this chapter very carefully. The key verses that I think you should notice are verses 5,10,19 and 24. The matter of controversy was whether or not those Gentiles who were becoming Christians should adopt and keep the Jewish law. This question had arisen because of the teaching of certain Pharisees (vs. 5). Notice clearly that there was no admonition given to these believers that they should adopt any dietary laws concerning pork. The Gentile believers were asked to commit themselves to restrictions in some areas so that they might be in a better position to reconcile their differences between themselves and the Jewish believers. This appears to have been an injunction for that specific time and not a lasting commandment for all believers today. It is significant to note that ceremonial and dietary laws were not made a basis for a Christian's salvation. Notice verse 11 of chapter 15.

Paul adds in Colossians 2:16 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days." He goes on to say in I Timothy that in the later times there will be those who arise and are "forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer" (I Timothy 4:3-5).

I respect the right of others to exercise their Christian liberty in terms of what they eat or do not eat. In exercising such liberty, all of us should be aware of our Christian responsibilities as set forth by the Apostle Paul in Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8. As mature believers who have been saved by grace, we need to be constantly mindful of our position as sons of God. Galatians 5:1 says: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

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