We’re not all slaves to our bel­lies

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -


IWRITE in re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle ‘Plate that pig! CB press­ing Ja­maicans to ig­nore bi­b­li­cal ref­er­ences and eat more pork’, pub­lished in your news­pa­per on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18, 2016.

Dr Keith Amiel is, in­deed, a hired gun for the Caribbean Broil­ers Group of Com­pa­nies. As a vet­eri­nar­ian, he has cer­tainly spo­ken well, from a sci­en­tific and pub­lic-health view­point. But what the goodly doc­tor, and those whose cause he rep­re­sents, has failed to recog­nise is that the ways of God are not sub­ject to hu­man ap­pro­ba­tions.

Dr Amiel cited a few bi­b­li­cal ref­er­ences of pigs and why many be­liev­ers ab­stain from them. But let me bring a few things to his at­ten­tion.

First, Gen­e­sis 3 shows us that the first sin was a ‘belly’ sin. God in­structed man not to eat; the devil ba­si­cally asked, ‘What’s the big deal?’ Man ate, con­trary to God’s com­mand, and you know the rest of the story. So it does mat­ter whether we eat ac­cord­ing to God’s dic­tates or not. And no­tice, too, that God never cited any­thing sci­en­tif­i­cally wrong with the fruit. It was just His sign of au­thor­ity; some­thing many have noth­ing to do with nowa­days, be­cause they pre­fer their own ways.

Fur­ther­more, in Gen­e­sis 7:2, God in­structed Noah to bring seven of each clean an­i­mal, and two of each un­clean an­i­mal into the ark. Thus, even on a log­i­cal level, God had more pur­poses for the clean than for the un­clean. Per­haps, there were only two un­clean, for the sake of preser­va­tion; but seven clean, for the pur­poses of preser­va­tion, food, and sac­ri­fice. Note, also, that no Jews ex­isted at the time. Clean and un­clean, ac­cord­ingly, tran­scend Leviti­cus.


Later on, Satan tried the same stom­ach ap­proach on Christ, in the wilder­ness. But, in­stead of ra­tio­nal­is­ing God’s com­mand, like Eve did, Christ sim­ply quoted what the scrip­tures said – “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EV­ERY word which pro­ceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

There­fore, it is not for men to try and ra­tio­nalise why God has set cer­tain laws in mo­tion, but for them to obey the com­mand­ments of God. And whereas the CB Group is more con­cerned about mak­ing more money, there are some of us who are more con­cerned about our soul’s salvation.

Fi­nally, there are many and dif­fer­ing opin­ions on the whole mat­ter of faith and be­lief, but may the words of Ro­mans 3:4 guide us in our stances: “Let God be true, and ev­ery hu­man be­ing a liar.” (NIV) J. FITZROY JOHN­SON Pastor

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