Are Fish and Shellfish OK To Eat?

Q. Can you please explain about eating fish? As in Deuteronomy, we may eat all water animals that has both fins and scales on it. But current studies talk about the danger of eating fish which has medium to high mercury content. So, It contradicts the word of GOD. Also, can we eat Prawns & Lobsters, because they don’t have scales & fins. Are they detestable? Kindly explain. It bothers me a lot.

A. Generally speaking, the only parts of the Old Testament that apply to believers today are those parts that are repeated in the New Testament. Colossians 2:16 says we are not to let anyone judge us by what we eat or drink, indicating the Old Testament prohibition against certain foods no longer applies. We’re free to eat or drink whatever we want.

Mercury content in fish is partly a natural occurrence and partly due to man made pollution. At certain levels it becomes toxic to mankind. It’s not against God’s law to avoid foods that might cause sickness or death.

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