Christians And Leviticus, Follow Up

Q. Your answer on Christians and Leviticus brings up something that has been bothering me lately. In Old Testament times God said that eating pork was an abomination. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why is it not an abomination for us today? That also brings up the subject of homosexuality. Would that not also apply to homosexuality being an abomination to God in the Old Testament but not for Christians? Why does that comparison not fly. I am hetero- but I’m just curious at the contrast.

A. In Leviticus 11:7 God said Israelites could not eat pork because pigs were ceremonially unclean. This and other dietary restrictions were designed to promote long healthy lives, and were not considered to be on the same level as the commandments. Later Jesus said that it’s not what goes into people that makes them unclean, but what comes out of them (Mark 7:17-23). In doing so He declared all foods clean in the New Covenant, but He also mentioned sexual immorality as one of the unclean things that comes out of us. Both Old and New Testaments forbid the practice of homosexuality.

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