The debate about homosexuality in America, is comical to me for a number of reasons. Mostly because most Christians' that are against Gay marriage are obviously unaware that the book of Leviticus as was recited to Moses forbade a man to lay with a man only 4 or 5 pages (depending on how big the pages/font is) away from where it is written that if a man even touches the carcass of a pig let alone eat it is an abomination to the Lord.
Now, many people try to say that in the New Testament and under the New Covenant we can eat anything we want. Is that so? God spoke to Moses (Leviticus 11:1-2)and told Moses point blank, in plain speech "to make A difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten." (Leviticus 11:47). Jesus (that's right Jesus not the Father)spoke to Moses, and even went as far as equating what we eat into determining weather or not we are holy; what we eat is also one of the ways the people of God sanctify themselves.
"For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy..." (Leviticus 11:44).
These are the words of Jesus Christ, not the Father.
"And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape"(John 5:37).
LET IT BE KNOWN: JESUS IS THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT AND; THEREFORE IS THE ONLY GOD MAN HAS EVER KNOWN!!
As a child, Acts chapter 10 was the scripture I was given as to why it is ok for Christan's to eat the pig. Lets analyze this chapter and see if this is in fact the case.
The chapter opens with Cornelius, an Italian centurion.
Let it be known that Cornelius is the 1st Gentile to be admitted to the church. But before that the angel spoke to him:
"He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius... send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do" (Acts 10:3-6).
Note: the angel of God could have very well told Cornelius what to do himself. But Cornelius was an Italian (a stranger to Israel) so therefore the angel told him to find Peter (Israelite) because Israel was chosen to teach the children of Adam the ways of the True and Living God; The God of Israel.
Now after this Gentile sees an angel and is told to send for Peter; God is setting Peter up for this meeting as well;
"On the morrow... Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
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:
never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate" (v.9-17).
Now before we get into the commentary of the vision first I must point out a few things that most just read past.This story in Acts 10 is happening approx. 10 years after the death, ressuerection, and ascension of Jesus. Peter was a disciple, was aware of what hapened in Matthew chapter 15 when Jesus said, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man" (v.11). We no also that Jesus revealed all things concerning Himself and His ministry to His disciples.(Mark 4:34/Luke 24:27)
Yet despite all of the opportunity given in a 13yr span for Jesus to inform Peter about pork or any other unclean animal when the voice told Peter to kill and eat Peter responds, ' I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.' It was also stated that Peter was 'very hungry.'
In verse 17 when the dream is over Peter is still doubting what the vision should mean because he knew it couldn't mean that God cleansed everything to be eaten. In verse 19 Peter is still thinking about what the OBVIOUS METAPHOR really means, and the Spirit suddenly speaks to him and tells Peter to go doubting nothing. The men sent by Cornelius were probably Italian just as Cornelius himself was from Italy. Under normal circumstances this Italian would have been a pagan. But for whatever reasons, ( feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway) God wanted to make it acceptable for the Israelite's (Jews) to associate and thereby sharing the gospel with the rest of the world. At some point between Peter coming down off the rooftop and actually meeting Cornelius and his family and kinsmen, Peter figured out exactly what the vision meant.
"And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (v.28).
Both man and beast was created on the 6th day out of the Earth.In the prophecies of Daniel the four great kingdom's of the latter days were depicted as beasts. Solomon also wrote that man has no preemminence over a beast. We breathe with the same breath of God in our nostrils, and when we die we go back to the dust (even fish)!
"For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 66:15-17).
This has not happened yet. This is a prophecy that will come to pass, in the future. So who is this Lord that will consume those whom eat swine's flesh? Isaiah said he will come with fire; The Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus coming and doing these same things.
"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2Thessalonians 7-9).
...THIS IS THE LAW OF GOD.!
And we all know: "the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (ROMANS 8:7)