● Rom 14:20-21 . . Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.
The critters that God lists in the Jews' covenanted law as unsuitable for food aren't intrinsically unsuitable. They're only unsuitable for the Jews because that's how God wants it for His people. But outside the covenant; and for everybody else: whatever you'd like to eat can be eaten; all flora and all fauna.
● Gen 9:3 . . Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
● Acts 10:15 . .The voice spoke to him a second time; "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."
But still; you wouldn't want to invite someone over for dinner serving foods that they sincerely believe are wrong for them to eat. Prepare something else that you both can eat. That's the Christian way to go about it; it's also the sympathetic way to go about it. There are times when it's appropriate to accommodate people's feelings about certain things.
I understand the teaching and where it comes from. However, I don't believe the Scriptures as a whole support it. First, the Christ, who became Flesh in the person of Jesus, created animals that were clean for food, and some that were used for other purposes. Noah knew of this creation and understood perfectly when God/Christ told Him to load the Ark with clean and unclean animals.
Also, what comes out of a man defiles Him. disobedience, rebellion, selfishness, Stubbornness. Jesus points this out in Matt. 15 where He rebuked the Mainstream Preachers of His time for rejecting His Father's Laws and creating their own.
Matt. 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men
. 10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Matt. 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man
So in these scriptures there is nothing which would indicate that He erased any of His Fathers commands. Actually just the opposite. So where does the tradition of rejecting God's Law regarding what He created for food and what He created for other things come from?
I found a fascinating bit of history which I think answers this question. It is a little long, but fascinating just the same.
"From the late account of Eutychius (Patrologia Graeca 111, 1012-13)"
20. The King Constantine gave orders that no Jew should live in Jerusalem or pass through it, and he also ordered to put to death all those who refused to become Christians (58). Many pagans and Jews then embraced the Christian faith and Christianity took root everywhere. It was then told to king Constantine that the Jews had become Christians for fear of being killed but that they continued to follow their religion. The king said: “How will we know?” Paul, the patriarch of Constantinople, said: “The Torah forbids [eating] pork and it is for this reason that the Jews do not eat meat. Order that the throats of pigs be cut, that the meat should be cooked, and fed to the members of this community. In this way you will find that all those who refuse to eat are still tied to their religion.” King Constantine replied. “But if the Torah forbids the pig, why is lawful for us to eat its flesh and make others eat it?”. Patriarch Paul replied: “You must know that Christ our Lord, repealed all provisions of the Torah and gave us a new law which is the Gospel. He said in the Holy Gospel: “Not everything that enters the mouth defiles a man (and he meant any food). What defiles a man is just what comes out of his mouth” (59), i.e. folly and wickedness, and all that is similar to this. The apostle Paul said so in his first letter to the Corinthians: “Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will destroy both” (60). And it is also written in the Acts: “Peter, chief of the Apostles, was in the city of Jaffa (61) in the house of a tanner named Simon. At the sixth hour of the day he went out on the terrace of the house to pray, but a deep sleep fell upon him and saw the sky open. From the sky he saw a mantle descend to earth in which there was every kind of quadruped, wild beasts, flying things and birds of the air, and he heard a voice saying: ‘O Peter, get up, kill and eat.’ Peter replied: ‘O Lord, I have never eaten anything unclean.’ But a second time the voice said: ‘Eat, what God has cleansed you must not consider unclean.’ The voice repeated it three times. Then the mantle was taken back into heaven.” (62) Peter was amazed and wondered what it meant. Because of that vision and because of what Christ our Lord said in the Holy Gospel, Peter and Paul ordered us to eat the flesh of every quadruped and therefore it is not wrong to eat pork or any other animal.”The king then ordered him to kill the pigs, cook the meat and put it at the doors of the churches in all his kingdom on Easter Sunday. To everyone coming out of the church a bite of pork was given, and those who refused to eat it were killed. Thus it was that many Jews were killed in that circumstance. Constantine erected a wall around Byzantium and called Constantinople. This was in his thirtieth year of the reign. Helena, mother of Constantine, died at the age of eighty years. Constantine reigned for thirty-two years and died. He lived in all for sixty-five years. He left three children. The first was given his name, Constantine, he had called the second with the name of his father, Constantius, and the third was called Constans (63). To Constantine he gave the city of Constantinople, to Constantius Antioch, Syria and Egypt, and Rome to Constans.
Notice how Constantine's prophets refused to follow Paul's instruction for the weak in Faith. Also notice that they omitted the part where Peter actually defines for us what the vision meant.
Acts 10:28 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
(This was not God's Law, but the "Commandments of men" the Pharisees were teaching for doctrines.) but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean
The early Christian church murdered men for simply obeying the God of Paul's Fathers. Killed them because they didn't eat a certain animal.
Jewish Christians, in other words, men who believed and walked the very same path Jesus walked, followed the very same path Jesus followed, were murdered by the founders of modern Christianity, in direct defiance and disobedience to what Jesus taught, Paul taught and certainly the entire Law and Prophets.
If Jesus were alive in Constantine's time, or Zechariahs, or Isaiah, or Peter, Constantine would have had them murdered because they regarded the Law and Prophets as "heresy". Just like the Pharisees, only these folks came in Christ's Name, teaching that Jesus was the Christ. (Matt. 24:4,5)
Lev. 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
46 This is the law of the beasts
, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
47 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.
Jesus never forgot this as He casted evil spirits on unclean animals. Peter never complied with the vision, and learned that it was about men who were once unclean but repented, and God cleansed them despite their DNA.
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy
, (Pharisees and Early "Christian" church) so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Why would a person who "loves" God reject such simple instructions, unless they were convinced by other voices, as was Eve, that His instructions blind and burden us.
Food for thought.