Clear Word vs Bible: Food Laws

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In and older post I demonstrated the Biblical teaching on food laws for new covenant Christians.  You can find that study HERE.  In this post I am going to present many of the same Bible verses that I used in that study and compare them to their Clear Word SDA Bible equivalent.

It is my aim to demonstrate how the SDA intend readers to understand their Bibles as they read them.  Each SDA is trained to re-imagine certain verses as they come up so that SDA doctrine is preserved.  By comparing the different passages in print we can identify the way such passages are intended to be read by their teachers and preachers.

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

12″All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. ; 13″Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 1 Cor 6:12-13 ESV Some say, “I’m free, and all things are lawful for me.”  In one sense, that may be true, but while I’m free to do all things, I will not be mastered by anything except Jesus Christ.  Some say, “Eating is part of life; that’s what the stomach was made for.” Or, “Sex is part of life; that’s what our sexual organs were made for.”  But if all you think about is food or sex, God will destroy you.  The body wasn’t made for over-indulgence in food and sex, but to reflect the Lord.  It belongs to him.”

 

First off, notice the qualifiers that the Clear Word inserts into the text where none such can be found in the Holy Bible.  The Clear Word author will qualify a universal freedom in Christ with “some say”.  And then he will narrow the teaching with “in one sense”.  The Holy Bible is making universal declarations that entirely render SDA teaching on diet and health reform moot.

Then we see the Clear Word author brings sexual organs into the discussion.  While the Holy Bible does provide an admonishment against sexual immorality it doesn’t get all the way down to the organs themselves.  It makes one wonder why the Clear Word author thought it necessary to put that picture in everyone’s mind.

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.” Col 2:16 ESV “Don’t let anyone control your life by giving you a set of ceremonial rules about what to eat, what to drink and which monthly festivals or special sabbaths to keep.”

 

Notice that the Holy Bible gives a blanket statement and the Clear Word has to qualify the type of food and drink.  Paul doesn’t provide such a qualification, this could very easily be understood as any food and drink.

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, ; 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, ; 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. ; 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, ; 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Tim 4:1-5 ESV “The Holy Spirit has explicitly told us that in the last days, people will give up their faith and turn away from Christ.  They will listen to deceiving spirits and end up following doctrines of demons.  Some will pretend to be loyal to the truth while teaching lies.  Their consciences will be as insensitive as if they had been seared with a hot iron.  Others will say that it’s wrong to marry and to eat the good things God created which we should receive with gratitude.  God created everything.  Nothing should be rejected which He has said we can eat,  and we should do so by offering thanksgiving and praise.”

 

Notice that the Clear Word author felt the need to add in decision theology here.  I have no idea why that had to happen.  Also he again puts in qualifiers on types of foods when the Holy Bible is using broad language that could apply to any food at all.

 

The Holy Bible

The Clear Word

“18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, ; 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) ; 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.” Mark 7:18-20 ESV  “He said to them, “You mean that you don’t understand what I just said to the people?  Can’t you see that whatever goes into a man from the outside, like dirt from his unwashed hands, cannot make him morally unclean?  It doesn’t affect his relationship with God, because it goes into his stomach,  passes through his intestines, then out of his body. [DELETED BY SDA]  It’s what comes from his heart that out of his mouth that morally affects a man.”
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3 Responses to Clear Word vs Bible: Food Laws

  1. Melini Moodley says:

    This is a really handy series. Keep it going

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  2. SofaTheologian says:

    If you don’t believe you can eat vegetables and get fat you might stay out of groups on Facebook like “What Fat Vegans Eat”, LOL.
    You seem to almost have the impression that Adventists are saying you are a sinner to eat pork or something? No one is saying you can’t eat your pork, they just say that you shouldn’t. That God didn’t design it to be eaten. Oddly enough, you can watch 100% secular documentaries that suggest you shouldn’t eat pork either. It is a very disgusting animal.
    I’m not sure what is so wrong with making the suggestion that God made certain things to be used for certain purposes. The same “christians” that will berate Adventists over the suggestion of not eating pork because “EVERYTHING created by God is good”, will often agree that you shouldn’t do drugs. But wait if we are to take it literal that everything is good, why isn’t marijuana and opium good? Each person will accept what they are willing to accept.
    Want to keep eating your bacon, go for it. No one is going to (strike that, I mean should) condemn you for eating your bacon. The most important thing is that we strive to break through and submit our own will to the will of God. If you are doing that then congratulations. Do you think that God will punish someone who is trying to also submit their will by not eating bacon? What if you are right and God doesn’t care if you eat bacon? Are all the Adventists going to be punished for not eating bacon? God will come down and say oh you people, you gave up too much, you tried too hard to follow me, for that you will be punished!

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