It’s so odd how people have to wait for a certain event to happen in order for them to stop doing a certain thing. Like with the outbreak of the swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. (and some other countries), people there will now surely avoid eating pork (though ‘authorities’ claim that a person can’t catch the flu by eating pork, people obviously prefer to leave it alone at this time, and there are reports of a big decline in pork sales).
But shouldn’t the verses in the Bible (for the Christians who believe that it’s the pure word of God) be sufficient for them to stay away from this filthy animal (and not just because now, they’re scared of the flu)?
Prohibition of Pork in the Bible:
Deuteronomy 14:8 And the pig, because it divides the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. You shall not eat their meat, and you shall not touch their carcasses.
Leviticus 11:7-8 The pig, for even though it has divided hoofs and is cleft-footed, it does not chew
the cud; it is unclean for you.
Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean for you.
Isaiah 65:2-4 I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices;
a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and offering incense on bricks;
who sit inside tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat swine’s flesh, with broth of abominable things in their vessels;
Isaiah 66:17 Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the center, eating the flesh of pigs, vermin, and rodents, shall come to an end together, says the Lord.
Prohibition of Pork in the Qur?aan:
?Say (O Muhammad): I find not in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maytah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork); for that surely, is impure or impious (unlawful) meat (of an animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, or on which Allaah?s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering)? [al-An?aam 6:145]
?He has forbidden you only the Maytah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allaah?s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering).? [al-Baqarah 2:173]
For further reading on the prohibition of pork: