I read that above article that I’m linking to. I am the first person to say tolerance of religious culture and different beliefs is a must but honestly do some people really, really believe that load of crap? The very fact that none of this article is backed by any real studies except to describe certain bacteria that possibly can contaminate under the right circumstances while throwing accusations out at particular government and personal groups really smacks of fear mongering tactics using the guise of religion. The fact that they have third hand information from a supposed set of farmers without any real link to articles or studies really bugs me about this article. It’s not proof positive nor are the statements backed by real time, peer-reviewed studies. Just statements without proof of who said what and where.
First off, in the times and age when the bible was supposedly written for God by men there were certain hygiene and community standards that led to illness, disease and being sickened by certain foods. For instance, shell fish. They knew shell fish was making communities sick so they incorporated a “rule” or “law” into the one book that they knew ALL people in their community were likely to read – the bible.
That would be the law of Leviticus 11:11, 11:12 and 11:13
11:11 and they shall be abhorrent to you; you may not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses you shall detest.
11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you
11:13 ‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard
The reason it’s in there is because when shellfish are left in the hot sun they spoil, it was to control illness and sickness within the community and population. To prevent getting parasites, food poisoning and other little nasties that usually caused death in those times.
Pigs are the same thing. Pork, if anyone has ever forgotten a raw pork chop or two in their fridge, spoils fairly quickly. Pork can harbor some very nasty types of bacteria and parasites. Particularly listeria monocytogenes which causes listeriosis. It’s a nasty stomach ailment with flu like symptoms that can be quite deadly to immuno-compromised people, the elderly and children. The same reasoning behind shellfish in the bible was applied to pork in the bible. For control of disease, illness and sickness that resulted in mortality (sic death).
Without the technology and knowledge we have today, the people of yesterday had no choice but to limit their intake of these types of foods because they didn’t understand what was in it that was making them sick, only that there was something there within the food that was causing sickness. They had enough knowledge to a. realize that limiting these foods and banning them increased the life expectancy of the people by avoiding sickness and subsequent death and b. to use the one publication, the one book they knew most people either read, had read to them or spread via word of mouth to others – first propaganda campaign anyone? First media news outlet was born? They did a pretty good job of spreading the word but forgot to take it out as a literal translation later on down the road after technology and knowledge expanded.
I really don’t understand why people take these small little passages meant to inform the populace of a community long gone as a literal translation. The very notion of the word “translate” gives the feeling that things can “get lost in translation” or the “translators didn’t quite get it right”. Again, I’m the first person to tout about religious acceptance and cultural tolerances. I’m the first to sound off about not tolerating intolerance but these types of articles and backwards thinking using religion as a tool of hatred rather than love really get to me. Why can’t we all just get along.