Martin Luther once said: “The world is like a drunken peasant. If you lift him into the saddle on one side, he will fall off on the other side.” These are the chronicles, thoughts, and questions of a Lutheran pastor just struggling to stay on his theological horse, and not fall off one side or the other.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Did Noah Eat Bacon?
So I was thinking the other day . . . when reading the story of Noah in Genesis, after the flood when Noah and all the animals get off the ark, God says to Noah: "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything" (Genesis 9:3). So while a distinction was made between clean and unclean animals when Noah got into the ark, no such distinction is made here when giving Noah meat to eat as food. It is only then much later - when God establishes Israel as a nation and gives them the Tabernacle as they live amidst people with false gods and false worship - is the prohibition against eating some kinds of meats established. Now, we know that when Jesus came all of these civil and ceremonial laws were fulfilled and no longer in force - but doesn't this give extra foundation for this? That (apparently? possibly?) all the people of God between Noah and when the people of Israel came up out of Egypt ate anything and everything? Including bacon? Hmmm . . .