1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8: Many God’s and Lord’s

                                Paul explains that knowledge is important, however we should not let knowledge go to our head. We should be humble and let Charity edify our knowledge. For “…if any many think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing…” (1 Corinthians 8:2) Those who believe that we as humans have all the knowledge are mistaken. This of course is NOT to discredit science, but we as humans need to understand that there is much more knowledge out there, that we have yet to learn. God of course is all knowing, and we being His offspring will also one day know everything.

Paul explains that there is ONE GOD, however there are multiples “gods” and “lords”; “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father…” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6) Paul explains that we are perfectly within our rights to eat meat that is offered unto an idol, for an idol is not a god or the God, it is made by man. Paul says that anything we do or do not eat will not affect our spirituality; “…for neither if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.” (1 Corinthians 8:8)

Those with a strong conscience should respect those with a weak conscience and understand that judgment should be left unto God; “…take heed lest by any means this liberty [motivation to do good] of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” (1 Corinthians 8:9)

Leviticus 17-18

Leviticus 17-18

Chapter 17: Don’t Eat Blood

  • If anyone kills an animal and does not offer it as a sacrifice to the Lord, shall be cut off from among the people. (Leviticus 17:1-4)
  • You shall not offer sacrifices to anything or anyone, except God. (Leviticus 16:7)
  • “The Life of the flesh is blood” (Leviticus 17:11)
    • I don’t normally talk about other religions or beliefs outside of my own thoughts and the LDS teachings. But the issue of blood, and the belief of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is interesting to me. They believe that your soul is in the blood. That is why they do not believe in blood transfusions or donating blood for that matter. Here is why I don’t agree with that, but again this is my own opinion.
      • Jehovah’s Witnesses will use these scriptures to say that our soul is in our blood, but clearly it is saying that without blood, the body dies. Just as if you were to take out most any parts or organs in the body it would shut down.
      • That does not mean that the soul is in any one of those parts of the body. Think about it, something like 2/3 of our body is made up of water, could water be our soul? I don’t think so.
        • Here are some other  scriptures that mention NOT drinking or eating blood. But probably for other reasons.
          • Acts 15:20 and 29
          • Genesis 9:4
          • Leviticus 7:26; 17:14
          • 1 Chronicles 11:19
  • No one should eat blood (Leviticus 17:12 and 14)

Chapter 18: Sexual Abominations

The Lord speaks to Moses and reveals to him some of the abominations of other lands, and how Moses must instruct the children of Israel so that they do not perform the same sexual abominations.

  • Thou shalt not have incestuous relationships with anyone that is close to kin. (Leviticus 18:6) – I would say that this follows with modern day thought.
  • Thou shalt not commit adultery (Leviticus 18:20)
  • Thou shalt not engage in homosexual relationships (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Thou shalt not commit bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)

 

Leviticus 11-12

Leviticus 11-12

Chapter 11: What may or may not be eaten under the Law of Moses

The Lord speaks unto Moses and reveals to him what animals him and the children of Israel and can eat, and is commanded to speak unto the children of Israel and repeat what he was told.

Clean/Unclean Animals:

  • Any animals that are “clovenfooted” and “cheweth the cud” they shall eat.
  • Any animal that is “clovenfooted” and does not “cheweth the cud” they cannot eat.
  • Any animal that is not “clovenfooted” but “cheweth the cud” they cannot eat.
  • In other words the animal must both “chew the cud” and be “clovenfooted”

What is a “clovenfooted” animal? Cloven footed animal is one that has a hoof divided into two parts at its distal extremity (as of ruminants or swine)

What is it mean by “cheweth the clud”? The cud is that portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach, to be chewed a second time. To Ruminate (Rumination), is to chew again what was slightly chewed and swallowed. Animals like cows have to chew the food a second time.

So we learn that anything that has hoof that is divided and ruminates is ok for the children of Israel to eat.

For fish: Anything with fins and scales in the waters the children of Israel can eat. But if anyone eats something from any waters on earth that does not have scales and fins, it will become an abomination to the children of Israel.

These are the birds or fowl in the air, that the children of Israel are commanded not to eat:

  • Eagle
  • Ossifrage
  • Ospray
  • Vulture
  • Kite
  • Raven
  • Owl
  • Night Hawk
  • Cuckow
  • Little Owl
  • Great Owl
  • Swan
  • Pelican
  • Grier Eagle
  • Stork
  • Heron
  • Lapwing
  • Bat
  • and ANY fowl that creep, going on “all four” shall be an abomination to the children of Israel.

Israel, however may eat of a few animals that have four legs and fly:

  • the Locust
  • the Bald Locust
  • the Beetle
  • and the Grass Hopper.

Israel is also commanded to NOT eat:

  • Weasel
  • Mouse
  • Tortoise
  • Ferret
  • Chameleon
  • Lizard
  • Snail
  • Mole

Anyone that even touches an unclean animal, without washing themselves is considered unclean as well. It is a very grievous thing. The Lord commands Israel to “…be holy; for I am holy…” (Leviticus 11:44)

Chapter 12: The Law of Purification

Women after having a child are considered “unclean” for seven days. On the eighth day the child, if he be born male, shall be circumcised. (Leviticus 12:3). After that the woman continues to be unclean for 33 days, where she can touch no holy thing, or come into the sanctuary until her days of purifying be fulfilled. If the child be born female, then the woman is unclean for two weeks during her separation and then continues to be unclean for 66 days.

When her days of purification have been completed she needed to bring forth a burnt offering; either a lamb and a pigeon/turtledove or 2 pigeons and 2 turtledoves, so the priest could make an atonement for her. Then she would be clean again.

Leviticus 3-4

Leviticus 3-4

Chapter 3: Don’t Eat Blood of Fat

Peace offerings are made with animals that are without blemish. These animals are taken to the doors of the tabernacle where they are killed. Aaron and his priests then take the animal and sprinkle it around the altar where the animal will be burnt as a peace offering unto the Lord.

Israel is forbidden to eat blood or fat.

Chapter 4: Sinners are forgiven through sacrifice.

Those who sin ignorantly can bring a young bullock (sheep) without blemish before the priests in the tabernacle, as  sin offering.

The animal is killed and then a priest dips his finger in the blood and sprinkles it seven times before the veil of the sanctuary. Blood will also be placed on the horns of the altar of sweet incense. The rest of the blood is to be poured into the bottom of the altar, and all the fat be removed from the bullock, to be burned with the skin on the altar.

Sins are forgiven through this method, the priests using this method are making atonement for the sins of the people.