I’ve often come across people who like to abstain from pork or some other food product. They seem to do so because they have some desire to follow Old Testament food laws and such. First of all, there are over 600 different commandments in the Old Testament books, all of which any “dutiful” Jew at the time would have been obliged to follow. They didn’t have the luxury of choosing just one (in this case Pork) that they felt for some reason they were to follow. The other people who have posted here are correct and have excellent points about the biblical justifications for allowing the consumption of pork. Can I ask why you feel the need to exclude just pork? The Jews of the OT and of modern times abstain from much more than just pork… have you had shrimp lately? That was off the menu for devout Jews. How about non-kosher beef? Better start buying the Hebrew National hot dogs buddy. Get your meat from a Kosher butcher too… animals must be butchered in a certain way and under the observation of a Rabbi. Vegetables had to be washed to ensure that no insects were present, because insects were strictly forbidden. Cheeseburgers anyone? Nope! Devout Jews believe that mixing dairy and beef products is sinful and in violation of the food laws. There are also a host of other laws found in the Bible… from clothing, to livestock, to menstrual cycles… you name it, it’s there… and yes, Pork is one of the foods off of the menu for sure. Now, I’m not saying that all Jews today follow all of these restrictions, but some certainly do to varying degrees–especially the Orthodox. Now please don’t get me wrong… I am not here to poke fun at Jews and the food restrictions they follow. I do mean, however, to expose a rediculous notion that Christians can pick and choose some of these food restrictions for silly reasons. Jews don’t observe the foood laws to keep themselves free from parasites (although that certainly is an added benefit)… they do so out of obedience to God–and this is to be admired, not made fun of. I have the utmost respect for them. I feel passionate about this subject because of the experiences of my wife’s friend who was engaged to a man (non-catholic christian) who decided to pick and choose some food laws to follow. What this became was one of many vehicles to restrict and control his fiance’s life. That is all I have ever seen it used as amongst non-Jews and Christians. We simply don’t have the tradition that the Jews have with the laws to fully appreciate what they mean. Perhaps this is why is was de-emphasised in the New Testiment (such as the dream that was mentioned in the post above… as the bible says “what God has made clean, you are not to call Profane”. Re-read Acts Ch. 11.