New International Version (NIV)
18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
This was my ‘quote for today’ on the ‘Jesus Daily’ app. As is my habit; I looked it up and found that this passage is difficult for Jewish people, as it looks like Jesus is putting aside the ban on unclean foods, like pork.
Looking at the different commentaries, one fellow on the judaismvschristianity site said that Christians believe that Jesus put aside the Mosaic law banning unclean foods at this point but also believe that Mosaic law was ultimately ended upon Jesus’ death. He said that this passage reflected Mark’s opinion; not Jesus’.
I must admit that this is news to me. I am learning a lot from my little app and my Ignatius Catholic Study Bible (thank you Fr. Serpa for recommending that book!!) but I’m not sure what to think of this passage in the light of what the Jewish commentator said. Is there a contradiction? I’m ashamed of my ignorance but would be delighted to read whatever anyone might say on the matter.
Thanking you in advance,
Thanks for asking.
Matt.5: 17 -18 "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.”
There is a danger, a risk in culling any single verse or passage and trying to get from it the true and rightful meaning.
Here’s a RULE for right understanding of the bible that might be helpful?
[Caps for emphasis, not shouting]
“Never ever can, may or DOES
One verse, passage, or teaching
Have the power or authority
To make void, invalidate or override
Another verse, passage or teaching”
Were this even the slightest possibility [IT”S NOT], it would render the entire bible as worthless to teach or learn the faith.
So you did GOOD in asking for a clairification.
So the way to understand this, is that for Jews; the Law still binds, but for Christians, now under a New Covenant [which overrides BUT does not void the previous Covenant], Christ is teaching that ALL foods are “clean” [except those sacrificed to other gods].
John 1:7 "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus" Christ
Romans 6:14 "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace"
Hope this helps you Jenny,