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Biblical Contradictions: Can There Be Food That Makes You Unclean?

Bassam Zawadi




Leviticus 20:25

25 " 'You must therefore make a distinction between clean and unclean animals and between unclean and clean birds. Do not defile (shaqats) yourselves (nephesh) by any animal or bird or anything that moves along the ground—those which I have set apart as unclean for you.


The word shaqats means...


1) (Piel) to detest, make abominable, count filthy, make detestable

a) to detest

b) to make detestable


Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/tmp_dir/words/8/1142190649-9092.html


The word nephesh means...


1) soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion

a) that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

b) living being

c) living being (with life in the blood)

d) the man himself, self, person or individual

e) seat of the appetites

f) seat of emotions and passions

g) activity of mind

1) dubious

h) activity of the will

1) dubious

i) activity of the character

1) dubious


Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/tmp_dir/words/5/1142190995-9765.html 



The most appropriate definition would seem to be soul. 

So here we see that God is ordering not to eat certain unclean food because it can make someone's soul or self defiled. So unclean food could basically make someone spiritually unclean. 


However, Jesus says...


Mark 7:18

18"Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean' (koinoo)?


The word koinoo means...


1) to make common

a) to make (Levitically) unclean, render unhallowed, defile, profane

b) to declare or count unclean

Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/tmp_dir/words/2/1142190712-6687.html 


This is clearly talking about spiritual uncleanness because if you continue reading the rest of the passage...


Mark 7:20-23

20He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' 21For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "

So it is clearly talking about spiritual uncleanness.

Leviticus 20:25 shows that certain food could make a person spiritually unclean while Jesus says in Mark 7:18 that no food could make a person spiritually unclean. So who is right?






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