While God gave pretty strict laws to the Israelites concerning food, Christians for the most part do not obey these laws. To learn why God gave these strict rules, food consumption and otherwise, read my posts “God’s Health Laws” and “God’s Tolerance In The Old Testament”.
Right after Gentiles started converting to Christianity, there were Jewish Christians who wanted to turn Gentiles into Jews by following all of the Old Testament laws. The Gentiles were uncircumcised, idol-worshippers, promiscuous, and ate pork and shellfish, as well as other things known as “common”. Common meant “defiled”. Peter was among those who wanted Gentiles to be turned into Jews while Paul was adamant in his opposition doing so. After a big debate, James in Acts 15:13-21 proposed a resolution to this problem. The key verse is 20, which states “But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”
See, many of the first Gentile Christians were Greeks and Romans, who made idols of their gods. Although it’s not clearly written that they did, I am one hundred percent sure that they made idols of their new God. They still do. The Gentile cultures were also very permissive sexually, so this would have to be dealt with. Staying away from blood is necessary because God says that is the life of a beast. Christians must obey these laws.
In his first epistle to Timothy, a close friend of Paul’s, Paul said (1st Tim. 4:1-4) “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” “Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received of them which believe and know the truth.” “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.” Timothy’s father was Greek, but his mother was Jewish.
Paul wrote these things about people in the last days who will say it is immoral to eat meat. The reason I say that is because he said that every creature can be received with thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God for the meat we eat makes it moral, and it is utterly immoral for anyone to call a meateater immoral. Even Christians do so. If you disobey things so clearly written, your soul will be very much in danger.
Bring on the shrimp!