In the Bible the Lord gives strict instructions about what meats are clean and unclean. Here are the verses from the Bible that say which meats are unclean to you.
Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘these are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth: ‘Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud; that you may eat. ‘Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; ‘the rock hyrax, [a small rodent-like animal], because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; ‘the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; ‘and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. ‘Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you. (Lev 11:1-8 NKJV)
This verse gives you strict orders about what and what not to eat. “The swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.” This is the verse that hits me the hardest. Why? Because I’m sure most of us have never eaten or even have had a desire to eat camel, but a pig is a whole different story. Think about it, for breakfast we have lovely sunny-side up eggs, with what? Bacon. Then it’s time for lunch, the kids are hungry and you don’t have much time to cook a meal so you heat up some hot dogs for them. Now I’m sure you don’t want to hear everything that goes into a hot dog, it would make your stomach turn, but the main ingredient is pork. And think about that big Christmas dinner, a steaming dish of green beans, fluffy white mashed potatoes, and the main dish is a nice, big, fat, juicy ham! To sum it all up, we eat pig almost every day of our lives. So does that make us unclean? Is it our duty, as Christians to give up all meats forbidden by the bible, including that lovely Christmas ham? Or do we blow it off, saying that not every law in the bible applies to modern day Christians? Listen to what Paul has to say about it.
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if anyone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience’ sake– the other man’s conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God– even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. ( 1 Corinthians 10:25-33.)
I think this law was laid down because, before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, people in the Old Testament had to live perfect lives in order to get to heaven. So they could not make themselves unclean by eating certain meats. Here is another verse that, I think, explains this
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law; for “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” But the law does not rest on faith; on the contrary, “Whoever does the works of the law will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us-for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:10-13)
So it is not a matter of what we do, that makes us righteous; it’s a matter of faith. So to sum it all up, is it right, for Christians, to eat unclean meats? And here is the answer, “weather you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”