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Of course Scripture does not pinpoint ham or bacon as such (or even swine and hogs). But God says that now ALL MEATS are perfectly acceptable for Christians (1 Timothy 3:1-4). He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
i take it you have an "alternative interpretation" of such scripture as Matthew 7:14-23, 1 Timothy 4:4, 1 Corinthians 10:30-31, Acts 10:9-16, Romans 14:17, Romans 7:6, Romans 6:14 and, practically, the entire book of Galatians?
i'm asking because i can't figure out why else you would make this thread unless you planned to argue with anyone who presents the well-known, much discussed and well-accepted understandings of these & other passages as evidence to you.. ? or maybe you really haven't heard before, but somehow i doubt that.
excuse me, i should have said "being placed under" rather than "remaining under" -- as before He called me, i was born a gentile, having not the law of the Hebrews, but having only God's own law in my conscience, that is, knowing as well as any son of Adam the difference between right and wrong.
so technically, being held accountable to the dietary laws that God gave to the nation Israel would be an entirely "new" thing -- if your doctrine is that becoming a Christian places you under the burden of the Law. that is to say, if anyone is teaching that placing my faith in Christ means i can no longer eat bacon with thankfulness, because, obviously, never having been born to a tribe of Israel, before He revealed Himself to me, i could eat bacon freely. so if anyone's gospel is that i cannot now eat bacon, it would be because Christ has placed the burden of the Law on me, rather than removed it.
Proverbs 14:12 is one of those verses that people tend to quote anywhere, anytime, as though to justify literally anything they say. you can just append it to any statement, with the implication that what you say is true, and what the person you're talking to says is "a way that seemeth right"
but it's pretty double edged, don't you think?
because what you say, i bet, "seemeth right" to you, doesn't it?
in the end then, for the vast majority of cases i've seen, it doesn't lend any credence to what it's quoted with after all.
[HR][/HR][HR][/HR] what i believe is generally far more applicable to instances of Proverbs 14:12 being quoted is another adage, Proverbs 18:17
The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.