I saw the thread on eating pork, and on that page is a google ad with the question "Why did God Create Clean and Unclean Meats" ? I thought to myself, good question. So I throw the question at you all. God created all things. Even those animals which he later told the Israelites to be off limits to them. Why were these things off limits to the Israelites ? I came across a book once, written by a doctor, which had the premise that those animals were forbidden to the Israelites for dietary reasons. These animals could be lumped under the category of scavengers (eaters of dead things and trash) and because they had a simple alimentary system, anything they ate became part of them after digestion. Particularly pork. That same book pointed out that when we shave off the hair off of a slaughtered pig, the gray/black spots on some parts of its body are actually poison (I've seen pigs bit by Philippine king cobras [yes, we have them there. some grow to about 8 feet]who survived the bite after some fever. Some didn't even get feverish). Shrimp are scavengers of the sea. By contrast, those whom God declared clean and safe to eat for the Jews were equipped with a more complicated alimentary system. The chicken for instance, had something else where the indedible things that come with what it eats is stored. Now, some of the arguments in the other thread on pork mentioned Peter's dream, God saying that He has now cleaned all things, and Paul's letter about all things being clean, and so on. So, I have a second question: Did the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ also removes these animals from being scavengers and not good for human health, to non-scavengers and good for human consumption (not whether or not they are delicious) ?