Didn’t God allow us in Gen 9:3 to eat any animal flesh?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021


Question: Didn’t God allow us in Gen 9:3 to eat any animal flesh, as we desire?

Answer: After the Flood, the Creator blessed Noach and said, “Be fruitful and increase, and fill the earth” (Gen 9:1). Then, He allowed the supremacy of man over the animals expressed. This subjection of the animals to man was expressed in the manner of force, namely, by being hunted for food. Thus, the animals lost the voluntary subjection to man and were placed under the will of man (Gen 9:2).

Every moving thing that lives is food for you; as the green herb have I given you all. But do not eat flesh with its life, which is its blood. (Gen 9:3-4)

We should not err and conclude from the words “Every moving thing that lives is food for you” that man is allowed to eat every flesh by his will, much less commanded to eat animals, but only that the Creator for the first time allowed man to eat animal flesh.

Therefore, we should understand these words thus: The Creator told the first man Adam to eat only plants. But for Noach and all generations after him, just as the green vegetation which He permitted for the first man, He has given man everything to eat.

Evidently, this “everything” rises the controversy that the Creator allowed man to eat any animal flesh by his will and thus to decide which animal is “clean” and “unclean” instead of the Creator who created the animals.

But these words of the Creator have been grossly misinterpreted to the degree of distortion. As a result, it is not that the Christian religion does not have its own kosher list; it does. The problem is that that “kosher” list is not His kosher list (refer to Leviticus 11 to see the Creator’s kosher list).

And the second part of the statement, “But do not eat flesh with its life”, which simply means flesh that is still alive, i.e., in which there is still blood, explicitly forbids eating live animals. The prohibition comes from fact that, because the soul of the animal is in the blood, eating animal flesh with its blood is like eating its soul. This too has been distorted. The followers of that religion like rare roast animal flesh with a lot “juice”.