Is it any surprise to us that Satan has created an appetite for the very foods God forbade? And should it be any surprise that epidemic disease has followed in the violation of God's dietary principles? The forbidden swine is a perfect example of how presumptuous appetite has overrules God's sensible restrictions. Unlike some other unclean catagories, we now have the technology to show scientific evidence why pork is totally unfit for food.

Pork contains a microscopic worm called trichina, and if it gets into the system, the disease trichinosis results. Governments warn that there is NO INSPECTION for the parasite. Reader's Digest stresses THERE IS NO CURE FOR THE DISEASE.

A single serving of defective pork, even a single mouthful, can kill or cripple or condemn the victim to a lifetime of aches and pains. For this unique disease, trichinosis, there is no cure. With no drugs to stop them, the worms may spread through the entire muscular tissues of the human system.

One of two things then happens, depending on the intensity of the infection. Either death ensues or a successful effort is made by nature to throw an enclosure, or cyst, around each of the teeming parasites, which then become dormant, although they remain alive for years. Don't blame your doctor. All that the best doctor can do as yet is to conserve the patient's strength and try to relive the painful, local symptoms as they appear.

What tehese symptoms are, the layman had much better not worry about. Trichinosis can simulate to some degree almost any other malady. That pain in your arm or leg may be arthritis or theumatism or it may be trichinosis. That pain in your back may mean a gall bladder involvement, but it may mean trichinosis.

Dr. Samuel C. Gould, a Washington health offical, who has made an extensive study of trichinosis, states that the average American consumer eats at least 200 infested port meals during his lifetime. Just because the meat may be stamped "U.S. Government Inspected and Passed" does not mean it has been tested for trichina infestation. Every bit of pork would have to go under a microscope to make that determination.

The Publish Health service advises consumers to cook the pork throughly in order to kill the trichina worms. Someone has observed that eating dead worms is not highly appealing to the palate either. And what if some are missed? Why is it so hard to accept this fact, which God has made so clear, solely on the basis of appetite?

Some have asked why God created the pig if it should not be eaten. The answer to that is self-evident. The pigs, along with buzzards, snakes and hyena, are great scavengers of the earth's filth and refuse. All creatures serve a purpose but are not suitable for assimilation into the human system as food.

Arguments have been advanced that there is better sanitation since God made those Old Testament laws, and the pig is now quite fit to be eaten. One is hard put to believe that land or sea animals have become less polluted by the passing of time. Look at how much more we are polluting the environment in which they live. Today there are chemical poisons infecting land, sea, and atmosphere to such an alaming degree that constant government directives are being issued. Environmentalists keep up posted hour by hour on the massive accumulation of deadly pesticides, insecticides, and other contaminatins in every order of nature. Our sanitation methods aren't perfect, and that which slips by is dangerous.

And if reason doesn't convince us that unclean animals are still unclean, we have the revelation of God's Word on the matter. Isaiah writes: "For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plase with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord." [ ISA 66:15-17 ]

This text is talking about the second coming of Jesus and proves that the nature of those animals will not experience any change that will make them fit to eat -- not even down to the very last day of this earth when Jesus comes. The swine is placed in the same category as the abomination and mouse, and God plainly declares that the eaters thereof "shall be consumed together." Rather a strong warning label, wouldn't you say?

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