We are taught by YHWH to make a distinction between the clean and unclean, and it is a commandment from him for us to do such.
1 Timothy 4:4 is sometimes used to teach and confuse others that it's okay to eat unclean animals, and okay to ignore commandments of YHWH, and also that those who would obey YHWH their Father and refuse to eat unclean animals are following doctrines of demons.
To call the Word of YHWH "doctrines of demons" is great blasphemy since it is the only true doctrine from the only true creator and Father, demons did not come up with the commandment to eat only “clean” animals, our Father YHWH did, the very one who designed our bodies and the clean and unclean animals.
From the beginning, doctrines of demons, what demons and the satan tries to get everyone to do, is to disobey the commandments of the creator. Yahushua the Messiah is the perfect example of being obedient to YHWH, and the satan is the perfect example of being disobedient to YHWH, we must follow and do as Yahushua.
The satan did not try to get everyone to disobey the commandments for thousands of years, and then suddenly after the Messiah came start trying to get everyone to obey.
Such thoughts truly are false doctrines.
Paul in his letter to Timothy is attacking the certain groups who will later teach what he calls "doctrines of demons", some of the things these doctrines of demons would commands is that we must be vegetarians, which YHWH our father never commanded that we must be vegetarians, and he instructed us which animals we are allowed to eat if we choose to. Also Paul says these false doctrines would forbid marriage, yet again YHWH never forbid marriage!
This is obviously not referring to the Law of YHWH and his instruction.
By the Law you can be a vegetarian if you so choose(other than the eating of the Passover lamb, who the Messiah actually truly was), but you can not say it is a commandment.
Also by the Law, it does not command to not be married, but rather it actually commands marriage, and marriage is of YHWH, and from him, and part of his Law!
I know of some groups from the past who fit to some of these descriptions, and they wrote their own twisted up doctrines and scriptures, and tried to alter the Bible. I also know of some groups who would forbid marriage to their followers, yet the leaders would indulge in it.
Anyway, if Paul actually was teaching to eat unclean animals then that would mean he was a false teacher since he was not in agreement with YHWH and his Law, and it would also mean that he was contradicting his own words where he taught many times to keep the Law of YHWH.
Now let's look at the text of this area, it says;
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage, and require abstinence from foods that Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth, For every creature of Elohim is good and nothing to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made set-apart by the word of Elohim and prayer"
This can not be saying what the modern denominations claim it is saying.
How is devoting yourself to YHWH and obeying his instructions devoting yourself to "deceitful spirits"?
How is obeying YHWH's teachings, obeying teachings of demons?
After all, The disciple John, who was 1 of the 12 disciples of the Messiah(Paul was not), plainly says in the Bible that those who do not obey the Law are of the satan!
1 John 3:4 "Whoever commits sin breaks also the Law, for sin is the breaking of the Law"
1 John 3:8 "He who commits sin is of the satan for the satan sinned from the beginning"
Further, what does obedience to the Bible and creator have to do with liars?
This says these false people require abstinence from foods that Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
Elohim did not create unclean beasts to be our food, they're an abomination for us to eat.
It says "to those who believe and know the truth", YHWH told us which animals he created to be received with thanksgiving, he told us which to eat with thanksgiving.
In the Bible, unclean animals are not even considered food.
As in a Hebrew could make the comment to eat any food that you want, and not be talking about things like pork that are not considered food.
The text literally says "creatures of Elohim", which in this usage could be indication of there also being creatures that are not "of Elohim".
Next is the words, "for it is made set-apart(holy) by the word of Elohim".
If we read the Word of Elohim, then we see which animals are set-apart, and not every animal is set-apart.
The "and prayer" does not contain any indication that we can talk to YHWH and get him to suddenly transform an unclean animal such as a pig that he told us to treat as an abomination into a “clean” one.
Modern pastors put that into people's heads and lead them to take it according to that interpretation.
Unless the unclean meat literally turned into a different animal then we would be sinning against YHWH, and disobeying/dishonoring him.
It would also be rebellious to ask such a thing of him when he has told us what to do, and we know this, yet disregard him and ask him to bless you and your meal.
If this passage was all that we had to look at to see Paul's stance on the Law, and what we should eat, then we wouldn't be able to draw many solid conclusions from it, but thankfully we have the entire Bible to compare it with, and to look at as a whole, to help us understand the context and what is said, and when we indeed do that and look at all of the scriptures as a whole and not just single verses, we can know what is said and what is not said.
After all, if you've seen my page "Misunderstanding Paul", you have already seen clearly that he was pro-Law, and told us to obey it, and it is a misunderstanding to say he told us to break commandments.
Romans 7:12 "Therefore the Law is holy, and the commandments holy and righteous and good"
Romans 3:31 "Do we then abolish the Law by this faith? Of course not! Instead, we uphold the Law"
This passage is in 1 Timothy, so let's look at some other things Paul has said just in 1 Timothy.
1 Timothy 1:5 "The purpose of the commandment is love that issues from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith. But some have strayed and have turned aside to vain foolish sayings, desiring to be teachers of the Law, not understanding either what they are saying, or the things about which they make confident assertions. But we know that the Law is good if one uses it lawfully"
1 Timothy 5:20 "As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear"
And if you will, here is a major scripture from 2 Timothy;
2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is breathed out by Elohim and profitable for teaching, to convict, for correction, and for righteous instructions"
Listen to the Messiah;
Matthew 5:19 "Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least of these commandments and shall teach others to do the same, shall be called the least in the kingdom of the heavens"
Again, I can't reveal much just from this particular passage, so please refer to the rest of the Bible, and other points on this website.
Job 14:4 "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one"
Isaiah 65:3 "A people who provoke me to anger continually to my face, who sacrifice in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick, who sit among the graves and spend the night in the tombs, who eat pig's flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels, who say, keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am holier than you. These are smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day. Behold, it is written before me, I will not keep silent, but I will repay, I will indeed repay into their bosom"
Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before me, says YHWH, so shall your seed and your name remain, and it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says YHWH, and they shall go forth and look on the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me, for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched, and they shall be a repulsion to all flesh"
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