Some of the misconceptions coming from this area are that this area supports consuming unclean beasts, and also another misconception may be that this area teaches against those who choose to be vegetarian and I will cover this as well.
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.
Modern people who are ever looking for a way to justify their works that go against the Word of YHWH, and who are ever looking for a way to attack those who would obey YHWH and teach others to do the same, will sometimes make use of the passage around
1 Timothy 4:3 to teach and confuse others into thinking that Paul taught that it's okay to eat unclean animals now, and that it's 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, and greatly contemptuous towards the Word, since it is the only true doctrine from the only true creator and Father, demons did not come up with the commandment to not regard unclean animals as food and to not consume them, our Father YHWH did, the very one who designed our bodies and the 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 are truly confusion.
Paul in his letter to Timothy is warning about the certain groups who will later teach what he calls "doctrines of demons".
What these groups will teach are not from the scriptures, and at 4:5 Paul indicates that the Word of Elohim is on the positive side of his argument, not the negative side he is speaking against that teaches lies.
Some of the things these "doctrines of demons" would command is to abstain from certain foods, notice he doesn't specifically say what foods, and this could apply to multiple modern doctrines.
For example, modern Christianity casts false judgment on those who consume fermented grapes(wine), and may teach that it is a sin to consume wine, making them guilty of this same thing Paul is talking about and calling "doctrines of demons".
Also, there were some groups that taught we must be vegetarians, and YHWH never commanded that we must be vegetarians, but he rather instructed us which animals we are allowed to eat if we choose to.
By the Law you can be a vegetarian if you so choose(other than the eating of the Passover lamb), and I even suggest you become one, but you can not say that it is a commandment to be a vegetarian if it does not exist in the Law.
Also Paul speaks in this passage of false doctrines that would forbid marriage, yet again YHWH in his Law never forbid marriage.
By the Law you can choose to remain unmarried, but it actually does command marriage in some cases, and marriage is of YHWH, and from him, and part of his Law.
Interestingly this too can apply to modern doctrines, even within modern Christianity, yet the people are totally unaware that they are even doing this.
Within their denominations they forbid marriage unless it fits to their traditions and judgments that are apart from the Law of YHWH.
There are also multiple examples through history of groups who would forbid marriage to their followers, yet the leaders would indulge in it, even helping themselves to their follower's women.
(I'd like to mention, YHWH did forbid certain marriages and told us they're bad, such as incestuous relations. Surely people should have enough moral compass within themselves to know Paul is not arguing against people who would forbid marriage between a man and his own daughter. Though, according to the false doctrines of modern Christianity, such a relation is no longer a sin since it was supposedly "abolished". However it is still a great and terrible sin!
Those who teach that the Law was abolished teaches "doctrines of demons"!)
Now, the passage around 1 Timothy 4:3 is obviously not referring to the Law of YHWH and his instruction, and it is obvious it is not referring to those who are obedient to YHWH and follow his Word!
If Paul here actually was teaching to eat unclean animals then that would mean he was a false teacher since he would be going against 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.
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.
A Yisraeli could make the comment to eat any food that you want, and not be talking about things like pork that are not even 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.
There isn't any place in the entire Bible saying unclean beasts are clean now, and people only get those sort of teachings from misconceptions and not reading the text for what it actually and plainly says.
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"
1 Timothy 4:3, a rebuke to vegetarians? Meat & Food
Some translations may use the word "meat" instead of "food" in places. In modern English, people mostly take "meat" to mean flesh, but the word meat should not be taken to exclusively refer to flesh.
Biblically, "meat" can be used to refer to your food, whatever that may be.
1 Timothy 4:3 is an example for this, some translations say the word "meat", while some say "food", and the Greek document itself says "food".
Here is a link showing how multiple translations render this verse, some saying meat, some saying food;
Some may use this passage out of context, to rebuke and attack vegetarians, and claim that the Bible teaches vegetarians are bad and foolish, and to be a vegetarian is following doctrines of demons, and that it says the creator made animals for us to consume them and enjoy consuming them.
The Bible does not say such things!
That is confusing what is said, and taking the words and points completely out of context.
No part of the Bible speaks negatively of one who chooses to be a vegetarian, the opposite could actually be shown in a few ways.
(Though interestingly we are commanded to consume to Passover Lamb each year, that is when that sacrifice is made at the temple of YHWH, and the Messiah Yahushua is our true Passover lamb and the Passover lamb represented his sacrifice. We must take part in the Passover lamb.
To a vegetarian, this makes the Passover lamb sacrifice stand out much more, and intriguing, causing one to look to the symbolism and significance, but to a meat-eater, it can just feel like another meal with no unusual significance.)
YHWH designed us as vegetarians, it was after corruption and sin entered the world that creatures started harming and consuming each other.
Modern people have no need of consuming flesh, and it works against good optimum health, and those who tell you that you need to or that it is in the best interest of your health are either deceived and indoctrinated by those following personal gain, or lying to you.
You are permitted to consume clean beasts if you so choose, but I like to remind people that doing such is a pleasure thing, not a medication that preserves health as those promoting a diseased meat industry have made you think.
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