COVID-19 and the Biblical Food Laws
The Bible says some animals, mammals, sea creatures and birds should not be eaten
Did COVID-19 originate from a Laboratory?
As far back as Spring 2020 conspiracy theories were claiming that the virus had been “engineered” in a laboratory and that it had “escaped” (accidently or by deliberate release), link. The key lab in question is the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Shi Zhengli, a key researcher there at the centre of the lab leak controversy has claimed biosafety standards in the Wuhan lab might not have been rigorous enough to prevent research activities from causing the pandemic, link.
So was there a Chinese coverup over bio-safety? Claims that there has been a media coverup are strongly supported by an examination of the Media’s Medical Mismarketing (2022).
Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the UK based Wellcome Trust supported the Chinese coverup theory. He claimed that access to the genomic sequences of COVID was restricted – and that “a lab had accidently created a virus primed for rapid transition between humans”, link. Other respected experts, such as Professor Mike Farzan, also claimed the virus could not have evolved naturally e.g. through bats.
A similar lab-leak theory came from Professor Jeffrey Sachs (the EU’S top foreign diplomat) who claimed that COVID-19 was made in an American laboratory [Telegraph World News, July 2022]. This aligns with some claims that the Wuhan lab was part funded by a US institution. Why? Some claim that the drive behind an engineered virus is global population control, link, link.
The safety of the vaccines is also seriously questioned, link, link. In particular, it is now known that vaccines are injecting a known toxin! A key player here is Dr Mike Yeadon, former CSO and VP, Allergy and Respiratory Research Head with Pfizer Global R&D.
The Bat-Animal-Human Link
Clearly, the origin of COVID-19 is much debated. Putting aside the lab-leak theories, the alternative is to claim an overwhelming scientific consensus that COVID-19 originated in a similar way to related diseases such as SARS i.e. it jumped from bats to humans via an intermediate animal, link.
So many hold that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is derived from bat coronaviruses [The Lancet], and that SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19, link. In fact, research suggests there are at least 3200 coronaviruses that infect bats, and a close relative of SARS-CoV-2 has been found in horseshoe bats in Thailand, [BBC News, February 2021].
WHO (World Health Organization) Confusion
A 2021 report by the WHO suggested that the most likely cause of COVID-19 came from bats (classified as mammals) via another animal, possibly a pangolin. An intermediary animal such as a pangolin is thought necessary due to the “evolutionary distance” between bat-based coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-2. That said, in June 2022 a new WHO panel called for more studies of different possibilities, including the lab-leak scenario.
Chinese Food Markets
In agreement with the 2021 WHO report, a 2021 report in Nature, link, suggested that food bought from Chinese markets could be a source of Covid-19. These markets sell animals (some dead, some alive) such as poultry, badgers, rabbits, giant salamanders and two kinds of crocodile for human consumption.
But the real targets for health experts’ concern are China’s wildlife markets. Viruses spread easily if animals are kept in cramped, dirty conditions like market cages. At the time of the outbreak the Chinese government allowed 54 wild species to be bred on farms and sold for consumption, including minks, ostriches, hamsters, snapping turtles, Siamese crocodiles, badgers, snakes, bamboo rats, porcupines – and bats [nationalgeographic.com][news.sky.com][weforum.org]. Bats are thought to be the natural host of the Ebola virus, rabies, SARS and MERS.
The WHO 2021 Report points out that the Huanan market in Wuhan was linked to the first known COVID-19 infections.
The virus was circulating in the (WuHan) market as early as December 2019WHO Report, March 2021
The Biblical Food Laws
Contrary to what many think, we should not eat certain animals, mammals, insects and birds. They have a God-given purpose (such as scavenging to clean the land), and they are not fit for human consumption. This is explained in detail in the kosher laws of the Old Testament.
The word “kosher” comes from the Hebrew root Kaf-Shin-Reish, meaning “fit, proper or correct”. Usually it is used in the context of “fit to eat”. It defines foods (everything a Jew eats, not just meat) that are fit for consumption by a Jew by labelling foods as either “clean” or “unclean”.
The biblical concept of clean and unclean animals occurs as early as Genesis 7:1-9, and the food laws are defined in detail in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. The latter describes many birds that are unclean and cannot be eaten, such as the buzzard, raven, vulture and seagull (all well-known scavengers). The list also includes the bat (Deut 14:18). God’s command to the Hebrews was “they (the listed creatures) shall not be eaten”.
Modern Medical Science
As medical science has advanced, it is now clear that the food laws have a health benefit. Pigs are perhaps the best known example of non-kosher food (Deut 14:8). It is now known that pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. When it comes to bats, the case in question, science now shows that fruit bats (flying foxes) may be tasty but they concentrate toxin from cycad seeds, which can lead to motor-neuron disease (MND). The researchers concluded: “don’t eat bats”, link.
In their book None of these Diseases, Drs. McMillen and Stern show how to obtain extraordinary medical benefits simply by heeding the Word of God. Diligently following the Hebrew food laws does indeed have health benefits for modern man, just as God promised the Israelites in the Exodus:
If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.Exodus 15:26
In his book ‘What the Bible says about Healthy Living’, Dr Rex Russell, M.D says:
Scripture and medical research agree that modern lifestyles lived without reference to God’s laws and design shorten life and hasten death.
Has the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of following God’s blueprint for edible foods? Biblical food laws are just one more guide to the correct path in life for man.