I’m a Christian I eat Halal
I’m a Christian Believer and I eat halal food. As a Christian Believer, I recommend you eat halal food. But first, what does halal even means? As a Christian, why do I even suggest you eating halal food? What’s in it for you? What’s its importance to you? These were my previous questions too.
What is the meaning of Halal?
Halal or sometimes spelled as hallal or halaal is an Arabic word which means “permissible” or “allowable”. Halal is something that is allowable and tolerable in the eye of our Almighty God. Halal is something good and moral. In the Quran, Haram (forbidden) is the opposite of Halal.
What is Halal Food?
Halal food means permissible food according to Islamic law. To have a certified halal meat, it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or a swine (pork). The slaughter of a halal animal is called “Zabihah” and below are the guidelines to follow:
- Allah’s (God’s) name must be uttered during slaughter.
- The tool must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter.
- The animal must be slit at the throat.
- The animal must not be unconscious.
- The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry. Eating blood is haram.
- These steps must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew.) Many observant Muslims find kosher meat acceptable too.
- The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products.
Why do Christian must eat Halal food?
As a Christian and a Believer, you will love it when someone has prayed over the meat that you will eat even before you buy it from the market and cook it. You will love it when the animal meat you will eat comes from a slaughter house that makes sure of humane butchery. I think you won’t like buying meat which comes from a cruel slaughter house. Because most likely the poor animal was killed painfully. Do you want to eat double dead meat? Will you eat a meat that has poor quality due to the torture of a psychopathic butcher? I cannot tolerate nor imagine myself supporting animal cruelty. I would prefer permissible meat which allows me to perform my faith as a Christian, as a Believer. I think, it’s fair enough that we agree on this concept. Allowing yourself to enjoy eating while still at service to our Almighty God.
1 Corinthians 10:23,31 “Everything is permissible,” BUT not everything is helpful. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.Tweet
What does the Bible tell us regarding meat consumption?
In Leviticus 11:1-47 tell us that we only must eat clean meat rather than unclean meat. Because Deuteronomy 14:1-29 tells us “..you are a people holy to the Lord your God..” “You shall not eat any abomination.” Man was created in the image of God, therefore in 1 Corinthians 10:31, it tells us that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Leviticus 19:26 also tells us that “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it.” While in Acts 15:29, advises us to abstain from blood. Leviticus 11:7 specifically mentioned, “And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.”
These are just few verses from the Bible telling us the same law. The law given to Abraham and Moses which the Jews striving hard to follow the same. The same law given to Mohammed. Peace be upon all of the Prophets! No wonder why, in Zabihah, the steps given must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew). Apparently, even before Muslims are following this, it was already imposed to us Christians.
What’s in it for you and me?
I believe that it’s our duty as a Christian to follow the law. Jesus said based in Matthew 5:17 “Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Hence, if we are really followers of Christ then it’s our duty to also fulfill the law bestowed by God, one of these is what to eat or whatnot. As a Christian, following the law means worshiping our Almighty God.
I wrote this blog not to question nor ask you to convert to any religion or change you. I wrote this to shed light and share what I have discovered in my research about Faith. I’m struggling, but I’m working hard to fulfill what is right in the eye of our Creator. I hope this will help you contemplate and consider it; as a Christian and a Believer, it is my duty to care and encourage everyone to remember God in all what we do.
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