Dietary Laws: Did Jesus Model or Dismiss Them?
I've recently come to the conclusion that Jesus didn't, just as my oldest son didn't actually run through the house yelling at the top of his lungs with scissors in hand. However, we Christians have taken this passage to believe that he is criticizing kosher eating:
The point of this passage, according to Boteach, does not reveal a rebel; instead it shows Jesus as a learned scholar quoting the Talmud.
The author states:
There it is written, "As the seas throes up its debris upon the shores, so the wicked have filthiness upon their mouths.47" With this statement both Jesus and the rabbis before him were emphasizing lashon nekiah, or "clean language." There are many laws in Judaism that govern what we can and cannot say...
Boteach argues that Jesus NEVER ate un-kosher food.
Come to think of it -- he's right. We know Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples. If in fact Jesus shunned dietary laws, that would have made headlines with Matthew, Mark and Luke.
So what are we to conclude? As Christians, even though we have freedom from dietary laws, should we recklessly eat anything we want? Or should we as followers of Christ actually imitate what he modeled before us?