You have Jesus to thank for your Christmas Ham

Christmas Ham

Christmas Ham

You may have noticed that Muslims can only eat meat that is Halal

In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu’ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following:

  • pork or pork by products
  • animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
  • animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
  • blood and blood by products
  • alcohol
  • carnivorous animals
  • birds of prey
  • land animals without external ears

These prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram , meaning forbidden in Arabic.


The Jewish people also have a ban on Pork. They can only eat food that is Kosher.

In their most “biblical” form, Jewish Dietary Laws state:

  • Pork, rabbit, eagle, owl, catfish, sturgeon, and any shellfish, insect or reptile are non-kosher.
  • Other species of meat and fowl must be slaughtered in a prescribed manner to be kosher.
  • Meat and dairy products may not be made or consumed together.
While Jewish Dietary Laws originated in the Bible (Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 17), they have been codified and interpreted over the centuries by rabbinical authorities.

Jesus however did not agree with these restrictions and declared all foods clean, thereby lifting the restriction on pork, ham, bacon, shellfish, etc.

Because of him Christians are not bound to Jewish dietary restrictions though of course there are still plenty who disagree with the interpretation of Jesus’ words.

According to the bible Jesus said…


What Defiles a Man
17When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. 18And He said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, 19because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?”

So enjoy your ham these holidays, safe in the knowledge that it is not what we eat that makes us bad but what we do

( unless you are a cannibal of course. )

Pretty sensible stuff really.

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