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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  • Sally

    Try planning a Xmas dinner with Muslims, Hindus and vegetarians. We got there in the end.

    • 1951

      Saying ‘Grace’ must have been rip-roaring success then…?

    • How do you like your water? Frozen, as-is or chilled?


    • spanishbride

      Mmmmm Roast Turnip surprise.
      The surprise is that the roast is a turnip.

      Blackadder’s puritanical aunt comes to dinner on the same night he has
      agreed to hold a raucous party and drinking competition. Turnip is on
      the menu.

  • dgrogan

    Of course, some animals ARE canibals. Like pigs, for instance.

    • The Accountant

      Chickens too.

      • dgrogan

        And fish.

        • caochladh

          And we have two legged mongrels to thank for feeding animals to animals to give such scourges as Mad Cow disease.

  • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

    So there it is. Jesus liked bacon. I knew it!!

  • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

    do chickens have external ears? (no, they probably have voices inside their heads)

    actually, the Hebrew dietary laws were sanitary in character –
    OK animals were to have cloven hoofs AND chew the cud, so pigs were out (cloven hoof, no cud) as were horses & donkeys, but deer were VERY acceptable (Are you listening, Cam?)
    Scaled fish OK, shellfish not. Birds ok except carrion and webbed feet, etc.

    So what do pigs eat? What do ducks and catfish eat? Do we sometimes get warnings about toxic mussels?
    (and some more caution here – – wussels are always toxic)

    • Albert Lane

      I understand that the ban on shellfish and fish without scales and fins was based on the theory that those species lived and ate from the ocean floor where all the human waste was deposited. I don’t know what the waters of the Mediterranean were like, but our own waters can become so polluted that there are bans on oyster farming and shellfish collection from time to time. From what I have heard, bans on eating pigs were based on the fact that pigs ate waste products. As all these rules were imposed in countries that became very hot in summer, and before refrigeration was discovered, it’s not difficult to see why they were introduced. A friend once told me that pig meat is freely available in Israel, but they don’t call it pork or bacon. It’s apparently sold as “white meat”. I’m not sure whether to believe that or not.

  • Is it possible to ever be sick of ham?

    Ham on toast, ham slices, bbq ham steaks, ham salad, ham sandwiches, ham eggs and chips….

  • Boris Piscina

    Silly rules about food only apply for people who aren’t really hungry. Silly religious rules about food only apply to people who aren’t hungry or intelligent.

    • xennex

      Restrictions in religion are both a way for the priests the execise control over the followers with arbitrary rules, and for the follower the observance of those rules make them ‘closer to god’.
      As to your post and relation to the title of the article ‘thank jesus for…’, how about ‘reject arbitrary religion rules and eat what you want’.

  • Warren Murray

    See, also, Acts10 and Matthew 15.

    Challenging dietary laws of the day was very powerful, Jesus wanted to go beyond challenging rules concerning food to changing attitudes and people’s lives.

  • Warren Murray

    The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell of Jesus exorcising demons from a possessed man. They asked to be allowed to go into a herd of pigs. He agreed and the herd ran into the sea of galilee and drowned.

    The towns people didnt thank him for the miracle. Instead he was asked to leave, presumably because he ruined their livelihood. The story highlighted hypocrisy – despite the dietary laws, the pork industry was doing good business.