In the spirit of Psalm 119:11, “His word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Him,” I like to use scripture whenever it pertains. When I do this, I will try to list the references for the scripture I use, but I may not always get them all, so please feel free to draw my attention to my omissions and mistakes – I don’t mind. I also prefer to use biblical language whenever it fits. To go along with using biblical language, I find the definitions in Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language (hereinafter referred to as “The 1828”) to be best suited for my purposes.
I filter all new information I receive through the lenses of the Bible. If information doesn’t jive with what I believe the Bible says is true, my mind either translates that information into biblical truth or it dismisses it as an untruth and then I trudge on.
Clean and Unclean
I’ll be using these terms most often when I refer to food because they’re biblical terms and I have a problem with today’s term of “Real Food.” Not only does it sound snobby but I think it’s more of an opinion than an accurate description of my lifestyle. The definitions from The 1828 are,
“CLEAN, a. In a general sense, free from extraneous matter, or whatever is injurious or offensive; hence its signification depends on the nature and qualities of the substances to which it is applied.”
“UNCLEAN, a. 1. Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy.”
Put in simple terms, I’ll use ‘clean’ to refer to anything that hasn’t been adulterated or perverted or is as close as is reasonably possible to the way God provided it for us and ‘unclean’ for whatever I think has been adulterated or perverted from the way God created it.