SCIENTIFIC VIEW OF THE HOG

by the Church of God

 

   Many believe it matters not what people eat, thinking everything is sanctified by their prayers.  We have reason to believe God made NO MISTAKE when He declared the hog to be UNCLEAN FOR FOOD.  See Leviticus 11th chapter.

   Gaze over in that sty, my pork-eating friend.   See the contented brute quietly reposing in the augmented filth of his own ordure!  Look a little sharper and scrutinize his skin.  Is it smooth and healthy? Not exactly.  So obscured is it by tetter and scurf and mange that you almost expect to see the rotten mass drop off as the grunting creature rubs against any projecting corner which may furnish him a convenient scratching place.  Stir up the beast, and make him show his gait.  See how the rolls along, a mass of fat.  If he were human, he would be expected to drop off any day of heart disease or some other cause.  And so he will unless the butcher forestalls nature by a day or two.

 

The Hog a Scrofulous Sewer System For Its Extreme Filth

 

   But we have not half examined our hog yet.  Climb over into the sty, and take a nearer view of the animal that is destined to delight your palate.  Make him straighten out his forelegs.  Do you see the open sore or issue a few inches above his foot on the inner side?  And do you say it is a mere accidental abrasion?  Find the same on the other leg; it is a wise and wonderful provision of nature.  Grasp the leg high up, and press downward; now you see its utility, as a mass of corruption pours out.  That opening is the outlet of a sewer-yes, a scrofulous sewer; and hence the offensive matter which discharges from it.  Should you fill a syringe with some colored injecting fluid, you would be able to trace all through the body of the animal little pipes communicating with it.  What must be the condition of any animal so FOUL as to require a regular system of drainage to convey away its teeming filth?  Sometimes the outlet gets closed by accumulation of external filth.  Then the scrofulous stream ceases to flow and the animal quickly sickens and dies unless the parts are cleansed.

   What dainty morsel these same feet and legs make!  What a delicious flavor they have, 'as every epicure asserts! Do you suppose the corruption with which they are saturated has any influence upon their taste and healthfulness?

 

A Scientific Description of Lard as an Extract of a Diseased Carcass

 

   Look at the inside of this delicious beast! Just under the skin we find from two to six inches of fat covering a large portion of the body.  What is this?

   "Lard," say one; "animal oil," "an excellent thing for consumptives."  Lard, animal oil, very truly; and, we will add, as synonyms: disease, scrofula, torpid liver.  Where did all that fat come from?  It is not natural, for fat is deposited in large quantities only to keep the body warm in winter.  This fat is much more than is necessary for that purpose.  It is disease.  So gross have been the habits of the animal that its liver, lungs, kidneys and intestines have been unable to carry away the impurities.  And even the extensive system of sewerage already described was insufficient to purge so vile a body of the debris which abounds in every organ and saturates every tissue.  Consequently, this flood of disease, which made the blood a black, turbid current, was crowded out of the veins and arteries into the tissues, and there accumulated as fat.  Lard, then, is nothing more than extract of a diseased carcass.

   Observe the glands which lie about the neck.  Instead of being of their ordinary size, and composed of the usual gland structure, we find them large masses of scrofulous tissue.

 

Large Numbers of Tubercles Are Found in The Lungs of The Hog

 

   Examine the LUNGS.  If the hog is more than a few months old, you may find large numbers of tubercles.  If he is much more than a year old, you will probably find a portion of the lung consolidated.  Yet this filth, diseased mass is cooked as a delicious morsel.  If the animal had escaped the butcher's knife a few years, he would have died of tuberculosis consumption.

 

The Liver of the Hog is Likely Full of Rotten Abscesses Which Develop Millions of Tapeworms

 

   Cut in the animal's LIVER.  In seventy-five cases out of a hundred you will find it filled with abscesses.  In a yet larger percentage will be found the same diseased products which seem to infest every organ, tissue and structure.   Yet these rotten diseased, scrofulous livers are eaten and relished by thousands.

   Look again at the diseased LIVER.  Upon closer inspection we discover numberless little sacs, or cysts, about the size of a hemp seed.  As soon as they are taken into the stomach, the gastric juice dissolves the membranous sac, and liberates a minute animal, furnished with a head and four suckers, which attaches itself to the wall of the intestine, and begins to grow.  In a short time it produces an addition to its body, which is attached like a joint behind.  Soon a duplicate of this is produced, and then another and another, until a body three or four rods in length is formed.  This is a TAPEWORM.

 

Pork-Eating Causes Tapeworm as Here Described, Also Blindness, Hydatids. Etc.

 

   The embryonic worms consist of a pair of hooklets so shaped that a twisting motion will cause them to penetrate the tissue after the fashion of a corkscrew.  Countless numbers of these may be taken into the system since a single tapeworm as been found to contain more than two million eggs.  By the boring motion referred to, the parasites penetrate into every part of the body.  Piercing the walls of the blood vessels they are swept along in the life current, thus finding their way even to the most delicate structures of the human system.  They have been found in all the organs of the body, even in the brain and the organs of vision not escaping.

   When developed in the eye, they occasion blindness.  When lodged in the lungs, or other organs, they interfere with their proper function.  In the liver, a serious and often fatal disease, known as hydatids, is occasioned by the extraordinary development of the cysts, which are originally not larger than a pea, but by excessive growth assume enormous proportions.

 

Chicago Academy of Medicine Proves That Pork Often Contains Deadly Trichinae Parasites Causing Death

 

   Assist your eyesight by a good microscope, and you will be convinced that you have only just caught a glimpse of the enormous filthiness of the loathsome pig.  Take a thin slice of lean flesh, adjust the eye-piece, and look.  If you are fortunate, you will find hundreds of voracious little animals, each coiled up in its little cell, waiting to emerge and begin its work of devastation.  A gentleman in Louisville has made extensive researches upon this subject, and asserts that trichinae may be found in one hog out of ten.  A committee appointed by the Chicago Academy of Medicine to investigate this subject reported that they found at the various packing houses in the city one hog in fifty infested with trichinae.

 

A Brief Description of The Trichina and Its Terrible Danger

 

   The Trichina is enclosed in a little cyst or sac, which when taken into the stomach, is dissolved by the gastric juice.  The parasite, set at liberty, penetrates the walls of the stomach and gradually works its way throughout the whole muscular system.  It possesses the power of propagating its species with wonderful rapidity; so that a person once infested is almost certain to die a lingering death of excruciating agony.  In Helstadt, Prussia, 103 persons were infected, and 20 of them died within a month.

 

It Is Quite Certain That Pork-Eating Causes Many Cancers, and Other Fatal and Terrible Diseases

 

   It is not known how many deaths are due to this cause, for many persons die of unknown diseases.  In some of its stages trichinosis resembles some other diseases, and is often attributed to other than its true cause.

   It is not proved that the hog is nothing better than an animated mass of physical defilement?

 

BOTH THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT FORBID THE USE OF UNCLEAN MEATS

(Read Leviticus 11th Chapter)

 

   It has been definitely proven that food taken into our bodies will, in the course of seven years, change our dispositions and character.  God understanding all about this when He divided the meat food for mankind.  We ask why the world is so selfish, covetous, greedy, and hoggish?  It is not difficult to answer, when the people have drifted so far from God, and almost everyone is given over to eating excessively of unclean foods, and especially of the hog.  They therefore have become hoggish, greedy, and selfish.

 

Peter's Vision

 

   It is said that Peter's vision of the sheet coming down with all manner of beasts was a lesson that we did not need to abstain from unclean foods, but Peter explains this differently in Acts 10:28, where he says that "God hath shown me that I should not call any MAN common or unclean."  It was a lesson regarding men of other nations, and not respecting meats,  The fact that Peter upon beholding the vision said to the Lord, that nothing unclean had ever entered his mouth, shows that after twenty-five years had passed since the crucifixion he had not broken over and begun eating all kinds of meats, but he was on the other hand, observing the law of the clean and the unclean.-Acts 10:14.

   Some will say that Jesus taught it was not that which entered the mouth that defiled the body, but that which proceedeth from the heart.  How true this is!  It was not the fruit that defiled Adam and Eve either.  It was the act of taking that which was forbidden, and just so with the use of swine's flesh and other things forbidden.  God is still testing people through their appetites, as He tested Adam and Eve.

   God has sanctified (or set apart) certain foods by the Word of God, and by prayer, that are good to use, but many meats have never been sanctified by the Word of God.

   In 2 Corinthians 6:17 the Lord tells us to come out from them, and not touch the unclean, and he will receive us.  This text refers to the unclean meats, just as it did in the Old Testament times.

   In Isaiah 66:16,17 the Lord says, "For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh:  and the slain of the Lord shall be many.  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord."  People are everywhere claiming to be Christians, and standing behind one tree, or behind a leader, and eating swine's flesh. And as these texts unmistakably refer to the judgment time, which is very near, dear reader, will you not separate yourself from them, and follow the Lord as your leader?