I was aware that St. Paul said that all food is clean in his letter to the Romans.
But that raises more questions in my head.
Why does St Paul make legal what the Bible (old and new) says explicitly is illegal? And what power did he have to do this?
I understood that St Paul said this because he believed that Jesus (pbuh) had abolished the Law with all its commandments and regulations. But Jesus (pbuh) did says according to Matthew 5:17-20, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law ". His law was to be a addition to the Law, it did not abolish it.
Jesus (pbuh) then went on in that passage verse 19 to denounce anyone who breaks the commandments. He also praised his followers who will practice and teach even the commandments. One of the commandments is to stay away from pork.
That is why the followers of Jesus, did not let unclean food such as pork enter their mouths, so that Peter, the chief disciple, that is why he says, “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean” (ch. 10, v. 14)
And really isn’t Jesus (pbuh) the example for people to follow? He did not eat pork then why do others? I don’t really understand why people follow what St.Paul said; who lived long after Jesus (pbuh) and never met him, but not what Jesus (pbuh) himself did or said?