Abstain from every appearance of evil (First Thessalonians 5:22)
Is it okay to eat another person? How about eating your own finger, nose, or breast?
Kim and I recently watched the story of Olympic hockey star Eric LeMarque, who on February 6, 2004, became lost in the California mountains for 7 days during a snow storm. He barely survived by drinking his own urine, eating tree bark, pine needles, and his own frostbitten flesh as it broke off his body.
There are cultures that have engaged in cannibalism for centuries; and they consider someone who doesn’t cannibalize as being weird. Others engage in cannibalism for spiritual purposes, believing that by eating a person’s flesh you also consume that person’s strengths or spirit. Some eat other people for the enjoyment of the taste or the experience. Self-cannibalism has even become a fad, people removing their own body parts to eat. It’s also a fad for Millennials to eat their own placenta after giving birth. Some argue that it’s okay as long as you’re not murdering someone to do it, but did you know there is no Bible verse forbidding cannibalism? Not one!
Since the Bible doesn’t say, “Thou shalt not eat human flesh”, what do we make of cannibalism?
First, the Bible does mention cannibalism and every example of it is shown in a negative light. God never encouraged or allowed it, but the Bible reveals it as an example of sin and godlessness (Lev 26:29; Deut 28:53-57; Jer 19:9; Lam 2:20; 4:10; Ezek 5:10).
Second, in “questionable things” where there isn’t a “thou shalt not”, be sure you know all that the Bible does say on the subject before engaging in it. If the examples in Scripture are not positive, that’s a clue to what God thinks about it.
Third, what does the “questionable” thing say to others – saved or unsaved – about your faith in Christ and that you are different from the unsaved culture in which you live?
Fourth, does it exalt Christ and promote Christlikeness or the sinful desires of the flesh (no pun intended).
There are many “questionable” things we’re faced with every day that may be sinful even without the “thou shalt not.” Before you participate, consider the case of cannibalism.