Let's take a CORRECT look at Mark 7. I'm posting this to a separate thread because I know it will get buried otherwise by an agenda that wants people to not even practice the safety protocols in the bible that deal with infectious bacteria and viruses. I'm taking the time to do this because I want people to employ, at the very least, whatever minimal level of protection they believe in. You're free to make your own decisions but please be wise, both with your own health and safety but also the health and safety of others. Because if you're wrong, other people can suffer as a result.
Mark 7 (1-23)
1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
NOTE: THERE IS NO LAW IN THE OT THAT SAYS YOU MUST WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EVERY MEAL. That is not part of the dietary law. Feel free to check.
And so for reference: defiled in this context means UNCLEAN. There is therefore a physical understanding and a spiritual parallel.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
NOTE: verse 3 explicitly refutes the notion that this is from the Torah (law). It says this is the tradition of the ELDERS. Is that not what I said to you before?
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
NOTE: This verse simply further reinforces that these practices were part of their own traditions.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
NOTE: Again... explicitly says "tradition of the elders" NOT the law!
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
NOTE: So here he is saying that they (Pharisees) were trying to make their traditions into religious doctrines as if it had anything to do with religion.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
NOTE: verses 8 and 9 are accusing them of not following Torah which is the exact opposite of what you are trying to suggest.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
NOTE: Here, Yeshua is pointing out a specific example of where they are deviating from the commandments given by Moses. And in this case, contradicting them.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
NOTE: Again, it is explicit! There is a clear difference between what Yeshua recognizes as "the word of God" vs what they were judging his disciples with; which was their traditions which came by the oral tradition of their elders. He goes in further.
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
NOTE: The way you (Mel) read this, you twist it to mean that nothing outside a man can make him sick. This is NOT what he said. And he is crossing over into the spiritual understanding of being clean vs unclean. For those following along, you have to remember that Yeshua was a follower of John the who? John the baptist. John used ritual cleansing with water to represent a spiritual purification. That's why he said the one who would come after him would purify with fire.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
NOTE: this is a spoiler alert, of sorts. Because it means that the hearer needs to think about it spiritually. Every man has physical ears. But this is not a statement. It's a question. Therefore the ears he's referring to are not the physical sort. So he's prompting you to consider this in the spiritual context.
17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
NOTE: parables tend to have a spiritual message. The fact they understood it as a parable shows they understood he was speaking beyond the physical level.
18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
NOTE: The same way that your stomach processes food and the parts your body doesn't need become waste product, so too do things enter into your MIND(heart). So in the next verse you see a list of crimes that come from ideas, not physical substances.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
CONCLUSION: As you can see, he was speaking spiritually (figuratively) and therefore was in no way contradicting the dietary laws of Moses that he had just called "the word of God" and just accused the Pharisees of deviating from. Again, Yeshua was a rabbi and a rabbi is literally a teacher of the law. The effects of not following the dietary law were well known and verified by hundreds of years of experience. So they were not ever in question. It was the spirituality of the people that was in question. That is what they needed and that's why they were being baptized.
So saying nothing outside you can harm you is a gross twisting of what Yeshua taught. Plagues were well known to the ancient world, OT and NT. It was known within the bible and outside in pagan and secular societies also.
They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague
And bitter destruction;
And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them,
With the venom of crawling things of the dust.
So if you are promoting the idea that viruses do not exist, whoever you are, you have now been educated so at any time feel free to stop saying viruses don't exist and consider apologizing to the forum for the false interpretation that can put people's lives at risk if they believed you.