Believers in Messiah are taught that the Word of God does not contradict itself. We are also taught that if we get a “revelation” we believe is from God, that it must not contradict the Word of God. This premise is correct. So, let’s apply that premise to a section of Scripture that supposedly changed what God said.
In Acts 10:9-16, Peter (Kefa) receives a vision he believes to be from God. The church has taught that this vision turned unclean food to clean food in an instant. However, does this doctrine fit the prescribed premise, above, that the church also teaches?
First, we must remember that when Peter (Kefa) had this vision, the ONLY “Word of God” he had by which to judge whether or not an instruction was from Yahweh (God’s name) was the OLD TESTAMENT (Tanach) since the New Testament wasn’t written and compiled until around 135 A.D. Therefore, what did the Old Testament say that would apply to Peter’s “new revelation” changing unclean food to clean in an instant?
4. You shall follow Yahweh your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
5. "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against Yahweh your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which Yahweh your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you. Deuteronomy 13:4-5
As a Jewish male, Peter was trained in the torah (the “law”) of God. Do you think he would have accepted instructions from a voice in a vision that contradicted the written instructions of the Word of God? The same Word of God that Peter and the disciples now knew in the flesh as Y’shua/Jesus? (John 1:1-5)
NO! He would not!
Therefore, according to the criteria that the church has set for defining what is God’s truth, the teaching of unclean food being “magically” transformed into clean in an instant does not hold up.
In reality, this vision had NOTHING to do with food! To find out what PETER said the vision was about, read Acts 10: 28. For more information on what all the words concerning food in the New Testament say, see Does the Bible Say We Can Eat Anything? on this site.