Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why Blessing Our Food Is More Important Than Ever!

Certified Halal meat is now the standard for all U.K. Subway's.  Do you know what Halal means? It means the food that has this stamp has been "processed" in in the lawful way that a Devout Muslim is able to eat it.

However, this is not comparible to "Kosher" meat.  In fact, it seems as if the food is not just being processed in any special way, but is instead being consecrated in a special way.

Do you want to eat meat that has been consecrated to Allah?  

Before you decide, read this short excerpt that was sent to me and then my commentary which follows.  



Halal is the Islamic term that 
      basically means the meat is lawful to eat  
for a devout Muslim. 
      What makes it lawful or acceptable is that the meat  
has been 
      processed in a very specific way. Now, you may think that this  

is no different than meat that is acceptable to the Jewish people 
kosher. Unlike kosher food, where the physical processing of 
      the meat is  
the focus, for Islam it is the spiritual component 
      that makes the meat  

For lawful (halal) meat in 
      Islam, the animal must be killed while the  
butcher faces Mecca , 
      and either the butcher cries “Allah Akbar” or a  
      plays the words over a loud speaker. Understand, that when they  

face Mecca , they face the black stone, the very definition of 

I am glad that Costco is finally 
      telling us plainly that the meat is  
halal or sacrificed to an 
      idol, but I have a feeling that this not to  
benefit the 
      Christian, but rather the muslim. I will state again that I  
      not fear of a lifeless false god, but the book of Acts plainly  

tells us that we are not to eat meat sacrificed to idols. The 
religion of Islam continues to make inroads into America 
      as they attempt  
to force some of our communities to submit to 
      Sharia law and demand that  
halal food be sold in mainstream 

I checked online to make sure that in fact these things are done.  It is in fact "consecrated" to Allah. 


Halal meat is the one derived from an animal that is otherwise
permissible to ingest its meat within the shari'a; not only that,but it
should have been rendered,or slaughtered,in accordance with Islamic
guidelines.That is,in summary;the animal should be slaughtered by a
sane,adult,using a sharp object to sever the throat and two neck vessels
whence the animal is lying on its left side[in the case of dextral
individuals] facing the Qiblah.A spear is used to render the camel,and a
knife to slaughter the sheep,goat,cows etc.The declaration of Bismillah,
'In the name of Allah The Great',should precede the actual act of


I always found it curious that the bible says we should not eat meat consecrated to idols.  I always assumed that passage was outdated and no longer pertained to the people of the 21st century.  After all, who consecrates their meat to idols?  Muslims do, that's who.  But is the name of this god pronounced over meat really consecrating it or effecting any real change that we as Christians should be aware of?   

It got me to thinking.  A couple of months ago there was  reading in which Jesus came out to a fig tree and with a "word" cursed the plant.  The fruit withered and died.  This got me to thinking.  I happened to have read a book through Tan Books that extols all of the blessings that come from uttering the name "Jesus".  The spoken word is POWERFUL.  Perhaps we do not realize that the mystery of the word being made flesh is revelaing the very concepts that Theology of the Body tried to share with us.  

If the Body makes visible the invisible, then we see that the the tangible, the somatic can reveal a spiritual yet invisible reality.  


How does this tie together? Well, as Christians we "bless" our food.  Yes we are thanking God for providing for us be we also bless our food.  "Bless us oh Lord AND THESE, THY GIFTS, which we are about to receive.  We then do this in HIS name! 

The Halal meat is done not only in the name of allah, but by the name spoken over it, sometimes over and over by loudspeaker.   Okay, so what's the big deal, I don't believe in Allah so it won't affect me. Maybe your thinking this all sounds new age or goofie.  Well guess what folks, while I believe the New Age movement is not only dangerous but something we must avoid, this is not New Age, this is quantum physics.  Dr. Masaru Emoto is just one of many persons who has conducted scientific experiements that have demonstrated that the spoken word can affect matter.  While some commentators have criticized Emoto for insufficient experimental controls, not sharing enough details of his approach or for designing his experiments in ways that leave them open to human error influencing his findings, I have read many of his reports and find his studies facinating.


As I read through scripture and even contemplate my faith as a Catholic, I realize that the power of the spoken word is revealed by God to His people time and time again.  But wait, there is more!  QUANTUM PHYSICS!

(What these images show is not only these “building blocks” of all that exists, but also the mechanism of the machine that makes them visible, thereby demonstrating that our vision of the subatomic world is conditioned by and dependant upon instrumental extensions of our sense of sight. There were two very disturbing consequences of this development. The first consequence of quantum mechanics was that chance was seen to play a fundamental role in the way the world works. This annoyed Einstein to the point where he remarked: “God doesn’t play dice!” Up to that point in history, physics had been “deterministic” with a definite cause for all effects, a material fact that was not only discoverable, but there was also no room for uncertainty about that cause. This was one of the central tenets not only of classical physics, but also the doctrine of materialism in all its various forms.)

 What?  Yup, the invisible can be made visible and thanks to Einstein we now realize that for every action there is a reaction and just because you can not see it with the naked eye does not mean it does not exist.  Ever see the movie "Horton Hears a Who"?


This is where Dr. Emoto comes in.  He conducted an experiment to see if the spoken word creates a noticable effect on the molecular structure of water.  What he reports is fascinating.  For those of you who have always suspected that listening to heavy metal music can change a person, pay attention this is about to get interesting.

Dr. Emoto placed glasses or vials of water in front of speakers  in which all things considered "dark, blasphemous, evil, demonic or just plain bad" where played over the speaker or spoken to the glass of water.  Words like, hate, curse you!, Satan, etc where spoken or played to the water.  (Check out my article on my blog entitled "Good Vibrations" to see the evidence that all sound creates unique vibration patterns and that these vibrations affect our bodies and our wellbeing in a profound, yet scientific way). 

 Another glass of water was placed in front of a speaker in which positive or "good" words were spoken.  Words like; I love you, Bless you, Joy, etc were played/spoken to the glass of water.  

Then the water was tested on a molecular level.  

Guess what? The water molecules changed.  In fact, when they crystalized the water to see what patterns or forms where made, proved that very strange and abstract patterns were formed from the "bad" words and elaborate and beautiful patters where formed from the "good" words.


Okay so now let's put this together.  If we already know that sound travels in waves and that these waves have specific vibrations and that our bodies react to those vibrations in measurable ways then perhaps the intensitiy, decibal level or other factor of sound can and does effect what it comes in contact with.  But what if the word itself creates a change?

What If speaking a word that is "bad" or "good" over a substance can change the molecular structure or composition of something?  Well, if this is true then we should be paying attention to what we eat and should in fact say a blessing over it if we plan on putting it into our bodies.


This got me to thinking, perhaps those who think God wants us to bless our food because he wants to be thanked, are missing a more beautiful truth.  Maybe what is acutally happening is that with the spoken word of Jesus Christ, we are blessing our food and effecting a change in it.  I  do not mean we are making it Jesus Christ, but what I am saying is that maybe the name of Jesus Christ actually effects a change on the food that will in turn, bless our bodies in more perfect way.  Why not?  

If the words of consecration, manifest a spiritual reality then perhaps by saying a simple blessing at our meals, we are entering into a mysterious reality that not only will protect us from what ever ill that may be done to food consecrated to false gods or any weird curses or incantations that someone  might have been performed over the food we eat.  We have heard that drug dealers hex or curse the drugs that they sell to ensure the person receiving it will stay bound in their addiction.  So we we know that those in the occult do many things you and I see as outlandish or perhaps ridiculous to the food they sell us.  So why not say a blessing the next time you are the dinner table.  It might just transform it into the gifts from God that it was always intended and nourish you body AND soul.

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