The book of Acts has an illuminating episode about religious rules. The specific issue was the ancient Jewish dietary regulations and whether Jesus’ followers had to follow the traditional strict diet. First some background. Christianity started out as a reform movement within Judaism. Jesus was Jewish as were all of his Apostles and most if not all of his earliest disciples. Gradually, Jesus’ teachings appealed to primarily non-Jews, a fact that began the first great rift in the new religion. Christianity and Judaism made a decisive split during the first century that has since continued. Peter is the central character in today’s narrative. He hadRead More →