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What Would Jesus Eat?

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Posted December 22, 2010 by peta2 staff

Being a vegan isn’t always socially acceptable. Being a vegan in the church is certainly no exception. A few years ago, I was on staff with your everyday non-denominational mega-church, and never had my non-animal-eating ways been so challenged by so many people. Some of the arguments, comments, and rebukes included the following:

  • “Meat is the reason God put animals on this Earth.”
  • “But God gave us dominion over the animals … refusing to eat them is disrespectful to our creator.”
  • “You know, fish was Jesus’ favorite food.”
  • “You’d better start eating meat if you want to play on the softball team this year!”

Don’t get me wrong—no one was especially rude or disrespectful. After a while, they even started making sure that there were vegan alternatives for me at every staff event. So have faith—if you’re struggling with being vegan at church, hang in there. People do come around.

“People at my church are saying I can’t be vegan ….”

Church helps people of the same belief system come together to practice their faith in fellowship. But when any one part of that collective refuses to participate in something that is normal to the rest of the group (i.e., eating meat), well … it makes waves. A lot of Christians are inclined to believe that we are supposed to eat meat and that God wants us to kill and eat animals, and that makes it difficult for them to understand why someone like you would choose not to.

But be ye not afraid, brethren! 😉

Being that it’s almost Christmas, lots of folks are reflecting on their faith this holiday season, and we couldn’t think of a better time to begin a series discussing the challenges of being both a Jesus freak and a crazy animal rights activist. We’ll cover how to deal with people in your church and dominion over animals and what that means. We’ll examine God’s love of all creatures and whether the ultimate wavemaker—Jesus—would eat a vegan meal with us (or eat factory-farmed meat). And we’ll take a look at vegetarian heroes in the Bible (what does the Bible say about eating meat, anyway?), and more!

Send your questions [email protected], and stay strong!

For all creatures great and small,
Parker


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  • 1866 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    1.Jesus never ate fish in the bible. He cut it up and served it to others, sure, but he didn’t have any himself.
    2.One of the testaments is “Though shall not kill”, is it not? That should include animals.

    I’m not Christian, so forgive me if I have my facts wrong.

  • 2111 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think that if Jesus saw what was going on in the factory farms, he surely would not want us to eat meat! Or, lets put it this way, God sees all, and knows what is happening to the animals, AND HE DOES NOT LIKE IT !!

  • 2123 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    In case anyone is interested, in the Bible, in Genesis chapter 9, verse 2, is when God said that all the animals would be scared of us…and in verse 3, God says we can eat meat. This was after Noah’s ark rested on dry land after the flood. Before this point in time, it appears that people ate veggies. Now, Abel (Adam & Eve’s son) was a “keeper of sheep” but what is recorded in the Bible is that Abel gave God an offering of a lamb. Also, the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew (that is what the authors were that wrote it). It was later translated into Latin. Just some info I wanted to share. Oh, by the way, I am a born-again Christian and a strict vegetarian (I won’t eat any type of meat or living creature).

  • 2123 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @TokyoGalaad – dude; the bible does say it is bad to eat meat (i know this I and I am not christain). I am pretty sure at the start God made up Veggies..then man became evil and started eating meat. Remember the word meat is in fact latin, as the bible is written in latin meat doesn’t mean meat as we know it. Meat is food…I am sure it says God gave us plants as our meat at the start of the bible.

  • 2124 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hahahahahaha that’s just stupid!! I’m Christian, a strong one too, and the Bible says NOTHING about eating meat is bad.. that’s why God gave us OPTIONS! We can eat whatever we want, wether it be meat, veggies, fruits, etc.,
    and also, what about people with weak stomachs? are they condemned to hell as well? no! of course not! God would never let someones destiny be hell.. yes, God gave us dominion over animals, which also means not just to kill them and eat them (I wanna make it clear that I’m
    vegetarian (; ) but to also not be afraid of them [Which I hope most of us animals lovers aren’t afraid of them] So remember that, God gave us OPTIONS! 🙂 it is definitely not a sin to not eat meat, dairy, etc. 🙂

  • 2144 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Just to be clear, I do not believe there is anything wrong with being a vegetarian. You can have any type of diet you like as long as you follow God’s minimum rules. You may feel it is wrong for YOU to eat meat/meat products, but that does not mean it is wrong for everyone else.

  • 2144 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    There are plenty of reasons why I believe Jesus does not believe that eating animals are a sin. He fed a multitude with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. I do not believe He would have fed fish to anyone if it was wrong. Also, in Leviticus, it is listed which animals are ok to eat, and which ones are not for consumption. This list is where Jews get their laws for being Kosher, which predates 325 AD and Constantine. Jesus came not to remove the law, but to fulfill it.

  • Kat

    2149 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If we should eat animals because we have dominion over them, then should god eat us? Just wondered cause surely the point of god is that he rules us, ie. has dominion over us?

  • 2150 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These links state that Jesus and his disciple were vegetarian or vegan.The Emperor Constantine removed all scripture about these issues because he wanted to be a christian and eat meet,or in my opinion to teach false religion.These scriptures are beautifull Jesus calls animals our brothers and sisters and always tells people off for being cruel to animals keeping them in cages or beating them.
    Introduction
    http://reluctant-messenger.com/essene/gospel_intro.htm
    GOSPEL with the difference that jesus fed the 5000 with fruit and many stories of Jesus helping animal.
    God is the God of Love and as Jesus says in this gospel animals are flesh and blood like us.
    http://reluctant-messenger.com/essene/gospel_1.htm

  • 2150 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Having dominion over the animals gives us the responsibility to look out for their well being. As Christians, we should speak up against atrocities to all living creatures. Jesus was mostly scrutinized by church leaders, we should expect nothing less for speaking out within the church. I don’t beilieve we should force others to be vegan or vegitarian, but we must speak out against cruelty to animals.

  • AZ

    2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    He had to be without a doubt. If he weren’t he could have not been who he had claimed to be. He had to include animals as part of love and compassion. Look around at this horrific global society we have. Animals being tortured and murdered for food,clothing,vivisection,trapping,animal sports(dog fighting,bullfighting,fishing,rodeo,etc. globally),animal sacrifices,etc. seal hunts, wild game hunts. With all of the above in mind do you honestly think and believe that Jesus would have done this himself and permit these types of activities while being followers of his? Do you honestly think christians that treat animals in the above are really christians? Christian means Christ like. Jesus loved his creatures as well as his fellow man. Jesus was indeed a vegetarian perhaps a vegan. He certainly would not of had lambs slaughtered for the passover and the other slaughterhouse religion the bible and other religions teach. Christ has love and compassionate for both man and animal. People who call themselves believers or christians and commit these atrocities against God’s beloved creatures, well there will be a special place in hell for you. You believe in a bible not in your heart. You believe in a bible that was revised during Constantine’s time 325 a.d. to fit taste of the scholars of their time. The bible is not the true word of God entirely if it was altered by man at that time. This is an historical fact not made up.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    please don’t use this as an excuse to bash Christians.I am Seventh-day Adventist, a church that promotes a vegetarian and vegan diet. We don’t believe it is a sin to eat meat but believe that God wants to be as healthy as possible. We call it the Eden diet. When God created Adam and Eve, they ate from the garden. There was no killing of anything till they sinned and the world was cursed. It’s in Genesis.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Acts 10:9-7 is irrelevant solely because the ‘unclean meat’ were the gentiles. God was simply telling Peter that its time to Gentiles, the non-Jews who the Jews themselves considered to be dogs or ‘unclean’.

    Now this article deals with being a Christian and being a vegetarian/vegan. What a Christian should do, is thoroughly study the Bible concerning this topic and not pick and choose texts, otherwise you would read what you want to read and not what God commands of us. God gives his children commands but still gives us the gift of choice, so therefore there are consequences. Also read Daniel 1 especially verse 8. What God wants for us is always the best. Daniel ate vegetables and drank water and became much stronger and wiser than the others who ate the King’s food which was animal based.

    I had to post a comment again because many of these comments are quite disturbing.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I find it interesting that some Christians view veganism and vegetarianism as an insult or act of disrespect to God, especially because many Christian saints were vegetarians and there is heavy debate over whether Jesus himself was a vegetarian or not. Interesting tidbit of information i learned.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Acts 10:9-17 talks about the vision of Peter and how the Lord commanded him to “Kill and eat” the animals presented to him. Now the vision was mostly to illustrate to Peter the coming of the new Covenant and the ending of the older rules (such as not eating unclean meat, etc). But it also sort of had to do with God allowing his people the freedom to eat whatever they wished, unashamed in front of the Lord.

    I can see how animal cruelty can be an issue in today’s age, but Jesus had nothing against eating meat. Even his parents sacrificed a pair of birds in accordance with the law after his birth.

    I guess it’s just a personal choice whether to eat meat or not, but there is nothing immoral or sinful about it.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Golly I’m an Atheist / Agnostic!
    Could I still be a good vegan? Or am I doomed by all god-fearing people?
    Eek… the sight of blood running down angels’ cheeks disgusts me too!

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Jesus was walking with his disiples ,and asked why does this man carry a lamb? and his disiple said because he can not eat the lamb when it is alive ,he can only eat it when it is dead.Jesus replyed those who eat the lamb are as dead as the lamb inside ,the is from the Gnostic Gosples of St. Thomas.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Common and compassionate sense dictates that Jesus or Yeshua could have only been a vegetarian. Why? because it was the King of King and Lord of Lords. He was the only begotten Son of God. He was sent to earth to redeem mankind from the sins he has committed to both Man and animal. He taught love, peace and compassion not only for mankind but for the animals as well. Jesus could not have created animals will flesh, blood and sentinent feelings to be slaughtered for food and animal sacrifices. If he had ordained this then he could not have been the Jesus that the bible speaks of. Could anyone rational human being that believes Jesus was who he says he was could see thousands of birds, goats, ox and lambs slaughtered for the remission of their sins. Also, seeing Jesus sitting at the table eating a paschal lamb during passover or for any other meal. The answer is of course not. The bible was altered in 325 A.D. by scholars. A lot of references were conveniently removed for the benefit of the scholars. Jesus undoubltly was a vegetarian, he had to be because he would have been not the supreme being but rather a normal human being no greater than ghandi and the other vegetarian philosophers and prophets.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Dear fellow animal lovers,

    Just have a good read of Keith Akers’ The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in Early Christianity

    Your fellow church goers will find that there’s a huge gulf of difference between the beautiful original teachings of The Way – and the perversions and deliberate distortions of Pauline Roman Churchianity.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill was taken very seriously indeed by Jesus – he recognized it for what it was, the highest tenet of Divine Law, and cross-species. All beings as sacred, as imbued with the holy Spirit; the Life Force itself.

    Good luck and maybe a few others will come round too.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It must be a lot harder in the US to have different views, but in the UK being a Vegan and caring for animals is seen as a strange thing to do also.

    It seems funny – as surely God is about love, caring and understanding. So that would mean no wars, farming for animals/making money from pain etc etc? On the other hand, if there is a God there needs to be a Hell/Devil – something that is opposite (as why would there be any sin). So these guys at Church, think it is almost a sin to not eat meat – REALLY?? If God wants us to eat meat and kill etc, and the opposite of that is not too (Hell) – then F@@k it – I know what I want to be after this life!

    I know this will make people angry (I am sorry for that -it is my view), but think about it – are you sure it is God saying it is ok to kill and eat meat – because if you see any animal die in pain it is not a holly thing/will not enlighten you to help others.

    People that work in these killing production lines, turn into or are evil people – lots of them go on to hate and hurt others.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I fail to mention when we have church potlucks only vegetarian foods are served and its so awsome, healthy and very delicious. No fowl odor,greasy, fat dripping stuff like meat is served. Thank God! I wish you all
    could join us for our potluck.

  • Nix

    2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s a relief to find Christians on this site. I believe that the bottom line is that Jesus would never consume anything where there was cruelty involved. As the Creator who breathed life and souls into animals, he would never be a part of cruelty. It’s not the ‘norm’ to think this way, but as Parker said, Jesus was never one to let the norm bother him 🙂

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a Christian, belonging to the Seventh Day Adventists denomination. We believe in becoming vegetarian because we believe meat is harmful to our bodies and also because of animal cruelty. Eating
    meat is pretty much canabalism. When the people of israel was hungry God gave them manner from heaven.
    I am also a cardiac nurse and have seen the effects of meat eating on patient’s lives. From heart disease to cancer and the list goes on. Please do not eat meat.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If you do a little research you will find that most of the earliest christians were in fact vegetarian. After the death of Jesus many different sects of christianity arose. The sect of Jesus’s brother James was vegetarian. The one of Paul (whom never met Jesus) ridiculed vegetarianism as a weakness. Paul’s Christianity became the leading religion when it was endorsed by empereror Constantine and the other less user friendly christianities died out. Looking at Jesus in a strictly historical sense it is highly likely that he was a vegetarian. In the second century ad the new testament was put together but there are many writings that we have today that did not make it in that support the idea of vegetarianism.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hmm. I think it is fine if someone wants to be vegetarian or vegan. I wound up on PETA’s e-mailing list because I signed some petition for more vegan options in my school’s student union building. If someone refuses to eat meat or any animal products, it really does not interfere with my life. I am secure enough with my own lifestyle and choices. I don’t like people pushing their opinions on me, however, the way your church group was doing to you. I am sure that none of you would EVER behave in the same way, and treat others as murderers for choosing to eat meat.

    But anyone who says that Jesus was a vegan (or even vegetarian) is as delusional as the people who say that He survived on nothing but air, or was blond haired and blue eyed. They make me say, “oy vey.” :-

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I feel that so-called Christians are hypocrites, going to church, praise the Lord, and then afterward eating God’s creatures that had been tortured, brutalized, and slaughtered. They are usually pro-life too. Well, what about the billions of innocent animals that end up on their plates. Like I said… hypocrites.

    I’m an agnostic, believing in a spiritual force in the Universe but not some man sitting on a throne in heaven. But I would NEVER hurt an animal…ANY animal.

  • 2151 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    nick b. Same, I always get “you wont eat animals or believe in god your going to hell” well i dont believe in hell how does that work.. and even my friends make fun of me for being vegan, im only in middle school so as you can imagine im already trying to fit in

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am a Wiccan and a member of my local Unitarian Universalist congregation (originally a Christian faith but welcoming to all religions, check it out sometime at http://www.uua.org/ ) but I was raised Christian and my dad was very cruel about my vegetarianism (even though I was shown to be intolerant, physically, to the proteins in meats) and there is a quote in the bible I used to defend myself against his bible-based arguments.

    Romans 14 2-4 (The Message Bible) 2-4For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.

    There are other Bible examples for vegetarians- Samson took a vow not to eat the flesh of innocent animals, for example. I don’t know a lot of them (haven’t needed them in a long time) but you can check out http://joyfulvegan.wordpress.com/ or http://www.all-creatures.org/cva/default.htm for Christian vegetarian/vegan support.

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Going to one church and saying that most Christians are opposed to vegetarians and vegans is extremely hurtful to me. I understand that a lot of what we see in America is that garbage protestant mindset, but I still feel that this was extremely close-minded. This is the reason why so many youth today turn against Christianity. I’m an Orthodox Christian and we fast twice a week every week and sometimes for weeks at a time in preparation for major feasts–fasting meaning that we eat all vegan foods. All Orthodox Christian monks and nuns are vegetarian, and a lot of the time monasteries have small farms that provide them with dairy products. Vegans and vegetarians are going to get grief in any group of people, I don’t think singling out Christians was necessary. If someone at your church is giving you trouble for your beliefs, they are in the wrong, but arguing with them is just as wrong.
    “But whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Mt 5:39)

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be answered when he shows no mercy to what is bellow him?

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As Michel said, It really wasn’t God’s intentions to eat meat. Because SIN entered the world, obtaining food from the ground became much more difficult and more so after the flood, knowing that after the water subsided that there wouldn’t b plants to feed on. Therefore he alowed man to eat what he categorized as CLEAN meat (hence the reason the clen meat entered the ark by seven’s and the unclean by two’s. But God stil prefers that man’s diet is totally plant based.

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just could not picture Jesus or any other Saints eating meat and having blood running down their faces from meat. It just spoils the picture for me. Imagine an Angel tucking into a thick steak. I also do not believe that Jesus ate meat or God and they said it was ok for us to kill animals and eat them. The 1st commandment clearly states that one should not kill but I see it has been conveniently changed to “murder” so we can kill animals but not murder people then????

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What would Jesus eat?
    So far I have not seen any Judy Chicago references here…
    But I WOULD be interested in seeing the menu for the last supper!

  • Dj

    2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THANK YOU! I’ve struggled with this for so long. My home family and my church family always tell me I have “dominion over all animals of the earth” blah blah blah… Why don’t they just respect me and the fact that I don’t like the idea of killing animals??
    …Good to know I’m not alone!

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m a Hindu, and I’m glad that after prayers at the temple, we’ll be served lacto-vegetarian food. being a vegan, i would avoid the yoghurt and milk containing stuff. and they wouldn’t have any objections. some temples do offer vegan alternatives now, for the lactose-intolerant people.
    and my cousins and i make such we munch all the yummy tofu curry down! omnomzxzx.

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve found multiple verses in the Bible that support vegetarianism. 🙂

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great post, thanks! I am a vegetarian Christian. I have had people in church question me, but they know me and my faith so some understand why I am vegetarian. Others, once looked at me like I was ‘strange’. But, all end up respecting my feelings. Luke 24:42-43 says that Jesus ate a piece of fish in front of the disciples. As a Jew, He probably did eat fish. Yet in this particular passage, He was just trying to show He had flesh and bones after His resurrection and wanted to prove He actually had a real body. In Genesis, The Bible says that God created the animals and said, “It is good!” He loves His creation, and He loves us. Knowing Jesus Christ and how He responded to living creatures…I’m sure He probably is happy when I do not eat animals. They have feelings, etc. like us.

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    God never intended people to ever eat meat at all. Its clear in the book of Genesis that God’s original plan was for people to be vegan – people were only supposed to eat seeds and fruits, so that no plants would even have to die in order for humans to live.

    Current day Christians who ridicule vegans and love meat eating are often degenerates who use God to justify a lust for hunting and killing.

    The Bible is also clear that at the end of “this age”, both humans and animals will no longer kill in order to survive and thrive – “the lion will lie down with the lamb.”

  • 2152 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you so much for saying this! I hear a lot of people at my church saying this all the time. I also am glad to hear that there are good ways to respectfully say why you are a vegan or why you do not choose to eat meat.

  • 2168 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I understand that Jesus liked fish but he wouldn’t like us to scald chickens alive or castrate pigs and cows without painkillers. That is NOT why Jesus put animals on the earth. You know what they say:
    “if factory farms had glass walls EVERYONE would be vegan”

  • 2172 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    uhm, Jesus WAS a vegetarian. Even though he served fish, there are no actual accounts of him eating any kind of animal. That’s what I say, and they can’t argue it.

  • Amy

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    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This was nice to read because I have hearD the same things like ” good put animals on the planet for us to eat” and there r a few at my church who question me about that but I’m thankfully not alone in my church there is another vegetarian like me and a vegan and most people atleast undrstand where we are coming from and respect us for that

  • 2172 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “You shall not kill” at least applies to all beings with a central nervous system

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s pretty sad that in the bible Jesus was friends with everyone (ie. the poor, tax collectors, etc.) and yet christians can’t accept people who choose to not eat meat. My mom told me that in the bible eating meat is called the eating of slaughtered animals, and that is true. Most people I know are ok w/ my vegetarianism.

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am not a vegan though I have a high preference for vegetable foods and don’t eat a lot of meat. Consequently I have not experienced such pressures or insults from fellow Christians as described in Parker’s blog. I do find such pressures and insults extremely reprehensible.

    I also am astounded at the assumptions made about why we eat meat. Eating meat has never had the mandate of Creator God. After the Great Flood (Noah’s Flood)it may have been allowed. Before the flood everyone was a vegan. It is clear from the text of Genesis 9:3-4, that God did allow the eating of animal flesh by humans. However, there were some very strong conditions placed on that practice. Here is what God said to Noah after the flood: (Gen 9:3) “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. (9:4) But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

    It may have been that after the flood, the misty layer shrouding the earth disappeared and eating meat became a necessary source of protein to fulfill the increased demand caused by direct exposure to sunlight. That is only speculation. No one knows for sure.

    Regardless of why God allowed humans to become carnivores, the issue of how vegans are regarded by church people whether Christian or not is a most important one. Vegan life-style choices are generally very healthy and it would be a wise idea for many obese Baptists to seriously consider such a culinary choice. Jesus never condemned anyone for being vegan. He did vehemently condemn gluttony as sin.

    Jesus also did allow for eating meat. What would Jesus eat? Hmmm. Some would say that Jesus endorsed eating meat from his statement in the writings of St. Mark, chapter 7 verses 1 to 23. That is absolute nonsense! Jesus’ point as recorded by Mark is to show the phoniness of the religion held to by the religious leaders and zealots of the day. Jesus’ point was this: they were hypocrites honoring God with their mouths while their hearts were far from Him. And so the same problem exists today on both sides of the vegan/meat eater debate. As Jesus pointed out (Mark 7) the problem is not what goes into the body but what comes out of the heart. Often the first evidence of spiritual gangrene are the harsh words that come from the mouth. So the operative question is not so much What would Jesus eat? but Where is your heart in relation to Jesus the Christ whatever you eat?

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    David was a vegetarian and so am I. Though I’m the only vegetarian at my church, I’m loved and appreciated nonetheless.

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m a children/youth pastor AND a vegan. My faith is actually what led me to become a vegetarian and then vegan. For me, they go hand in hand. It’s awesome to get to use my faith to share my reasons for being vegan with other believers. And it’s also great to be able to use my dietary choice as a discussion starter for faith. The church is filled with imperfect people and so unwelcome comments will happen, unfortunately. Hopefully we can respond with compassion and grace, as hopefully Jesus would. 🙂

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    its even harder for me, being an atheist… i get ridiculed for everything. Its amazing how fast people can uncover who you really are. I wish that people would accept me.

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what about respecting your own body as a gift from god and not poisoning it with animal product…

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    being a vegan or vegetarian and a christian is perfectly fine as long as you aren’t pushing your beliefs down people’s throats or telling them they’re going to hell for their dietary choices. if the church your apart of doesn’t support your beliefs then you might have to find another church

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m also a Christian vegan, and I have heard comments like that from folks. But Jesus said ‘what u do unto the smallest of my creatures, u do unto me’ so I know that includes factory farm animals. Cruelty is cruelty and Jesus was definately against cruelty to animals!!!

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    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Jesus was a vegan. There is no mention in the Bible of him actually consuming meat. He ate bread and drank wine, that’s it. Other people caught fish, but he didn’t. Like the article said, Jesus was a wave-maker. But he didn’t just make waves, he made tsunamis. If you feel ostracized for being vegetarian or vegan, take comfort that Jesus is cheering you on every step of the way. God wants a world of NO SUFFERING. That means all of creation.
    Ps. Adam and Eve weren’t real. God never gave us ‘dominion’ over anything. We are animals too.

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    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i know what they mean, i even get the “if your gonna play softball” which is completely wrong, im vegan and i was the only pitcher on my team last year and did amazing, so just think of it as a way to prove people wrong! 🙂

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you so much for posting this, I really needed to hear it.

  • 2173 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is so sad. Hopefully people will free themselves from religious excuses and become caring, compassionate people!

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