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Why Christians Should Be Vegetarians

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Here’s a video where I explain why I’m a vegetarian and why all Western Christians should be vegetarians:

Imagine if all fish in the world became extremely poisonous. Imagine that you would die from eating just a tiny piece of fish meat. Would you still eat fish and give fish to your children, pointing to the fact that Jesus and the disciples ate fish in John 21? Perhaps you would refer to Mk 16:18 and say that no poison can harm you, but to use that as a proof text for consciously putting your life in danger every other day sounds a lot like testing God as Jesus described it in Mt 4. One is then basically a snake handler.

So if we’re being honest, we would avoid fish even though Jesus ate it, because the current situation has made that ingredient more dangerous compared to His time. In a similar fashion, most of us don’t eat locusts like John the Baptist did, not because it’s dangerous but simply because it’s not part of our culture.

Now, what if I told you that meat is indeed very dangerous today, not just for you but for millions of poor people? I’ve written about this before: meat is one of the most environmentally hazardous ingredients in the world. The meat and dairy industry produces 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions, and processed meat like bacon causes cancer.

In the time of the Bible, people didn’t eat that much meat – perhaps once or twice a month. The modern practice in rich families of eating meat every single day is unheard of in human history. It’s extreme, and very damaging for God’s creation. And when the environment suffers, people suffer.

The fact that Jesus and the apostles ate meat or that Paul argued against vegetarianism as a means for salvation (Rom 14:2) are no good arguments against Christians being vegetarians today. In fact, I think people in poor nations should be able to eat meat to get protein, and I fully agree with Paul that vegetarianism doesn’t save us – only the grace of God does.

Still, since modern industrial meat production is such a catastrophe to people and nature and so many eat much more meat than they should, I choose to compensate for that by being a full-time vegetarian. Wouldn’t you like to be one as well?

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5 Comments

  1. Tony says:

    2Ki 4:38 — 2Ki 4:41
    Elisha Purifies the Pot of Stew
    And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.
    So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.

  2. Gopalan says:

    Imagine if all vegetables in the world became extremely poisonous. Imagine that you would die from eating just a tiny piece of vegetable
    Would you still eat vegetable and give vegetable to your children.

    Now what if I told you that vegetable is indeed very dangerous today for you and for millions of poor people? Pesticides and other chemicals used in. Vegetable farming are responsible for land pollution and millions of deformed babies in mothers womb.

    • Jason says:

      True pesticides are used in high quantities, but the same could be said of drinking water, yet all studies I can find on the subject show eating meat shortens life, leads to cancer, and heart disease and many other conditions, you must be aware that they find beef, pork, horse, and unidentifiable genetic material in some processed meat. The only thing I can suggest to you is you thoroughly wash any fruit and veg as you should and buy organic when affordable. Because people eat meat, there are people who starve, because people eat meat species become extinct so rain forests can be turned into growing crops to feed livestock, because of meat there is droughts, (meat consumes and pollutes both at the same time in huge quantities to produce a much smaller amount of food), a couple of good documentaries I would recommend is cowspiricy and vegucated. I would also suggest you speak to your gp and ask if a highly vegetable oriented diet would be more or less healthy than the typical 4-6 times a week meat that most Europeans consume, both my doctor and my asthma specialist are over the moon with me giving up meat and see it is so beneficial to my health. Also check out sick fat and nearly dead, it’s on YouTube

  3. Jason says:

    Hai Michael, whilst I do not choice to impose my will about this issue, I do agree that eating meat makes no sense, we are called to be stewards of the world, clearing hectares of rainforest and polluting the world to eat a steak seems poor stewardship to me, not only this but meat is shown to be less than healthy and we are fishing the oceans till the point where they will be barren, often they are polluted by heavy metals, once again poor stewardship. The most aggressious thing about meat to my mind though is that it is eating living breathing organisms, often slaughtered unkindly, when there is much better options for our food, when I am asked by people why, if there is a God, why do people starve? I answer because we have free will and choose to eat meat in very high quanities so all the food that would feed starving nations instead goes for animal feed. The funny thing is aside from these things I do not believe it is a Christians responsibility to either cut down meat consumption to a more substantial level,or stop eating It entirely it’s a human beings responsibility to do this, what ever their faith or none faith.

  4. Florian says:

    Great thought’s! Father has been speaking to me about this issue for years, but I never really started to completly change my diet until I started to get serious health issues, and I’ve been always very fit. I like the way you approach this subject from a biblical perspective, as I used to find some of the argument’s for vegatarianism very unconvincing. And there is the whole issue of compassion towards animals of course. Hosea 2:18 actually describes the covenant made with the rest of creation in Christ, under which all violence towards animals will cease. I’ve only heard one person teach on this so far, but given the present state of creation, it might be time for follower’s of Jesus to explore this a bit more. Thanks for sharing!

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Micael Grenholm - a Swedish charismactivist residing with the Jesus Army in the UK.

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