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Vegan/ vegetarianism and god?

Asked by berocky1 (698points) September 21st, 2008 from iPhone

what do you think about what god has to say. Directly quote the bible please.

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dingus108's avatar

well, i may not provide you with an answer you’re looking for, but i like what carlos mencia says about meat eaters and vegetarians…

Carlos mencia says that vegetarians are part of the global warming problem. they eat the organisms that filter our air and give us the oxygen we need to live.

Meat eaters are part of the solution to global warming. we eat beef which reduces carbon monoxide being released into the air when cows pass gas.

lol, my biotech teacher totally agrees with this… ;-P

windex's avatar

1. I read somewhere that if you don’t eat meat, your brain shrinks.
(I read it on the internets so it MUST be true)

2. Also, that guy is a THIEF, he steals everyone else’s jokes

3. My sister is a vegetarian and her farts smell REALLY bad

Harp's avatar

I’d say God is all over the map on dietary policy.

In “the beginning” we have God’s ideal ecosystem, Eden, where only plants are mentioned as food sources: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat…”

After the “fall”, the ground becomes “cursed”, which apparently means that instead of just being able to go out and pick their dinner, humans had to “till the soil” and work for it. We’ve also got Able represented as a “keeper of sheep”, though it’s not said what the sheep are kept for (milk? wool? meat?).

After the flood we have the first explicit permission for animals to be used as food (Genesis 9:3): “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”

But later, in the Mosaic law, God backtracks on the “every moving thing” provision by ruling out much of the animal kingdom as food.

By the time we get to the Christian era, we have the apostles throwing the kitchen open to everything but blood, strangled animals, and things sacrificed to idols (Acts 15:28,29): “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality”

A short time later, Paul in effect even removes those restrictions, saying to go ahead and eat anything you find in the butcher shop (1 Cor 10:25): “Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”, and saying that the whole “abstain from things sacrificed from idols” thing is just for those who are not free: “We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one…But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.”

(A personal disclaimer: I’m not a Christian and so I don’t feel in the least bit obliged to use the Bible as a a dietary guide. I find its advice on diet about as useful as its council on slavery and capital punishment)

fireside's avatar

Dietary guidelines were not so much spiritual teachings as they were cultural ones.

Before the understanding of fire(presumably) it is best to not eat meat and stick to the things on the trees, if you’re wandering in the desert for years on end with little preservatives, maybe it is best not to eat some types of meat. Once you’re settled in cities, maybe that is not such a big deal.

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