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Should Christians be Vegan Vegetarians?

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Do you believe in Something?

You have probably noticed that we are surrounded by sincere believers, and some of them are angry. We have religions, and vegetarians, and their polar opposites, carnivores. We also have climate change activists, and for a while we had activists for and against COVID restrictions.

We believe.

When I buy groceries, there is always a section for vegetarian food, in the grocery store. Also, fast food places like to advertise their not-meat that tastes and looks just like meat, but it isn’t. Most of us are not interested; we can order a baked potato anytime, and we get the truth in the packaging. It can be complicated.

Vegan Vegetarianism is not just a choice, it’s a sincere belief. The most devout believers think the whole world should be like them. Some are working to change the whole world, and they believe they will succeed. We will all be vegetarians, someday; they believe.

Vegan beliefs probably started in India, three or four thousand years ago, and that means the first Vegans were probably Hindus. Vegetarian ideas were religious beliefs.

READ: Veganism

We might be surprised to know that vegetarians have been part of human history, for thousands of years. Their ideas circulated among the first Christians, and they get mentioned in the New Testament. Buddhists in Asia may be vegetarians, and among Christians, Seventh Day Adventists may be vegetarians.

If you go to a restaurant, check the menu for the daily specials. Probably, the special on Friday is fish. That is from a Roman Catholic religious tradition of not eating meat on Friday.

My religious family rejected alcohol. I have a grandfather who came from Kirkintilloch, the dry town in Scotland, and not much is dry in Scotland. The sale of alcohol was forbidden in Kirkintilloch until 1967. And let’s not even talk about what Scottish people put in Haggis, and what the black is in black pudding.

Jewish people had dietary or “Kosher” restrictions, in their worship of God. Later, the religion of Islam arrived with “Halal” restrictions. Both groups, today, reject vegetarian not-meat that is imitation pork. They don’t eat pork, and they don’t even want the imitation, although their religious diets are not vegetarian.

The principle is the same everywhere: True believers must control what they eat, or drink.

So, what is the religious truth about not eating meat?

First, believe. We are wired to believe. An Atheist is a believer.

Secondly, find the truth that will set you free. This is different from ideas that are just interesting and appealing. I am writing as a Christian.

We are warned, in the Bible, that some bad things will happen at the end of our time in history. Some people who follow “deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” will teach religious ideas that are dangerous. They will “forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods.” (1 Timothy 4:1 and 3) In other words, they will promote salvation through abstinence. ‘Don’t do this, and you will be saved.’

This is like a magician’s trick. What we believe will be switched to something that looks the same, but is completely different.

We will find the truth by don’ts instead of dos. ‘Abstain from … and you will find the truth.’ ‘Jesus saves’ changes to ‘abstinence saves.’

This was a big concern among the first Christians. There is a truth much higher than abstinence:

But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. (1 Corinthians 8 v 8) … Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall. (v 13)

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