Why aren't all Christians vegetarian?

February 13, 2007 5:55am CST
God told us to look after the animals on the earth, so why aren't all Christians vegetarains? Surely eating the animals isn't looking after them, especially considering the conditions they are kept in.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I think in a natural hunter gatherer society, eating meat is much more realistic. I can't stand the idea of couped up chickens all stressed out giving me cholesterol and bad vibes when I eat them, and I wouldn't eat veal if you paid me ten million dollars. I live in an area where the deer run overpopulated every year, and hunters help keep the population in check. The meat from those deer goes to good use feeding families in need, as well as stocking the freezers of quite a few area residents, including my own family. I'm not a Christian either, but I do believe that in order to maintain species population, a certain amount of sacrifices are necessary, otherwise they will overun areas and destroy plant life.
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14 Feb 07
I think we should leave it to natural selection to reduce the population of these animals. There is no need for us to kill them to keep the numbers down. When they run out of food some will die naturally anyway.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I love your topics! I can't give you a good answer to that one. As a wannabe veggie I know that I have eaten meat my whole life and it's hard for me not to especially when I get very busy. I do make an effort to eat as little as possible and I will never be able to give up fish. I love it, but I will research and make sure I am eating responsibly. (No chilean sea bass for example) Personally I don't have the superiority complex a lot of people seem to have. I don't see myself as "better" than animals, biologically we are animals. We are different that is true. Animals eat other animals. We have the reasoning skills and capacity to generate our own food through farming and other processes. I would think that a person who really feels animals are beneath them would want to be veggie even more just to show how truly above them they are. In my house we have two die hard omnivores. Even they make an effort a few times a week to have a totally vegan meal so trust me it's not that hard!
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13 Feb 07
I don't think its hard to be veggie. If you are busy just pick up some fruit or cook pasta which is really quick. I can make a vegan meal in ten minutes if I need to! I find its much faster than cooking meat as you don't need to make sure its cooked properly to get rid of all the germs.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
it also says in there that they are for us to eat
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13 Feb 07
All I can say to that is, what a caring god we have....
• United States
13 Feb 07
If we didn't have a caring God you and the animals you are concerned about wouldn't exist
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13 Feb 07
We can't survive without animals as they help to spread the seeds of plants we eat. So we wouldn't have evolved without them being here.
• United States
13 Feb 07
Well this is an interesting question. I actually do know the answer to this. In the early days all men were vegetarians. After the flood (you know the whole Noah's ark thing) God gave us the animals to eat. Genesis 9:3 - Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything. So you see it is biblical to eat animals.
13 Feb 07
So it is also biblical for us to eat each other then? And if this is true how come some christians only eat certain types of meat?
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• United States
13 Feb 07
First of all God does not classify humans as animals. That is a HUMAN classification. So NO it would not be biblical to eat humans. As far as SOME Christians eating certain kinds of meat .... I am sure that is either a matter of personal preference OR it might be an issue of their denomination. I eat certain meats and not others for no other reason than personal preference.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
it states in Romans that if someone else thinks it is a sin then it is a sin to them. don't take this out of contect either. if you think eating meat is a sin then it is a sin for you. the bible says we can eat meat so it is not a sin in my eyes. GOD BLESS
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• United States
13 Feb 07
When God said to look after the animals on earth I believe He meant to keep them healthy and clean for our benefit (when it came time to consume them) and to be able to nourish our bodies instead of hurt us (with diseases, chemicals, hormones, etc.) In the Bible the Lord tells us the clean and unclean animals that He will allow us to consume. You can find this in Leviticus 11:1-47! It tells us right here that He expects us to eat animals and He even goes so far as to let us know which ones will be healthy for us to eat and which are not! I hope this helps answer your question!!
13 Feb 07
Surely pumping them full of chemicals and battery farming them so they are more prone to disease and feeding them each others corpses is no way to make sure they are 'clean'.
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@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
13 Feb 07
If you eat kosher meats, you will find that they are raised and prepared in the manner that makes them "fit to eat". For example...they aren't raised or pumped with chemicals and hormones. When they are slaughtered, they are done so quickly, the animal doesn't feel any pain. When an animal is killed in a way they feel pain, the levels of andrenalyne is so high that it stays in the blood and the meat...and people eat it. That's why eating non-kosher meats make people more angry. There's a reason that G-d put the laws of what to eat and what not to. He wasn't just laying down the laws to be mean, he did it because he knew what was going on inside their bodies that we don't know. Not only that, but before the floods, people didn't eat meats. It was after the flood that G-d gave us the meats to consume. After that, it became part of the Temple duty for the Levi priests to eat the sacrafice of the people's offerings.
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13 Feb 07
Why did the floods change things? If we could suvive without meat in our bodies before that, then why do we need it now?
• United States
16 Feb 07
God gave man stewardship of the earth and all the living things therein. By definition, this also includes plants. However, God also made us to be omnivores (check our dental makeup if you don't believe me.) The problem isn't should we eat meat or shouldn't we (this is a personal preference only), but shouldn't we be taking better care of the earth in general than we currently are? If we pollute what we put in our bodies (and plants are just as polluted as animals these days), are we not polluting ourselves? Now, on a more scientific level, it is actually harder for the human body to digest plants than animal meat. Plant cell walls are more rigid than animal cell walls. In the long run, you have to eat more plants or have them cooked just right (without killing the necessary proteins by overcooking) in order to get the same amount of nutrients. That's why most native peoples will eat a combination of the two.
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16 Feb 07
#Actually it is easier for our bodies to digest vegetables, and we can survive perfectly well without meat.
• United States
13 Feb 07
Why isn't anyone with a conscience a vegetarian? I think most of it has to do with people having the perception of 'what difference is one person going to make???'. I was a vegetarian for a few years as a teenager, and I'm back to it now. There's enough useless suffering in the world that I can't help. At least I can control what I buy and what I put in my mouth.
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14 Feb 07
I admire your morals. Even if one person won't make a huge difference at least you can live with yourself and know that you have nothing to feel guilty about.
@polachicago (19077)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Jesus was vegetarian. Budda was vegetarian. The fundamental believe of every religion prohibit the eating of meat. Setting religion on site, eating meat is harmful according to the principles of physiology and health. Anthropologists say that the structures of the bodies of carnivorous and Herbivorous animals differ greatly from each other. Man's body is that of a herbivorous animal.Meat-eating is harmful to man and may cause harm.
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@boeyong (256)
• Malaysia
16 Feb 07
God did not make us totally vegetarian. Humans are omnivores, meaning we can take both meat and greens. True, the Bible says that when God created Adam and Eve, he instructed them to take anything grown from seed as food and the trend continued until the great flood. However, after the great flood, God told Noah that he and his descendants could take meat with the exception that the meat be properly bled. So, taking meat or not is a matter of individual choice and nothing with do with the Bible anymore.
@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
16 Feb 07
Yes I understand what you mean. A lot of my frineds are christian vegans or vegetarians but we are sure a minority. Do you know this website? http://www.all-creatures.org/
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@123bart (303)
15 Feb 07
I am all for looking after animals, but the problem should be dealt for what it is, without bringing in religion or vegetarianism. We are meant to eat meat, and we are also meant to respect animals and stop the senseless poaching, especially in Africa. If just 1% of the money spent on wars was spent on animals, many wouldn't risk estinction, but humans are just band and don't care. Doom and gloom
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• United States
14 Feb 07
You've asked a very good question. I've always wondered the same thing myself. What's interesting is how the Bible has been so misinterpreted, and twisted around, as there are people who will try and justify certain actions by changing the wording of the Bible to suit their desires. Like meat eating. And so many other things. This has been going on for hundreds of years, and not just with the Bible, but most revealed scriptures from all countries. Like the quality of compassion..why does it just pertain to humans? Or the quality of respect, and tolerance and acceptance? And the biggy..the quality of humility? We've all redefined these qualities, to suit our own desires and to justify our actions, and we've somehow become expert at "word jugglery", so we can indulge in our desires and yet somehow make it sound like it's ok by changing or twisting the message. Certainly to me it's very simple, caring and protection of animals means just that...thou shalt not kill means just that...not "thou shalt not kill...what we feel we don't want to or want to depending on what we like to eat..." or whatever.
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@jayarajgr (818)
• India
13 Feb 07
Cool one. Everyone must think about this question deeply. I can explain it in this way. We want to kill the animals because we love eating. But we also dont want the curse of the god so we justify it saying that, its alright to kill animals to eat. Bingo.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
13 Feb 07
That is a very interesting question, as most of your discussion topics are, Michelle. I guess you will get a lot of "Christ was a Fisherman" answers, but I will be really interested in reading them. As a vegetarian myself, I can't imagine anyone professing to be kind, loving etc, but still causing unnecessary pain, and suffering to another living creature for no earthly reason apart from greed - but let's just see what happens!
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
14 Feb 07
I respects all creeds and personal options but i think that from an "animal" point of view, it's natural for humans, as an omnivore animal, to eat both vegetables and other animals. As about how to relate that with the bible? that is up to each one of you and your beliefs.
14 Feb 07
Its not natural for all people to eat animals. If you look at the tribes from which we developed you will see that some were vegetarain, some were meat eaters, and some ate grains. So we can survive perfectly well without meat. As everyone has a right to life, we shouldn't eat the animals as we don't need to.
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