Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.God saw all that He had made, and behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD!" -Gen 1:29-31
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OK- most know by now that I am a veg*an, that's the shortened version of vegetarian and is simply a person that chooses not to eat any thing pertaining to the life of an animal, including flesh, organs, eggs, milk or stomach mucus (cheeses)! I won't eat what by nature is NOT mine; or is not of my OWN KIND!! A ve*gan also chooses not to wear or use anything made from an animal either.. this one is harder to do.. because it's in everything.. I have discovered many Ve*gan shampoos, conditioners and soaps, however its clothes that I have to trouble realizing (as in my winter leather coats) is animal. Removing and weaning is a process, takes time, but I shall stay dedicated!
God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. - Gen 1:25
Anyhow- I get asked to debate this question often; hence why I continually write on it.. here is the question "Were animals put on earth for us to be considered food?" I don't think so, but that's coming from a vegetarian- but never mind what I think, lets look at scripture...
The animals were put here originally for God's pleasure. Adam and Eve were actually vegetarian; it wasn't until after the flood (Genesis 9) that God told humankind that they could now begin eating animal flesh.Humankind was put on earth to be stewards of the earth, but we've kind of taken that as a right to eat and kill and use up whatever resources we want... but in Revelation 11:18 it says God will destroy those who destroy the earth (something most fundamental Christians ignore because they think they have the right to exhaust the earth's resources at will)
Let's look at a promise and prophecy from God;upon Jesus return.... there is no eating of meat on God's Holy Mountain; of course my favorite scripture of this exploitation ...
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea. -Isa 11:6-9
Sounds like the end time prophecy of ...
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." -Rev 21:4
Now lets look at the bible for some more godly wisdom,
If you take a look at the Jewish dietary laws, you can see that eating meat is certainly allowed. Also, Jesus gave fish to feed thousands. However, if you look at Genesis, you can see that God didn't actually issue a command allowing man to eat meat until after the flood. In Eden, God gave fruit and vegetables to Adam as ideal food. So these animals weren't created just to be food, but they are acceptable to eat. Fruits and vegetables are ideal because they process the earth's nutrients directly. The clean animals in Jewish dietary laws are ones that eat only first-hand sources. Predators, scavengers, and decomposes are forbidden to eat. Basically, it's about health. Of course, in the new covenant, the dietary laws have nothing to do with salvation; however, still pose good health reasoning, not to mention are scientifically right on!, Now they are not just merely a friendly suggestion, but wisdom towards good health- Fruits, vegetables, and grains are the most direct form of nutrition, and have the most energy and vitamins without all the extra fat and over-processed nutrients that come from unclean animals.
Lets take a look at this perspective also...
When eating meat, know where it comes from. For example, God created Cows, chickens, Turkeys, sheep, lamb, pigs etc. He created them all to eat grain, grass, little bugs. BUT, He did not create them to eat man made grain and feed. Remember, God created the food and lands that these animals would graze and eat. Then man stepped in and thought he would have a better plan. Mixing and grinding leftover parts from other animals such as cows, sheep etc. Thinking all the while that they were so smart to not let anything go to waste! All the while making the food 'they' provide us with get sick and diseased. Turning our animals into 'cannibals'. If you do research on the subject, you will find that human cannibals can also suffer from a disease very similar to Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE),commonly known as mad cow disease. Let us not forget the fact that we too are mammals, and the pigs flesh for example is the closest to human DNA, as a matter of fact it is mentioned that human flesh taste the same as a pig. Hmmmm-that's some food for thought. Another good point, is if we all lived in crowded quarters and stepped in and ate our own waste, then we would get sick too.If you want to eat healthy meat, get some free range organic grass fed beef, chickens etc. If you truly want to go vegetarian make sure you get all the nutrients you need such as iron and B vitamins. As far as protein there is NO problem getting enough on a Vegetarian or Vegan diet, if many healthy veggies, beans and nuts are eaten. As a matter of fact Americans suffer from a over-abundance of protein.. by the time a person has cancer their bodies cannot absorb or break down the protein. Again food for thought. Americans have no protein deficiencies, but they do have a WAY out of balance ratio in their diets!
Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Romans 1:21
The mind of man has been desensitized - but God's will shall prevail... God made ALL creatures for HIS Glory, and He gave Adam the honor of naming every creature.. just like we name our pets... all creatures are sentiment beings and God knows better than we. In the end we shall all return to the Garden way of living.. eating of NO flesh... but instead seeing all creation made for one purpose and one purpose only... God's good pleasure!
This is not my opinion but it is Gods... God is the beginning and the end.. and what was in the beginning shall be in the end. Remember always peeps that Gods original plan is HIS original intent, delight and desire!!
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. -Psa 37:4-5
Moo-Moo- I love you my peeps! ~ Diana :)