This is a question that boggles me daily. There are so many opinions in this very divided world that can be voiced on this. The funny thing is that most of the people voicing opinions have not even read the BIBLE.
Carnivores just automatically throw up their defense and spit out bits and pieces of things that they have "heard" on the subject. Do not let me sound biased to you, though, because many times we Veggies do the same thing. Just because you are veg does not mean you are christian and know about GOD's take on it.
There are many Veggies, in fact, who are not of the christian faith...but will still put out an opinion. I am in no way trying to step on toes, because I try to avoid passing judgement, as it is not my job to do so; but this is just plain observation. We do it, they do it, you do it, and so do I...It is for this reason that I decided to investigate the matter and study the BIBLE verses to see what I could find.
Let me assure that is a job, and still pretty confusing. I have still not read everything on the subject but have learned a few things. Far be it for me to try to quote scripture because I am sure I will mess something up; but in simple terms I have discovered that JESUS ate a whole crap load of unleavened bread(vegan), and the only other thing that so far I can confirm he ate is corn...from the fields(also Vegan).
There are many scriptures that refer to JESUS "going to meat" or "sitting down to meat"...from the way it reads, I have to say that it appears to be a pretty generalized term for "meal" and that they are not necessarily saying that JESUS ate the meat.
Now, it does make mention of him fishing and distributing fish to the people...but I am not so sure if it directly says that he ate the fish, himself. As I mentioned earlier, I have not fully studied the whole BIBLE, so I can only make assumptions and share about what I have read. Any comments on scripture references where it precisely states JESUS ate meat would be greatly appreciated.
While I do plan to continue my quest for that particular answer, I have come to a conclusion about whether it is right or wrong to eat meat in GOD's eyes. Compassion is probably one of the most important things that GOD wishes for everyone to obtain...not just for other people, but for everything that he created...EVERYTHING.
That being said, I have to say that I found some scripture reference in Romans 14:14-23 that TO ME (everybody interprets differently, so it may speak a totally different message to you), tells me all I need to know to answer the question of if it is right or wrong according to GOD. To sum it up for you, in my understanding, it basically says that it is not about eating meat or not eating meat...it is about knowing what is right and wrong and standing behind what YOU have faith in.
Now, I did read in there that GOD, at some point, told the people that he was now giving them EVERYTHING for food. I guess that does include the animals; but I happen to feel like that is a little bit of reverse psychology.
Now, I am not calling GOD a trickster, I would never...I am a christian, but just simply saying that "free will" allows you to make your own decision and GOD is just telling you that your at "free will" to eat of anything. I personally believe that he would prefer you to choose to have compassion on the other living creatures and not eat them, when you have so many plant based options and do not need to...but that this is one of those things that he is letting you choose for yourself on to test your faith and character.
The scripture I mentioned pretty much says that if you believe it is ok with GOD for you to eat meat, it is not unclean for you...but if you are offended by eating meat or believe it to be wrong, it is unclean for you. He wants you to choose to do the right thing, by your own hearts judgement...not by anyone elses opinions. Do not distort this because it is not saying you can just decide that it is ok to torture and abuse animals to eat them for your own enjoyment, if you just tell people that you believe GOD said you could...no, no, no...you have to listen to what your heart is telling you(that is GOD).
If you have a thought in the back of your mind that it could be wrong, but want to eat meat anyway because you like to...YOU ARE WRONG...no judgement, just facts. So you see, the big controversy will forever go on and on, but the answer to it is this: Do what you know in your heart to be right by GOD.
For me, that is being compassionate and having respect for all of GOD's creatures and choosing to not kill them, torture them, take them from their families, and abuse them for my own pleasure; because food is only fuel and it is selfish in my heart to take from another creature of GOD, just because I can. Choose compassion, pass the test,...Go Veg!