It has largely gone without mention in modern times that the Bible promotes full veganism. Indeed the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, contains, in its very first chapter, an appraisal of vegetarianism:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:29-30)
“The Israelites started wailing and said, ‘If only we had meat to eat!’ …All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. …Then they spread them out all around the camp. But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah [graves of craving], because there they buried the people who had craved other food.” (Numbers 11)
The book of Daniel claims that – not only is vegetarianism holy, but it is healthy as well:
“‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’
So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.” (Daniel 1:12-16)
Acts 10 regards the eating of any and “all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds” as “impure” and “unclean.”
Saul tells gentiles, in Romans 14:21, that “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine.”
Taking it a step further, in 1st Corinthians 8 we are informed that “We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.” This is obviously the most suicidal and also wildly inaccurate passage in the entire Bible.
“We should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood,” explains James in Acts 15…
“Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to …send the following letter: ‘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.'”
“The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel,” explains Proverbs 12:10.
“The wolf 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 shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9)
“He who kills an ox is like one who slays a man.” (Isaiah 66:3)
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