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Vegetarian Christians

Postby pedestrian73 » 02 Oct 2005, 20:38

I just made a post in the Narnia forum about Eustace's parents being vegetarians in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I had a question that I thought I should ask in this forum.

Let me first say that I'm a Christian and I've been eating a vegetarian diet for six months. Now, there are some Christians who teach that we should all be vegetarians - I'm not one of them. I don't think it's morally wrong to kill and eat animals. I mainly do it for health reasons, environmental reasons and because of the way that most of the meat industry treats animals.

I know that God allows man to eat meat, people ate meat in the Bible, Jesus fed people fish. My question is: Is it wrong for a Christian to be vegetarian since God has given us meat to eat or is it okay? The best scripture I can think of that I believe that we have that choice is Romans 14.

Any opinions or ideas? Thanks. :)
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Postby A#minor » 02 Oct 2005, 21:11

I think that if it's for health reasons then you should just eat whatever you want. Just make sure that you get enough protein (eat eggs or something). As long as you are taking care of God's temple (i.e. your body) then I think that God will be pleased.

A good reference for you to look up would be http://www.makersdiet.com. It's a holistic diet that's based on God's dietary laws given to the Israelites. Some of the stuff in there, I wouldn't reccommend, but most of it is common sense. (Duh, fiber and fresh veggies are good for you.)
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Postby Summer » 02 Oct 2005, 22:08

I've been a vegetarian my entire life, and it's mostly for health reasons. I do understand what Lewis was saying about that other type of vegetarians, though. They don't enjoy their food! They have to be careful and nitpicky about what they eat. That is wrong, and I think it displeases God.

Me, on the other hand...I love food! Let me make you a list: Indian, Thai, Korean, South Pacific (Hawaiian!), Mexican, Tex-Mex, Kenyan, etc. I also love the food I grew up on: mashed potatoes, garden veggies, fresh-baked bread, pies, cinnamon rolls, vegetable stew, pizza...all these foods are vegetarian, and I love them. And now I'm hungry.

God did give us meat to eat, but that was right after the flood, when vegetation was scarce. After that, He still gave specific guidelines for what is clean and unclean.
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Postby Tony » 02 Oct 2005, 22:09

I just met a sister in Christ and she's a veggie. She's cool. I'll never be converted though!
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Postby tangent » 02 Oct 2005, 23:16

I like my meat. I'm allergic to vegetarian food.
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Postby Melodee » 03 Oct 2005, 02:14

What's a sin is to make a god of one's belly as a vegetarian or a meat-eater. I've seen both extremes.
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Postby A#minor » 03 Oct 2005, 02:42

tangent wrote:I like my meat. I'm allergic to vegetarian food.


By "vegetarian food", do you mean that awful "tofu" stuff? That stuff is actually worse for you than meat. I read that somewhere.
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Postby tangent » 03 Oct 2005, 05:03

I don't know what it is but the stuff our neighbour makes is... ugh! I'm not actually allergic to it but I'd rather starve than eat it.
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Postby Summer » 03 Oct 2005, 15:41

Hey! Tofu is good! And it's good for you. It's the other soy-based meat substitutes that can be bad for you, mostly because they are high in sodium. Fake meat used to contain MSG, but several studies showed that it wasn't the best thing for your body, so they took it out.

I manage not to feel too bad about the fake stuff I occassionally eat. It tastes good (you'd be surprised) and won't put me at risk for mad cow, Asian bird flu, or salmonella. Happiness!
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Postby magpie » 03 Oct 2005, 17:10

The issue is not whether a vegetarian can be a Christian. The issue is that so many vegetarians whom I have known make vegetarianism their ultimate concern, in other words, their object of worship.
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Postby Áthas » 03 Oct 2005, 18:44

What i think one should bear in mind is that food back then was different than it is now. I'm no expert, but i suspect that it would have been hard to be a vegetarian and eat healthy. That's different today.
Another question that just came to my mind concerning that: there is such a lot of unhealthy food out there (take-away food, chocolate etc.) - if we are supposed to take care of ourselves, shouldn't we stay away from all that stuff then? And wouldn't it be better to be a vegetarian then?
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Postby hana » 03 Oct 2005, 19:14

Ahem! Tofu is definitely not awful. I grew up eating tofu, due to the fact that my mother is japanese, so I have always enjoyed it. However, I can see how the texture might discourage some. Eaten cold with shoyu, it has a delicate subtle flavor often masqued by those who use it only as a meat subsitute in odd recipes. ie--tofu hotdogs. Tofu is a wonderful summer lunch meal, especially for women. Supposedly, it can have bad effects on men if eaten in large quantities.
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Postby hana » 03 Oct 2005, 19:16

p.s. no offense, summer, if you like tofu hotdogs ;)
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Postby Stanley Anderson » 03 Oct 2005, 19:19

hana wrote:Ahem! Tofu is definitely not awful. I grew up eating tofu, due to the fact that my mother is japanese, so I have always enjoyed it. However, I can see how the texture might discourage some. Eaten cold with shoyu, it has a delicate subtle flavor often masqued by those who use it only as a meat subsitute in odd recipes. ie--tofu hotdogs. Tofu is a wonderful summer lunch meal, especially for women. Supposedly, it can have bad effects on men if eaten in large quantities.


Can you make a paste out of it to use on sandwiches? Maybe the answer to a certain longstanding question was there in front of you all this time!:-)

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Postby Genie » 03 Oct 2005, 19:20

hana wrote:Ahem! Tofu is definitely not awful. I grew up eating tofu.

Me too! Pity I couldn't get fresh tofu here.
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