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Is Vegetarianism Biblical

I have a friend who is a vegetarian. He told me that this lifestyle has many advantages. Best of all, it's healthier.
Is vegetarianism Biblical and commanded by God?

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 ---sag on 3/28/08
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Nicola I have hypothyroidism disease, have for 30 years. I take *Synthroid daily.
---NVBarbara on 4/11/08

Nicola, if you'd like drop me a note at 'barba5354' and I'll give you a link.
---NVBarbara on 4/7/08

NVB. I'll have to google him. Does he speak on hashimoto's? It's like being a walking contradiction in terms. egh.
Viva la Whole Foods!!!
I heard the almond thing. I heard that 3 almonds can keep you from cancer. I'll have to do the almond protein thing tho. I know I hate almond milk. (viva la moo!) haha
---Nicola on 4/7/08

Thanks Nicola, I'm familier with that brand.
I love 'hanging out' at Whole Foods!
Did you guys know that 6 almonds a day will give you all the protein you need for the day? Nicola, have you heard of Dr. Mercola? (sounds like a rhyme!) I get his newsletters and it has some very good info.
---NVBarbara on 4/5/08

I gave up eating meat because I was just sick. My Papa had gardens. We grew up on fresh tomatoes, green beans and others veggies. For about 3 of the 4 weeks I tried vegan, I felt absolutely awesome. I now just have fish (canned tuna, salmon and tilapia from store) and eggs if I do have any animal. It just feels right for me. And ofcourse dairy since I can't have much soy due to a bad thyroid. NVBarb, Organic Valley makes a good Dairy choice if you want to check them out. ,D
---Nicola on 4/4/08

Read 1 Tim 4:1-6 which includes verses "that people in the last days are commanded to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
---Steveng on 4/3/08

pgfDottie, you could be right, but I've never heard a carrot scream, or had an apple nuzzle my leg, plus, they don't have faces.
---deb on 4/3/08

Steveng, thanks for the bible lesson, but "I" was quoting Deb,Thou shalt not Kill, that was her comment. Have you ever noticed that doctors, and scientists discover one thing one day, and a couple of years down the road someone says oops we made a mistake. I'm sure you didn't mean to sound rude.
---pgfdottie on 4/3/08

I'm a Vegetarian. I absolutely enjoy it. Every so often I miss having a hamburger or whatever. But, there is so much variety of vegetarian recipes now, that you really find that you can do quite well without Meat. GOD does not COMMAND Vegetarianism. But, it was His Perfect Plan of eating in the Beginning. Genesis 1:29. I believe it was mankind's SIN that brought on the need for an animal to die. GOD slew an animal to cover Adam and Eve's nakedness. Lambs and bullocks sacrificed for sin atonement, etc.
---Gordon on 4/3/08

I've thought about going vegetarian, because if done right, can be a lot healthier. However, there's this thing called steak, and I don't think I could give that up!
---Katie on 4/3/08

The only reference to vegetarian diet in the Bible was the original garden diet, and Daniel and his friends. They requested 'pulse' (beans, legumes) as opposed to the king's meat.
---dan on 4/3/08

Steveng: The Bible claims that vegetarians are smarter and better looking than carnivores. See the first chapter of the Book of Daniel.
---jerry6593 on 4/3/08

Divine Food Laws as set forth in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 do not say to be vegetarian, but to eat only "clean" meats. although many believe that have been abolished, and that Christians can now eat any kind of food they wish. But, Jesus did not come to change the laws, rather - Live the Laws.
---Debbie on 4/3/08

Steveng, I 'eat' the full measure of the Word, meat and veggies! It took a while for me to understand that for my system, God was directing my path to stay off meats, HE speaks, I listen. My body doesn't need meat, my spirit needs the 'meat' of the Word, and it gets it!

"Once the bowel contents have left the body, the good bacteria hidden away in the appendix can emerge and repopulate the lining of the intestine before more harmful bacteria can take up residence," Duke Univ.
---NVBarbara on 4/3/08

NVBarbara: "I'm not weak pgfdottie."

Scriptures say that Christians who eat only vegetables are weak in the faith. But the strong Christians who eat meat and vegetables should not criticize the weaker Christians. They will mature someday.

"I just know what's best for me, and what makes my body work better."

And God doesn't?
---Steveng on 4/2/08

---deb on 4/2/08

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sag: go back and read Genesis to Leviticus again..if you cant be bothered, then your just running around chasing wind..of cause vegetarian is your bible..dont just take what people give you, study the bible and get it from the right source..
---pop on 4/2/08

pgfdottie: "Thou shalt not kill"

Actually, "it's thou shalt not murder." Scriptures tell it in the Ten Commandments but also explains it in other parts.

"the appendix was for processing (bone)"

Actually, it is no longer a vestigial organ. In 1998, scientists found out that it excretes something that kills germs in the intestines and the germs coming into the anus.
---Steveng on 4/2/08

Distilled water anyone?
---deb on 4/2/08

Gee deb, Thou shalt not kill what? (anything alive) Plants are alive. Before the lamb of God there were "animal" sacrifices ( I believe that means they were killed) What do you think?
---pgfdottie on 4/2/08

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Does anybody think God made a mistake? He gave us incisors, (meat eating teeth) Also the appendix was for processing (bone) we don't need it so much today. But I say to each his own. To eat meat, or not eat meat, that is the question? Sounds like Shakespeare.
---pgfdottie on 4/2/08

I'm not weak pgfdottie. I got off meats when I discovered that my cholesteral was at a very high #. I cook meat for my hubby, he's a meat and potatoes kind of guy and he will eat some veggies. I can't judge anyone on what they eat, I just know what's best for me, and what makes my body work better.
---NVBarbara on 4/2/08

God gave us free will. How does it make sense that he gave us commandments. He gave us laws to live by. Laws that, if followed, allow us to lead a happier healthier life.

He did say, "Thou shalt not kill." Just a thought.
---deb on 4/2/08

I thought this was rather amusing when I read it this morning. Romans 14:1-2 Receive one who is weak in faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats "only" vegetables. At least I got a laugh at it....
---pgfdottie on 4/2/08

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There is nothing wrong with being a vegetarian or not. It is not okay for vegetarians to put guilt trips on others. Those who eat meat should not ridicule vegetarians either. The main thing is to love the Lord with all our heart...and to love others as we love ourselves, vegetarian or not.
---Kella3336 on 4/2/08

It doesn't say anything in the bible about vegetarians. Really we don't know what we are eating unless we grow it ourselves in a garden. If you buy hamburger from a grocery store, it could come from anything. We just take their word that it is hamburger. It could be road-kill. Whatever we eat, just make sure we bless it and the hands that prepared it and let it nourish our bodies.
---Rebecca_D on 4/1/08

It doesn't matter what you eat as long as you bless it.
---Steveng on 4/1/08

I am a vegetarian by choice. I try to find organic fruits and veggies. My biggest concern is only buying milk products such a yoghurt, cheeses etc that come from cows that have NOT been injected with steroids and various antibiotics.
---NVBarbara on 3/30/08

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Jesus ate fish and lamb. He gave fish to the multitudes (if it was wrong He wouldn't have given them the fish). After the flood, God gave man permission to eat meat. Jesus said that all foods, including meat, was clean. It's also written in Romans that weak Christians eat only vegetables (but we are not to look down on them. Someday they will mature)
---Steveng on 3/29/08

I believe that you can eat both meat and vegetables. The thing to keep in mind is "everything in moderation".

Too much meat, too many vegetables -- too much of anything -- can be bad for anyone.

Eat to live and enjoy living for the Lord!
---Augie on 3/29/08

actually every animal were to be vegetarians also.
---tom2 on 3/29/08

God gave all the plants for food for both man and beast initially. After the flood God gave new instructions regarding what animals could be used as food. People today eat many of the foods not on God's list but they'll say that God's laws given then only applied in Old Testament times. Whatever our beliefs regarding WHAT we eat it is a fact that, whilst part of the world is starving many of us eat far too much of everything.
---RitaH on 3/29/08

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If vegetarianism is commanded then Abraham was a sinner by preparing the fatted calf for the 3 angels that visited him. And the prodigal son's father also by doing the same. Then we have Jesus himself feeding people fish. So vegetarianism is not commanded by God. It may be a better way to eat, but only if done properly. Definately not commanded.
---john on 3/29/08

It is as biblical as meat-eating. There is nothing against either in the Bible. and it is not commanded
---alan_of_UK on 3/28/08

Yes, there can be advantages. But Jesus says, "'He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.'" (John 12:25) We can be, I understand, overly concerned about keeping ourselves alive and healthy and happy. If we are not caring about others as ourselves, our selfish survival effort can have us out of balance so we in fact mess ourselves up emotionally so we do ourselves in, in more ways than one. Vegetarianism can be overly self-involved
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/28/08

God said in Gen.1: 29 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.

Its never been as good as it was before the fall of man.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/28/08

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It cannot be denied that people in the USA eat eat more frequently than it was in Biblical times, except by the very rich.

Adam and Eve were vegetarians before the fall. Mankind was not blessed by God to eat meat until after the flood.
---Jack on 3/28/08

Vegetarianism when out the window after God's conversation with Noah when Noah came out of the Ark!!!!
---Mime on 3/28/08

No, it is not Biblical or commanded by God. And as far as it being healthier, that still remains to be seen. It depends on how you are getting your protein. Protein is vital for lean muscle mass. Muscle supports the frame, and burns fat.
---pgfdottie on 3/28/08

based on the animals offer to Peter to take and eat during his dream I would definitely state the vegetarianism is not a Biblical mandate. People my practice it if the care to but it is for non-religious reasons. It reminds of the Vegetarian that is criticizing someone for eating meat while wearing leather shoos, belt and a jacket. PETA means People Eating Tasty Animals.
---notlaw99 on 3/28/08

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