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Sin To Eat Steak On Friday

Why do Catholics eat fish on Friday?
Is it a sin to eat steak on Friday?
How and when did this get started?

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I had heard that because the fishing industriy was doing poorly the POPE had said to eat fish on Friday. That originally it had no religious signficance, just an economic one.
---Laura on 1/21/08

#2) The RCC asks Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Friday. In order to do this, it must consciously be on your mind. It should also be on your mind WHY this is done. "Lent" comes from a latin word that means "to slow down and think". This practice is done to make people slow down and meditate upon the Passion of Jesus Christ. How can remembering Christ's Passion be wrong? The passages you all quote would only apply if the RCC were calling for abstaining from meat 24/7.
---Greyrider on 11/28/07

#3) The passages that many of you are quoting are being pulled out of context. They are meant to repeal the kosher laws. The kosher laws were applied 24/7, the abstaining from meat is radically different and NOT taught across the board. If someone is very young, very old, pregnant, sick, they are told NOT to abstain. Remember, this is a practice, not a teaching. Also, remember, the bizarre interpretations of misinformed American Catholics are completely irrelevant to this issue.
---Greyrider on 11/28/07

Is the use of computers in the Bible? Does your church only use musical instruments that were around in Biblical times? Is the use of microphones in the Scriptures? Is it sinful to eat pizza since it's not in the Bible? Some of you are blowing this way out of proportion and becoming VERY legalistic. This is a practice, not doctrine.
---Greyrider on 11/28/07

We should be more concern with wars and rumors of wars than who eats what on which day we shall eat it. Come on now.>>>To each his own.
---catherine on 11/27/07

In the Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, we have Colossians 2:16 as 'Not therefore anyone let judge in eating and in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of sabbaths(single tense), which things a shadow of things coming,but the body[is] of Christ.'

It is very plain that one should not dictate to Christians what foods they may or may not eat - clearly Adventists refuse to heed what these verses state.
---lee1538 on 11/27/07

Colossians 2:16 "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day."

There is no "what" in the Greek text. There's also no drink laws in the Bible.
---djconklin on 11/21/07

Colossians 2:16 "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day."
---Trish9863 on 11/20/07

#3 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, FORBIDDING TO MARRY , and COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (I Tim 4:1-3)

Choose this day whom you will serve - God or Rome.
---ShaunT on 11/20/07

#1 It matters precisely because people are dying in their sins and that only the Truth shall set a man free. Not eating meat is Canon law in Rome created by man, not the Scriptures - hence you disobey it and you sin. Yet, it is not sin but a doctrine of devils as the Spirit prophesied it would be.

First, we hear from Rome:

Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal [Roman] Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
---ShaunT on 11/20/07

#2 cont'd Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Next, we hear from the Scriptures...
---ShaunT on 11/20/07

Bible warns against teaching for doctrine commandments of men,that's what not eating meat, but fish on Friday is. Old Testament named unclean food,no longer in effect for New Testament 1 Tim.4:1-5 speaks of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, commanding to abstain from meat which God created to be received with thanksgiving of them who believe and know the truth. Every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused if it be with thanksgiving. For it's sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
---Darlene_1 on 11/20/07

Why does anyone give a hoot, Who eats what when they eat it? With so much trouble in the world people dieing and going to hell. And wars and rumors of wars.
---catherine on 11/20/07

IT'snot a question of "Catholics eat fish on Fridays."

It's that Roman Catholics, and Orthodox, and members of the pre-reformation churches of the East abstain from flesh meat on Friday. (Znd actually, it's all animal products on Wed and Friday, including fish, in the Christian East.)

The idea is a small bit of abstinence in honor of Christ's betrayal and crucifixion, to keep them ever before our eyes.
---Jack on 11/20/07

Why Catholics eat fish on Fridays?

Col.2:20-23 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations-Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch (referring to things that all perish as they are used)according to human precepts & teachings?

These have an appearance of wisdom in promoting selfmade religion, asceticism & severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping fleshy indulgences.
---Lee on 11/20/07

Caring: "Pammy, I read hatred in jealousy in most of the attacks against us Catholics."

You perceive it as an attack, but many "catholic bashers" are reasoning with catholics that many of RCC's laws, traditions, and interpretations of the Bible are not Biblical. The "catholic bashers" are trying to open the eyes and hearts of what IS biblical. In your eyes, I am a "catholic basher" as Jesus was a "pharisees basher."
---Steveng on 11/19/07

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When I was raised in the Catholic school, it was a sin to eat meat on Fridays, year round. It eventually changed to just during Lent. Either way, it was a sin.

When I accepted Christ as my savior, I gave up that law, and found freedom, as it is described in 1 Corinthians. If Catholics choose to abstain from meat on Friday, that is their right to do so.

Helen, it is NOT a sin to NOT eat meat on Friday. There are many Fridays I choose not to eat meat just because I am not in the mood.
---Trish9863 on 11/19/07

In them the scripture is full filled 1 Tim. 4:1-4 1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 FORBIDDING TO MARRY, and COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM FOODS which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
---Kraus on 11/19/07

Pammy, I read hatred in jealousy in most of the attacks against us Catholics.

You see, these people are very sure of what they preach even if there are hundreds of interpretations by the various religious organizations and some even clash with others.

No other religion is as united as we Catholics are. Others simply wish they were like us.
---Caring on 11/19/07

Jan, abstaining from eating meat is mortification and I see nothing wrong with it and theonly reason some are objecting to it is simply that it's practiced by Catholics. You see, to some, whatever we do is always wrong. It will be acceptable to some if people go and have a big gourmet meal on Good Friday. I personally won't do that out of respect towards Him who died for me on the Cross on that day.
---Caring on 11/19/07

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Andrea says it is foolish to judge people by foods n days: It is the bible jusging us Andrea, not is the bible which says dont eat unclean foods in Leviticus..Read it friend and understand it..Day is 7th days Sabbath of God who is the Word made flesh himself..Adventists didnt command it it, the Bible did..God did and your disobedient to His holy commands Andrea
---pammy on 11/19/07

The Catholics have every right to do what they want to do..Why do you mudsling the catholics just bcos of what they do? What about you friend, are you right with God dear?
---pammy on 11/19/07

Abstaining from meat is not fasting. I.e, there is no limit on how much macaroni and cheese one can have. The original rule was no meat, fish, diary products, wine, or olive oil on almost all Wednesdays and Fridays. Orthodox Christians are still supposed to follow that rule. Until World War I, Roman Catholics additionally abstained from meat on most Saturdays. Developing the self-discipline to abstain from meat is intended to help with abstaining from, for example, cheating in a business deal.
---Jan on 11/18/07

There is such a thing called fasting. There is also mortification. What's wrong if our church asks us to refrain from eating meat on Fridays to remember the Passion of Our Lord on that day?

Churches where I live, at 3:00 pm on Fridays, toll their bells in a monotonous tone to remind us of His death so we can appreciate what Christ did for us.
---Caring on 11/18/07

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It is a sin to not eat meat on Good Friday. It is a cult practice.
---Helen_5378 on 11/18/07

Lorra,when I was a child there were few Catholics in our town, but the school lunchroom cooked fish,for meat, on Fridays so all of us were forced to observe something we didn't believe in. It didn't matter to me because I love fish but it did bother some of those who didn't eat fish. I think now if a secular school did that they would be in big trouble for observing a religious practice that didn't cover all children. Separation of church and state. Sixty years ago life was so much simpler.
---Darlene_1 on 11/17/07

Jesus told Peter that they could eat any thing as long as they gave thanks for it
---betty on 11/17/07

Lorra, as you say it is a rule/requirement during lent. I'm assuming you are youger then I am, since it was a requirement every friday of the year when I was growing up.
---christina on 11/17/07

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It's not a sin. The RCC asks Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Friday. In order to do this, it must consciously be on your mind. It should also be on your mind WHY this is done. "Lent" comes from a latin word that means "to slow down and think". This practice is done to make people slow down and meditate upon the Passion of Jesus Christ. Sadly, many Catholics don't know this, and as a result, get nothing out of it. It is meant to deepen our relationship with Jesus.
---Greyrider on 11/16/07

Catholics abstain from meat on Friday because Christ died on Friday. It's a sacrifice in remembrance of His death.
---janet on 11/15/07

I once asked a young boy how his Easter was. He said "awful". Why? Because mum wouldn't let me eat meat on Good Friday. Why? I don't know, she is a Roman Catholic. I see this everywhere here, RCs refusing meat on G/Friday and not having a clue why except that the RCC says so. God gave us all brains to think with and intelligence to seek after the truth, pity people don't do that.
---Helen_5378 on 10/25/07

Andrea, Catholics do not judge non-Catholics for not doing this practice. It is the other way around. However, for practicing Catholics it is a requirement during Lent for those who are able to keep it (youth, age and health are considerations), and it is a matter of obedience so technically a sin of disobedience for Catholics who know the rule and refuse. But it is not a sin for those who are not Catholic.
---lorra8574 on 10/25/07

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Has anyone thought about taking the challenge yet?

It really doesn't have to be meat on Friday, you choose. But whatever it is you will find out when you make a sacrifice for Jesus, everything and everyone will seem to be against it. Which is the purpose behind it.

Then Dec 1st, post back and tell what happened. I think the results will be very suprising.
---Francis on 10/25/07

Is it just suggested or is it considered a sin?
nothing wrong with fasting but it is wrong to judge others by foods and days
---Andrea on 10/25/07

Colossians 2:16,
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.
---Whisper on 10/25/07

1- We abstain from meat as a sacrifice as a method to help ue get closer to Jesus.
2- It is not a sin, but I challenge everyone on this blog to give up meat on Friday during the month of Nov for Jesus. Then watch what happens, I bet at every turn meat will be shoved in your face on Friday.
3-I do not know when it got started, but meat was considered an indulgence, which is why it was chosen, today it would most likely be coffee, cigs, or beer.
---Francis on 10/25/07

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I think man (as a species) only feels confident in his salvation if he is observing rules. Strange and unneccessary rules can be found in most religions. Man makes stumbling blocks for himself and seems to think that he will only get the approval of God if he makes life really difficult for himself.
---RitaH on 10/25/07

Man has a very bright imagination. We can think of many things to do that is wrong but we only dwell on small things that are right. Some misguided and mischievous catholic, with nothing to do, thought of this fish nonsense. We can eat anything we wish to, when we want to.We do know we are to do all things in moderation.That includes our eating habits,also.
---Robyn on 10/24/07

Fish only smells bad if it has been allowed to decompose after being caught.

And it is not a sin to eat steak on Friday, but during Lent as part of our Lenten fast, Catholics are required to abstain from meat other than fish on Fridays. There are many reasons for this including spiritual exercise by denying the body in a small way, remembering our roots as fishers of men (some were actual fishermen before following Christ). It is a reminder of who we are and that we belong to God - body and soul.
---lorra8574 on 10/24/07

God only knows why people do what they do for whatever reason. How can a fish smell so bad when it spends all it's time in the water. I'm not making fun of your question by no means. But I don't think anyone knows why, maybe it is tradition that they eat fish on Friday. No it is not a sin to eat steak on Friday or any other day.
---Rebecca_D on 10/24/07

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Oh, man . . . is this still going on???? I thought years ago they stopped that...when I was a kid, I think...I'm 60 years old, now, Trey. There might be some "old school" Roman Catholics who still feel they need to do that, but I don't think it's official any more for Catholicism in general. I like to submit to God and see what He has me eat.
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/24/07

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