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Scriptures which are claimed to support Christian Veganism

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Scriptures which are claimed to support Christian Veganism

There are no scriptures in reality which support vegetarianism, as covered in Section II, Christian Vegetarianism.

However, it may be useful to recap on some of the Scriptures that are claimed to support vegetarianism,

Exodus 20:13, "Thou shalt not kill."  Here the LORD refers to killing other peole, that is, the act of murder, which thankfully, even in todays society it is a crime.  It does not refer to animals, but murdering other people.

As early as Genesis, animals were sacrificed to God, and men of God would eat meat, Genesis 27:7, "Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death."

The sacrifical animal in the Old Testament represented the coming Saviour, the lamb of God, the Lord Himself, Exodus 29:18, 'And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD."

Another Scripture which is attempted to be used to support Christian vegetarianism, is in the garden of Eden, where man was vegetarian, Genesis 1:29, "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."

As mentioned in Section II, this refers to a time before the fall of man, before man brought sin into the world by disobeying God and partaking from the tree of knowledge, whereby knowing good and evil.  In doing so, man brought death unto himself, and to all living things on the earth.

Another argument, or rather, a private interpretation, is that God allowed animals to be used only after the flood, due to the lack of plants.  However, even before the flood, we find Adam's son, Abel, a shepherd, sacrificing a lamb onto God, which was before the flood, in Genesis 4:4, ''And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering."

The sacrificing of the lamb represented the sacrifice the lamb of God would make for us, the Lord, His sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

Throughout the Old Testatment in the Bible, people ate meat, and sacrificed unto the Lord.

None of these things are consistent with vegetarianism in the Bible.  There is no case to support vegetarianism, from a scriptural point of view in terms of sacrificing animals, eating animals, utilising animals, or elevating animals to the status of humans.

We are not to mis-treat God's creation, in that we are not to be cruel to animals, or abuse animals, but we are not to elevate animals to the level of people, or refrain from the consumption and use of animals.

Animals are still used for agriculture, ie pulling the plough, in some parts of the world.  Animals are also still used, birds, in coal mines for the detection of carbon monoxide.  Animals are used today, dogs, in airport as dog sniffers, and by the police for security, and used by people and businesses as watch dogs.

 

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7th April 2018

 

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