Eating animals is a conflicting message throughout the Bible and should be explored. “One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him” (Romans 14:1-23) yet the bible also reads, “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags” (Proverbs 23:20).
I challenge our learned perception of status attached to living beings and encourage ethical relationships among all beings that share the Earth. It is a small-minded ideology to objectify our human experience by identifying ourselves as the center of a shared world. I urge you to expand that linear view and awaken your mind to what is happening to the other-than-human world. Perhaps you haven’t considered other humans’ thoughts, feelings, and struggles and may need to start there lol.
I would like to offer a way to experience God’s creation in a non-objectified way. Look at the meat industry and it’s reason for success. The industry separates meat, dairy and eggs from any idea that she or he was once a living being. Not everything you were taught is right or true. If we continue to pass down traditions throughout generations without thinking for ourselves, we will never grow to be better, more compassionate beings.
What makes humans different than animals? … It is our capacity to know right from wrong, to empathize, to show mercy, and reason. So let’s exercise that ability and stop behaving like animals; eating rotting flesh, chicken periods and another animals breast milk 🙂
Let me relate this to a currently struggle humans are facing and has raised a lot of awareness: feminism. By objectifying the female body, a sinful act, we perceive a woman not as a human with thoughts, feelings, and a family, but as a sexual object for one’s use and enjoyment. Why would we stand up for one being and not all of them? Why do we take in cats and dogs as our own but slaughter and objectify others as food? Do we thank God for all He has given us by destroying His creation?
And I can already hear the excuse of the new covenant God was forced to make, allowing Noah and his family to eat animals when the world was wiped clean. Or the example in the Bible where Jesus feeds a giant, hungry crowd that had been following His work. Both of these examples are extreme conditions where the eating of animals was NECESSARY. In Genesis, God clearly says plants were given to us as food. This was his perfect plan but due to sin and substantial conditions, God allowed His people to survive. If you are starving and have no choice, by all means, survive. But, we are no longer cavemen and in hunter-gatherer times. We drive 5 mins to the grocery store or walk to our fridge and we are fed. The torture and murder is unnecessary. Humans now eat meat, dairy and eggs for the sole sin of gluttony. I mean the first commandment is “Thou shall not kill.”
I urge my fellow Christians to be better, more honorable followers of God and appreciate all of His creations. God loves all of His creatures and His heart breaks for all of the hurt and abuse inflicted among them. Please watch the free documentary Earthlings and see the pain and torture for yourself.