Was Jesus a Vegetarian:Kicking Over Sacred Cows

Posted: July 11, 2013 in Religion, Uncategorized
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How odd is it when we discover something unexpectedly. I was listening to a political program when the caller says “we should follow what Jesus followed”. She goes on to say “you couldn’t be a christian without being a vegan”. One of the hosts replied “didn’t he eat fish?” She then says “that was a myth”. I pretty much  had my answer, but I have to wander, why certain people use this line of thinking pertaining to a certain matter. In dealing with this on going series I usually answer the question in a round about way. This time I’m going to answer the question specifically. Under no circumstance was Jesus a vegetarian! Simply read (LK 24:41-43)41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. This could quell the entire conversation with; and he took it and ate it in their presence. Yet some will argue that vegetarians also eat fish, this will also be addressed.   Back to my previous question about certain people and lines of thinking. The caller is a vegan/vegetarian. I’m not sure if she’s a part of PETA, but she shares in that line of thinking, especially if you look through out history with PETA and religious ad’s they have used. This is from the PETA site

Was Jesus really a vegetarian? Many biblical scholars believe that Jesus was a vegetarian. Jesus’ message is one of love and compassion, and there is nothing loving or compassionate about factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions of animals live miserable lives and die violent, bloody deaths. Jesus mandates kindness, mercy, compassion, and love for all God’s creation. He would be appalled by the suffering that we inflict on animals just to indulge our acquired taste for their flesh.We all have a choice. When we sit down to eat, we can add to the level of violence, misery, and death in the world, or we can respect God’s creation with a vegetarian diet.

I myself enjoy meat of various kinds, by various kinds, I’m speaking of beef, chicken and fish. I don’t eat pork and most sea food. I follow what scripture teaches about clean and unclean foods(Lev 11; Deut 14; Ac 10:9-15). I don’t drink milk, and yes I’m opposed to unfair treatment of animals. The problem with PETA is they are unbalanced. If one chooses to/or not eat meat of any kind; it’s their/your choice! Is PETA being honest about invoking Jesus into the conversation? I dare say no, since it only invokes the name Jesus only to make a point. PETA has many times in the past used the Hollywood likeness of  Jesus. Let us look at the beginning and go onward from there. Adams food was probably ripe fruit. Before the fall of man, God chose a vegetarian diet which consisted of grain and fruits, for beast and man. When the Messiah comes back again, during the millennium animals will not eat each other (Isa 11:6-9, 65:25). Before I continue, take a look at (Gen 3:21), after Adam and Eve discovered their nakedness they used skins from animals to cover themselves. So much for PETA’s love and compassionate argument! I say this jokingly, animals were killed for food and clothing and some for the killing of livestock. During the time Noah built the ark their is a distinction made between clean and unclean(Gen 7:2-3) and after God made covenant with Noah after the flood, food had to be prepared a certain way(9:3-4). We can’t rule out animal sacrifices which started in the garden of Eden. Animal sacrifices represented a temporary covering of sins, without the shedding of blood, their is no forgiveness of sin(Heb 9:22). To add to another previous point. Animals most mentioned are divided by two classes clean/unclean. Clean is used for food and most importantly sacrifices. God created animals to be eaten(1Tim 4:3-5, 1Cor 6:13, Gen 9-3).  The question remains and was answered, but to be sure; was Jesus a Jew who kept the law of Moses? All the congregations of Israel art to celebrate the Passover (Ex 12:47), Jesus had to eat of the lamb or violate the law(Num 9:10-13). During Passover feast he ate roasted Lamb (LK 22:14-15), he ate fish (LK 24:41-43) as well as feed 4,000 (Math 15:34-37), he promised the catching of fish, this flies in the face of the opposition who say he wouldn’t hurt a bug (Jn 21:5-6, 9-14). People try and argue, whom do not share in your faith, but try to prove a point. sure their no direct scriptures that show him eating Lamb but we know he had to partake or he would be in direct violation of the law. Scripture never shows him using the bathroom, I’m pretty sure he did. Lastly, stay away from silly arguments of did he belong to a Jewish group,Essenes, or was he a Pesco vegetarian and the Reformed Adventist view; just nonsense! Question for all the naysayers: Why would Jesus be a vegetarian and make us eat fish, sounds fishy if you ask me! This is taken from my booklet, The Salvation Handbook:

Dietary Laws We believe in following, the dietary laws concerning clean (kosher) and unclean foods outlined in the scriptures (Lev 11; Deut 14). These dietary laws are imperative to our physical health and spiritual well being (2Cor 6:16-18). Note that many falsely teach that there are no longer any unclean foods (Ac 10:9-15). Upon further examination, it is evident that Peter’s vision is referring to unclean of common people. God sent three men from Cornelius the Centurion-a Gentile-to take Peter to Caesarea. Peter was a Jew and according to Jewish law, a Jew could not keep company or go unto one of another nation because these people were considered common or unclean. Peter, interpreting his own vision in Acts 10:28, states, “…God hath shewed me that I shall not call any man common or unclean. ” (Ac 19:-28). The unclean foods in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are still considered unclean.

Written by John The Revelator


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