If I go out to my garden to pick some tomatoes and one is rotten or dead .... is it OK to eat ? How come killing an animal dead and cutting out the meat is OK to eat? We won't eat the tomato when it's dead .... we only want to eat the tomato when it has life!
You eat life or you eat death ....
MERCY not SACRIFICE
Jesus' message is about love and compassion, but there is nothing loving or compassionate at factory farms and slaughterhouses, where billions of animals endure miserable lives and die violent deaths. Jesus mandates kindness and mercy for all God's creatures. He'd be appalled by the suffering that we inflict on animals today to indulge our acquired taste for their flesh.
All Christians, have a choice. When we sit down to eat, we can add to the violence, misery and death in the world, or we can respect God's creatures with a vegetarian diet. I believe we're obligated to make choices that are as merciful as possible, and we can all do that at the dinner table with a vegetarian diet. There won't be any factory farms and slaughterhouses in heaven.
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have
condemned the innocent.
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.
He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate--bringing forth food from the earth:
Plants and herbs are for man and animals .....
“Those who have received instruction regarding the evils of the use of flesh foods, tea, and coffee, and rich and unhealthful food preparations, and who are determined to make a covenant with God by sacrifice, will not continue to indulge their appetite for food that they know to be unhealthful. God demands that the appetite be cleansed, and that self-denial be practiced in regard to those things which are not good. This is a work that will have to be done before His people can stand before Him a perfected people.”
Counsels on Diet and Foods, 381.
“The word of God plainly warns us that unless we abstain from fleshly lusts, the physical nature will be brought into conflict with the spiritual nature. Lustful eating wars against health and peace. Thus a warfare is instituted between the higher and the lower attributes of the man. The lower propensities, strong and active, oppress the soul. The highest interests of the being are imperiled by the indulgence of appetites unsanctioned by Heaven.”
St. Augustine wrote:
“St. James never ate animal food, living on seeds and vegetables, never tasting flesh or wine” [Ecclesiastical History, 2 Vols. Translated by H.J. Lawlor and J.E.L. Oulton].
James was a vegetarian. We also know from the writings of the Church Fathers that not only James but also other apostles adhered to vegetarianism and abstained from wine. Church Father St. Chrysostom wrote:
“The apostle Matthew lived upon seeds, grains, nuts and vegetables, without the use of flesh” ~Williams, Ethics of Diet
Church Father Clement of Alexandria wrote:
“Matthew, the apostle, lived upon seeds and hard shelled fruits and other vegetables without touching flesh” Clement of Alexandria, The Tutor, translated by Wilson
An early Christian document depicts apostle Judas Thomas as abstaining from eating of flesh and drinking of wine. The Religion of Occident
We know for example that apostle Peter also preached the message in Bithynia [1 Peter 1:1]. Bithynia was actually the stronghold of “Jewish Christianity”. Bithynia was the north-western province of Asia Minor. It was conquered by Romans in 75 b.c.e. During the reign of Trajan - the Roman Emperor, Plinus Secondus, the governor of Bithynia wrote a letter to Trajan in which he stated that “Christians” in his province abstained from animal flesh. Plinus, more commonly called Pliny, was born in 53 c.e. and died in 110 c.e. Trajan reigned from 98 c.e to 117 c.e. Professor Ewing writes:
“Pliny, who was the governor of Bithynia where Peter preached the Gospel of Jesus, wrote a letter to Trajan, the Roman Emperor, describing the early Christian practice...Pliny referred to Christianity as a contagious superstition, describing those under suspicion as abstaining from flesh food”
The Prophet of the Dead Sea Scrolls, p. 148
Some forty years before Pliny wrote to Trajan, the Roman senator Seneca wrote a letter to Lucilius in which he stated that “Christians” who were under imperial suspicion was:
“the foreign cultus or superstition who abstained from the flesh of animals” -
Williams, Ethics of Diet
means no killing, no slavery, no hatred, no aggressors, no wickedness, no exploitation, universal brotherhood, freedom of speech, and full knowledge of God.
means killing, slavery, hatred, aggressors, wickedness, exploitation, no universal brotherhood, no freedom of speech, and godlessness.
The purpose of eating food is to keep our body and soul together, and not for sense gratification. Just for our tongue enjoyment why do we need to eat meat? We don’t need to make our stomach a graveyard for animals. Human life is meant for austerity, to purify our existence, and to develop our love for God.
I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.
"I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it." Mahatma Gandhi
I look my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses?
George Bernard Shaw
Exodus 20:13 - Thou shall not kill - the hebrew word #7523- does mean to slay, murder or KILL
Flesh of animals is obtained only after killing him, which is a sin, and the killer of animals never enters the celestial abode.
All those involved in killing, consenting the killing, helping the killing, carrying, selling, buying, cooking and eating the meat of an animal are equally sinful as the killing of that animal.
The person who eats meat is also encouraging and in one sense supporting the killing. For example if few dacoits goes to rob a house, and one stands outside the house to look out and other few dacoits steal from the house, if they get caught everyone will be punished by the laws, because the person who was outside was also supporting the crime. Similarly, one who eats meat is also involved and is liable for punishment.