A Biblical Basis for Going Vegetarian
When I was in high school, I really felt called to be a vegetarian. During that time, I was in the best shape of my life and I felt amazing! I worked out constantly, was a very athletic cheerleader and was full of energy. Here’s the thing though – when I was a vegetarian, I really didn’t do it well. I didn’t really have much money to food shop with, so I kind of just lived off salads and vegetarian snacks. Not really the best “vegetarian ways”. I had a friend who noticed this, who eventually convinced me that this was not really the right lifestyle for me, and then ended my vegetarian lifestyle.
Before my most recent move from Philadelphia, I went to visit my friend Abby, who happens to be a vegetarian, as well as a Mormon. She and I get along incredibly well, and I trust her opinion. I picked her brain a bit about why she’s a vegetarian and what inspired her to be one. Abby explained that there are a lot of scriptures referencing what we eat and refer negatively to consuming meat.
I am a hardcore researcher and planner; always have been and probably always will be.
So, because of that and my curiosity being peaked, I naturally had to research this topic extensively! I asked the missionaries about it. I searched the scriptures and prayed about it. What I found was super interesting.
I found that when many of the scriptures refer to “a meat offering” or “a meat feast”, it usually means wheat or grains. Additionally, I found in the King James version of the Bible, that whenever the word “meat” is referenced, it doesn’t mean meat. Instead when you see the word “flesh”, it refers to animals. This was confusing to me and I had a hard time understanding the meaning at first. I understand the importance of course of being healthy and nourishing our bodies, but still didn’t have a full understanding of the meaning of these scriptures yet.
All of this research brought up many thoughts for me as well. First, I really tend to think that there’s a reason why our bodies don’t process red meat that well. The same goes for dairy products. Second, through research, I’ve found that our bodies are not supposed to be able to naturally process a cow’s milk. If your body is easily able to process a cow’s milk, then your body has genetically mutated to adapt. But, even with that being so, many people are still lactose intolerant.
Thirdly, let’s think back to Adam and Eve for a second. Adam and Eve had to hunt and gather for their food. So, from an eternal perspective and up to recently, humans had to hunt and gather their food. People were designed to go out and physically collect their food. Meat was not always available. We can go days without it; our bodies are kind of designed for that.
Ya’ll, there a lot of serious and tough scriptures out there referring to the killing of animals for food. Some scriptures even called it an “Abomination”, meaning something unclean. What it boils down to is this – there aren’t a lot of positive words regarding this subject. Basically, eat meat very sparingly to put it positively.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I am now aligning the way that I consume food with the scriptures and the way our bodies were designed by God. Until speaking with my friend Abbey and hearing her thoughts, I would never even have considered this again. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so feel free to drop a comment below. I love to read your comments and I can’t wait to see what you have to say about this!
Below you’ll find a downloadable informative PDF containing a list of scriptural references that refer to the eating of animals, the definition of the word meat and so much more!