Saturday, July 28, 2007

Meat Eating?!

Introduction

Killing a creature for food. Is it correct? Can a God of eternal love allow it? These are the questions asked by some of the adherents of movements supporting vegetarianism. Many groups claim themselves to be very pure and perfect by not eating meat. Christianity, a religion of love is having a different opinion. In this article, let us discuss about this issue in detail.

Animals and Man

When we read the very first chapter of Bible, we find that God created animals and human beings in chronological order. But man is a special creation.

  • Man was created in image of God, not animals
  • Man has a living soul, not animals
  • Man has sixth sense, not animals
  • Man is given authority over the Earth and all creatures, not animals
So man is the most high in this world. Animals are under his rule.

So Man Can Kill Animals?

One may ask "Is it correct to kill animals for any reason?". The answer is NO! We can kill animals, but there are some criteria to be met before killing.

  • For food
  • For clothing
  • For medicines and research
  • For safety
But killing or torturing animals for entertainment or hunting for luxury items like tusks, skins and horns is surely a sin. God will punish us if we misuse what He has put in our charge. So, it is our duty to protect wildlife and other endangered species. If we keep on hunting and killing animals, surely it will cause an imbalance in nature and will be destructive. For example, if we cut weeds in our garden or if we harvest, we are not spoiling nature. But when we cut trees from forest, it'll surely affect nature. Likewise, killing what we have grown for food or other reasonable things is not a problem. Whale is edible, but man should use his sixth sense before he kills it for food. Whale is an endangered species. So, by hunting it, we may cause that species to extinct. But if we stop fishing, some species of fish over populate and cause oxygen demand. So by nature, we are forced to consume meat in order to maintain the balance.

What Bible Says?

Man can kill animals for food

they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire,.... - Exodus 12:8

It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” - Acts 10:12 to 13

Man can kill animals for dress

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. - Genesis 3:21

Man can kill animals for safety

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear;.. -1 Samuel 17:34 to 36

What Are Forbidden?

Christ clearly states that nothing that is eaten makes a man unclean but what he has in his mind makes him unclean. So, if a good hearted man eats cow, it is no wrong. While a vegetarian, who thinks others as sinner is a true sinner. No food can seperate man from God.

“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these defile you. -Matthew 15:17 to 18

So whatever we think, it should be kindness and peace to everyone. Anger may overtake us sometimes. But Bible has answer for this too.

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to that person; then come and offer your gift. -Matthew 5:23 to 24

Anger is human. But we must shed it as soon as possible. What about those people who only eat vegetables but divide mankind into castes and toture them? Aren't they the real sinners?


So What?

So, we all must accept this protien rich, iron rich and healthy food given by God. Meat helps to grow fast and strong. Meat helps in increase of vitamins and blood. World's storngest men are meat eaters. Meat eating westerners donate more blood than vegetarian Indians. Meat is also having it's negative side. It is rich in fat also. So, consuming it according to need is best practice. Fish is good for heart problems. Dried-fish is rich in Vitamin-D. Beef helps in muscle building and prodution of hemoglobin. An egg daily is the cheapest way to eradicate mal-nutrition in a country like India. Schools should include fish, chicken and mutton in daily lunch scheme. This will help children to grow strong against mal-nutrition and other deficiency diseases. We, the youths of this country should leave our orthodox policies and make way for a stonger generation.

Some Non-veg Religions or Cultures
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Jewish Faith
  • Atheism
  • Communism
  • Tamilian Hinduism (Tamil rituals to Tamil gods need animal sacrifice)
  • Western culture
  • Chinese culture
  • Japanese culture
  • African culture
Concluding Prayer

Dear friends, I tried my best to portrait my views about meat eating. So let us pray. "Oh! Jesus! We thank You for giving us all kind of foods. You've created everything for us. So let us not conclude anyone a sinner for what he eats. Please guide us correctly in having our food. Because You are our true bread. We eat Your Flesh and drink Your Blood. We thank You for whatever we eat. Protect our body and soul from all kind of illness. Hallelujah!"

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Just stumbled onto your blog....what a wonderful summary of scripture in all regards....keep it up!