Most people say they want love and peace and an end to violence, but when they are told what they have to do on their part, and it requires a change in their lifestyle, such as what they put on their plates, they want to put conditions upon what they have to do.
What these people are really saying is that they don’t want unconditional love, which would bring them the peace and an end to violence.
Jesus was asked about this in a slightly different way. Note what we are told in Matthew 22:36-40.
36. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
37. And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
38. “This is the great and foremost commandment.
39. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40. “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
If we truly love God this completely: with every part of our being, every thought of our mind, and all that we have, we must also love the whole of His creation, which includes us, every other human being, every other animal, all the plants and even the physical parts of creation.
To love God as completely as this law requires, we find that there is nothing left out, which is exactly what unconditional love requires.
When we read the creation story we see that there was no death and God declared it to be very good (Genesis 1:31); likewise there is no pain or death in heaven (Revelation 21:4), and Jesus commands us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48); therefore, we see that a major part of unconditional love is not causing any living being to suffer or die.
So we must ask, why is it that so many people in the world, including most professing Christians, conjure up every excuse in the book to try to justify the pain, suffering and death of millions of human beings and billions of animals every year that they cause or help cause through their indifference?
Thus, the only conclusion we come to is that they neither have unconditional love nor do they love God as they are commanded to do, and they confirm this conclusion with every mouthful of animal products they eat.