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Acts 10:13
(RSV)

This Week’s Bible Verse

And there came a voice to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat."
 
Peter recognized that this dream should not be taken literally to mean that he should proceed to kill and eat all animals. Instead, "Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the dream might mean" (Acts 10:17). He recognized its meaning when the gentile Cornelius invited him to dinner. Peter realized that the dream was instructing him not to go out and eat meat, but to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. The Jewish dietary laws should not prevent the spread of Christianity, and, at Cornelius' dinner, Peter related to his hosts, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit any one of another nation; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean." (Acts 10:28). Whatever the meaning, it does not argue that modern factory farms, with all their consequences, have God's blessing.

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