The Bible and Vegetarian/Vegan Living


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The Bible and Vegetarian/Vegan Living
Comments by Frank L. Hoffman - 2 Feb 2009

Dear Bob:

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you with an answer, and we appreciate Steve's answer.

We agree with most of what Steve wrote, except that as stewards of the earth, we have the power to change our own diets and that of the animals in our care. The wild animals are not under our control and thus are still subject to this fallen world.

Much of what you asked about concerns the difference between the creation and heavenly intent and will of God vs. the concessions He allowed evil (God's word) human beings in the hope that He could limit their evilness and eventually bring them back to living in His will. We wrote a paper about this if you'd like to read it. 

You also spoke of the health problems of eating animals and their bodily secretions, and the health benefits of eating a healthful vegan diet. The health problem are part of the curse that came with the concession to eat flesh, much in the same way that God describes the curse of having a human king in 1 Samuel 8. God tried to change the flesh eating trend when the Israelites were in the wilderness by giving them manna, which was vegan, and the Bible tells us that they never became ill as long as they ate the manna. To us this is very clear, and modern medical evidence proves that a vegan diet is the best for our health.

It really doesn't do any good to argue about Bible verses and interpretations when speaking to people who are trying to find excuses and ways of trying to justify their lifestyle and hardness of heart.

In your church they probably recite the Lord's Prayer, in which they pray for our Father's heavenly will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. They pray it, but fail to understand that there is no death in heaven, and thus their flesh eating lifestyle works against what they are praying for.

We hope this helps for a starter. We're always here if you have any other questions or just want to chat.

We haven't been to Summerfest the past few years, and missed seeing you.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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