The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian network founded in 1973


Vegan confirmation

Biblical scriptures are so ambiguous and contradictory that they can usually be relied upon to substantiate any belief but veganism is the exception.

It is impossible to be a conventional Jew or Christian and a vegan at one and the same time, as is shown byGenesis 9:2-3: "Fear and dread of you will come on all the animals on earth, on all the birds of the air, on everything that moves on the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are made subject to you. Every creature that lives and moves will be food for you; I give them all to you, as I have given you every green plant."

Julie Wood (Summer 1992 'Postbag') states a widely-held Jewish and Christian belief that, "animals do not have souls, as God would not allow them to have been used as food and clothes." The possession of a soul has no relevance to the way humans exploit animals as it is not the soul that is eaten or worn or vivisected or hunted or abused in countless ways but only the physical body that it is made of. In any case, if animals can expect no happy after life, it is all the more reason for them to have a happy, pain-free time during the one short life they do have.

Margaret Buckingham
The Vegan
(Autumn 1992)

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