The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from Dr. Lonny McKinzie about being Vegetarian - 28 Oct 2007
I have never really talked to a true vegetarian before and just wondered how you address the scripture that outlines what God has approved to be eaten (Lev. 11). We know that certain animals, fish, fowl and insects are not to be eaten but some are. Even Jesus' example illustrates he ate fish. Is it a personal preference you choose to eat only fruit and vegetables? Do you not eat any fish either. I have always wanted to ask these questions of someone who truly was vegan but have just never met anyone who was. Your honest comments are appreciated.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you for writing and for your questions.
Our choice to become vegetarian (vegan) began for reasons of compassion, and because we felt that was the way that God wanted us to live. We also soon found the added advantage of having greatly improved health.
When reading the Bible, we need to look at the differences between God's will and intent and the concessions He allows to help lead us back into His will. We know that there was no death in Eden before the Fall, and we know that there is no death in heaven. And Jesus taught us to pray: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." If we're to pray for this perfect way of life here on earth, then we should also do everything within our power to help it come to pass. For more on this, see: http://www.all-creatures.org/discuss/living.html
Nowhere in the Bible is there any mention of Jesus having eaten any flesh during his incarnation on earth, and there is only one mention of Jesus possibly eating fish after his resurrection.
We hope this begins to answer your questions.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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