The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Letter from Ashley Parker about the Biblical Basis of Vegetarianism - 17 Feb 2006
Your website is a WEALTH of wonderful recipes! We are so excited to try many of them. Thank you for all the hard work you've put into it!
Though we respect that you are vegetarian, we would suggest you not promoting the "Biblical" aspects of this. I guess unless you are Jewish and do not believe the New Testament to be truth? It by no means takes a Bible scholar (which I am not, but I am a Christian) to know that some of Jesus' disciples were fishermen...and not only that, Jesus himself (God) provided fish (living creatures that were put to death) for people to eat. It's just too clear-no getting around this. I would think most people come to your page and think it's great, but then think "uh, yeah" to the "do it for Christian reasons" part...you just can't ignore the rest of the Bible.
We have a vegan friend who is a pastor. He's a wonderful guy, but even he says that there's no getting around the fact that eating animals is permitted in the Bible. It is just a lifestyle choice for him - great! Like I said, the only way I can even see a small argument for this MIGHT be if you discard the New Testament (even then, I'm almost sure it is permitted in the Old Testament!)
God's grace to you...remember, that if you use God's word, you should be very responsible with it. It's okay to promote veganism!! I would just warn you against using God's name in it and the Bible.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you for writing and for your kind words. We hope you enjoy the recipes.
We're not quite sure where you were taught these things, but, nowhere does Christianity promote cruelty to animals, which is the case with over 95% of all animal products marketed.
If you remember Jesus called the disciples away from fishing to become fishers of men. Also Jesus taught us to pray for our Father's heavenly will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, where there is not death or suffering. To promote cruelty is not in God's will. All the flesh eating and killing are part of a fallen world, and was not part of God's creation intent.
If we are to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect, as Jesus commands us, shouldn't part of that effort be to make this a kinder and more gentle world? So, in that light, we cause no animal to suffer or die that we may live.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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