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Letter from Jay Young about Christianity, Sin, and Vegetarianism - Reply - 26 Mar 2006

Hi Frank and Mary: Thanks for taking the time to write back, honestly! Anyway, I am responding to your email letter back that said that Jesus never went fishing...well, I don't concede that, but here is a passage where Jesus helped Peter and the other disciples to catch fish, and he gave both the bread and the fish to them...so, at the very least, he was "an accomplice" to going fishing. Anyway, here is the passage. I will keep looking for other places that show that Jesus went fishing and ate meat. I may be wrong, but I will look in the Bible and see, first, but I think that there are clear examples in various places where Jesus is found eating with others. Here is the fishing incident, though. It is found in John 21, beginning with the first verse, and through verse 14. Thanks again. This is interesting!


John 21:1-14. 1 After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself in this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called "Twin"), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, Zebedee's sons, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 "I'm going fishing," Simon Peter said to them. "We're coming with you," they told him. They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. 4 When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 "Men," Jesus called to them, "you don't have any fish, do you?" "No," they answered. 6 "Cast the net on the right side of the boat," He told them, "and you'll find some." So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. 7 Therefore the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer garment around him (for he was stripped) and plunged into the sea. 8 But since they were not far from land (about 200 cubits away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 "Bring some of the fish you've just caught," Jesus told them. 11 So Simon Peter got up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish--153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 "Come and have breakfast," Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are You?" because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish.

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Jay:

Thanks for writing back. To put the John 21 passage in proper context, please read: http://www.all-creatures.org/discuss/john21.1-17.html

We look forward to your response.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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