Does anybody know any good pro vegetarian bible quotes ?
Christianity and Veganism are really important to me, and It really bugs me when people attack me for either belief. And I get the whole " God made animals for people to eat " spiel, on a constant basis. Usually what I use to back up vegetarianism biblically is that in eden, animals and humans coexisted peacefully (I imagine that whole lion and sheep sitting next to eachother) kind of thing, and since that was the Lords original creation he was happy with, and because we as christians (if you are christian) are trying to aim for creating this kind of peace and well being on earth as it is in heaven.
But anyways I just want to have some good scriptures to back me up. Does anybody have some?
- Chef BetteLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Methusaleh: The longest lived man in Bible was a vegetarian and achieved 969 years.
Proverbs: Be not among the wine-bibbers nor the riotous eaters of animal flesh.
Matthew: What did Jesus call those who eat animals? The King James translates it as `whited sepulchres`. The Greek word translated is sarcophagi (flesh) phagi eaters.
Genesis: Behold I have given you herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for food.
Genesis: Flesh shall ye not eat.
Jesus: Feed The Hungry (With 6 billion people in God`s world, we must now choose His food systems: Fruit orchards yield 450,000 lbs. per acre. Slaughterhouses yield 100 to 1000 lbs. an acre.
Daniel 1: Daniel was a vegetarian for 10 days in the king`s prison.
Isaiah 65: The lion shall lie down with the lamb.. they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
Psalm 104: God made the whale to frolic in the sea (not to be slaughtered by the US, JAPAN, NORWAY and ICELAND govts.)
Isaiah 66: 3: He that slays an ox is as he that slays a man.
Acts 15: Do not eat the flesh of strangled animals.
Peter`s Vision of animals in a cage, said Peter himself, related to reaching out to the Gentile world, not seeing Gentiles as unclean.
Acts 18: 18 Paul says that he has taken a private vow. Many scholars believe it was the same vow taken by Samson.. a promise to God not to eat the flesh of innocent animals nor to cut his hair.
The 5th Angel of Revelation: Harm no green living plant.
Isaiah 42: Break not the bruised reed.
Jesus: Whatsoever you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me.
Corinthians l: If meat makes my brother stumble I shall never again eat meat.
Exodus 16: 31 The desert manna was like coriander seed. (This was stated by Dr.Reginald Cherry MD on the Trinity Broadcast Network).
Proverbs 12:10 The righteous one is concerned for his beast.
Ezekiel 3 and 4: My body has never been contaminated by animal flesh.
Isaiah 66: 17
Leviticus 3: 17 commands to eat no animal fat or animal blood Many Jewish vegetarians such as Dr Richard Schwartz of Staten Island believe that it is impossible to drain all the blood out of tiny capillaries.
Leviticus 11: prohibits the eating of the flesh of rabbits, pigs, shellfish such as lobsters (coprophagous or waste eaters whose consumption of human waste on the Atlantic seaboard is the 2nd annual cause of hepatitis).
Leviticus: I will set my face against them that eat blood.
Judges 13: The breaking of the Nazarite vow (no flesh.. no hair cutting) was the cause of Samson`s downfall.
Job 12: 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee (of patience, nurturing, unconditional love, freely giving to all) http://www.compassionatespirit.com
Exodus 20: 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill (This is not asterisked in the Bible... Later translations such as New King James diluted King James to "Thou Shalt Not Murder" http://www.ivu.org.cob-web.org:8888/recipes
Genesis 6: Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food for the animals on the ark. Lions were given milk. http://www.vegweb.com.cob-web.org:8888/food
Hosea 2:28: I will make for you that day a covenant with the animals.
Jesus: My father`s House is a House of Prayer. You have made it a den of thieves and butchers (where animal sacrifice occurred). The original Greek word for plunderer was rendered `thief` by translators. (the Greek gemousin osteon nekronis translated as `full of dead men`s bones` when it is in actuality `full of dead bones`. Interpretations divide. The Spirit Unites. May The Holy Spirit Overshadow Us All and All Creation. May differences of opinion, Holy Spirit, be to us as pleasing as the apple tree`s making crimson apples while the vine makes royal purple grapes. The Nazarite diet is described in Numbers.
Deuteronomy 5: Thou Shalt Not Kill (later versions than the King James translate this as Thou Shalt Not Murder)
Exodus 20: 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill brought down the mountain literally Lo Tirtzach ... (this is nonkilling, not nonmurder) The Biblical command "Thou Shalt Not Kill" which J J Price cites as a reason to change diet ... is not asterisked "to include humans only". The Biblical command "Thou Shalt Not Steal" which Kathy Kurtz cites can be related to not purloining the eggs from chickens nor the milk from mother cows whose calves are then butchered for veal.
Genesis 6: Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food in the ark for people and animals. (The lions drank the milk of cows.)
Genesis 9: 4-5 Flesh shall yet not eat. And surely your blood I will require at the hands of beasts. (God forgive us all and help us all to change.)
Job 12: 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee (of patience, humility, forgiveness, universal nurturing) Job 5: You will be in league with the stones of the field and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. Isaiah 42: He shall break not the bruised reed. Isaiah 59: We moan sadly like dov
- Anonymous6 years ago
I'd never attack you for either belief, but if you believe that eating meat is morally wrong (a sin) then you have a major problem.
God commands Peter to kill and eat animals (Acts 10:13)
and didn't Jesus kill a bunch of fish on separate occasions? Once when he was with Peter and miraculously caused a massive fishing trip and once again when he fed the multitude with fish?
I'm an omnivorous atheist (or an atheistic omnivore) so I disagree with both position, but here's a thought. Maybe you can believe something that isn't supported by a 2,000 year old book. Perhaps you can say I choose not to eat meat because I want to be healthy and avoid needless suffering of animals who are raised for food in squalid conditions.
Does a Christian chess player need a Bible verse to support his love of chess?
Dunno that you need one.
Dunno that you will find one.
- reader.erinLv 51 decade ago
How about Romans 14: 1-4
1Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
You have to remember that the references given are JUST EXAMPLES of a principle. That principle is "don't be judgemental of others, even if you think their faith is weaker than yours."
It could easily be misinterpreted in order to "dispute" like is says in the first verse - and that's not the point.
Rather the point is that each person should act according to their own conscience in matters like this. So if YOU really don't like to eat meat, and you think it's damaging to God's creation, then by all means ... don't eat it! And I would congratulate you for being caring.
The bible gives a lot of 'examples' which get used as fodder for debate - but the whole point is to live peacefully, be merciful, and be loving.
So, please understand that I don't give this verse to say that someone's faith is better than another's depending on whether or not they eat meat. I'm only using it to show that God accepts all of us. It's probably better to be a vegetarian! I wouldn't want this to get all out of context :) All I'm saying is that God cares about what's in you're heart. If your vegan because you LOVE animals and because you LOVE God - that's what counts, even more than what you eat or don't eat.
Hope that made sense :)
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- 3 years ago
In the event it's a fruit it includes seeds, otherwise it's a vegetable. And vegetables are usually grown in the ground while fruits are grown in trees.
- ClarenceLv 43 years ago
Fruits. Bananas are my favorite. btw did you know that tomatoes are the #1 selling fresh fruit? true beans
- 1 decade ago
You are right, there are many passages in the bible that refer to veg*nism being an ideal/worthy lifestyle.
Rather than claim other people's research I will just link you to two of the best sites I have found:
The Joyful vegan:
This woman is fantastic and her blog on "Christian vegan - not an oxymoron" contains exactly the kind of information I think you are looking for.
"I thought about my journey and the revelation that God has given me in regards to being a Christian Vegan. I did want to share this information to equip fellow Christians with biblical support for vegans..."
You may also want to check out the FAQ section of the Christian Vegetarian Association:
Hope this helps :)
- 7 years ago
PROVERBS 15:17 better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred there with.
- ArizonaEggrollLv 51 decade ago
There aren't any verses in the Bible that say "go vegan!" but there are many that should help you convince people that Christianity and veganism are not mutually exclusive. I get that argument all the time too, and I think the problem is the misinterpretation of the word "dominion." People think it means domination or control, when really it means that we were given the responsibility of them...we were entrusted by God to care for them. That said, I have a few verses that I can pass along to you that may help.
Here are some that I like to reference:
"Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so."
That one is so good it speaks for itself!!
"Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
"But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man."
This is God giving us permission to eat meat, but it certainly doesn't say that we have to! He only gave man permission to eat meat AFTER the flood, when there was no vegetation for Noah and his family to eat. Permission was given because the people could not survive without it....that did NOT give us permission to factory farm and abuse the gifts God has provided!
"He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God."
This verse is saying that it doesn't matter whether you do or do not eat meat, so long as you do it in thanks.
"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall."
I think that one is interesting...because by eating meat you are aiding in the cruel actions of others in most cases.
Here is my favorite:
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."
I think that kind of sums it up, don't you?
By the way, all of these verses are NIV.
EDIT: I also wanted to add that you should be careful to know the context of verses that you quote to others. If the verse itself SOUNDS like it fits, it still may not...the surrounding verses will give you an idea of what the verse is intended to mean. If you start taking things out of context you'll end up sounding like you don't know what you're talking about.
I'm a Christian and a vegan....and I don't think two things could go together better :)
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The Lords Supper is a vegan meal.
- 1 decade ago
I Absolutely love this post. And thanks to everyone for their well thought out and informative answers.Source(s): *Star*