As I was reading the bible today, something stuck out to me. Thank the Lord that it stuck out to me, because many times I read the bible and can’t remember a darn thing I just read. I’m a lazy reader with an easily distracted brain. I’m distracted right now. I’m off the subject. Sorry. So, what stuck out? What if something that Christians love to hold onto and claim as good is actually a result of sin? What if we've gotten a staple of our culture completely wrong and we defend it to protect our taste buds?
That’s right, I’m going there! I am seriously thinking that God never intended for us to eat meat. Have you ever read about the Daniel Fast? Well crap, I’m about to be very hypocritical, but just give me a few more lines at least!
I love chicken wings. I mean love them. But, after today I am pretty sure God’s plan was for us to never taste a perfectly sauced buffalo wing. I know, I know, meat is amazing and tastes so good, but have you read the bible?
Here ya go:
Genesis 1: 29-30 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”
Genesis 2: 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2: 15-17 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
God tells us what to eat and it’s all about the fruits and veggies, man. I mean, He even says specifically in Genesis 2 that trees are good for food. In Genesis 1 God creates everything and pretty much doesn’t stop ’till He can say, “It is good.” In the beginning, He only made good things. That includes the heavens, the earth, land, water, the plants, the animals, and us. He says that plants are good to eat. Ol’ Moses never says that God gave Adam and Eve a recipe for country fried steak. In fact, God doesn’t say anything at all about killing to eat or that it would be good.
A & E didn’t even know the concept of killing something that was alive, so they couldn’t have loved bacon!
Here’s where it gets tricky though. God tells Adam and Eve that they can eat from any tree in the garden except one. If they eat from that one tree they will die. So that leads me to a question…
Question: How did Adam and Eve know what death was?
Answer: I have no idea.
But, I have a few guesses.
The obvious is that God is God, so He can reveal anything to you and me and make us a believer. But, how about if Adam and Eve had seen death? In order to multiply and be fruitful (pun intended) plants need to have their seeds moved into soil. I would assume that since there wasn’t gluttony on the Earth yet, Adam and Eve didn’t eat every piece of fruit in the garden, so they could have potentially seen a rotten, dead apple on the ground.
Also, could there have been a type of death in the Garden for animals? God created a certain way for things to live. I mean, God created gravity and oxygen. What if a fish flopped onto the shore, or was pulled out of the water? Would it have just kept right on going even though God designed fish to survive only in water. Anyway, I’m merely having a little fun with my thoughts, but I am certain from the text that Adam and Eve knew what death was.
So back to the question. Did they eat meat, and is eating meat just another result of sin?
I have to be honest and say that I think Adam and Eve most likely didn’t eat meat, and eating animals is one of the results of man falling and taking the whole world down with us.
But, I also know that the Bible does not tell us to not eat meat. Jesus himself ate fish all the time (but, aren’t fish, like, really dumb and don’t feel pain? J/K).
I believe that in the new Heaven and new Earth, we will view God’s creation differently and that we will perfectly steward what God has given us – including animals. I think that is a key component of eating meat here on earth with a clear conscience. We are called to good stewardship and protection of animals. With that in mind, maybe we are not supposed to let animals suffer so we can get a hamburger for 99cents?
If your conscience allows you to eat meat, then do it, but you should concern yourself with the care and treatment of animals while they are alive.
So, am I becoming a vegetarian? I tried it for six months one time, and then I smelled a hamburger up close and I went all Cookie Monster style on that thing.
One day, our redeemed taste buds will be totally blasted by the delicious food that God will provide for us in the afterlife, but for now this is what we have; so let the Holy Spirit guide you and treat the beasts with love.
P.S. I am certain that First Baptists will be the most outraged if there isn’t steak in Heaven.
P.P.S. Please don’t comment about how stupid I am to even think that eating meat could be wrong. I am stupid, and your defense of hamburger isn’t what this is about. It’s about God’s plan, and whatever that is, it will be revealed in the new Heaven and new Earth.