When I spoke to my mom the other day, she suggested I see the movie, Noah. “Is it good?” I asked.
“No, I give it one or one and a half stars, but I think you’ll like it because Noah doesn’t eat animals.”
Then today, my blogger friend, Diahann from Stories from the Belly, also said I should see the movie for the same reason. I got the sense that Diahann liked Noah more than my mom did, however.
I don’t know if I’ll see the movie or not, but thinking about Noah and veganism reminded me of when my dad told me that he thought it was okay to eat meat because Jesus ate fish. And I’ve known other Christians who believe that God created animals for humans to use as they see fit, including for food.
Curious, I Googled Noah and veganism. I found a blog post of the same name that shares, “…like it or not, according to the Bible, man was created to be a vegan. I’m not even kidding (see Gen. 1:30, Gen. 2:9)”.
I’m no biblical scholar, but I think that God allowed humans to eat animals after the flood, but only as a concession to our sin and violence.
So what does that mean for Christians? And if you’re Christian, of another faith or spiritual, do you feel that your faith sheds any light on what you should eat?
You’ve got to read these quotes!
My bible scholar reader, Allen, shared a great comment below. Here’s a snippet of what he said:
“Genesis 1:29-30 tells us that human and non-human animals alike were given plants to eat, and as you note, this is reiterated in the ninth verse of the second chapter. Genesis 2:18-19 implies that animals were made to be friends or companions to humans. Taken together, these verses strongly suggest peace between God’s human and nonhuman creatures, prior to the fall.”
Then later Allen writes, “…Noah is a story about a God deeply grieved by human cruelty and violence, not just to one another, but also to other animals, and to the creation as a whole. I think this has clear implications for the way we live now. Factory farms, for instance, are clearly a kind of violence that Jews and Christians alike ought to condemn.”
My blogger friend, Abby, said this post reminded her of several scriptures. Here’s the verses she mentioned:
Proverbs 12:10 – The just man takes care of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless.
Daniel 1:8-15 – But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king’s food or wine; so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement. Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy of the chief chamberlain, he nevertheless said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord and king; it is he who allotted your food and drink. If he sees that you look wretched by comparison with the other young men of your age, you will endanger my life with the king.” Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see. He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days; after ten days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table.
Colossians 2:16-17 – No one is free, therefore, to pass judgment on you in terms of what you eat or drink or what you do on a yearly or monthly feasts, or on the Sabbath. All these were but a shadow of things to come; the reality is the body of Christ.
See below for the rest of Allen’s comment and for more food for thought, check out: