If you don’t want to eat meat, that’s up to you. I know a couple of people who don’t for medical reasons on the advice of a nutritionist. I know a couple of people who don’t because they think it’s wrong. Though oddly enough they eat fish somehow not thinking that’s meat.
I don’t personally know any vegans or anyone who doesn’t eat meat because they think it is unrighteous. This screen shot is from the latest PETA campaign. The line comes from a writer, Isaac Singer who fled the Nazis. It reads, “We do to God’s Creatures What the Nazis Did to Us.”
I think that is an utterly wrong comparison.
For Jews and Christians (I mention them because the comparison to Nazis and Jews and the shared scriptural heritage) the Torah and Bible say that God gave man dominion over the animals and the plants to use and eat (Genesis 1:26). The New Testament it says to abstain from meat that had been offered to an idol. However, when it comes to meat in a general sense it does not condemn the practice as unrighteous. On the contrary it says that commanding people to abstain is wrong (1 Timothy 4:3) and that the personal choice to eat or not doesn’t matter to God unless you eat without being thankful (1 Corinthians 8:8).
For Christians especially there is a clear indication from the bible that “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you”, Genesis. 9:3 and “thou mayest kill and eat flesh…” Deuteronomy 12:15 For Jews they gave sacrifice of animals and consumed the flesh as a way to atone for sins and give thanks to God. It seems odd to me that if God found killing animals to be immoral that he would ask his people to kill them in his name.
If PETA wants to bring God into it then I feel there is a strong argument to be made that using harsh tactics or attempting to force people puts them in the wrong. Or, given the fact that there are many religions some may agree and some may not. Some may see it as being ungrateful to turn away a gift from God and others may see animals as sacred and totally agree.
As a personal choice – go for it. As a moral choice that you feel applies to everyone – hogwash! There is no moral imperative to not eat meat anymore than there is to not eat plants.
Meat isn’t murder.
It shouldn’t have to be said but meat isn’t murder. Eating meat isn’t the same as what happened to the Jews as done by the Nazis. Not even close.
I marvel at the disconnect that must exist to put animals on the same plane as humans but that somehow isn’t able to put a human fetus into any sacred stature.
Either God gave man dominion over the animals or evolution did. Regardless of how I look at it the eating of meat is not immoral in any way. It is either a gift from our creator or it is as amoral as the lion eating the gazelle. Because man is intelligent we have learned that we can over hunt and over fish and that we can take out the worst part of our natures on animals. Those things are unwise and perhaps even unrighteous. But they stand as separate issues or straw men. I don’t think we should hunt an animal to extinction – not for the animals’ sake – but for man’s sake.
Meat Isn’t Murder – A Steak is not a Jew. It seems to me those are rational positions that don’t need discussed or defended. However, since we live in a world where people get militant about such things, I think we must. We all know that if someone wants to make the choice not to eat meat that’s their business. I’m not talking about those people. I’m talking about the people who sit on the edge of extremism and shout back at the rest of us to join them.