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Bible’s Perspective about Vegetarianism

A writer argued against belief in God. He believed only in the real world, only in real things. He said, “Man is what he eats. Period.”

What he said may be going too far, but he does have a point. It is true that we are more than what we eat, but what we eat helps make us what we are. Our blood, bones, fat, and tissues all are fed by the food we put in our bodies. We know that if we stopped eating, we would die. We know, too, that our food influences our bodies in many ways. Anyone who has ever eaten too much, or eaten the wrong things and become sick, knows how much food influences our bodies and minds. Diet can influence our thoughts, which should come as no surprise. This is because our brain is central to thought. And our brain is influenced by the foods that feed it.

Science shows that a vegetarian diet is healthier than a diet high in meat and full of fat. The Adventist Health Study, done by Loma Linda University, compared Seventh-day Adventist church members in the United States who share almost the same lifestyles except for diet. One group of people ate a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (plant food plus eggs and milk).They were compared with another group of Seventh-day Adventists who eat red and white meats in their diet. The study shows that the vegetarians had less heart disease, less types of cancers, less hypertension (high blood pressure), less diabetes, less dementia, and less osteoporosis (bone weakness).The study also shows that the Seventh-day Adventist vegetarians enjoyed additional healthy years of life by eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. They also ate less refined grain products, sugar, and prepared foods. Other studies done in Europe, Australia, and South America support these findings.

As Christians we should not forget the fact that the first sin of humankind was due to appetite. Adam and Eve were told not to eat of a certain tree (Genesis 2:16, 17).But they ate of it anyway (Genesis 3:6).This was sin, pure and simple. We must be careful not to make an idol (false god) out of diet. But we also must not think that proper diet is not important. From so many voices, we need wisdom to find the right balance in how we should eat and drink. The Flood destroyed all vegetables and plant life on the earth. So God gave humans permission to eat animals. What a great change in the whole balance of relationship between people and animals. We are so used to it today that we surely do not fully understand what a terribly great change this must have been. “So eat and drink and do everything else for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIrV).

By Michael Adarkwah Agyemang

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