existed. Their belief is that Jesus would likely be a vegetarian today. few food choices Perhaps Noah ate meat if he had little to eat with all plants destroyed by. Though there are many diet programs claiming to be "God's way" to healthy living , and while some of them are based on biblical principles, and even have. Jesus directs listeners how to pray: “Give us this day our daily bread,” and in the was either obsessed with food or simply a guy who liked to eat. You might.
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Jesus ate whole grains directly and in the form of whole-grain breads. We can follow We should limit our consumption of dairy to nonfat and low-fat products. healthier, the question about what Jesus might have eaten has become a popular In some instances we can discover the foods Jesus ate by reading the Bible. About the Author. Don Colbert, M.D., a specialist in family medicine, helps people to better health through spiritual and natural sources for good nutrition and.
Yet, modern factory farming is inherently cruel to animals, damages the environment, and causes human misery. How can our food choices align with our Christian values? For example: Castration, debeaking, and other painful mutilations are routinely done without pain-relief. Millions of baby chicks are mailed via the U. Postal Service each year.
It is a spiritual discipline that requires denying your physical and mental self because your stomach and your brain will most likely work overtime to remind you when and what they want to eat! However, fasts can help focus your spirit, heart and mind on God and not your own eating and drinking desires. In fact, before you begin your fast, you can make a list of prayer requests you are asking God to answer.
Then, every time you experience hunger pangs or food or drink cravings, ask God to work in those prayer request areas. Also, I recommend spending quiet time with God each day and read passages of scripture from the Bible.
There are many quality devotionals out there, so just choose one or ask a friend you trust to recommend one. I also suggest journaling during your fast so that you can write down what you believe God is directing you in. In fact, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, believed that fasting enabled the body to heal itself.
During a fast, many systems of the body are given a break from the hard work of digesting foods that it normally has to manage. The extra energy the body gains gives the body a chance to restore itself, while the burning of stored calories gets rid of toxic substances stored in the body. The digestive tract is the body area most exposed to environmental threats, including bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins.
Christians, being a new creation in Christ, may model Christ by choosing a loving relationship with all creation, which sometimes requires self-sacrifice. Didn't Jesus eat meat? Luke relates that Jesus ate fish. However, many Christian vegetarians believe that Jesus would be a vegetarian today.
What about the passage in which Peter is instructed to "kill and eat" all creatures Acts , ? Many Christians, reading on, find that this passage is not a literal instruction to consume flesh. Peter, pondering this vision's meaning, concluded, "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean" Acts However one interprets this passage, it does not require that we consume meat today.
Should we accept meat as a gift, given that 1 Timothy says, "everything created by God is good"? Paul also condoned meat-eating nearly years ago in 1 Corinthians , but modern animal agriculture is a human creation, and it harms humans, animals, and the Earth. Have non-vegetarian Christian saints and leaders been immoral? We should not judge those who may have eaten meat, owned slaves, or done other things that we believe are not God's highest ideals for humankind.
We should simply do the best we can to express Christ's love, compassion, and peace. Throughout history, many people, in ignorance, have done hurtful things while concurrently showing great love and compassion in other ways.
Have there been many vegetarian Christians? Many Christians have received the Gospel as encouraging vegetarianism.
Several early Christian groups, including the Nazarenes, Ebionites, Elchasaites, Ossaeans, Cathars, and the Bogomils, encouraged vegetarianism. Since then, the Trappist, Benedictine, and Carthusian orders have advocated vegetarianism, as have Seventh-day Adventists. In the 19th century, members of the Bible Christian sect established the first vegetarian groups in England and the U. Why aren't more Christians vegetarians?
The most important reason is lack of awareness. If everyone saw the rough treatment, crowded conditions, and general misery of animals on factory farms, and then looked into the terrified eyes of animals at slaughterhouses, many more would become vegetarians. Some might still eat meat, but even then it would be because they didn't recognize the suffering or they incorrectly believed that meat is "necessary" for good health.
Other effects of modern animal agriculture, such as resource depletion and the consequent environmental damage, are not so readily apparent. Don't laws ensure farm animal welfare? In many countries, including the U. At the slaughterhouse, "humane slaughter" laws are weak and poorly enforced.
Instead of advocating vegetarianism, shouldn't we seek reforms? There are many ways to promote compassion, and many vegetarians are seeking reforms. While we carry out whatever public mission we feel is appropriate, we believe that people should be aware of the many negative effects of animal-based diet and agriculture, and we feel compelled to be vegetarians ourselves. Would animals overrun the earth if everyone became vegetarian?
There are many species we don't eat, and they haven't overrun the earth. Human exploitation of the earth, in part to feed vast quantities of grain to livestock, is the chief reason for the environmental crisis. As the demand for animal-derived foods gradually decreases, fewer animals will be bred. In the unlikely event that many animals needed homes, compassionate people would find compassionate solutions.
Such people already care for formerly farmed animals see www. What would happen to butchers, cattle ranchers, and others who depend on animal agriculture for a livelihood?
The abolition of slavery was difficult for former slaveholders; in a similar way, those dependent on animal agriculture may experience hardship when the world finally realises that vegetarianism is necessary and desirable. A former competitive swimmer, Jodi was a silver and bronze medalist in the National Sports Festival.
A fitness, travel and finance writer for more than a decade, her articles appear in numerous online publications. View Full Profile For Christians, Jews and other Bible believers, planning your meals around the foods mentioned in the Good Book might bring you an increased sense of spiritual well-being as well as nourishing your body physically.
But a biblical eating plan isn't cut and dried. Food in the Bible varies widely, depending on what foods were readily available during different time frames. Most Bible diet plans encourage the consumption of whole foods.
That means herbs and their seeds, such as coriander and dill, as well as fruits, nuts, grains, legumes and other seeds. Today, people following this diet for nonbiblical reasons are known as fruitarians. Purist Buddhist monks usually only eat foods that don't involve the death of an animal or plant, subsisting on fruits, nuts, herbs and seeds for many years. As with those following the Genesis Diet, recent studies show no significant difference in health between Buddhists' eating habits and those of the general population.
In fact, a study found that Buddhist priests had higher triglycerides and an equal risk for fatty liver disease. A Diet for the Priests The biblical book of Leviticus rolls out a list of "clean" and "unclean" foods to help its target audience — the Levite priests — maintain an exemplary diet worthy of serving in the Temple.
Forbidden foodstuffs included predatory birds and animals, as well as most insects and animals that don't have cloven hooves and chew a cud. The biblical diet had its practical purposes as well. Many of the foods that can regularly cause illness or even death today were pragmatically avoided, including shellfish , pork and mushrooms , among others.
Over the years, as those following this biblical eating plan experienced apparent health benefits, further kosher and eventually halal laws for Jewish and Muslim believers evolved and are still practiced today. Benefits include meat that exceeds standards set by the Food and Drug Administration, such as the exclusion of meat from sick or "downer" cattle. Daniel Ate His Veggies Daniel might be most famous for overnighting in the lions' den without becoming their dinner, but his diet is also noteworthy.
At a time when he and his three fire-walking friends — Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego — first became Babylonian slaves, they all rejected the king's delicacies and wine, choosing to subsist on a diet of vegetables and water instead. At the end of 10 days, all four youths were found to be healthier than those who had eaten the king's food, and Daniel continued this diet during his three-year training.
Today, the Bible-based Daniel Diet is used as a day fast that includes not just vegetables, but legumes, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds also. Although the most recent study specific to the Daniel Diet was completed in , subsequent studies have duplicated the results that certain cardiovascular risks, such as overall cholesterol, are reduced when a whole food diet that includes natural foods found on the Daniel Diet is followed.