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Should Believers Be Vegetarians?
Answer: There is no such commandment given in the Scripture that requires us to be vegetarians. Yahweh never commanded; "You shall not eat flesh (meat)". His son Yahshua was not a vegetarian when he walked this earth.
Some Scriptural References
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a set apart (holy) time period, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath times: (Colossians 2:16).
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which Yahweh created for partaking with thanksgiving by the believers - by those who fully know the truth. For Yahweh founded; established in His Law, everything that is righteous and suitable; and no one is to condemn that which can be received; eaten, with thanksgiving., if it be received with thanksgiving, for it is set apart through the word of Yahweh and communion.(1 Timothy 4:2-4).
Deuteronomy 14:4-5 These are the beasts which you shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.
Isaac wanted venison before he died:
Genesis 27:2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the time of my death:
Genesis 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
Genesis 27:4 And make me savory meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die.
We know from Scripture, that Yahshua fed the multitudes with bread and fish (Mattithyah 15, Yahchanan Mark 6; 8, Lukyah 9, Yahchanan 6). In the Glad Tiding ("Gospel"), we read about Yahshua eating at rich people's homes and being at different feasts. (Lukyah 5:28-29 and Yahchanan 2:9).
It is not a Scriptural mandate that we become vegetarians. Not a teaching (torah, law, instruction, commandment, law) of Yahweh or a "sin". Flesh (meat) was a small part of the Ysrylites diet. We may want to limit the amount of meat we ingest because a vegetarian diet consisting of beans and rice, vegetables, and fish is a better, healthier lifestyle that you will find written in most health books. (Ask your doctor for his advice.)
Remember that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew:
Genewsis 25:34 Then Yaaqob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
The Ysrylites longed for fish while in the desert:
Num 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
2Samuyah 17:28-29 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentils, and parched pulse, And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
The meat most people consume today is not the meat of years ago. Putting aside the fact that a fair majority of meat sold in stores is loaded with growth hormones and pesticides and is not free range, the Bible meat was still different.
Lukyah 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe,
and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Lukyah 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and
Lukyah 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and
is found. And they began to be merry.
In the Bible, the people ate lamb and a fatted calf. These animals are young. No one in their right mind, back then, would kill a huge cow for dinner or a feast. There were no freezers to store the meat in. The large animal was kept to procreate and to provide milk. The animals that were eaten were young. We must remember that a lamb is a baby sheep.
We know that most common people did not eat meat on a daily basis. They ate fish which was inexpensive and one could go and catch it themselves in the river or lake. Meat was eaten during a special occasion.
Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams
of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and
you did drink the pure blood of the grape.
We read of Abraham:
Genesis 18:6-8 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetch a calf tender and right, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
1Samuyah [Samuel] 28:24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:
Exodus 12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
Exodus 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Here in Lukyah 24, we find Yahshua ("Jesus") eating fish after his resurrection:
Lukyah 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have you here any meat?
Lukyah 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
Lukyah 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
We find Yahshua ("Jesus") cooking breakfast for the disciples in Yahchanan [John], chapter 21.
Yahchanan 21:10 Yahshua said unto them, Bring of the fish which you have now caught.
Yahchanan 21:11 Simon Kepha went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Yahchanan 21:12 Yahshua said unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples did ask him, Who art you? knowing that it was the Master.
Yahchanan 21:13 Yahshua then come, and take bread, and give them, and fish likewise.