Should Christians go vegetarian? (Karen Millington)

The debate on whether Christians have an obligation to follow a vegetarian, or at least meat-free, diet has been going on for centuries…. As often happens when searching the Scriptures for answers, interpretations of what the Bible says about whether humans should eat other animals or not differ widely…. Conflicting interpretations aside, there is a long history of abstaining from meat within Christianity. During medieval times there was a complicated system of feasts and fasts. Meat could be eaten on some days, but not on others. Monks and nuns would abstain, as it was thought to lead to lustful thoughts, a real challenge when trying to lead a monastic life. They would, however, eat fish. Dr Grumett sees a modern day link with the past: ”You could see the medieval monks and nuns as the forerunners of modern vegetarians in the sense that they had a higher more rigorous discipline of diet that they had chosen as part of the life they wanted to lead.”

And there are examples of vegetarianism within Christianity in more recent times too. The now secular Vegetarian Society started life within the Bible Christian Church in the mid-1800s. The movement did not spread among congregations, but the society holds the distinction of being the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world…. The Christian Vegetarian Association has been active in the UK since 2004 and, as stated in its manifesto, believes in “promoting a way of life that represents good Christian stewardship and is consistent with belief in the God who created, affirmed, and will redeem all creatures.”  Theologian at Oxford University and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Reverend Andrew Linzey believes the Bible’s message is clear. He told the BBC: ”People always remember that we are given dominion over animals in Genesis chapter one, but they forget that two verses later we are given a vegetarian diet.” Prof Linzey refers to Genesis 1.29, which says God gave mankind “every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Prof Linzey said: “The important point is that the original diet given by the Creator is vegetarian. Although we live in a world that is fallen and alienated, we should try to at least approximate God’s will by going veggie. ”Animals have their own lives given by God, their own value and dignity. Where we see meat, we should be seeing a sentient creature loved by God,” he added. MORE…

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