Is Vegetarianism Unbiblical?

I love meat, but for the last month I’ve been strictly vegetarian. Is this biblical? God told Noah that we are free to eat all of the animals that walk the earth (Gen. 9:3). Let’s crack the case!

Now in the old testament the Israelites followed the Mosaic Law but when Christ was crucified, Christians were released from this “old law”. The Israelites were given strict dietary laws, and these no longer apply to us, but I’d like to give you a quick history lesson. Right after God tells Noah to eat all of the creatures that roam the earth, He gives a command not to eat the blood (Gen. 9:4), and later in Leviticus he gives a long list of regulations to Moses and Aaron (Lev. Chapter 11). They were only allowed to eat animals that have a cloven hoof and chew cud. Chewing cud just means that these certain animals hardly chew, swallow their food into a special stomach, regurgitate, chew again, and then store in a different stomach. Horses and camels chew cud but don’t have cloven hooves. Pigs have cloven hooves but don’t chew cud. Cows, goats, and sheep possess both of these characteristics. They may also eat creatures of the sea that have fins and scales, and then there is a list of birds that were not allowed to be eaten. Then insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

Along with these dietary laws there were other laws the Israelites followed, such as the ten commandments. Christ was crucified because we as humans could not follow these laws perfectly and needed a savior, a sacrifice for sin. The law was a guideline to holy living, but we could never live up to God’s standard (2 Cor. 5:21). Christ fulfilled the law, and we no longer have to follow the meat regulations (1 Timothy 4:3-5). The Galatians tried to go back to works and the law, and this was wrong because Christ had already given them salvation through faith in Him. So in conclusion, being a vegetarian is not unbiblical if you are doing it for health reasons and not in pursuit of righteousness through the Mosaic Law.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a vegetarian because I want to save the animals. I’m only doing it for health reasons. Meat actually contains many needed vitamins for the human body. I end up having to eat a lot of eggs, beans, and green leafy vegetables. A healthy, well balanced diet would be all the things I’m eating plus small portions of meat. Take care of your body(1 Cor. 6:19-20)!

– M.A.Greco

The “So Called Christian”

It seems like everyone says they’re a “christian”, but do they really understand what that means? Are all these people actually living their lives for Christ, do they show fruit? Let’s crack the case!

I’ve been homeschooled for most of my life, so you can say I’ve been sheltered from the world. But freshman year of highschool, me and my parents thought public school might be a refreshing change. It turned out to be a terrible idea. My Mom and Dad said that they noticed a change in me, for the worse. When you’re consistently socializing with unsaved people, you’re bound to get influenced. Obscenities, slang, and language become part of your vocabulary when everyone else is using them, and trust me it’s very hard to stand out amongst the rest. Being the odd man out is one of the toughest things to do, and even though you probably will get ridiculed by the people of this world, whose opinion do you care about more? The all powerful, all knowing, creator of the universe; or the burnout who sits next to you in physics? The most confusing part was that, these same kids who were cursing and involved in alcohol, and drugs, were claiming to be christian’s! What’s the deal! Is it possible to live that way, and be a christian? Well yes it is, but if you truly were a believer, you would feel conviction. You wouldn’t be able to perpetually live in sin!  So not conforming to the ways of this world is a big deal when you want to live your life completely for Christ.

After freshman year, my family decided I would be homeschooled again, and I was homeschooled for my sophomore and junior year. This brings me to where I am now, the summer before senior year (time fly’s!). For those two years of highschool, I joined a homeschool co-op. A bunch of other homeschoolers meet up once a week and take special electives like, gym, art, music, ecs. I met a lot of great friends and made many great memories. I’m extremely thankful for these kids. About eight months ago I applied and was hired for my first job. Guess what? I was no longer in my little safety net of christian friends. I was back in the world, working with unsaved people. And yet again I came across the “so called christian”. People I work with who talk like a sailor, yet they profess to be a christian. This can be a major turn off in the eyes of an unbeliever. You claim to follow Christ and His word, yet you buckle under the peer pressure. What is different about a christian compared to anybody else, when you act the same as me? We need to stand out! We need to be different! If people notice this, that’s great! You are a child of God, live your life following His word proudly, and be bold about it!

In conclusion, I’d like to get one thing straight. We are all sinners, I’m not saying you have to be perfect. But you should strive for excellence, and want to be constantly growing in your walk. We all make mistakes, and we are always going to face trials. God uses these tough situations for his good! To strengthen our faith, and show His power. Stand out amongst this evil generation by walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

– M.A.Greco