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)!