By Jennifer Smith, Natural Medicine Practitioner and Certified in Holistic Nutrition
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Have you noticed in the last few years how veganism has really become more than a dietary theory? Some are even calling it a theology. It has gone from virtually unheard of, to everybody's doing it and if you don't you're a cruel and terrible person.
I recently connected with one of these veganism converts on twitter by the name of Eric O'Grey. He shared a post he had written for Peta Prime entitled Vegan Theology For Christians. He lays out his reasoning for why Christians should convert to veganism and attempts to twist Bible verses to suit his own beliefs rather than doing as Paul tells us to 'rightly divide the word' (2Timothy 2:15). My post here will provide Biblical evidence of the error in this thinking and the spiritual danger in this belief system. Here is a link to his article entitled Vegan Theology For Christians.
The title of his post is quite revealing into the his line of thinking. I would say the post is less about the Veganism theology and more about Vegan apologetics. Apologetics meaning that you are trying to reason with those you seek to convert to your belief system.
If you are putting so much time and emphasis into converting people to the vegan ideology than into sharing the good news of the gospel with others than you have essentially made an idol out of animal worship and nature worship. You are worshiping the creation and not the Creator. What's worse is that the post is centered at converting Christians to veganism, which means you are attempting to draw other well-meaning Christians from God and to the idolatry of animal worship.
The picture he uses at the top, is a picture of a pig's snout peaking out of a dark hole of some kind with a chain hanging down. The caption on his picture says "Why hast thou forsaken me?", which as you may know is a quote of Jesus that was that is taken from Matthew 27:46 as he lay dying on the cross with the sins of the world heaped upon his shoulders.
Again the picture is insinuating this pig is the one being forsaken, rather than the Christ. To put anything in the position of Christ is by definition anti-Christ and at odds with God himself. So we have the title and the picture depicting idolatry where animals are more important in the false religion of veganism.
The premise in the first paragraph is correct in that animals were created, then Adam and that they (Adam and Eve) should have dominion over the animals and subdue them (Genesis 1:24-26). However the emphasis O'Grey seems to put on the animals is wrongly placed. God didn't see the world as "very good" until after he created man in his own image, and day 6 was complete (Genesis 1:27 and 1:31). God also gave the responsibility of naming every animal to Adam which again points to man's authority over animals . Eden was certainly a vegan paradise, it was perfect and animals and humans lived in perfect harmony together only eating herbs, seeds, and fruit as God gave them for meat.
O'Grey goes on to say that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and they were expelled from the Garden, however he conveniently forgets to mention that God is the one to kill the first animal to provide clothing for Adam and Eve, because prior to this act, no human or animal had ever died (Genesis 3:21). This again shows the hierarchy of man and animals as revealed by God himself. Man is held on a completely different level than the animals. The well-being of Adam and Eve were far greater to God than that of the animal.
Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain was a "tiller of the ground" and Abel was a "keeper of sheep". Sheep were kept for wool and for meat and Abel provided a sacrifice to God of the best Sheep from his flock. Cain provided a sacrifice of the best herb from his fields. God saw that Abel's animal sacrifice was greater than Cain's herb sacrifice (Genesis 4:2-5). Cain was jealous of his brother for providing a sacrifice to God that was better received than his own and Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy. This story again shows the nature of God and that His nature is counter the the god that O'Grey attempts to show in his veganism theology.
God told Noah prior to sending him and his family into the ark, that he should also take 7 of every clean animal (Genesis 6:20-21 and 7:2-3). When Noah and his family left the ark after the flood waters receded, Noah built an alter to the Lord and sacrificed every clean beast and fowl of which the Lord commanded he take on the ark with him (Genesis 8:20-21). This animal sacrifice again, pleased the Lord.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. (Genesis 9:3-4)
This is not a suggestion, He says "shall be meat for you, even as the herb have I given you all things". In this tense it is a declaration or a command which implies a duty to perform. These verses also refer back to God's original command to Adam and Eve to eat the herb as meat, which shows that God is not just talking to Noah and his family, but is making a command about the food for all man-kind.
It is an assumption, for O'Grey to say that God said this out of necessity toward Noah only, because there were no plants to eat after the flood. Again O'Grey is twisting God's word to meet his expectations of who God is and what he (the author) believes is moral and righteous. This is in essence creating a god to suit your own needs and sense of morality, which is what? Oh right, idolatry.
In fact most of Leviticus is God's law of what type of animal meat to eat, how to kill it, how to prepare it and also how animals are to be prepared for sacrifice to the Lord. We do not need to follow these dietary and animal sacrificial laws for our salvation, because God provided Jesus as the sacrificial lamb upon the alter. Salvation is only obtained by grace through faith, not through "good works" of not killing or eating animals.
We should certainly be humane in our raising and slaughter of animals, so that they do not suffer unnecessarily. This is why I try to choose grassfed and pastured animal products whenever possible. These are raised and butchered humanely and the meat provides additional vitamins and results in fewer toxins being ingested by us.
Through-out the post, the idea O'Grey tries to paint is that you need to be vegan in order to be "good" in God's eyes. Anyone not vegan would therefore be bad or evil because they seemingly hate animals and do not care for their welfare. A truer statement would be that according to O'Grey, you need to be vegan to be "good" in man's eyes; however as Christians we should not be concerned with worldly views, but on the Kingdom of Heaven. (See Isaiah 55:8-9)
This is not the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel in the Bible tells us that all you need for salvation is to believe on Jesus. O'Grey speaks of just another works based salvation false religion, rather than the Bible's true plan for salvation which is by grace, through faith, so that not of yourselves (Ephesians 2:8) This is another gospel.
I will leave you with two final Bible passages to think on for the day.
The bible cited in the article is the New Living Translation and it is exactly that, a translation of God's word by man. It is not God's direct words, rather it is what man thought God meant. The only true english Bible is the KJV. For more information on the inerrancy of God's word and the holy KJV Bible, please see any of the resources listed below.
Chick.com video series: Why The KJV
WayOfLife free ebook: Why We Hold to the King James Bible
NowTheEndBegins post: The King James AV 1611 Bible Vs. The New International Version
Jennifer Smith, NMP, CHN, FBCC , BHC
Jennifer Smith is a Natural Medicine Practitioner, Certified in Holistic Nutrition, Faith-Based Clinical Counselor and Biblical Health Coach. She has completed advanced certificates in Functional Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Natural Health Consultant diploma, Biblical Natural Medicine and Biblical Eating and Clinical Nutrition.
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