The one person who should feel comfortable eating meat is the Christian. Get a picture in your mind. The Ark has grounded. Noah is letting the animals out. God has a message for him and his family.
(Genesis 9:3 KJV) Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.It seems pretty clear that avoiding meat is not in agreement with what God has to say. That does not mean that being a vegetarian is a sin but it does mean you can’t claim to do it for spiritual reasons.
Then get another picture. Jesus is speaking to the multitude. It is time for lunch. There are no grocery stores or fast food places around. Jesus tells the people to sit down.
(Matthew 14:16-20 KJV) But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.You may be one of those people who doesn’t believe in miracles. Fine. Put that aside. It is still clear that this part of the Bible has Jesus approving the eating of bread and fish.
So enjoy your steak, but make sure that you have it well done. After God told Noah to eat meat He had one other thing to say.
(Genesis 9:4 KJV) But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.No blood allowed. If you cut your steak and it bleeds, send it back for more fire time. At least that is my interpretation.
I could be wrong on that.
homo unius libri
Your interpretation agrees with that of my wife. I believe that meat only needs to be bled properly and cooked SOMEWHAT (to kill germs on the outside). Remember that some pagans of the day ate raw meat and drank blood as part of their religion. I think THAT is what God was trying to avoid, since the blood signified His handiwork in the living animal.ReplyDelete
I did not get totally carried away, I could have included fat with blood. There are verses that talk about not eating the fat of the sacrifices. I understand there are good scientific reasons for that, like many other kosher laws. Evidently the fat is a place where toxins reside.ReplyDelete
You sound like one of those who will eat it if it doesn't "Moo."
Grace and peace.