Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Opus 2012-152, Healthy Insights: Biblical Nutrition, Meat

It seems to me like a growing number of people are becoming vegetarians.  There are many reasons for this.  Some feel that meat is bad for them.  Some feel meat is too expensive.  Some look at the amount of grain used to fatten up cattle and feel it could go to the starving of the world.  Then you get to the group that think the animals are their brothers and that eating meat is a form of cannibalism.

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    You sound like one of those who will eat it if it doesn't "Moo."

    Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.