Of Meat and Men

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Sometime a few July’s ago, my cousin asked a really great question that prompted me to write down what I have been thinking about for several years.

Her question was, “How does one view veganism through the lens of christianity? I understand vegetarians/vegans use the original plant based diet of eden as a model, as well as the vision of the lion in the lamb in revelations, then there are scriptures in the new testament deeming all foods clean to eat. Take into consideration the issue of compassion, the meat industry’s mass production/greed and impact on world hunger and waste. I eat meat, but i am wondering if anyone has any insight or opinion on this?”

Take it for what it’s worth (not much, I am a fallen human being), but here are some of my thoughts after reading Scripture.

We are fallen human beings. I see every generation suffering health problems, but in increasing percentages and degree of severity. There’s Scripture that talks about how there’s nothing new under the sun. It also speak to how things will be increasingly worse as time goes on.

I believe it was when I was reading through a book called One Blood, by Ken Ham, several years back (I promise this links together) that things started clicking for me about food keeping our bodies healthy. Anyway, basically, the information goes through how foolish the theory of evolution looks in the light of Scripture when looking at health concerns alone. The theory of evolution proposes that we are constantly evolving to be better physically. Yet, it is very clear that Scripture comes true – that the human body is corrupted from sin, degrading more and more with each generation.

Okay, so here’s what I’ve thought about since reading that thought. Our bodies ARE degrading more than generations before us. Issues such as autism, cancer, heart disease, and more are drastically on the rise.
With our bodies degrading, I see more and more people desperately needing animal fats and protein to sustain them. (Lots of great info at that article!!) It effects muscles atrophying – every muscle, including the brain and heart (which seriously worries me that folks with heart issues are put on fat-restrictive diets. Their hearts need fat to stay healthy and pumping strong!) It keeps our brains active (Alzheimer’s patients recover a great degree with adding in a lot of animal fats).
I see that people can and did survive and thrive off of vegan diets far back in history, but as time has gone by, God clearly loosens up laws and restrictions, step by step. Now, I have not yet met a vegan that lasts more than 13 years in that lifestyle. I am sure they are out there, but I have yet to meet one. Everyone I have met has begun craving meat anywhere from 7-13 years into the diet. I think it’s because veganism and vegetarianism are overall very detoxifying ways of eating. Eventually, the human body needs nourishment – it can’t exist on constant detoxing. Thus, an uncontrollable craving for meat that often results in shame-based eating, rather than joyfully nourishing the body with the animals God allows us to have: http://alexandrajamieson.com/im-not-vegan-anymore/

Our goal is to find/buy humanely-raised, grassfed beef, pork, chicken, and (zoinks) goat and eat only that. It’s a very slow work in progress as Big Ag and the generations before us have made it quite difficult in sourcing these things through their food choices. I know that God tells us we are stewards over the earth and we have dominion over the beasts, but I do not believe for one moment that gives us right or room to pillage, beat, and torment His creation, neither in life nor in their death. I truly believe their lives and deaths can be humane.
I have seen our raw milk farmer’s cows and how well they are cared for. They are well-loved animals, not really a profit-making venture, just loving animals. I see that with pastured chickens, too. They are just truly loved and cared for.
I don’t feel bad or guilty for eating these animals that were cared for and treated with goodness while they were alive and killed in the most humane way the farmer knows to. Not for a moment. I do feel guilty for eating animals that were shoved together without airflow, sunlight, or a way to poop without getting out of it.

I see, through sin degrading our bodies, that we need more food with animal fats and proteins. I think each person requires different amounts than another, so it’s basically learning to listen to your own body and the Holy Spirit’s guiding on when to say no, but I see very few people who can live healthfully on an all-vegetable diet for very long.

After saying all that, I also don’t think that sin effecting our bodies is a “personal sin” issue, but a “general sin” issue. It’s not a baby’s fault if they have birth defects from an alcoholic mother, but they are effected by the sin none the less and may have to work to heal or maintain because of this. We have more chemicals, plastics, birth interference, medications that have no long-term testing and are being shown decades later to harm people, synthetic foods, and other harmful things… our bodies being effected by sin are from ourselves and generations before us. I don’t want anyone to think I am saying that bodies failing us are caused by our own personal sin, but it cannot be denied that often, it is because of collective/cultural/generational sin. (I hope that made sense.)

Oh my gosh, I hope that wasn’t a bore. I’ve had all of this muddling around in my mind for several years now, been meaning to blog it, but never done it. Hope it made sense, too. Sorry it was so long – at this hour, I have no capacity to shorten sentences or thoughts!

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  1. Thank you for sharing…so intriguing! There’s an excellent new book out, How Not to Die, by Dr. Michael Gregor. It’s evidence-based nutrition. He has an extensive catalog of free, short videos on hundreds of health topics…and, he’s funny! See: http://www.nutritionfacts.org. After most of fourteen years of disabling pain + fatigue, I was healed after five months of a whole-foods, plant-based diet, praise the Lord!

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    • That’s fascinating! 🙂
      I found myself resisting giving up dairy – it was the catalyst to great healing for me, though, and I’ll not regret giving it up, now! Through Paleo and Amy Yasko’s genetic protocol, I have slowly been healing my endocrine issues, without any endocrine supplements.
      Thank you for the link – I enjoy learning from a variety of sources. 🙂

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