Forgive the lack of citations in this article- but they are not unknown references.
It seems to me that, as mentioned before, God originally intended Adam and Eve (and I’d like to highlight them here are as being representative of mankind) to walk with the animals. You know- the “lion laying with the lamb” sort of thing. As such, I suspect that Adam & Eve were not originally meant to eat them.
As I understand it, (and I am no expert or enthusiast) meat is generally unhealthy for humans. Indeed also as I understand it, any animal products of any sort are nowhere near as healthy for the human body as fruits & vegetables, beans, nuts etc.
Let me clarify that this is not an article about vegetarianism or veganism, or even animal cruelty. This is about how God deals with a fallen world.
The beef is here: “Arise, Peter. Kill and eat.”
So, since I believe (without much conviction) that we were not intended to eat animals in the beginning, why is God now telling Peter to do such a thing?
Here’s where things get a little crazy. As far as I can tell there are only a few possible scenarios:
- God was never bothered in the first place whether or not they ate animals a-la “All things are permissible, but not all are beneficial”
- God simply saw that concessions must be made for a fallen world. IE, the circumstances had changed, and He apparently is okay with this.
- There’s something I’m totally missing and it’s none of the above.
If #2 is correct, what implications does this have on our world and lives today?
Obviously, I haven’t got the answer, I just wanted to share what was on my mind. Would love to hear what you think.