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Scripture: Vegetarianism

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Humans Originally Were Vegetarian


Old Testament Scripture on Humans As Vegetarians

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” —Genesis 1:29

“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” —Genesis 2:9

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” —Genesis 2:16


Old Testament Scripture on Animals As Vegetarians

“And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” —Genesis 1:30


Old Testament Scripture on Humans Became Meat Eaters After the Fall

“And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” —Genesis 9:2-3


Old & New Testament Scripture on How All Will Be Vegetarians in the End

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” —Isaiah 11:6 

“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.” —Isaiah 65:25 

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” —Revelation 22:2 


New Testament Scripture on How Vegetarianism Is a Choice for Now, But Not Blood

“For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.” —Romans 14:2 

“But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.” —Romans 14:15 

“For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.” —Romans 14:17 

“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” —Romans 14:21 

“But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.” —I Corinthians 8:8 

“Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.” —I Corinthians 8:13 

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” —I Corinthians 10:31-33 

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” —Colossians 2:16 

“Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” —I Timothy 4:3


New Testament Scripture on Eating Blood or Strangled Meat

“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” —Acts 15:20

“That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” —Acts 15:29

“As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.” —Acts 21:25


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