I just read somewhere that being vegetarian is a sin. The writer said that the animals were created in this world to act as a source of food. WTF!! 

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The "writer" is ignorant. Where do we draw the line? Cannibals would argue the same. Dog eat dog mentality. The writer is addicted to his taste buds. Simple as that. Addiction kills reason.

I can say, "Reading, following and believing in the Bible is a sin". But that only means I'm stupid.

Wow, that is far from truth. In fact the book of Genesis makes it very clear that the original man was a fruitarian, and after they were booted from the garden vegetarian. Man only started eating meat after Noah's flood. Even then, it was only meant for a short time. So whomever, said that is very ignorant of the Bible. Lol, this coming from a Buddhist.

100% correct. Only after the flood did people start eating meat, G_d allowed Noah and Co to eat meat for the short term and they (according the Jewish religion) were supposed to revert back to vegetarianism thereafter. So, long answer short - eating meat is a sin (if you believe in the Bible etc - I'm an atheist so quite frankly I don't care what anyone else says!)

One word for such crap! Ignorance! 

I love this verse...

Daniel 1:11-16
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over him: "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see." So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their meat and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

So, since "sin" is a term that originates in Christian theology, I'm going to assume this claim comes from a Christian, one who is (with all due love and respect) a bit confused about what the bible has to say about the nature, purpose and destiny of God's non-human creatures. First, it's simply false to say that "animals were created in this world to act as a source of food." Challenge your friend to re-read Genesis 1 and 2. In Genesis 1, God creates the cosmos, the sun and moon, all the plants, the animals and then creates man and woman in God's "image and likeness" and gives them "dominion" over the other creatures, which incidentally, means something more like "responsible stewardship", NOT "ruthless tyranny" (Ultimately the New Testament portrays Christ's self-sacrificing love for the weak and marginalized as the true image of dominion). Then, in Genesis 1:29, God says, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." Moreover, this vegetarian world is the arrangement that God calls "very good". (Contrast this to the depiction of the world after the fall of man, in Genesis 6 where violence fills the earth and God is "sorry he made man").

So, if the Bible does not say that animals were created to be used as food for humans, then what is the purpose of animals? Have your friend read Genesis 2:

"Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name” – Genesis 2:18-19

Here, the Bible seems to suggest that animals were created for companionship and communion with humans. So, the Bible is unequivocal about the original purpose of animals: animals are not created by God as food for humans, but to be companions, and friends of humans.

Furthermore, while the Bible does give a reluctant concession to the human lust for flesh (Genesis 9:4), this is only after we are told sin and death enter the world, after the whole of creation itself becomes "fallen". Paul says, in Romans 8, that all of creation is "groaning in pain" awaiting it's ultimate redemption. Ultimately, the Bible is clear, meat-eating has no place in the fully redeemed creation of God: prophetic visions of the eschatological kingdom of God, like those of Isaiah 11:6-9, 65:25; Hosea 2:18; and Revelation 5:13-14 are clear that animals have a place in the redeemed creation, and that there will be a return to the peace between species as depicted in Genesis 1:29.

Now, all of this may be religious symbolism, of course, but it illustrates the point that the Bible sees vegetarianism as the ideal, and sees meat-eating as part of a way of life that stands judged by God and is passing away. So, far from being a "sin", as far as the Bible is concerned, vegetarianism is the ideal, while meat-eating is a reluctant concession (to need, or to sin) at best. 

Finally there are a number of biblical passages relevant to the question of how Christians are to regard non-human animals:

God has compassion on animals and is good to them (Psalm 145:49), preserves them (Psalm 36:6), provides for them (Psalm 104:10-14; Matthew 6:26), satisfies their desires (Psalm 145:16), Is concerned for their well-being (Jonah 4:11; Matthew 10:29). God warns that "your destruction of animals will terrify you" (Habakkuk 2:17), creates a covenantal promise to ensure the continuation of animal life (Genesis 9:8-17, and promises a future covenant in which animals are guaranteed safety (Hosea 2:18). The torah (first five books of the Bible) encourages us to spare animals psychological and emotional grief (Exodus 23:19; 34:26; Deuteronomy 14:21), bids us to alleviate animal suffering (Deuteronomy 22:4; Exodus 23:5; Matthew 12:11; Luke 14:5), advises us against causing animals unnecessary hardships (Deuteronomy 22:10), cautions us against inflicting unnecessary pain on animals (Numbers 22:32; Genesis 49:6-7), to feed and care for (even wild) animals (Exodus 23:11; Genesis 24:32, 33:13), encourages us (contrary to factory farming and battery cages) to respect the natural desires of animals (Deuteronomy 25:4). Proverbs states that the righteous care for the needs of their animals (Prov 12:10). The Bible recognizes that animals suffer pain, fear, and anxiety (Romans 8:22; Joel 1:18; Genesis 9:2; Psalm 104:29; Joel 2:22), teaches that animals posses a soul (nephesh in Hebrew, psyche in Greek), that animals, like humans, give praise to God (Psalm 148:7-10, 150:6), and will be present in the eternal state (Isaiah 65:25; Revelation 5:13-14). And finally, the Bible is clear that the redemptive purposes of God include both human and nonhuman animals (Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:20; Psalm 36:6).

So while, theologian Andrew Linzey may be right when he states that many “Christians haven’t got much further than thinking that the whole world was made for us, with the result that animals are only seen in an instrumental way as objects, machines, tools, and commodities, rather than fellow creatures," there are more than enough resources within the Christian theological tradition (including the Bible) to support his further claim that:

"Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God's sight. ... Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God's absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering."

For more on this topic, visit my Blog Theological Animal. I am working on compiling a bibliography of all the great books on animals in Christian theology (most of which explicitly make the case for vegetarianism as a Christian practice!).

Also check out:

Dominion in the Image of God

Christian Vegetarian Association

Catholic Concern for Animals

the Animal Theology page at Jesus Radicals

and this freakin' amazing book by David Clough!

and also this book which answers commonly asked questions about Christian vegetarianism.

As you can probably guess, this is a topic of extreme interest for me. Peace be with you, and CHEERS!

there ought to be no violence on vegfriend Snehil. I think you are more wrong than the writer for using such language.

please refrain from using such language here in the future...thank you! :)

you can find everything in internet.

No, being a Vegetarian is not a sin. God created the world with animals in it and gave us plants to eat. As Humans, we have a responsibility to respect Gods creation. The only reason why Humans now eat Meat is actually due to sin. The meat industry (Factory Farming) is not even natural, if God created animals as a source of food then why do we pump them with Steroids and Hormones? Why do they have the ability to feel pain and fear? The meat industry is not only horrifically cruel it is also damaging to our health and the environment. I do not believe there is anything about the meat industry that is pleasing to God..

you should read genesis and decide for yourself however in the beginning when G-d created eden there was no death therefore every animal was vegetarian only after the fall of man was there death and G-d didnt give us permission to use animals as food until after he flooded the Earth and if being vegetarian is a sin then Daniel went to hell do some research on the Daniel diet and then tell me being vegetarian is a sin

I have heard this flood argument many times on this site.

But basically, we are after the flood now, so I don't see the point in the argument.

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