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Did Jesus Eat Meat? What does the bible say about eating innocent Animals?

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Started: 10/30/2014 Category: Religion
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What Did Jesus Say about eating innocent Animals?


In I Corinthians 8 Paul says the following:

"But food does not condemn us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse." (1)

He was referring to the practice of buying at a discount meat that had been offered to idols.

This is a quote from Romans: "Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him." (7)

This passage seems to say that Christians are free to eat meat, probably the aforementioned idol-associated meat, but that those who do so should not judge those who feel guilty eating meat.

The issue of whether eating meat -in general- is allowed never even comes up. In fact, the whole sacrificial system of the Old Testament was centered around animal sacrifice. All Jews (or at least all who could afford it) ate meat. Take a look at Leviticus.

Leviticus 1:14: 'And if the burnt sacrifice of his offering to the LORD is of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or young pigeons. The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off its head, and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out at the side of the altar.' (2)

The priests would eat the meat cooked some of these sacrifices. (6) Also, in general, Jews were free to kill and eat meat whenever they liked, (7) as long as certain ceremonial laws were not broken.

But more importantly:
The Passover was a very important ceremony for the Jews. Instituted before the Exodus, Passover originated when God visited death on all the firstborn in Egypt. To escape this, the Jews were required to paint their doorposts with the blood of a unblemished lamb. In remembrance of this occasion, and also in symbolism of Jesus' coming atoning sacrifice on the cross, Passover was celebrated yearly from then on.

Here is what Exodus says: "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it." (3)

Jesus celebrated the Passover. Luke tells how Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead to prepare the Passover for him. (4) I do not think there is an explicit reference to Jesus partaking of the passover lamb, but He would definitely have done so, for that was the centerpiece of the Passover feast.

Jesus ate fish (5)

The evidence points to the fact that Jesus did, in fact, eat at least lamb and fish.

Now, were these animals "innocent," at least relatively speaking? Yes. They did nothing "deserving" of death. However, one must realize that the whole sacrificial system of Leviticus was ordained by God to foreshadow Jesus' perfect sacrifice on the cross. Animals were slain in a certain manner in place of the individual who had offended God himself. The sacrifices "appeased" God by satisfying His justice through the shedding of blood. Those animals were innocent; only the most perfect of them could be offered. However, all this was symbolic. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Levitical system; He was perfect, blameless, completely "innocent," and yet He died IN PLACE of all of mankind.

By the way, it is preposterous to claim that killing "innocent" animals is unfair, at least from a POV presupposing the Bible and God.
First: Animals do not possess the moral conscience that man was given, and as a result cannot really be called either "innocent" or "guilty." They have no inherent sense of right and wrong and simply do their best to survive.
Second: God gave all animals to mankind as food after the flood. (9) Before, presumably, it was wrong to eat animals. However, here God, the very definition of good, declares that animals are man's to eat, but that man is special to God, "For in the image of God He made man." (10) That is what distinguishes man from animal. God loves man; God died for man; it may be reasonably said that the lives of all animals ever created (for God created animals) mean less to Him than the soul of one man.

I don't know exactly what I'm "Con" about, but I've answered the question. Maybe Pro will now tell me what we're arguing about.

(1) I Corinthians 8:8, NKJV
(2) Leviticus 1:14, NKJV
(3) Exodus 12:5-8, NKJV
(4) Luke 22:7-13, NKJV
(5) Luke 24:42-43, NKJV
(6) Leviticus 3:16, 7:15, NKJV. Also Deuteronomy 18:1-8.
(7) Romans 14:1-3, NKJV
(8) Deuteronomy 12:15-16, NKJV
(9) Genesis 9:3, NKJV
(10) Genesis 9:6, NKJV
Debate Round No. 1


lokesh4381 forfeited this round.


Okay, another forfeiture. A lot of people can't seem to finish a debate. However, I hope I gave someone some information on the topic.
Debate Round No. 2


lokesh4381 forfeited this round.


This never was a real "debate"; Pro possibly was just looking for information, but as he forfeited all his rounds and I answered the question rather thoroughly, I beg the viewers to vote Con and reward me.

I can't imagine why anyone would vote Pro.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Forthelulz 2 years ago
For the purpose of the exercise, does fish count as meat?
Posted by kasmic 2 years ago
The mosaic law includes Nazirites(1)... who covenanted to not cut their hair. While I am not arguing that Jesus was one, but there were Jews that had long hair.

Posted by Winged 2 years ago
Jesus was a Jew who followed the Mosaic Law to the letter. The law didn't forbid all meat, just certain kinds of meat. So yes, in all likelihood Jesus ate meat.
Fun fact - The mosaic law also forbids men from growing their hair out long enough to hide their ears. The common perception of Jesus with long hair is actually a false image that began during the Renaissance Era when artists were beginning to create art without purpose (art for art's sake). In all reality Jesus would have been stoned to death for long hair LONG before his public ministry began if in fact his hair was long.

Posted by creationtruth 2 years ago
Are arguing against Jesus eating g meat or for it? I think it is obvious in the Bible that Jesus ate meat.
Posted by TheQuestion 2 years ago
If no one accepts your debate challenge can you at least put your thoughts in the comments here? Because I'm curious to know what you have to say.
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