Genesis 1: 28-30: “God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.”
A couple of things I get from this:
- God said to be fruitful and multiply.
- God gave man stewardship of the earth.
- Does that mean to avoid mass amounts of plastic waste? How far are we as Christians supposed to take this command in terms of “green living”? (topic to be discussed at a later date?)
- God gave “every seed-bearing plant...and every tree whose fruit contains seed....[as] food for you...everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.
- It says every living creature....so did lions only eat plants? Did that mean that Adam and Eve only ate plants? Does that mean that God’s original plan was for people to only eat plants? Did He mean for us to grow massive amounts of them like grains or orchards?
I did a little research, and in Genesis 9: 3-4 it says “Every living creature will be food for you; as I gave the green plants, I have given you everything. However, you must not eat meat with its lifeblood in it.”
The commentary on the passage says that after the flood, the earth may not have been as nutritious as before, so God integrated eating animal meat. However, humans should still not eat animals with blood in it. For me, that at least means that I should be rinsing out my meat to make sure there isn’t blood still in it.
Then, I read another commentary stating that God further defines food laws in Leviticus. I knew this, but I didn’t think about it so much in the context of both creation and the flood. So now I’ll go to Google about what specifications the Law said and perhaps why:
I’m just going to link to this article : http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d040402.htm
The author talks his way through both the Old and New Testament. It’s interesting enough.
Here’s another interesting article, and it is pretty easy to understand: http://www.planetpace.com/?bible-meat-diet,20
Next I also wondered about Daniel. I’ve always heard that he didn’t eat the meat because it was offered to idols. Still, I want to look up the verses.
Here is a commentary on Food with Daniel included:
It basically says that we would live healthier lives if we followed the guidelines of the Bible.
I do not believe that we must follow any of the laws for Salvation. I wholeheartedly believe that Salvation is by grace alone through faith, and that it is God at work, not us.
However, I do think that if a good idea will help us serve God better, than it may be worth studying further. Like food, for example. If I’m going to feel sick eating things that God has said will make me feel sick, then maybe I should look at what He says to eat to feel better.
I came across a powerpoint: http://www.adafirstpres.org/body%20and%20food%20final.pdf
I wish I could have actually heard the presentation. It seems really interesting.
Also, I received an email from Heavently Homemakers while writing this, which was also on healthy eating. I Like it because it puts a lot of life into perspective in terms of healthy eating. http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/what-does-%E2%80%9Ceating-healthy%E2%80%9D-even-mean
I like this quote I found from another source
“Nothing you put in your mouth can establish or destroy your relationship with Yahweh. Only the condition of your heart—your love, faith, and trust in Him—has any bearing on this relationship.” Found from this place:http://theownersmanual.net/The_Owners_Manual_05_The_Dietary_Laws.Torah
This is a REALLY long article. I haven’t finished it. I plan to, but it’s Monday and that means it’s cleaning up from the weekend day. I LOVE BEING A FULL TIME HOUSE WIFE! It means I can go to sleep on Sunday night not stressing about a messy house because I can clean it the next day. All day. Which is what I’m going to go do now. I’ll read the rest of the article when I don’t have to worry about tripping over the piles of dishes and dirty clothes.