Comprehensive Guide of the Biblical evidence for Veganism

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Garden of Eden diet

What was the Original Diet that was perfectly designed for humans in the Garden of Eden according to the Bible?

What was the very first sin? What happened immediately after The Fall to sin? When did meat get added to the diet? Did God give permission to eat ANY kind of meat?

Why are these animals considered unclean by God?
God forbids the consumption of scavengers and carrion eaters, which devour other animals for their food. Animals such as pigs, bears, vultures and raptors can eat (and thrive) on decaying flesh. Predatory animals such as wolves, lions, leopards and cheetahs most often prey on the weakest (and often diseased) in animal herds. When it comes to sea creatures, bottom dwellers such as lobsters and crabs scavenge for dead animals on the sea floor. Shellfish such as oysters, clams and mussels similarly consume decaying organic matter that sinks to the sea floor, including sewage. A common denominator of the animals God designates as unclean is that they routinely eat flesh that would sicken or kill human beings. When we eat such animals we partake of a food chain that includes things harmful to people.
God created these creatures to act as the "trash collectors" for the environment. God is asking you not to eat the flesh of the trash collectors because you are more likely to become sick from such terrible food.
Some Christians attempt to use a passage from Acts 10 to say "everything is allowed to be eaten." But they are misinterpreting and ignoring scripture yet again.
This page offers a great breakdown for what Acts 10 actually means: Did God declare all meats clean?

God feeds the Israelites a vegan diet for 40 years in the wilderness. Daniel and his friends refuse to eat the King's meat. What will the diet in heaven and on the New Earth be? Does God care what we eat?
Christian "excuse-ology" aka the quotes that some Christians try to use to explain that the dietary laws of the Bible don't apply to them.

The Status of Humans and Animals according to the Bible

Are animals the equals of human beings? (aka "speciesism" as claimed by animal activists) Does God care about animal life? Despite human life being superior to animal life, what are our duties in regards to the animals? Will all of the animals or our pets go to heaven?

More info that may explain things that seem like contradictions:

Did God actually want Animal Sacrifices to occur in the Old Testament or did he "allow" them to occur because of the culture of that era? Was Jesus actually a vegetarian? Answer: possibly

The animal sacrifices in the Bible and the possibility of Jesus eating fish are the toughest issues to tackle since they go against what was "ideal" when God first created the world. But they may have been necessary at the time and so we should not use them as evidence that people in modern times should also be flesh eaters. Those of us who live in first world countries are in a glorious position to choose what we eat and we can choose the ideal food that God created for humans from the beginning before everything went so wrong.

Vegetarianism in Early Christianity

Although early Christian vegetarianism appears to have been downplayed in favor of more "modern" Christian culture, the practice of vegetarianism appears to have been very widespread in early Christianity, both in the leadership and among the laity. Origen's work Contra Celsum quotes Celsus commenting vegetarian practices among Christians he had contact with.[26] Although not vegetarian himself and vehemently against the idea that Christians must be vegetarians, Augustine nevertheless wrote that those Christians who "abstain both from flesh and from wine" are "without number".[27]

Vegetarianism in modern Christianity

The Seventh-day Adventists promote a health message that recommends vegetarianism and expects abstinence from pork, shellfish and other foods proscribed as "unclean" in Leviticus. A number of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including Joseph Bates and Ellen White adopted a vegetarian diet during the nineteenth century, and Ellen White reportedly received visions from God regarding the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. More recently, members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in California have been involved in research regarding longevity due to their healthy lifestyle, which includes maintaining a vegetarian diet. The Seventh Day Adventist vegans in Loma Linda, California are the longest-living group of people on the planet.

Vegetarian vs Vegan?

Some of you are probably wondering why I keep flipping back and forth between the terms "vegetarian" and "vegan" so casually. It's because the vegetarians and vegans are mixed in together and it can be hard to separate them out as distinct groups. Many Seventh-Day Adventists are vegetarian, but some are vegan. Ellen G. White is always said to have promoted vegetarianism, but if you actually read her writings, she clearly promotes veganism. She spoke against butter, milk, eggs, and cheese. "Especially harmful are the custards and puddings in which milk, eggs, and sugar are the chief ingredients." "Butter is less harmful when eaten on cold bread than when used in cooking; but, as a rule, it is better to dispense with it altogether." "Cheese is wholly unfit for food." Ministry of Healing, pg.301-302 All of this information came from the visions she received from God. She was no doctor. But now all of our medical studies in modern times are confirming what she wrote down 150 years ago.
Another interesting piece of knowledge that God imparted to her is this:

Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh-meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit, and can not afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health-reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health-reform diet. TSDF 41.3 Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. TSDF 41.4 God will give His people ability and tact to prepare wholesome food without these things. Let our people discard all unwholesome recipes. Testimonies on Diet and Foods, pg.41

In other words, God warned Ellen White how bad things were going to get in the future and it was best to start acclimating people to a vegan diet 150 years ago when she wrote this. Can we not look around at our world today: the factory farms and the pollution and see how bad things have become? How unsafe animal products have become, even the "clean" meats of the Bible, due to the wickedness of men because humans are the creators of factory farms and pollution. Just imagine how bad it will be in another 30 years. Disease and pollution is only going to get worse, not better, unless a significant portion of the population stops eating animals altogether and becomes vegan. In the meantime, I personally will not be taking the risk of eating diseased flesh nor have a hand in destroying God's creatures because he never created the animals for us to eat.

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