Sunday, April 17, 2005

Food for Thought

"Don't laugh at me, but lately I have been thinking a lot about becoming a vegetarian."

Those were the words I e-mailed to Best Friend this morning when she asked me why I asked her if she eats gelatin. She has been a vegetarian since she was a kid. I always admired her for it but never thought it was for me. Now all of a sudden it's on my mind a lot.

A couple of years ago she was working on something about Christianity and Vegetarianism and she asked me if I knew of any biblical references she could use. All I could find was when God told Noah, "The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything" (Genesis 9:2-3). So I told her "I guess God said it was okay" and figured that was all. She came back to me with a website called that argued that in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were vegetarians. Only after the Fall did God let them start killing animals for food.

As you know, my book group recently read The Problem of Pain, in which Lewis addressed the issue of animal suffering. He didn't argue for vegetarianism, but he did say that God didn't intend for animals to prey upon each other. That was a result of the Fall as well. My group leader raised the question, "If we're supposed to be trying to get close to perfection like in the Garden of Eden, should we be vegetarians?" A legitimate question. We just looked at each other like "Yeah, we probably should," but that was the end of it.

Lately it has been resurfacing again and again. The few times that I have eaten meat in the past few days, it's not the same. I don't feel like it's a good thing to do. It's not like I couldn't live without it, and I don't need to be perpetuating violence in the world. I haven't made any definite decisions yet, though.


Amanda A. said...

I was vegetarian in high school and when I was pregnant I started eating meat 'cause I kept passing out. Now I am vegetarian again.

If I was on an island or needed meat to survive I would eat it. I just think it seems cruel to kill and eat flesh just "because it tastes good." Most people order meat or cook meat, eat part of it, and throw it away. This is so wasteful. If I did have to kill an animal to survive I would respect the animal enough (much like Native Americans) to make it stretch and use as much of it as I can.

Just an opinon.

Amanda A.

sojourness said...

Good point. "Because it tastes good" doesn't seem to be a very good rationalization for me if I can live without it.

A. Estella Sassypants said...

I've considered vegetarianism, but honestly I just don't think I could do it (because it tastes good...go ahead...stone me). I'm too good at blocking out the fact that it used to be alive, I suppose. If I was ever faced with the harsh reality of what goes on in processing plants I'm sure I would cry at length and throw up, but for now I'm in denial.

sojourness said...

lol... No stoning here. I'm not going to start preaching vegetarianism to everyone. It's just something I'm thinking about.

I have blocked it out all this time, which is why it never bothered me before.

n.v. said...

Some students in my class last year did a final group study on Christianity and Vegetarianism. I saved it as an A-plus example and will post it if I can find it. I saved it electronically somewhere...

sojourness said...

That would be interesting to see. Thanks.