You might be wondering what your own personal religion says about vegetarianism. Well, I am here to tell you that all of the largest organized religions on earth both accept and command vegetarianism. Look for the religion you’re wondering about below to be better informed and make the switch today!
What does Christianity and The Bible say about Vegetarianism? Here are a few verses on the subject:
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “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.
Leviticus 3:17 “‘This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.’”
Leviticus 17:10 “‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people.
Romans 14:21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
Isaiah 66:3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood, and whoever burns memorial incense is like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations.
Proverbs 12:10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
It is also important to note that Jesus is known to be the most compassionate and loving person that has ever walked the earth. It is difficult to believe that this individual could have these qualities and still have sacrificed an innocent animal for his own pleasure. Many Christian scholars believe that Jesus was a vegetarian due to his compassion for all living things as well as many other signs. When dealing with ethical dilemmas it is important to ask WWJD?
What does Islam and the Koran say about Vegetarianism? Here are a few verses and quotes on the subject:
Muhammad has been quoted saying: “A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.” He has also been quoted saying: “Whoever is kind to the creatures of God, is kind to himself” Islam also prohibits the consumption of certain meats, especially pork.
What does Hinduism say about Vegetarianism?
Ahinsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu’s first duty in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God’s creation as defined by Vedic scripture. Many Hindus believe this law also pertains to all living animals and therefore a third of Hindus are vegetarian. Under the belief of karmic consequences all of our actions, including our choice of food, have Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused. “The fiend who smears himself with flesh of cattle, with flesh of horses and of human bodies, Who steals the milch-cow’s milk away, O Agni,—tear off the heads of such with fiery fury.” -Rig Veda 10.87.16-19
What do many Buddhist believe about vegetarianism?
Buddhists who insist on vegetarianism have a simple and compelling argument to support their case. Eating meat encourages an industry that causes cruelty and death to millions of animals and a truly compassionate person would wish to mitigate all this suffering. By refusing to eat meat one can do just that. Several Buddhist schools encourage and even enforce a vegetarian lifestyle.
As you can see several of the largest religions have many scriptures in favor of vegetarianism/veganism. However, many of the followers of that religion disregard these scriptures in order to whatever it is that pleases them. This is due to the “pick and choose” mentality that many religious followers have.
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