Why Did God Allow Men To Eat Meat?

Bible verses about meat

Adam and Eve original diet was plant-based. What some today call a “vegan” diet was and still is the best diet for humankind. But later on, God allowed men to eat meat. So happened?

After the flood

After the flood, God granted permission to Noah and his family to eat animal flesh, but there was a condition. They had to drain out the blood from the meat.

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” – Genesis 9:4

Everything had been destroyed upon which man could subsist, and therefore the Lord in their necessity gave Noah permission to eat of the clean animals which he had taken with him into the ark.” – Ellen G White (Counsels on Diet and Foods)

God allowed men to eat ONLY the “clean” animals

In Leviticus, we can find instructions that God gave to His people. God spoke to Moses and told him which meats can be eaten and the ones that can’t be eaten; in other words which meat is clean and which meat is unclean.

This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.” – Leviticus 11:46-47

Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing” – Deuteronomy 14:3

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The law of clean and unclean animals are not only for the Jewish nation 

Before the Jewish nation even existed, we find the notion of “unclean” and “clean” living creatures.

Prior to the flood, God told Noah: “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.” – Genesis 7:2

Before this event, Noah already knew what animals were clean or unclean. 

Is the law of clean and unclean meat valid for all today?

Many people today think that this law “has been nailed to the cross”, but when we put all the verses into context and we read the Bible as a whole without taking a verse apart from the other surrounding verses, we learn the truth.

Jesus said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15

Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. He said:

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily   I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-19

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” – 1 John 5:3

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