Pescetarianism is the practice of following a diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. (Wikipedia)

Any insights would be really helpful, thanks.

To specify, I'm asking from a Methodist point of view.

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    Are you asking whether there is biblical basis for a Christian being permitted to choose Pescetarianism, or that all Christians should be Pescetarians? Dec 5, 2014 at 4:21
  • @DJClayworth it's more of a 'if I were to choose this, does the bible object/support it?'
    – Nick
    Dec 5, 2014 at 7:36
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    Though this is tagged and worded like a Biblical basis question, it's really an advice/Truth question. It would be on-topic to cite an example of a Christian pescetarian group and ask what the Biblical basis is for their beliefs, but this question asks for Biblical support for or against the (hypothetical) practice of pescetarianism. Aug 15, 2015 at 17:57
  • For a chronological look at the dietary restrictions the Bible gives, see What does the Bible say about vegetarian diets?
    – user3961
    Aug 15, 2015 at 22:25

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There is no real biblical basis for any kind of dietary restrictions on Christians. While pre-Christian Judaism had many dietary restrictions they were essentially all lifted by the events of Acts 10.

Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

There are references in Acts to commands to "refrain from eating of blood" but nothing else.

There is also no biblical basis against Christians choosing to impose dietary restrictions on themsselves. The best biblical example here is the "food sacrificed to idols" passage in 1 Corinthians 8.

Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

In essence if somebody's conscience requires them to refrain from eating particular foods, that is good and to be respected - though not better than the person whose conscience permits them to partake. I would apply that principle whether the 'refraining' was for moral, health, or economic reasons.

There is nothing in the Bible that would condemn someone just because they voluntarily adopt a restricted diet. It might be a different matter if there were bad side-effects of that choice, for example if they adopted a very expensive diet and thus put themselves into unsustainable debt; or forced someone else to go to unreasonable trouble to accommodate their dietary choices.

  • I was just reading in Romans 14 the other day and it addresses this specifically, calling them "disputable matters" or even "opinions" depending on the translation. Just another helpful cross-reference. Jun 8, 2015 at 18:26

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