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What does the Bible say about vegetarian diets? [closed]

Is there any verse in Bible that says something about being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian? I know God set human beings above the other creatures, but what does it say about whether we can kill them?
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How have mainstream Christian denominations interpreted the Acts command to abstain from blood?

Acts 15:28 and 29 tells us that basically all of the old law covenant is no longer to be observed except: Acts 15:28 KJV For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater ...
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Have the dietary prohibitions of Acts 15:20 been applied to Christians today?

An answer to this question references Acts 15:20, which says -- (19) Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, (20) but should write to them to ...
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Ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible? [closed]

I am very new to Christanity and so kindly bear with me if my question appears novice. I want to know what is the ruling on eating pork in Christianity as per Bible?
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Are there or have there been any Christian traditions that follow Kosher food laws?

Kosher food laws are part of Judaism, from which Christianity grew. But what Christian denominations or traditions follow, or historically have observed Kosher food laws?
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Does the LDS Church prohibit the use of caffeine? [duplicate]

I've heard it said a number of times that Mormons think it is wrong to consume caffeine. This would seem to naturally require abstinence from a number of beverages, such as coffee, black teas, and ...
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Why do most Christians eat pork when Deuteronomy says not to? [duplicate]

I am a Muslim. Pork is prohibited in my religion. I also think that it is prohibited in Christianity because of Deuteronomy chapter 14 verse 8. But why do most Christians eat pork? Is it a ...
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Where does the Bible stand on vegetarianism? [closed]

The subject of vegetarianism (or dietary recommendations in general) appears to me to be a bit ambivalent in the Bible. For example, Genesis 1:29 , Romans 14:21 and Isaiah 65:21-25 appear to endorse ...
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What is the origin of holding hands when praying around a circle before a meal?

My impression is that, among many Christians, people around a table saying a prayer thanking Jesus for a meal hold hands with one another. What is the origin of this practice, and are there any ...
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What is the biblical argument for eating meat, or that vegetarianism is possible but not commanded?

Vegetarianism seems to becoming more and more popular in various parts of the world today. Some even claim that Christians should be vegetarians to be in line with the command against killing. What, ...
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Eating of which non-fish animals does not go against the dietery law of the Roman Catholic Church?

During lent a Roman Catholic may not consume meat other than that of a fish. However, there are some non-fish animals that have been considered okay to consume during that time, like beaver for ...
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What exactly is manna?

In the Bible account of Exodus, God gives the Jews a type of bread called "Manna". What exactly is manna? What is in it? Do Jews or Christians still eat it today? If so, do they eat it at certain ...
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Are there any specific food / slaughter / butchery / preparation rites in Christianity?

I noticed on islam.SE, Ansari here refers to "Christian practices during the slaughter", which made me raise an eyebrow - as an ex-Christian, I can't remember anything of this form coming up (I was RC,...
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Does Christianity have any dietary guidelines? [closed]

Based solely on recollection from my childhood religious education, I understand that by Christian doctrine (regarding a vision/revelation Peter had), Jesus fulfilled the law and so the Jewish dietary ...
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Why does God say we shouldn't eat Crab & Pork but Jesus says that doesn't really matter

Leviticus 11:7,8 say not to eat pork. Leviticus 11:9 says you can't eat crab / lobster. Jesus says it doesn't matter what you eat. Matthew 15:10,11 NIV: Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “...
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How do the Seventh Day Adventist approach Old Testament laws?

I know the Seventh Day Adventist church is known for following certain Old Testament laws found in Leviticus such as the food/dietary laws. However I'm also under the impression that they don't follow ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on why God sanctioned eating meat after the fall if veganism was already the pre-fall standard?

Genesis tells us that Adam, Eve and all animals had originally plant-based diets, as God provided them with every plant and tree for food: 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant ...
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Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?

Were swine prone to transmit disease in the conditions around the time of Moses? This consideration and similar are what I'm interested in. Please answer only if you have a clear and solid source to ...
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Why do Roman Catholics consider eating fish on Friday a good work?

Please forgive me if there are caveats or circumstances to this idea that I am not aware of.
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What is the Catholic definition of meat for Lenten Fridays?

On English Language Learners, the definition of meat came up, and the question of what animals comprise meat. Tangentially, this led to a question about Catholics abstaining from meat on Lenten ...
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According to the Roman Catholic Church, is halal meat being offered up to idols?

For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that ye abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things ...
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Do any Christian denominations prohibit eating rare meat?

In comments on this question ..What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?... A user stated that Christians must not eat rare meat because doing so violates the command in Acts 15:28&...
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Will the faithful eat and drink after resurrection?

At Luke 22:17–18 (RSVCE) we read: And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the ...
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Cleansing of unclean meat to clean meat interpretation of Acts 10:17-18 and 22-23 in relation to Isaiah 66:17

I have never read in the bible whether eating of unclean meat as described in the Old Testament where it is allowed to eat "unclean meat" or unclean meat is now clean meat. Except for one vision from ...
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Did any of the early church fathers believe they had to follow dietary laws?

I have been asked if any of the early church fathers believed they had to follow dietary laws. Specifically, the person asking wants to know the views of influential early Christians such as Clement ...
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What are the dietary restrictions for Lent in Catholicism?

There are some things that I've been told since I was kid that I'd like to ask about regarding fasting. I'm a of Catholic Maronite Rite and I'd like Catholic answers. Are we allowed to eat whatever ...
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