Swords to Plowshares

Promoting a faith-based love for all creation.

With so much scripture showing that Jesus supported fishing and eating fish, why do you think God wants us to live vegan?

By “so much” scripture you mean a handful of passages describing Jesus’ existence in a fishing village, in contrast to the hundreds of passages where he tells us to live by love (1 John 4:16), to always be merciful (Matthew 18:33), and to do even greater works than he did (John 14:12). Jesus said he wished the fire was already kindled (Luke 12:49) but that many, even his disciples, were not ready for what he wished to reveal (John 16:12).

The Bible is a complicated text to understand, but if we truly seek God with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13), God’s spirit of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) will guide us into all truth (John 16:13). If we bear the opposite of these fruits in our attitude toward animals, we may or may not be in error, but if we are loving and merciful toward animals, we know for certain we are not in error because there is no law against love (Galatians 5:23).


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