Before tackling another part of my vegan lifestyle today, I in no way am saying that my beliefs are correct for everyone. I am not saying anyone is wrong for not believing what I believe. This is simply what strikes a chord with me and how I live my truth.
I have been a Christian my whole life. I grew up in the church and gene really enjoyed it. Of course, Sunday’s were stressful and I hated the hassle of Sunday morning, but I did like what I learned there and going to Sunday school. I met my best friends in church. It was a social thing.
God and the Bible have always been what I turn to when I really need some guidance. The Word relaxes me, I feel at peace and worthy of Gods love. Granted, I went through a few years where I turned from God because I didn’t believe anyone could love me unconditionally, but once I accepted that, I have only felt strength and happiness from my beliefs.
The Bible strives to find peace. God is love. Jesus died to give us peace and eternal life. What I get most from the Bible is that in heaven, there will be no wars or suffering. We will all be in a happy relationship with one another and live forever.
When I began my vegan journey, I was unsure of how my beliefs would line up. After all, sacrificing a lamb so the angel of death would pass over isn’t exactly what I preach. However, once I looked deeper, I realized that eating animals only came to fruition after sin entered the world, after Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden. Before this point, what did they eat? That’s right, plants!
It wasn’t until the free will God gave them to sin took over and their eyes were opened to bad things that Adam and Eve ate meat. They had no reason to kill anything before then.
To me, this means that a peaceful society would also eat mostly plants. God provided animals for companionship. Humans were designed to be stewards over animals, not exploit and abuse them. Even if you believe that God provided animals for moderate human consumption, the way we have tortured them and made them suffer is not something Jesus would want.
Now, I know everyone is probably thing “but what about free range, cage free, blah blah blah…” And I can listen to your reasoning all day, but no animal wants to be killed. Killing something is not humane no matter what way you choose to spin it. I don’t care if the chicken lived in your bed room and was like a pet before you kill it, it is still being murdered before its time and that is wrong.
I believe that God has provided enough calories and nutrients in the plant based sources humans have found and developed so that we do not have to kill animals for food any longer. What once may have made it easier for humans to thrive is no longer necessary and is actually harming the planet and will be our demise.
Rather than go off on that tangent, I will conclude this by stating that for myself, eating meat is not in line with my Christian values. I want a peaceful, God serving planet and any activity whose core is violence and pain is not moving in that direction.
Ok, thanks for sticking with me and letting me provide more information about my vegan lifestyle.
To finish this post and a fun note, thanks to Jen for hosting WIAW!
My meals are composed largely of these things:
Peanut butter, almond butter and bananas
Breakfast: microwave banana bread with peanut butter and an apple
Lunch: 3 mashed bananas with some flour, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and almond butter, of course some pickles
Dinner: another microwaved banana bread topped with nut butter and cookie butter and greens
Snack: dark chocolate
Thank you to all the bloggers who profess their dark chocolate love! I guess I had to get off my sugar addiction before I could appreciate it.
Thoughts on my faith and veganism?
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