I’m not a vegetarian, but I have no problem with folks who are. My problem is that they want ALL of
us to be on their side. To the point that they don’t want animals killed for food, or to be a fur coat, or to be a belt
or anything else that is made of leather. And that includes a host of things.
Biblically, I see one thing they can point to. Along about 606 B.C, when King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
made captives of King Jehoiakim, king of Judah and his people. Teen-agers Daniel, along with Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego,
were among those taken to Babylon as prisoners. They, among other unusually bright young men, were put on a king’s diet,
with the best to become advisers of the king after their food test. Since that non-kosher food would defile them, Daniel asked
that his group be fed only pulse (vegetables) and water, and this was finally agreed. The four came out looking and smelling
like a rose. Later, they face a lion’s den and a fiery furnace, but those are other stories. We’re talking about
vegetarian versus meat-eaters here.
And the Bible is full of examples of meat being created for food.
It would take pages to list them all, but when Jesus appeared to the Apostles after His Resurrection, he asked,
“Have ye any meat?” and He ate with them. He asked the same thing later when He found them fishing (John 21:5).
Before his death on the cross, he fed 5,000, and later 4,000, plus women and children, from meat and bread. Back in the Old
Testament, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a meat dish. Peter had the vision of the sheet being let down with all manner
of meats on it, and was told “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean, and was directed to eat (it also
was a lesson against prejudice, but again…that’s another story)!
There are perhaps 300 instances concerning meat in the Bible. And a great many of them allow meat to be eaten,
while nowhere in the Bible do I find it wrong to be a vegetarian. All I can say to the vegetable-lovers, is…okey, you
give us some slack! And let’s all pray together.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.