6 Reasons Why Christians Should Give Up Cruelty and Go Vegan for Lent

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What will you give up for Lent?

During the 40 days leading up to Easter, many non-religious people choose to change what they eat out of tradition, but for Christians, Lent is a way of remembering the trials of Jesus.

Many Christians give up eating meat, eggs and dairy foods, which makes Lent the perfect time to celebrate life and go vegan. As Jesus People for Animals points out, the Bible is chock-full of reasons why we should all be vegan.

1. God’s Original Menu Was VeganRainforest Waterfall Nature

“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.'”

– Genesis 1:29–30

2. Eating Meat Causes Climate ChangeDeforestation Trees

Christians are called to be caretakers of creation, yet meat, eggs and dairy foods waste valuable resources and contribute to deadly climate change. One of the single most effective things that Christians can do to steward God’s creation well is to go vegan.

3. Animals Don’t Want to Die for Our DinnerHen Chicks

Jesus understood how animals would much rather take care of their families than end up on your plate.

“[H]ow often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.”

– Matthew 23:37

4. Raising Animals for Food Denies Them Opportunities to Express Every God-Given Type of Behaviour 


Modern farming processes are like saying to God, “I don’t think you created chickens quite right!”

5. Would God Want Us to Eat Our Fellow Worshippers?Cute Lamb

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!'”

– Revelation 5:13–14

6. So Instead of Abusing Animals in Horrific Ways, Show Them Mercy and Compassion 


“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

– Matthew 25:40

7. God Wants Us to Be Kind to Our Human Neighbours, TooChildren Eating Hunger

Raising animals for food is extremely inefficient. For every kilogram of food that farmed animals are fed, only a fraction of the calories are returned in the form of edible flesh. So why do we funnel huge amounts of grain, soybeans and corn through all the animals we use for food instead of feeding hungry humans?


Whether it’s for your own health or the planet’s or for animals, going vegan at Lent just makes sense. And it does not need to be a sacrifice. Order PETA’s free vegan starter kit, which is packed full of recipes, tips and advice, including nutritional information and ideas, for quick, tasty vegan meals. Take the 40-day vegan lent pledge, and we’ll support you with helpful e-mails along the way.

Comments

  • GABRIELA VARGAS commented on February 6, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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  • John commented on February 7, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I’ve never heard so much tosh in all my life. God created humans and gave us canine teeth which serve only one purpose which is to tear meat from a carcass. We’ve changed our eating habits for reasons of hygeine and politeness but nonetheless we are still equipped to eat meat. If God wanted humans to be vegan why equip us to be carnivorous. I’m a non practising but God fearing Christian who tries to follow the 10 commandments and lead a sin free life and although I feel sorry for the animals I eat nothing will stop me eating them.

    In the bible Jesus fed thousands of people with five loaves and two fishes. Are fish exempt from the rules you’ve made through your interpretation of the bible?

    God created big cats such as lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, panthers, etc. and made them obligatory carnivals which means they HAVE to eat meat or they will die. Even the domestic moggy people keep as a pet is an obligatory carnivore. God created all these creatures so how can it possibly be non Christian to eat meat.

    • Mary Olson commented on February 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      God bless you my thoughts exactly.

      • rachel commented on February 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm

        No its not the christian thing to do ! if it is ,then why do pigs scream so loud and look in the eyes of the person killing them,as if to say why are you doing this me !
        You should consider what it must be like for animals living under the oppression of human tormentors ! Put yourself in their position .
        Look up about cruelty involved in the dairy and egg industry! You will see how sad their eyes look , sadness like you could never understand, like all hope is gone ! Male chicks are ground up alive or suffocated, simply because they’re the wrong sex , now is that Gods will ?

      • Hannah commented on March 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

        Hi,
        I am a christian too. I am a vegetarian, and try to eat vegan as much as I can. I am thinking about making the step to veganism.
        I agree with both of the arguments. We have been designed by God to eat meat, just like many of the animals that you said. However, we have been given free will to choose how to live. Some people in underdeveloped countries have to eat meat as a neccessity of staying alive and healthy. Yet, in these countries it seems more common that they have more respect for the animals and will use every bit of the animal that they can and equally only kill the animal when they really need to.
        Living in the western society we have lost perspective of this, and the meat industry has become a very cruel, needless system. We have the choice to object from that and rely on a plant based diet and lifestyle. I personally choose to, and it makes me so sad thinking of what these poor animals go through and I personally belive many of the points in this article.
        But we can not say what God truly thinks of the situation, because he is so mighty.
        The most we can do is pray into it and live in the most loving way possible, which for me is this way, for you it may be different.
        Becoming Vegan for Lent is a wonderful idea to spread the knowledge of Veganism and of the cruelty of the system, however some verses have possibly been taken out of context within this article. But I would challenge you to rather than analyse whether or not we can biologically eat meat, to look into the meat industry and think about whether ‘we’ the western world are governing the land and animals with thought, love and care.
        Personally I don’t think we should say it’s non-christian to eat meat, as there are Christians in other parts of the world that have to, I think we have the responsibility to be aware of what’s going on and to communicate to God the challanges we face. Only He can convict us of what is right and wrong.

    • micheline dm commented on February 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Its one big manipulation of the Bible.Good response John.I am also a non practicing God fearing christian who tries to follow the ten commandements.Veganism is a form of extremism .Jesus was often invited by non believers and his circle of people.He ate and drank wine at a wedding.Every year He went to the Temple to offer with Mary and Joseph his parents an animal as custom you’ll find even nowadays.Why did God create humans with teeth?
      Whats wrong in eating eggs and drink milk?I don’t know of any cow loosing health due to milking.
      I am a huge animal lover and sign on and on but I also eat meat regularly.I am part time Vegetarian.
      God also sent “raven’ to feed the Israelites in the desert every morning for as long as needed.So God did provide meat for humans too.
      Stop manipulating people with wrong information.No wonder I and many more left the so called “church”.

      • Suzana Megles commented on February 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

        Those people who eat animals – only one question for you? If you were to come back in another life as a food animal-would that be all right with you? That do onto others as you would like them to do to you should apply to animals as well. After all they have the same basic rights and needs as we. Thank you God for those people who are compassionate and don’t see any need at all to raise animals in horrible conditions and then slaughter them for food when there are alternatives aplently.

      • rachel commented on February 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

        Just because you have teeth doesn’t mean that they’re there for eating meat , Hebivores have teeth too you know !Gorrilla’s canines are huge and they’re herbivore.Canines are for gripping into hard fruits like apples .
        Also there’s everything wrong with consuming eggs and dairy,in fact the egg n dairy industry is (THE WORST) !! If you would open your eyes to the reality of what broiler chickens are put through, you would be disgusted at how humans could do this to a poor defenseless little creature that needs our help ! Male chicks at the moment of their birth are either tossed into a grinding machine alive ,or dumped in a plastic bag to suffocate to death ,just for being the wrong sex .
        The lucky female chicks ” and im being sarcastic by the way” will go on to have their beaks cut of with a hot blade , and prepared for a short life of only two years of shear misery instead of a good long life of around twenty yrs !
        Like human females she ovulates 12 times a month , but the egg industry want her to produce more for productive supply and demand so they shove loads of homone’s in her so she ovulates about 300 or more times, that’s like a human female having a period every single day ! And not let us forget that that’s exactly what your eating another species periods, yum yum.
        The dairy industry is no better , remember this , every single mammal weens itself from it’s mothers milk after 2-3yrs, it no longer needs it,, it moves on to solids , so do we, but we’re so messed up that we as grown human adults are still drinking weening milk , and not even human milk, ” cause that would be gross right”! but the milk of an entirely different species . Is your mamma a cow ?
        In order for her to produce lots of milk around the clock for stupid humans ,she gets raped , that’s right she gets put on the” rape rack “and injected with bull sperm .When her sweet little calve is born she suckles it for only one day before the horrible farmer comes to take her baby away ,”i mean after all we wouldn’t want her calf to drink all the milk would we” !
        Then the calf is put in a tiny pen outside from where the mothers are ,but close enough so they can hear each other, the mother cry’s for up to a week until her voice is lost !
        The next stage is what happens to the calves , they’re either gonna by milkers, or if male they will be sold to the veal industry where they will be fed small amounts of milk ,kept in the dark until one day they’re hung up side down and have their throats cut till all the blood is drained from them !
        When you buy milk or any dairy and eggs, you are supporting this cruelty, at least animals raised for meat are killed quicker , poor female hens and dairy cows are being made to suffer miserable and often painful lives and all end up in a Mac death burger or at kentucky fried cruelty.
        Please go vegan help put a stop to needless suffering , by the way there’s no such thing as happy eggs look it up !
        People shouldn’t be sheltered from the truth of what their habits are doing to cause such suffering to animals, if you continue to eat animal produce ,then at least watch some factory farming videos ,i recommend (EARTHLINGS) on you/tube. See for yourself ,you owe them that at least !
        Peace be with you .

      • rachel commented on February 9, 2016 at 10:20 pm

        I agree Suzanna , Thank God for all the vegans, we’re all here on a mission ,to shed light on the darkness, so it can no longer hide its evil doings to the innocent blameless ones !
        God loves you , God loves all of creation . 🙂
        This is a war for peoples souls ! (Ephesians 6:12)
        Time to call them out !

    • sherry light dark writer commented on February 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      So John, please prove to me that G-d created us. Having canine teeth does not mean that we have to tear meat from a carcass, what a load of tosh. I am sure humans are not here to abuse any living creature or life, we should have the humanity within to use compassion and to understand that all living things feel pain, fear and sadness and so for that reason we should think, `What if it was you, how would you feel knowing you would soon be killed but you had family, you wanted a life, would you feel any diffrently as I am sure you would have greater understanding. Without true awareness how can a human who has not yet developed compassion ever understand the feelings of a life form we abuse because it cannot defend itself

    • Lesley Robinson commented on February 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      You’re a non-practicing what?

    • WychofSalem commented on February 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      I’m not a Christian and one of the reasons for this is the lack of compassion I see so often if so-called God-fearing people. If they really believe that God created all life, why don’t they show more compassion for their fellow-creatures?
      An atheist and proud!

    • Lisa commented on February 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Maybe you are right, maybe not, and its good to try to live a sin free life… Just missing a bit of compassion though!!

    • Marian commented on February 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      God has also given us brains that enable us to recognise fellow creatures’ suffering and to show compassion by not eating them.

      • Pauline commented on February 8, 2016 at 7:04 am

        I agree with you Marian I’m not quite a vegan but almost. I just eat a small amount of chicken which I try and get organic or free range . But I don’t eat beef lamb or pork. these animals are treated so badly. I no longer want to eat them . I would never wear real ever. As for you John I can imagine what type of person you are.

      • rachel commented on February 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

        Pauline, one thing you should realize is that every time you buy meat ,you are keeping the whole cycle of suffering to animals going ,whether its a little chicken or a piece of cows flesh (steak), its a system of supply and demand and everyone who buys meat is involved and has blood on their hands !
        Chickens and dairy cows are the most exploited creatures on the face of the earth.
        I hope you decide to do right by them and go vegan.
        watch Gary yourofsky on you/tube the video is called the best speech ever , he opened my eyes and i became vegan as soon as the video ended !
        Good luck & peace to all .

    • Sally Palmer commented on February 7, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      While I get your justification for eating meat, I don’t in any way feel that it means you think animals should be raised and slaughtered under nightmare, unnatural, unhealthy, cruel conditions. So please become a meat eater for humane farming and slaughter conditions–please demand honest labeling, transparent facilities, and raising, harvesting, and killing practices that are better for animals and healthier for humans. Become a leader for changing the world of factory farming–it exists only for the greed of the few. It can be changed for the better for all. Thank you for listening.

      • rachel commented on February 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

        There is no such thing as humane slaughter ! This is a complete misconception.
        Even organic farming causes pain and suffering to animals from mutilations and eventual death , its only logical that its gonna feel pain and suffering, they’re just like us ! If you’re stuck with a knife in your throat you’ll be writhing in agony ,same thing for animals.
        Wrong is wrong, time to get it right go vegan ! Peace.

      • rachel commented on February 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        Taking the life of another living being is unnatural , oh and also its called murder ! No animal wants to die for you or anyone else for that matter, they are helplessly taken against their will and dragged screaming to a cold blooded murder !
        Stop being a tomb for dead bodies , remember like attracts like,
        MEAT=DEATH 🙁
        VEGAN=LIFE 🙂

    • debbie berry commented on February 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Dear John,
      When you have truly been transformed by the Holy Spirit you will become vegan there is simply no choice as everything you believed, understood and practiced before is transformed through the power of pure loving wisdom. The truth is seen clearly and our animalistic and fearful nature no longer controls and blinds us, our primitive instincts evolve as we become enlightened by God’s pure loving wisdom. When the Holy Spirit has lived within you, you will look into the eyes of any animal or human being and see God and yourself looking straight back. Gods love is the purest loving power that is and without it we will always live in fear with a survival mentality that compels us to live by our dog eat dog consciousness. May God bless you & fill you with the Holy Spirit.
      Debbie x

      • Lisa commented on February 8, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        Wonderfully put Debbie!!! Jesus also reprimanded people for abusing their donkeys and he stormed the temple where they were trading animals. That is the angriest he is ever documented being.
        As for sacrifices, Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and because he was a member of the Nazarene Essenes cutting of hari was forbidden, they rejected sacrifices of animals and were mainly vegetarians. Isaiah 7:14-15 Speaks of Jesus’s coming and that his diet would be that of bread and honey. That he refuses the evil and chooses the good. They believed meat corrupted the soul Romans 14:21 Daniel 1:11-16. Daniel was a vegan and was in high favor by GOD therefore spared in the lions den! In Revelations Angels eat cake and lions eat grain.
        I think that in translation some words are misinterpreted the word food is used “Broma” in Greek which is general. Can mean even seaweed or fishweed which was very common to eat and was a staple carried in baskets- Matthew 9:13 & 126-7 also Matthew 14:13-21

      • rachel commented on February 9, 2016 at 10:52 pm

        I agree totally , also Manna is a seaweed algae , (Chlorella )
        It was given to the Israelites in the desert . I take it, its full of protein , iron and other good stuff .
        Veganism, its the only way to save your soul !

    • Derek Ball commented on February 7, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      John, you’ve neatly described what’s wrong with Christianity. Everything about science and natural morality tells us that meat-eating is wrong — for us, for animals and for the planet. Yet the Bible is totally inconsistent in urging us to be kind to animals but eat them. Hence the halfway house of this article. Everybody, not just Christians, should morally and logically be vegan all the time, not just 40/365!

    • Mary commented on February 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      DID early man have canines; or did they develop AFTER he learned to kill??
      If you are the Christian you say, I have to doubt you for your failure to philosophise (as religious followers apparently should) and because you readily dismiss the opinion and interpretations of others as ‘old tosh’! How can you be so adamant that your interpretations are correct??
      What was it Jesus said about a sparrow that falls???

    • Roro commented on February 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      LMAO, human canines aren’t even fit to tear some plants, so how the hell would they tear flesh?!? Do you even eat flesh raw?? Don’t you cook it and season it with VEGETABLES (spices, sauces, etc.) before you eat it?? Use your brain and learn about comparative anatomy between species. Humans are NOT carnivores, not even omnivores as most think, we are HERBIVORES, more exactly frugivores. Learn your facts.

      Also, it blows my mind how people dare say they worship God when they don’t even respect his own creatures. Go figure…

      • Amy Lynn commented on February 11, 2016 at 7:24 am

        @Roro, we who love God never say we are perfect. If I had my act fully together, I wouldn’t be human, and then you would definitely find me boring 🙂
        And we’re not all the same. It is sad when assumptions are made about people without knowing them. You shut out so many people you might just have a lot in common with. Like me, hi, my name is Amy Lynn. I am a Christian and I am a vegan. I make really good cupcakes and was called the neighborhood “Cat Whisperer” before that phrase was popular at all. I also have 3 rooms filled with books. And a physically disabling disease that sucks, but i still find things to appreciate pretty much every day.

    • William commented on February 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

      There’s only one problem with your argument John and that is you can’t prove any of it. You really think the bit about the fish,the loaves of bread and feeding the people really happened? Or any of it for that matter. The article is trying to show those who hang on every word of the bible that there are some in that book that actually suggest not eating animals.

    • Kizza commented on February 8, 2016 at 12:19 am

      There were no meat eating animals or Adam or eve in the garden of Eden. That came after the fall. As a consequence of Man’s sin.

      God said “fill the earth and subdue it”. He did not say “overfill and destroy it.” Just as God is a loving and kind to us (and we are under His authority), shouldn’t we be loving and kind to those he has placed under our authority, rather than brutally exploiting and abusing them? I don’t believe my Jesus is cruel.

      In “the new heaven and the new earth” promised in Revelation “the lion will lie down with the lamb” – I do not believe that this will happen unless animals are returned to their pre-fall vegetarian state.

    • Rose commented on February 8, 2016 at 2:04 am

      So you think we have canine teeth, like a dogs or other flesh eating animal do you? Think again, our teeth are nothing like a dogs or a tigers. What about our soft round finger nails? If we were designed to eat flesh, surely we would have been born with claws, but I can’t ever remember reading about any cavemen being found with claws, can you? Our intestines are also different to those of a meat eater, built longer to allow the body to absorb nutrients from plant based sources.
      Have you seen how animals are treated in abattoirs? Do you think this is what God wants? I’m a highly spiritual human being, this is NOT what God wants.

      • Natasha Walker commented on February 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm

        I completely agree with you,,, Natasha Walker

    • rachel commented on February 8, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Having Canine teeth does not make you a carnivore! look at gorillas canines ” which by the way are 100% herbivore” ,they’re huge , plus humans jaws move from side to side when we chew.
      We have nails for peeling fruit and veg, we have carbohydrates in our saliva for breaking down veg and grains with a lot of starch, carnivorous animals have proteins to break down protein , we sweat from our pores carnivore animals pant ,need i go on.
      God created us to eat plants, we were living in balance with the earth , now because of mans greed , the earth and all on it are doomed! He warned us of this, time to get right with God and all creation , WATCH EARTHING’S & COWSPIRACY. Time to open your eyes to the suffering of all the animals which you are causing with your lust for animal flesh, which is going to kill you soon , meat and dairy are linked to heart disease , cancer, brittle bones and type 2 diabetes.Why do you think there is so much illness in the world ?
      Do some research, after all Jesus did say , “the truth shall set you free”. I’ve been vegan for years, since that time ive never looked and felt better ! Go vegan what are you waiting for ! Peace friend .

    • Poonam Nanda commented on February 9, 2016 at 7:23 am

      your teeth are like the cows that is herbivorous and not like meat eating animals. Take a minute to compare them with a meat eating animal and a grass eating animal!!!!!!!

    • Cecilia commented on February 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Have you ever witnessed an animal being slaughtered?

      • Amy Lynn commented on February 11, 2016 at 7:14 am

        It should be required. Or at least go spend a day with animals like that precious little lamb? So sweet!! How about someone who keeps a pig as a pet? I hear they are smarter than dogs, so that would be a worthy endeavor.
        Even calling it what it is (no “bacon” or “steak” ) might really help people understand what they are consuming. It was just second-nature to me and so many others to eat that way. But I am so glad I found a better way.

    • Sharon commented on February 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      What about the prophecy in Isaiah which talks about the lions and the lambs living in peaceful co-existence. Do you really think there are slaughterhouses in heaven? There is strong evidence that the historical Jesus was a vegetarian (see Keith Aker’s book athttp://www.amazon.com/Keith-Akers/e/B001K7RRR6 ). When the Council of Niacea chose which scriptures to include in the Bible, they removed the early Christian teachings on fasting, vegetarian and angels. I actually gave up my faith because of the way Christians treat other animals but when I studied Roman Religions at university I re-committed myself to God after seeing how kind and compassionate the Early Church was. Christians today are more interested in following the teachings of Paul rather than Jesus. Paul’s teachings resulted in the transatlantic slave trade, the discrimination of women and horrific abuse of animals. Christians want to convert people to Christianity but their attitudes towards animals, women and homosexuals actually drive people away from Christianity. You can’t convert people by bullying and abusing them.

      • rachel commented on February 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm

        i AGREE 100% with you ! i’m not religious due to the very fact that the church is male orientated ,and misogynistic and of course the treatment towards our fellow earthlings has always been cruel.Christians are well in favor of speciesism.
        I am very spiritual though a Vegan diet brings out the most compassionate behavior in us , its just a real shame that most Christians won’t embrace it .
        I guess they will never know what its like to love with all of your heart , and feel closer to God !

    • Amy Lynn commented on February 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

      I love this article and it is exactly where my heart has been since I became vegan! That made me so happy. Thank you so much, I will share this with as many people as I can! 🙂

      I didn’t like a few of the comments (but am, sadly, pretty used to this). This article, unless I am really confused, is directed at Christians. So why oh why are you fighting? 🙁 God doesn’t ask much of us, so how about we get busy doing those things – several are listed above – I am not seeing a lot of “Love thy neighbor” in the comments. I know we can do better. If you came here to stir the pot, I pray that God will soften your heart and that you will understand why kindness and compassion are FREE and they can literally change the world!

      Back to the actual topic!

      My Mother is a really gifted Bible teacher. When terrible things happen, and we have been through them, she often talked to me about this fallen world we live in. Where people have free will and choose to do good or make really bad choices. No one is perfect, I am so not looking for that 🙂 But we can do so much better.

      We – and again since this article was written to and for Christians, it seems fair to use that word – have a unique and wonderful thing here – a chance to get back to the way God intended Earth to be! Please go back and read Genesis, you will see that before sin, the lion DID lie down with the lamb (and yes @Sharon, you are so right!! Isaiah is one of my FAVE books of the Bible!!) . IIRC, it grieved God when the animals were killed to cover Adam and Eve.
      So, sure. Eating dead animals is legal, etc… but is it MORAL? Is it right? I studied this for a long time and I don’t believe it is. Why not try this during Lent? It could change your outlook completely AND it is a great time to build new habits, to watch documentaries and find out how animals are treated, to learn about all of the really tasty food out there that you might not have experienced yet. The Internet is full of wonderful recipes and as a woman who lives on very little money, I can tell you that it need not be expensive (I don’t know why people think that, maybe they are buying pre-packaged food?) I started with cupcakes and now I eat sooo much good food!!
      So, again, here is this chance to know what one aspect of life was like before Adam and Eve chose to break God’s pretty darn fair rule (eat from any tree but this ONE) . I agree with everyone about the teeth “argument” too. I mean, guys have nipples, but they don’t make milk ! 🙂 If you say you love God, why not be as much like Him as possible? God knows and cares when every bird falls out of the sky. Doesn’t it follow that the same God probably is grieved when His creation is injured and killed, just so humans – who were NOT the “boss” of animals in the beginning, we were to care for them – can eat a meal they will forget 5 minutes later? Or throw away half of it?
      Try plant-based. Kindness. It will change your life for the better!! Grace and peace to all who want or need.

      • rachel commented on February 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm

        I know Amy , totally agree with you , i think Jesus said something about people repeating what he says but not doing as he does !
        Anyways we are all trying so hard to open everyone’s eyes to evolve to veganism,so we can get closer to the divine creator i wish we could all be living together in pure beauty and bliss.
        Most people would call us hippie’s idealist’s but i always say that the world is what you make it ! So come people lets save this poor dying earth and all of creation with it ! Peace 🙂

    • pauline hodson commented on February 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Yes. Going Vegan (not just for Lent!) is a True Understanding of the Wrongs of Human beings and a True Sacrifice in our Life to make Amends. Seeing a Wrong and doing Nothing about it is Evil – turning the other cheek !. We degrade ourselves and build up a bad society – which we have to live in

    • Lisa commented on March 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Actually Christ embodies everything that goes against eating animals!
      In Genesis 1:29-31 GOD gives us a PLANT-BASED diet for ALL living things! In Paradise NOTHING felt pain, fear, sadness or died! Adam named ALL the animals-you don’t eat what you name! There was harmony with animals and we were given a sacred oath and commandment to be GOOD stewards of what GOD created! We were given a choice-free will and we chose against GOD’s ideal for us-which was PARADISE!!!
      When Christ returns- HE WILL restore this earth as it was meant to be and the Lion WILL lay down WITH the lamb!!!
      In reference to the fish-Christ told Peter, John and the other apostles to give up fishing and follow him, so by doing so, he was saying it was NOT important or necessary to fish, but it was important to follow him! Also the word can easily be interpreted to mean “fish” when a certain seaweed was a main staple and was also the same word for fish. It was very common and carried in baskets. These people traveled and were nomadic in nature. They did not have a lot of time to process, raise animals or care for them either, or preserve them while traveling.
      Also when Christ was born-he was born among ANIMALS in a Manger with only 3 other wise men.
      Also Jonah is saved by a whale.
      Noah was commanded to save two of every animal but only his family was spared from the flood-every other human life was wiped off the face of the earth!
      GOD says HE cares for the smallest of Sparrows
      Christ is the LAMB of GOD, the DOVE of PEACE.
      We are NOT designed to eat “meat”. We do NOT have teeth like a lions, nor claws like one either. We are not very good at running down an animal to kill it. Our digestive systems are not like a carnivores- we have systems more like an herbivore. We do not produce the acids to break down “meat” either.
      Humans suffer from 16 common diseases linked to eating animal flesh and products!!!!
      It is an abomination to eat blood, bone and flesh and was considered “wicked” in the Old Testament.
      Jesus was a member of the Lazarene Essenses, they rejected animal sacrifices, cutting their hair and eating “meat”!
      Jesus is the angriest when he sees the buying and selling of animals in the Temple!
      He is also OUR Shepherd and WE are HIS “flock”-so it’s pretty sick and demented to eat sheep-therefore any other animal!
      Also Adam and Eve wore figs for clothing-NOT fur!!!!!!!
      Animals were created as Companions and Help mates-NOT food!!!!

    • Irena Durakic-Edwards commented on March 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Move your lower jaw left and right-can you do it?Only vegetarians can do it!Its tear leaves and stronger vegies..like cows and goats..rabbits etc do.Cats,even dogs and meat eaters cant do it!This what you call canine teeth in human are just for same reason-to cut stronger and thicker veghies and are not even close enough big or long for biting of raw meat or bones.And on top of it all-our intestines are long and curvey to process veggies slowly etc while in meat eaters intestine is very short,totaly straight and much thicker in order for meat to pass and not stay and rot in some “corners” …

  • Christine Chinnery commented on February 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Please meat eaters at least give it a try. You will be so surprised by the vegan products available.

  • v windust commented on February 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    So who is this invisible friend named god?
    Is it real?

    • Lisa commented on February 8, 2016 at 4:27 am

      GOD certainly is not invisible but in every living thing on this earth! GOD is everywhere! You just need to open your eyes! There has to be a creator for something to be created, a table just doesn’t materialize, a car does not make it’s self, buildings do not construct themselves, etc. there has to be someone who created it! GOD created this earth and the entire universe-you just need to have faith and believe in a “supernatural” being that is infinitely superior. You have a soul, what do you think that soul, love and feelings come from?? You are a part of something greater, I hope you find that!

  • pierre chantelauze commented on February 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Excellent , emotional . I fully agree .
    I’ ve thought for a long time we Christians must include the animals , all animals , in the circle of God’s blessing .
    We must stop this separation between a so-called “superior”species and all our animal fellows on this Earth.
    Human cruelty has reached an unbearable level .
    Thank you for what you do , be blessed ,let a wonderful
    peaceful world replace this satanic world.
    “Compassion is my religion.” (the Dalai-Lama)

    • Alba commented on February 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      I agree with you.

    • Lisa commented on March 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Yes! I often ask GOD how HE can continue to watch us and NOT intervene more!!!
      The day will come when everything will be restored to how GOD intended it to be! We do not have to conform to this world. We are in it, but do not have to be “of” it!
      I believe that that includes eating animals and animal products since it supports such abuse and cruelty along with so many diseases! It seems pretty obvious it is NOT “natural” when SOO many disease are linked to eating flesh, along with eggs and dairy!!
      It’s also a huge environmental disaster to raise animals for “food”! It is NOT moral either when we could feed 800 million people with the grain we feed animals just here in the USA every year!!!! Also the amount of water, land needed for these animals is huge!!!! The waste-untreated is a major polluter of our waterways and land along with methane emissions!!!!! GO VEGAN!!!!!!! It’s SOOO much better!!!!

  • Ian Thwaite commented on February 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I am regularly told by theists of various descriptions that their mythical god is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful; all events are the will of this individual, apparently. This means, of course, by their ‘logic’, that he/her/it must allow the exploitation and abuse of animals to occur. If this is a ‘test’ or experiment for us humans, then this individual is demonstrably a vivisectionist as well. Not a nice guy/gal/thingy.

  • Mary Olson commented on February 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    My thing is I see how the write might have twisted the word of God for this wonderful cause. I applaud you. What would happen to the vexatious of the world if we all should go vegan. What will happen to humanity if we all left animals alone and not eat. Please I understand that is not what you are implying, but I am just curious if all Christians would go Vegetables what will happen….

    • Lisa commented on March 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      That is a silly statement to say that about animals! So we don’t eat swans, lions, tigers, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, etc yet they certainly isn’t an over abundance of them-NO in fact man has done a VERY good job of eradicating many species and bringing many thousands more to the brink of extinction and NOT because we are eating them!
      By not raising animals for “food” the numbers would naturally decline-naturally like any other animal or person. Nature can balance it self out wonderfully without man and would actually thrive without us! The water and air would be cleaner, there would be less noise and destruction.
      We are the ones that are throwing everything off balance by raising billions of animals just to kill for “food”! Many of these animals are not even a year old when we so violently and heartlessly take their lives!
      The amount of animals raised for “food” is UN natural and UN Godly as well! They are given growth hormones and other steroids to grow faster than GOD intended them to. They are also given huge amounts of antibiotics just to be able to live in the filthy, disgusting places they are imprisoned in These “farms” as HELLS on earth and MUST be SHUT DOWN!!! These “farmers” manipulate and mutilate GOD’S creatures!!! This world would be PARADISE again IF we didn’t eat animals! That’s the way GOD created it in the beginning and that is what Christ will do when HE returns!!!! Until that day comes- I WILL serve the LORD and NOT eat animals!!!!! It’s SOO much better for your health, the environment and of course the animals! So we are made of flesh, bone and blood-why not eat humans??? We are ALL creatures of the same GOD and should respect and care for ALL things!!!

  • Irena Durakic-Edwards commented on February 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Those who believe humans were “made” to be meat eaters are so funny and brain washed.Can you move your lower jaw left-right?Yes?Well thats something that no meat eater can do!No lion,tiger,dog or cat or any other!Only caw,sheep etc..as that is for “grass eaters” to mash veggies!Our so called cannine teeth are neighter long or sharp but for just “cutting grass”.and our intestines are not wide straight and short(for meat to pass easier) but very long,thin and very curved so that “water” can be absorbed well from food etc..like is in ALL vegeterians..And so on..All humans were first vegeterians and blood type A and only after started imitating stronger bigger animals obviously thinking that could become like them.They can eat meat but its against what we were made for on this Planet ..

  • Elizabeth FitzGibbon commented on February 7, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    We don`t know how the universe was created. The important thing is not to abuse animals in any way.

    • Pauline commented on February 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

      I agree with Elizabeth.

  • Christine Thompson commented on February 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    My view is Christians who give up something for Lent, should try giving up meat and living a vegan life for the short period of Lent. I haven’t eaten meat for over 30 years, it was the best decision I have ever made and I’ve never regretted it, I’m not vegan, but will give up all animal products for Lent.

    • rachel commented on February 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Please , please , please go vegan for good , if you watch what happens to these poor creatures in factory farms ,you will never want you consume them and their secretions ever again !
      That’s how barbaric the whole process is !
      Evil hides away from sight so you can’t hear them scream or see them covered in blood ! ,This is why you won’t see animals being tortured on t.v or read about it in the news papers.Instead the mainstream media want you to think that animals are more than happy to lay down their lives for us ! They show you adverts of animals happy and dancing to keep you consuming things which are physically and spiritually bad for you.Your being DUPED ! and duped by Satan !Money is the root of the devils evil against us, let us choose wisely how we spend, i certainly don’t want animals to die on my behalf its completely unnecessary for our survival !
      Remember what Yeshua said , ” the truth shall set you free” time to open your eyes we have the internet there’s really no excuse not to know these things !
      My friend please don’t believe the lies the media are feeding you and watch EARTHLINGS & COWSPIRACY on you/tube .
      I was once like you living in the darkness of my own ignorance , now my eye’s are wide open ! God be with you , enjoy your delicious vegan lent, we are soooo lucky that God give us such wonderful fruits,veg,seeds,grains and so much more ,think about this , when was the last time you saw an animal sowing seeds and eating aubergine , avocado,melons, mushrooms,peppers,guava and so much more , God didn’t want us to grow bored of our choice, that’s why he created all the colours of the rainbow of veggie’s just for us, human food for humans .
      Peace to you Christine .

      • Lisa commented on March 21, 2016 at 10:56 pm

        AMEN Sister!!!! Yes, I believe that when Christ said we needed to remove the “scales from our eyes”, I believe HE meant for us to SEE how we treat GOD’S creatures-NOT just each other!!!
        I am anxiously waiting for when Christ will heal this planet and wipe EVERY tear fro EVERY eye-both Man and Animal!!!
        GOD BLESS YOU!!!!
        YES! Everyone-JUST GO VEGAN-JUST DO IT!!

  • graham hall commented on February 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Go vegan permanently and save the planet and your health at the same time..:)

  • Alba commented on February 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I am Christian in my own way and I never believed in what my religion said! I don t eat lamb , duck, goose or cow meat. I don t understand why humans eat this meat and I don t understand why people’s are called Christian when they aren’t believers in they religion. They shouldn’t eat any type of meat. Honestly every Easter or Christmas time, I just look at my family and I remind them that they aren’t Christian because they eat meat , they just answer me ..to shout up ! well… truth hurts ! this is the truth !

  • Chris commented on February 7, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Giving respect to each other and show compassion to weaker and more helpless creatures is the highest kind of religion a human being can practice. This counts for every confession not only for christians.

  • Diana commented on February 8, 2016 at 12:48 am

    More and more Christians are realizing that Eden was vegan and that the passages in Genesis have been twisted (and taken out of context) to justify violence towards animals for a myriad of selfish reasons. I am grateful people are waking up. Whether you believe in Jesus as the son of G-d who walked the earth 2000+ years ago or you know Him manifest among us daily, we can agree the kind and loving message would never have been to harm others and this includes animals. The fact that HE became sin and chose to present HIMSELF as the LAMB OF G-D just shows more that it was intended to evoke the greatest compassion we can find in ourselves. All of creation groans for the manifestation of the Sons of G-d and I too am waiting for the remainder to arrive.

  • Lisa commented on February 8, 2016 at 4:17 am

    John, humans do not have canine teeth, we have molars and teeth more like cows and horses. Also we have rounded fingernails that certainly are not like tigers, lions or wolves, bears claws. I’d like to see you or any other human chase down a deer and bite it’s neck to kill it! Our digestive systems are much longer than carnivores as well. This is one reason why humans suffer from so many digestive problems, colon cancers, etc. 16 common diseases are associated with eating meat.
    Humans cannot eat raw meat or they would die, so it has to be cooked. that was impossible before fire was discovered. Also to preserve it was difficult too. Millions of people all over the world and many religions do not eat animals or animal products and it is completely how Christians should live too! A Vegan lifestyle is compassionate and merciful. Jesus also told his disciples to leave fishing and follow him, implying that their “professions” were not important. He calls himself our Shepherd-we are his flock-He is the Lamb of God, therefore, it is disgusting to eat lamb, along with any animal. So why not eat dogs, cats, horses, swans, and any other animal walking this earth?? Why eat some and not others? Love love some and not others? They ALL are creatures of the same God-He loves and cares for them ALL and so should we! You say you obey the commandments, but you support animal cruelty and murder by eating animals. We also support the degradation of our planet and health by doing so, along with perpetuating world hunger by refusing to change your diet. We are suppose to be IN this world, but not OF this world, we are to reject the ways of this world and that includes the conditioning we have grown up with that it is okay to eat animals. This quotes verses that are clear. Jesus taught compassion, mercy and likens HIS love for us as a Hen to it’s chick. Also there were more animals in the manger when Jesus was born than humans and GOD made sure that 2 of every animal was saved in the ark, but only one family was saved out of all the humans on the planet! It is clear how important animals are to GOD-look at the amazing diversity of species from the microscopic to the largest whale, elephant! The relationships and importance of each is incredible too. We don’t need to know all the details, but it is pretty clear that in the beginning it was Paradise and nothing felt pain, fear, suffered or died. Adam and Eve were in harmony with animals, Adam named them-you don’t eat what you name! When Christ returns, he WILL restore this earth to how it was and the lion WILL lay down with the lamb once again-like it was supposed to be before sin entered this world! This is NOT the ideal world GOD meant for us and I believe Christ’s life regardless ws one of non violence, selflessness and love for all things-as in the Buddhist and Hindu and Seventh Day Adventists-eating flesh, bone and blood is an abomination and pretty repulsive!! Pigs are smarter than dogs, cows are very sensitive, social animals and chickens are also intelligent birds. Just because you and so many others haven’t taken the time to learn about them and see them as worthy, individuals doesn’t mean they aren’t!!! Going vegan is the best thing you can do for your health, the planet and the animals too!

    • rachel commented on February 10, 2016 at 12:27 am

      I LOVE IT !!you go Diana , also john wouldn’t want his animal flesh without a little seasoning or being cooked for that matter.
      What you said reminds me of the apple and the rabbit in the baby crib , the baby chooses the apple to put in it’s mouth not the rabbit it plays with it .
      Peace to you Diana ,hope to see all of you, and the beautiful animals in the garden of paradise one day . 🙂

  • Hanna Sahlsten commented on February 8, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for bringing up a Christian point of view. You are absolutely right! As animals are abused the way they are today, true Christian should not eat meat. I am a Christian and I feel the same. Keep up the good work and God bless you!

  • Jane White commented on February 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Disgusting he was not allowed his own voice to say I don’t want to wear leather boots.weirdo world I live in wonderfully to hear he is vegan fantastic!

  • marion price commented on February 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Good for you …it takes courage to stand up for what you believe in….well done.

  • Rose-Marie Grobbelaar commented on February 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Humans will always find something to celebrate, and they celebrate it by killing. Killing and eating the flesh of sentient creatures is human nature. And they will always find a verse in the their bible to prove that their God has demanded it so. To show that they are above all other species. The savage in humans, or most humans, are genetic. Evolution has done nothing to a species that still believes war and killing is honorable.

  • Beverly commented on February 11, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I believe God gave us plants and animals for consumption. But He did not give us animals to abuse. He gave us land for them to happily graze and He did not give us animals to factory raise and the abuse that comes w that . He did not give us cows and pigs, chickens etc to raise in a cruel way .
    Holding them in pens that they can not move and are shot up w all the nasty antibiotics etc . He gave us animals to live in harmony with.
    Dog fighting , cruelty of any kind , I believe you will reap what you sow. Animals have emotions and feelings and I’m sure most animals HATE HUMANS.
    As far as ” breaking animals for a circus , racing etc is horrific .
    How can humans that do these things to animals are evil and will be judged by God for their horrific acts of cruelty . These people have hearts of ice and are possessed by satan.

  • Kyle commented on February 11, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Lent is a catholic tradition and is not usually practiced by other religions

  • Ash commented on February 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I love eating meat!

    • Lisa commented on March 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      You support abuse, violence and pollution. Killing is evil regardless of the “excuse”!
      There are billions of vegans that prove that it is NOT necessary to eat animals! There are over 16 common diseases linked to eating animals!
      Sorry you don’t see how truly horrible it is!!

  • Lisa commented on February 12, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Reading back over these commons, I actually have hope in humanity!!! Wonderful comments here on compassion and whether you believe in Buddha, Jesus or another deity, we can all agree that we should respect, care for and have mercy for ALL life and treat ALL life as we would want to be treated ourselves! Putting ourselves in another’s place, having empathy is a goal we should all strive for! Let’s make a world we ALL want to LIVE in!!! We can bring Paradise back-we can begin with each day! Many Blessings to all of you and thank-you for your love and commitment to helping animals! Running the “race” set before me until the day Christ returns!!!

  • Parvati Ramaswamy commented on February 12, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Regardless of any religion, no animal should undergo the suffering that happens during its entire life and in death: all that pain only to satiate our greed for taste??? See any animal being slaughtered, no humane human can eat any food for days together. Animals also have so much love for their family, to enjoy freedom, love and seek compassion. Only in-humans can find reasons (and that too filled with senselessness) to justify eating any kind of meat, fish, milk or eggs.

  • Sami commented on March 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    It’s the Christian way…selfish and evil. Thou shalt not kill unless of course it’s an animal or someone else does it for them.

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