Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the later times some shall
depart from the faith, giving head to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils;… forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from
meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of
them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is
good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for
it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (I Timothy 4:1–5 KJV)
The apostle reprobates likewise such as “bid to abstain from meats;”
but he does so from the foresight of the Holy Spirit, precondemning
already the heretics who would enjoin perpetual abstinence to the
extent of destroying and despising the works of the Creator; such as I
may find in the person of a Marcion, a Tatian, or a Jupiter, the
Pythagorean heretic of to-day; not in the person of the Paraclete.
(Tertullian, On Fasting, 15)
The mention of the apostle Paul in vegetarian circles invariably invokes some sarcastic and disparaging remarks. Why is this? Well, for one thing, Paul is read through the lens of modern
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Publication information: Book title: Is God a Vegetarian? Christianity, Vegetarianism, and Animal Rights. Contributors: Richard Alan Young - Author. Publisher: Open Court. Place of publication: Chicago. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 115.
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