The bible features numerous verses written to act as a
guideline for healthy eating habits. Though it is true the
old and new testament greatly differ when describing which
foods are acceptable for consumption, God's message is clear:
We are to eat fresh, unprocessed foods.
Many of the heroes of faith, the Godly men of the Bible,
were shepherds and herdsmen, e.g. Abel, Job, Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, Jacob's twelve sons, David, etc, and had very many
livestock. It is safe to say the chosen people of God must
have eaten a fair amount of dairy products and meat.
God said He would give the covenant people, Israel, the
promised land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey.
If milk is so bad, why would God have used it as an illustration
of the abundance and blessedness of the promised land? The
fact is milk is to be a part of a biblical diet and dairy
is acceptable to God.
What about fish? Three of Jesus' closest disciples were
fishermen by profession. Then there was the feeding of the
multitude where Jesus fed bread and fish to thousands. Again,
we can safely assume Jesus himself ate fish making it acceptable
for us to eat.
"On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew
nigh to the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray
about the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and would
have eaten, but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending to
him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners,
and let down to the earth. Wherein were all manner of four
footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping
things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to
him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat." (Acts 10:9-12)
"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And
you who have no money,
come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without
money and without price. Why do you spend money for what
is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your
soul delight itself in abundance." (Isaiah 55:1-2)
"Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." (1 Corinthians 10:25-26)
"Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for
you; I give to you, as I gave the green plant." (Genesis
Man possesses four canine teeth out of a total of thirty-two
teeth. If man were to be a pure vegetarian, God would not
have placed any canine teeth in us. Four out of thirty-two
is 12.5%. Hence, it may be argued that the inclusion of
10%-15% meat products to our diet is supported by our God-given
Although the strength of hydrochloric acid in man's stomach
is much weaker than carnivorous animals, it nevertheless
contains adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid to assist
in the digestion of modest amounts of animal proteins. Herbivores
like cows, sheep and goats do not have hydrochloric acid
in their stomachs.