I continue to be absorbed by the possible ramifications of maintaining a diet based on the standards set down in the bible. If the message could be decoded and manifested into something meaningful, it would certainly be something I would strive to follow. I’ve dabbled in vegetarianism because of this, and though the suggestion that Jesus was a vegetarian is shakey at best, a passage from Daniel keeps me wondering.
In chapter one of Daniel, Daniel requests that he and his friends be served a vegetable diet. Its not clear whether this is an entirely vegetable diet, or whether it was supplementary(although the context “provide us vegetables to eat and water to drink” seems to suggest vegetables solely).
The Old Testament in general seems to me to be saying that fruits and vegetables were the prefered choices and that other food sources were added in as a compromise of sorts to man’s inherent sinfulness.
On the other hand, in the New Testament, there is some suggestion(albeit marginal) that Jesus used fish at least(if not other meats) to feed the people at times.
I know not everyone is a believer here, which is why this goes into the “off topic” section, even though I could just as easily see it in “building a better body” or “supplements and nutrition”. I do know that there are some faithful out there(ZEB, and Coach Davies come to mind) who may have opinions on this, which is what I’m hoping for, especially in regards to Daniel.