2018-05-02 / Front Page

Meat vs. no meat

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the April 25 letter in the Hoosier Topics titled “God approves eating meat.” I looked up the passages that Ms. Williamson referred to and found some inaccuracies and conjecture on her part. But, I’m not going to nitpick those, except to say that when Jesus died on the cross, all of the sacrificial practices of the Old Testament were made null and void. And I think that people use those old laws as a crutch to support their own prejudices because if they truly believed in those laws, they wouldn’t cut their hair or get tattoos (Lev. 19:27-28), they would welcome illegal immigrants (Lev. 19:34) and it’s OK to kill your kids (Lev. 20:9).

Ms. Williamson did point out in Romans 14:2, that the weak of faith eats only vegetables, but I counter that by pointing to the Book of Daniel, where he became healthier than everyone through his vegetarian diet and God rewarded him. However, she did point out in Romans 14:3 that those who eat meat and those who don’t should not criticize one another. That does not mean the way animals are raised on these Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) in filthy, overcrowded conditions shouldn’t be condemned because, in my opinion, they go against the Bible as to how animals should be treated.

Proverbs 12:10 teaches a righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, and Psalm 145:9 reminds us that the Lord is good to all that he has made. Matt. 10:29 says that not a single sparrow falls without the Father’s knowledge. Yet, virtually all food derived from animals is obtained from CAFO’s, where egg laying hens are crowded in cages so small they can’t spread their wings and male chicks are tossed alive into grinders. Dairy calves are immediately removed from their mothers so that the farmer can have more milk to sell and the baby bulls are disposed of by a variety of methods. Sows are confined to 2x10 pens where they are used as breeding machines. It seems that these “farmers” embrace any practice that increases productivity, regardless of how much animal pain and suffering it inflicts.

So, the choice is yours. You can continue to support the cruelty of CAFO’s, or you can start buying organically raised meat, milk and eggs, or your can adopt a vegetarian diet and nobody will criticize you.

Ms. Williamson closed her letter by saying humans have a spirit which animals don’t, but it seems to me that Rev. 5:13 describes animals in Heaven, so I’m not so sure.

Thank you,
Harold Wilson
Greencastle, IN 46135

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