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How man and animals became meat eaters

dog teethWhen we observe the number of animals around us that have sharp teeth, it is often assumed those sharp teeth were meant for tearing meat. But that wasn’t how things were in the beginning when God created everything. Originally, God told humans and animals, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food]. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat [food]: and it was so,” [Genesis 1:29-30].

Grizzly bearIt wasn’t until many centuries later that God changed the menu to allow for meat. After the flood, God allowed meat to be on the menu when he told Noah and his family, “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat,” [Genesis 9:2-4]. Some say that animals became meat eaters right after man’s fall into sin, while others believe it was at this point after the flood. I’m inclined to believe it was after the flood that animals became meat eaters since it had to be necessary for the animal population to explode after the flood for there to be enough prey for predatory animals.

The fact that God reserves the right to change man’s menu as he did in Genesis also answers the popular question about why God told Moses that the Israelites were banned from eating shellfish or other specific types of animals. Then in the New Testament, the menu was opened up again to all types of animals. If God originally told us all to be plant eaters, then why all the sharp teeth? This short video explains:

Harry A. Gaylord


3 thoughts on “How man and animals became meat eaters

  1. I have to say, I can’t see the explanation for sharp teeth in that clip. Then again, I believe in evolution, although I don’t see that as excluding a religious belief.

    And a merry Christmas to you!


    1. Staffan, I checked the clip and the people that put it up changed the link & the ability to embed their video. However, you can click on the “Watch on YouTube” link to take you to it–not that it would change your mind.


  2. This subject is dear to my heart. One can go on speculating all day long about whether humans are biologically designed to be carnivores, about the health benefits or risks in being a carnivore or a vegetarian, about the effects of meat consumption on the environment, and so on. And there’s more than enough “science” to support arguments on either side. What is not in dispute, however, is that the way our meat is produced nowadays is a matter that can’t be met with indifference, by a Christian or anyone else who professes to be decent and humane. Modern factory farms are a veritable vision of hell. The cruelty with which intelligent animals are treated is documented beyond dispute, and must engage the conscience of any honest believer, in any faith, or in a person with no religious beliefs at all. It may be that Jesus himself ate meat, and declared that it isn’t what we eat that defiles us, but rather what comes out of the heart that defiles us. The second part of that observation is surely true. But in Christ’s time, there were no factory farms.

    Yet, when I bring up this issue with Christians, the usual response is one of indifference, if not outright hostility. This suggests to me that either they have no objection to the treatment of fellow creatures, or they’re in denial. In either case, such an attitude is hardly consistent with a viable spiritual orientation. It’s time that Christians start taking this matter seriously. If dialogue with Hindus or other faiths is necessary, so be it. There are many dimensions of contemporary Christianity which call for a second “reformation”; and this is surely one of them.


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