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From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

Why Did Humans Start Eating Meat After the Flood?

(Excerpt of CVA’s responses to some frequent biblically based objections to our position)

The Bible tells us that God gave Noah permission to eat meat (Genesis 9:2-4). Virtually all plants were destroyed by the Flood. Alternatively, God may have allowed Noah limited freedom to express human violence, since unrestrained violence was responsible for the Flood itself (Gen. 6:11–13). Importantly, this passage neither commands meat eating nor indicates that the practice is God’s ideal.

Indeed, eating meat came with a curse—animals would no longer be humanity’s friends: “The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast…” (Gen. 9:2). While eating meat was not prohibited, it represented a complete break from God’s ideal of animals and humans living peacefully together, as depicted in Eden and by the prophets.

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