Genesis 9: Not an Instruction to Eat Animals

Posted by Vivek Parthasarathi | June 9th, 2016

Every Christian vegetarian knows it: Genesis 9:1–3, where the peace and harmony of the Garden of Eden was acknowledged to have been lost, thanks to human sin.

But “fear and dread” doesn’t need to be the final word in human-animal relationships. We’ve repaired much of that already.

Instead of letting ourselves and our world marinate in the post-flood, apocalyptic chaos and disharmony of Genesis 9, let’s consider the whole scriptural story.

Eden was vegan. Relationships between God, humans, and the created world were peaceful and whole.



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