Please clarify the latter part of your response. I just want to make sure I understood you correctly. Are you suggesting that I will be punished on Judgment Day by God for my choice not to eat red meat and poultry?

Not at all. There is nothing wrong with being a vegetarian. "For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables" (Romans 14:2). What is wrong is trying to twist the Bible into saying what it does not. "Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him" (Romans 14:3). God allows the eating of meat. You might not like it personally, but you cannot say that it is against God's will. It was God who stated that it was allowed.

It is much the same in regards to war. I might not like the use of weapons, but I cannot say that it is wrong, because warfare is permitted by God in the Scriptures. I can make a personal choice, but my personal choice is not doctrine.

God warns very clearly that teaching differently from His word is condemned."I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:6-9). Personal feelings do not matter; what matters is the truth.

See also:

Questions and Answers about Animal Rights
Questions and Answers about Vegetarianism
Was Jesus a Vegetarian?
Animal Rights and the Bible

February 24, 2005