Is It Wrong to Be a Vegetarian?

Dear Parson, QUESTION: I am a vegetarian because I believe it is wrong to kill animals. Do you agree with my position?

ANSWER: If you have convictions about being a vegetarian, then by all means don't go against it and sin against your conscience (Romans 14:23). It is not sin to be a vegetarian, but it is wise to base your convictions on biblical truth rather than fallible thinking and teaching. 

     God has made it very clear that animals were provided for man to eat: "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things" (Genesis 9:3); Acts 10:12-15; "Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth" (1 Timothy 1:3) and many more.

     The danger in placing man's traditions above Gods truth was something that led the Pharisees into making up traditions that, in their minds, exempted them from having to obey commands of God that they didn't like (Mark 7:1-13).

James Bachman