Even when not battling cancer or some other ailment that requires abstinence from certain kinds of meat, many believe that their diet should be exclusively a vegetarian (or vegan) one that consists only of the following:
“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’” Genesis 1:29
That edict was before man’s fall from grace and into sin. After the fall, everything turned against man.
“Cursed is the ground because of you… both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you.” Genesis 3:17,18
With that curse man’s food, which was appointed by God before the fall, the seeds, grains, and legumes, became infected with anti-nutrients.
“Traditional cuisines and pre-industrialized peoples from around the world took great care to soak or ferment their grains before consuming them,” explains Sarah Pope from the Weston A. Price Foundation. “All grains and legumes contain phytic acid, an organic acid that blocks mineral absorption in the intestinal tract.”
In addition, man’s body revolted against him (i.e., it began to slowly die) and needed more nutrients than plants, seeds, and fruits (i.e., a vegan diet) could offer. Therefore, an adjustment was needed.
“Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” Genesis 9:3-4
“Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat …” Deuteronomy 14: 9-10
With that adjustment, which now includes meat full of nutrients, man gets to fully grasp the cost required to maintain his health when he spills the blood of animals.
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast…” Proverbs 12:10
“And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” Genesis 1:30
However, after the fall many animals ended up carnivorous, while they all turned fearful of man, with some downright hostile.
“The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea.” Genesis 9:2
Man’s fall into sin turned not only his body against him but all of nature as well in the forms of various natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, etc. In other words, the whole of creation began to groan because of what man did when he defied God’s will.
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22