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Ever Feel Like?
September 06, 2008 01:49PM
Do you ever feel like people are suprised that your christian and a veg*n??? In my experience people have found it odd that I was, like they expect all veg*ns to be atheist/agnostic, buddhist, hindu etc. Just curios.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
November 09, 2008 10:37AM
It's been my personal experience that Christians find it odd that I'm Vegan more than Vegans find it odd that I'm Christian. Vegans seem to be tolerant/accepting of who I am more so than Christians who try to put me in a box.

I try to be a postitive example of a Christian to Vegans (and everyone in general) as well as a positive example of a Vegan to Christians (and everyone in general). Christians that I run into tend to be of the mindset that God gave us permission to eat anything & everything and look at me like I'm nuts when I refuse to eat animals & animal products. Most Christians in my experience don't want to hear how humans were created in God's image and given the task of being gardeners and never ate or killed an animal until after the fall of man- they tend to be very close minded on what the Bible has to say on such issues. I suppose since I've been around more Christians than Vegans thus far in my life I haven't run into much religious opposition from the Vegan community. I am attempting to immerse myself more into the Vegan community lately as I feel that's a large part of who I am just like Christianity, or any other values in my life. I'm really made up of a lot of different things that don't seem like they fit together but it works for me. smiling smiley
Re: Ever Feel Like?
November 14, 2008 06:17PM
Without composing a whole speech....I know exactly what you mean.

It strengthens my spirit though to know that you have the faith to believe that God did first create us in a perfect garden and the perfect diet is vegan.

The animals were to be our earthly companions....not our dinner.

Not eating meat is very Christian. Look what happened to life spans when people started eating flesh. I really don't believe God ever approved of that but His gift is free will.

Sure the Bible is full of death and animal sacrifices and consumption, but.....
The death of an animal or any living creature was to magnify the absolute horror of sin and it's consequence ; death . Lesson not well taken as we can painfully see.

Hopefully, the new earth is just around the corner and all beings will live there in love and peace !

A friend of yours,

Re: Ever Feel Like?
December 15, 2008 06:33PM
I have been vegetarian (not eating any animal) for a long time.
I've met ppl "who eat chicken and fish". I've known a few vegetarians.
I also know someone who is vegan.

I am usually shocked when I meet other vegetarians who are christians.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
January 28, 2009 06:10PM
It's very rare for me to meet a Christian who is a vegan or vegetarian. That is the reason I wanted to join this group. I've had other Christians tell me that it is their RIGHT to eat meat and animals were put here for our use. They don't care how they are treated. It makes me so mad.

I can't seem to get through to anybody and I get so frustrated. I try to explain how animals are treated, but no body seems to care.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
March 10, 2009 03:37PM
There are more of you out there!!!

I have hope!

I took on a Vegan diet for lent, like I did last year, and since I am away from home, you know what, i'm not going back!

We are stewards of the earth, as God commands us, we need to create a more sustainable environment so that the beauty of God's creation can be spared for more and more generations.

Veganism/Vegetarianism is a perfect way to do this, and I hate how other Christians criticize us because of what they think the Bible says...

Yes, I know exactly what you mean, and this transition is still going to be rough for that very reason!
Re: Ever Feel Like?
April 07, 2009 09:44AM
I decided to go meatless for Lent this year, but the more I thought about it, I realised that it should be a permanent thing. So, it will continue beyond this weekend. I just can't come up with any good reasons to go back to eating eat, but there are endless reasons why I should refrain from eating it.

I have had a few people at our gatherings question why I'm doing it and say that I'm going against what God intended, but I'm able to point out fairly easy that this is not the case.

Really glad to have found this group and look forward to some good discussion.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
April 29, 2009 04:39PM
yes i totally agree. they think im just crazy and like weird.

animals were NOT put on earth just to chow down on. i mean seriously!! goshh. i wish more christians became aware of this. more people need to become veggi! mhm!
Re: Ever Feel Like?
May 17, 2009 02:19PM
Yes, even at my own church!
Re: Ever Feel Like?
May 23, 2009 03:42PM
People have been surprised that I'm a vegan, but I never really confronted anybody who thought that my veganism and Christianity contradicted each other (not that they all supported it or even condoned it). At least in real life. I was in a LiveJournal community with vegans and they were as disrespectful of Christianity as some people at church are of vegetarians!
Re: Ever Feel Like?
August 02, 2009 02:25PM
New at raw eating, but not new at being a christian woman. Been saved for 11 years and hasn't looked back. My church family see me getting skinner, but that's all.

I know my raw eating, vegan living lifestyle will touch someone. As a woman of color, it is hard for other women like myself to change their eating habits, especially in the church. Meat and cooked food is the norm.

When my husband and I have our own church one day. I will gladly introduce this wonderful God-given way of eating, which is truly real living.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
October 29, 2009 06:07PM
I recently gave up meat and working towards becoming vegan. My family and church family are really surprised that I am doing this. I have never felt healthier than I have in these last 2 weeks. Personally I am not opposed to others eating meat, but I am not ok with the treatment of animals in factory farms and such.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
November 02, 2009 07:00PM
It doesn't surprise me at all when someone is shocked by a vegetarian or vegan, but if people really were in touch with their compassion, it would extend to animals as well...all living creatures.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
October 29, 2009 11:23PM
I have had people tell me to repent from my vegetarianism because I was being ungrateful for meat as a food. But I figure I am saving food for those in need. I really felt guilty for a while, but I believe God gave me comfort in knowing that I care.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
November 02, 2009 07:05PM
Ungrateful? You are actually helping starvation by giving up eating animal and animal products. All the crops grown to feed cows, pig and chickens could go to hungry people. Animals will eat on their own, they don't need humans to stuff their throats with corn (which isn't what cows naturally eat) and them getting sick. In turn, humans get sick by eating these sick animals. Lastly, if animals are meant for humans to eat, why do they feel pain and bleed like we do? Compassion is as part of human nature as anything else. We just have to make the right choice. What goes around, comes around.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
December 06, 2009 03:39PM
I live in an area where being a vegan makes you just as much of an oddity as being a Christian. I honestly get more crap for being Christian than being vegan. I think that evangelism is more urgent right now than animal rights activism, though I am definately participating in both.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
December 16, 2009 08:57PM
My daughter become vegan while away at school. She has always been sensitive to eating animals. Never the less, I figured it was a phase and would pass. When it became apparent that this was not the case, I decided that I had better learn how to start cooking some vegan dishes before she came home. At around that time, this past lent was approaching and so I decided I would just throw myself into it for 40 days. I figured it would force me to learn how to be a vegan chef, it might improve my health and it would otherwise be a learning experience. Easter came and went, but I kept going.

At no point did I begin to question my Christian beliefs. At no point did I think that I was less of a Christian because I was engaging in this practice. As other have noted (with similar Lenten experiences), I believe the two are highly complementary. I have never been told by one of my Christian friends that they thought it odd that I was vegan. In fact, I was recently told by a friend and fellow parishioner that she was thinking about becoming a Vegan for Lent just like I had done.

My primary reason for become vegan was mostly diet oriented: a form of fasting, health benefits and a subversive way of learning to cook vegan. I have also been very concerned about the environment and factory farming (at large -- not just animals). I have found from experience when I tell people about my reasons for adopting a vegan diet, that they are generally intrigued and start asking me questions. People (Christian or not) seem to resinate with these reasons.

Since adopting a vegan diet, I have become more in tune with animal rights and have been moving toward living a more vegan lifestyle. This has included socializing with more vegans.

I find that there is a surprisingly large number of vegans that are not only atheists but seem to ware it as a badge (as in putting I am a "Vegan Atheist" on their facebook or twitter pages). I just don't get where this comes from.

This got me to searching for evidence that there were Christian Vegans beside myself. I cannot begin to say how thankful that I am that I found this group.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/16/2009 09:00PM by vegan_g.
Re: Ever Feel Like?
November 03, 2010 10:53AM
Well, I live in the Bible Belt of the American South, and everybody and everything seems to be Christian.(Whether they truly are Christian is another whole thread.) So, being a Christian doesn't make me an oddball, but being vegetarian does. You can only imagine the looks I get when I sidestep a plate of fried chicken at a church function. Yes, I understand how you feel, but medical science and morality will prove us right. Hang in there; we're here to support you.
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