Do peopleeat meat in heaven?
I was curious as to what people eat in heaven. Who does the cooking and who slaughter the animals if they eat meat. If God tells us that we should not kill, does this apply to animals?
Excellent questions. The thing is, no one on the planet knows the answers. We're not supposed to ask questions like that. It's not for us to know my son.
Rediculous isn't it?
Why did God not foresee us asking questions like this and providing answers a head of time?
The lion & lamb shall sleep together in peace. Lion becomes toothless from a no-meat diet and dreams of chasing down it's food. Longs to escape from a living death of despair. Lamb heaven = lion hell
I do believe that after death, we are in spirit form. This means that we are the source of energy where we do not need food. Energy or spirit form is dwelling on a different dimension though it maybe on earth.
There are really four separate questions here. Here are the first three: After this earthly body dies, do we remain individuals in bodies? Do those bodies need to eat? If those bodies need to eat, in heaven, do animals need to be killed to produce meat?
The answers to the first two are: No one on Earth knows. And many theologians would say, "We don't have that kind of body in heaven." But lets say the answer is yes. Then, since Heaven is Heaven, and that means a place where no one suffers, not even animals, then either animals dying in heaven is not a form of suffering, or God can create meat as Christ multiplied the fishes, and no animal needs to die.
Then your fourth question: Does "Thou shalt not kill" include animals? In the Biblical religions in their original form, clearly not. Killing and eating animals, and even animal sacrifice, was a part of Judaism until the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD. Animal sacrifice is still part of some Muslim traditions. Vegetarianism as asceticism existed in ancient times. Vegetarianism as an extension of God's commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill" is probably later. It is considered a legitimate interpretation, but not required of everyone who believes in the God of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Vegetarianism has a different history in Hinduism and Buddhism, where non-killing, even of animals, has always been part of the belief system for at least some believers, and sometimes as an ideal for all.
It says "shall not murder", the word kill is a bad translation.
Ptosis, I understand that it was revised to say that thou shalt not murder. I did go on line to do more research on the phrase. Thank you for your input. Best wishes
Eating is an earthly desire. Technically we can eat really boring food and still be sustained. And as far as I'm aware earthly desires are removed once you go to heaven. (I am not a Christian, don't quote me on any of this.) So technically you really wouldn't need to eat meat in heaven because there would be other ways to be sustained. Like heavenly tofu.
But if you believe that we get all of the good things that we had on earth then those who ate meat on earth would be able to eat meat in heaven. I don't think heaven would be a very nice place if I knew I liked meat and couldn't eat it there.
That is fine but no one is answering the part about who will do the animal killing? I thought heaven was supposed to be peaceful, killing animals is not a peaceful activity this is the issue.
We would be eating thoughts instead of physical objects. If all of your senses tell you that is what you are eating then you're going to believe it. Looks like chicken, smells like chicken, tastes like chicken. I must be eating chicken. No killing.
All I know is that there had better be good food in heaven, including steaks. Otherwise, I may consider not going!
Seriously, though, there is an old Christian tradition that when Lazarus was asked what being dead (heaven) was like, he replied: 'Just like here, but only...perfect.' I like that hope.
Good question! There are trees in heaven. I imagine that food will be pick-and-eat. No animal slaughter, no cooking. Wouldn't that be neat?
I sure hope so. After all, heaven is a well seasoned, medium rare rack of lamb with a pinot noir sauce.
Yes we will eat meat. Where it comes from I cannot say, some things the Lord just keeps secret.
Secondly we are told that we will rise from the dead at the same time in our earthly bodies and be given our heaven;y bodies.
Please don't forget that the rules of heavenly existence will be different to our own rules here on Earth. As such in heaven we may find ourselves eating The best meet.
In several places in the Bible it speaks of Heaven as a great banquet. I'm sorry but I truly do not believe that Tofu will be on the menu. Tofu and all soy based food products are probably demon inspired much like the evangelical vegetarians out there who behave much as the Parasees did with their Holier than though attitude.
Clearly I'm speaking in Jest here. However the point needs to be made that we are told often that we are going to be eating meat in heaven. This is totally Biblical.
For me I cannot wait to taste the wine in heaven!!! I love my beers and my wines and I love the different flavours that come from taking great drink with fantastic food. And in moderation even the Methodists have to agree that there is no justifiable cause to suggest that the eating of meat or the consumption of wine are sinful.
Sin comes in when we treat our animals with levels of barbarism reserved for hell and then murder them coldly in the name of TESCO's. It also comes in with getting drunk.
The Bible has visions where we are told to eat all meats. (Peter's vision of the table cloth.) Jesus tells us that when his disciples were accused of being unclean by the Jews, he taught the disciples that all meat was for eating, even pork.
I think that to put limitations upon the Glory of the gifts of God is extremely dangerous. therefor we should just accept the Biblical view.
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