[quote="grandfather, post:5, topic:357825"]
There seems to be a contradiction in your premises. You say you agree that animals are put on the earth to be eaten. Then you also believe we are to be good stewards of the earth.
Is eating meat, the flesh of animals put here to be eaten bad stewardship of the earth? Meat is for food. By eating what is for food are we bad stewards?
Saint Paul writes about people whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. What do you suppose he meant? Jesus says nothing you put in your mouth, food, can hurt you. It is what comes out that hurts us. That sounds pretty clear.
I know people who are very careful about what they eat. They think it is very important and if they eat the wrong stuff, whatever they tell themselves is bad they feel guilt. These same people take drugs, have multiple sex partners, had abortions, etc. No problem. They feel guilt over eating a slice of pepperoni pizza and worry about how animals are treated.
Their consciences are seared. We have hordes of people living depraved lives who feel guilty for eating a hot dog. I ran into a guy who was berating himself for drinking a glass of tap water as if it made him impure.
You can pore over centuries of theological texts by saints and doctors of the church on the intricacies of vice and virtue. You will not find one who will tell you to trouble your conscience over eating this or that food. There will be encouragement to fast, but not one will tell you to be worried about the things that trouble you about food.
I really like your response. However, when it comes to eating meat it is not what I am putting in my mouth that troubles me. It is the way the animal is treated prior to hitting the table. Is it true that Scripture tells us that animals are for food? A lot of people do not like vegetarians because "animals were put here to eat." Is this true? (I honestly do not know and have not done biblical research on it yet...I'm working on it) The thing is, we overindulge in meat, therefore in order to make up for the demands of meat, more animals, especially cows, have to be mass produced. This in turn hurts our environment. And beside the environmental aspect of eating meat, they are treated so poorly. My thought was that if God gave us animals to consume and to nourish our bodies, shouldn't we treat them a little better before we consume them? I feel that a lot of people are taking advantage of animals and reducing them to nothing. They are still living beings created by God and I feel they deserve better treatment, especially if we are going to eat them.
I know scripture tells me to not worry about that I will eat (Matthew 6:25-34), but where do we draw the line on not worrying and turning a blind eye to the cruelty of our God given resources?