Rob, very nice summary on the upsides of a plant-based diet. Just two quick annotations.
1. No plant source I know of (that isn't genetically modified) contains "complete" protein, meaning that it provides all essential amino acids. This is not a problem for people who are able to choose from a variety of foods - but when you don't have variety, well, animal protein can surely provide all amino acids - just as it was the case after the flood or may be today in similarly extreme situations.
2. Casein is the main protein also in human breast milk. One might say that it is designed to be digested only slowly - but it is digested. Bacteria having a hard time with casein is an incredible invention God put in it: Casein protects other nutrients in the breast milk from being "stolen by bacteria". I'd see protein (and thus nitrogen) overload as the main reason to refrain from dairy products beyond infant age - toxin accumulation also.
Union Conference Record (Australasian), July 28, 1899
" The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up using any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly. The curse of God is upon the earth, because man has cursed it. The habits and practices of men have brought the earth into such a condition that some other food than animal food must be substituted for the human family. We do not need flesh food at all. God can give us something else."
This was over 100 years ago. We delay listening to God at our own peril.
n 1890, Ellen White warned against the effects of excess sugar consumption, saying that it tended to “clog the system.” In 1905, she said, “the free use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided.”
Now the jury is in on the sugar’s culpability in adult-onset diabetes. In addition, science has shown that foods that feature large amounts of milk and sugar — such as puddings and ice cream — tend to raise serum cholesterol and can contain oxidized cholesterol, a culprit in atherosclerosis.
In 1905 Ellen said that “bread should be light and sweet. Not the least taint of sourness should be tolerated. The loaves should be small, and so thoroughly baked that, as far as possible, the yeast germs shall be destroyed.” This counsel cut directly across the then-current health fad of eating live yeast for B vitamins. Since then, research has shown that live yeast cells actually take up B vitamins in the system!
So, take stock at your next potlucks. I suspect you will find a lot of yeast rolls, cakes, puddings, and ice creams, but not a single meat products.
So, what is on the menu at your potluck? A large heaping dish of hypocrisy.
God is not playing around. The fact that crops are sprayed is just one more reason not to eat dead flesh. It is another reason to grow our own food and or buy that which is as organically grown as possible. You know that those crops that are sprayed are fed to livestock and as brother Rob has very well stated, you are eating far higher concentrations of those pesticides and herbicides in your meat than you could ever get from the plants.
I agree that Kosher salt will not make a chicken safe to eat. Nothing will.
May I say this ELOHIM is extreme in us keeping and obeying all things.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the GLORY of ELOHIM. 1Co 10:31
Happy Sabbath and be bless!
Plants with poison sprayed on them, or food prepared as prescribed by scripture?
Rather than spiritual bullying this is just showing the ugly facts. I have seen this all my life, grew up with it, and engaged in it personally and it is ugly no matter how you slice it.
I have watched many times, deer (for instance) die because of my slug or arrow and it is no more pretty than to watch a human die. They die the same way as we do and often because of our desire to conquer or to gratify taste.
There will be no dead flesh eaten in heaven. Why not allow Jesus to change us now and come into harmony with heaven ?
I think there is an error in your post Ladyeve. You portray non-vegans as animals killers, but there is a popular class called 'vegetarians'. This class cannot be labelled as vegans or animal eaters or killers.
I question this, to me a vegan is 100% plant based diet. Vegetarian is less than 100%. So for the person in the church what is the standard. For instance I do have chickens and I do use the eggs. What does this make me? I know some would find fault, but I and my hens keep my garden healthy and they give me eggs for my troubles.