RE: Something must change

Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:33:41 -0500

>Ryan Rasmussen wrote:
>I'd still like to know who came up with the crazy idea to say that
>before the flood that man and animal ate only veggies. (Or for that
>matter... what other literary/sociological/theological/interpretational
>explanation can be offered.)

I missed the original question in a spate of email deletion
(life-simplification?) ;) but I had myself independently come to that
conclusion. I'm not sure its correct scientifically but this is my
Scriptural reasoning. In Geness 1:29 it says "Then God said 'I give you
every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree with
fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." It says nothing about
them eating meat or animals. Its not a result of the fall either, because
even Adam's punishment only included a life of plowing and eating the
"plants of the field" (says nothing about animals, livestock, etc). Cain
and Abel is the first story where they are tending flocks, but this could
have been for shearing the sheep for clothes, blankets etc.

I don't know how this matches up to anthropological data on the food habits
of earliest humankind. I'd be curious to know.

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