Why do some Christians eat fish during Lent?
Many Christians abstain from eating land animals on Fridays during Lent in honor of Christ’s offering of His flesh on the cross. But if the purpose of keeping this important time in the Christian calendar is to pray, meditate, and strive to demonstrate by our actions the same life-giving compassion that Jesus showed us, should we eat fish during Lent?
Like humans and all other animals, fish are part of God’s perfect creation. He gave them thought, reason, emotional ability, and the ability to feel pain. As Dr. Sylvia Earl, one of the world’s leading marine biologists, said:
“I never eat those I know personally. I would not deliberately eat more sea bass than a cocker spaniel. They are so good-natured, so curious. You know, fish are sensitive, they have character, they hurt when they are hurt.
Research into the intelligence of fish has shown that they have cultural traditions, complex relationships, and developed communication skills. They even show affection by rubbing each other gently.
And these wonderful creatures are not mentioned in Genesis 1:29 when God says the following:
“I give you every seed in all the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. They will be your food. ”
God never tells Adam and Eve what they can eat any His animals are for food. Instead, many theologians believe that He is directly telling us to watch and care for animals. Of course, this should mean you must be vegan – during and after the fast.
To help Christians do just that, PETA LAMBS will sponsor vegan Lean fish is fried in three cities on February 19, the first Friday of Lent. Three – a biblical number symbolizing harmony and integrity – was chosen because of the large number of devout Christians: Charlotte, North Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; and Etobicoke, Ontario.
We’ve partnered with animal-friendly people in these cities to provide 40 free vegan fish and chips in each location, equal to 40 days of Christ’s fast. That’s where you can network one for myself:
Bean vegan cuisine
3001 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, February 19, 5-7 pm
We offer a fillet sandwich without fish, served with French fries and a side dish of cabbage, to the first 40 personal guests (no substitutions)
334 S. Water St.
Providence, Rhode Island
Friday, February 19, 15-17
We offer a choice of tacos with maitake mushrooms, avocado, sauerkraut and aioli with cilantro or “fish” (fried oyster mushrooms), as well as chips with tartar sauce and cabbage salad for the first 40 personal guests.
Father Donatello Iocco and the Catholic Church of St. Ambrose
782 Brown Line
Friday, February 19, 4 pm
The Hogtown Vegan Phish n ‘Chips Dinner Offer for Church Meeting (Email [email protected] or call 416-251-8282 to reserve it.)
PETA offers free vegan fish recipes, discount coupons for the best products, and a free vegan starter kit on our website to give everyone the tools they need to show compassion for all animals all year round.
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