Paying God Back by Being Vegan
Did you know that if you’re a human then you don’t belong to yourself? And that’s not all: let me show you that if this is true then you should be vegan.
That you don’t belong to yourself is true on two levels: First, God is the one who created you and allows you to continue living, so he is the one who can decide whether you continue living. It’s his world, after all, and he can do anything with his creation. Second, if you’re Christian then Christ has done an extraordinary thing to make you his own. He died on the cross to pay the price you should have paid for your sins.
The apostle Paul writes, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV).
Read that again and let it sink in. Your body is a temple. Your body is a place of worship in which God is supposed to live. Not just your mind or soul—your body. It doesn’t belong to you, because you were bought with a price. God is the owner of the fleshly object you call your body.
Paul further writes, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers [and sisters], by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).
In other words, your body is supposed be surrendered to God. It’s supposed to be like something offered up in a sacrifice to God. Think of your body as something you’ve simply returned to God because you owe it to him.
And that means to live your life as if you’re here on earth for a purpose. God has leased you the body you have for 70 or 80 years (or hopefully more), and it’s your duty to do everything you possibly can to pay God back the infinitely valuable price he has paid to own you. Whether you like it or not, you were allowed to be born because you were made to achieve a certain thing for God.
This means that it’s also our duty to do what we can to stay in the fight for as long as we can, and to be effective for as long as we can. It’s selfish to live your life just to satisfy your sensual desires. God gave you a certain amount of time that you’re supposed to maximize to do his will, and it’s your job to keep your body able to perform the necessary duties God has assigned to you.
That’s why I believe it’s a sin to live recklessly and justify your actions by saying that you’ll just get to heaven and be with God sooner. People who say “I’m not trying to live long—I’ll just go on to heaven sooner” are lying to themselves, are selfish, and are not doing what they ought to be doing for God’s Kingdom.
Jesus taught us to pray for the Kingdom to come down here to earth, for God’s reign to extend into our lives. We are here to make God the king of our lives, to bring heaven down to earth.
So now that we’ve established that God’s will for us is to stay useful for him for as long as possible, it should be clear that we should do what we can to nourish our bodies properly. If we say that doing drugs is bad because it destroys the temple that’s supposed to be your body, then we shouldn’t be doing other things that destroy the body.
And based on the mountains of rigorous scientific research, I can confidently tell you that the best way to be and stay healthy for a long and happy life is to live off a whole-food plant-based diet. The many studies in nutritional science overwhelmingly point to a vegan diet as the healthiest lifestyle.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Research it. Don’t just read articles on the internet or even books. Read the primary research reports of real scientific studies.
If you’d like to start with a book, then the best book for you to read now is The China Study by T Colin Campbell (and his co-author son). This book has sold over a million copies, and you can read the thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon. I’m reading this book for a second time now because it’s that good. Go ahead and buy it on Amazon now.
Now it’s your turn: Join the discussion by commenting below. Tell us about how your faith relates to your veganism. Should all Christians be vegan? Please leave a comment.