Is vegetarianism in the Bible? I read that Daniel went vegetarian to avoid eating sinful foods offered by the king. Jesus was a Nazarene. Weren’t they vegetarians? Jesus fed the people fish but it did not say that he actually ate it. The ten commandments say not to kill. Doesn’t that include animals?


From Genesis 1:29 we learn that God originally gave mankind a vegetarian diet. After the flood, He expanded man’s diet to include meat, as long as it was properly bled out. The eating of blood has always been forbidden (Genesis 9:3-4).

It is true that Daniel and his friends adopted a diet of vegetables and water to avoid eating foods that were forbidden under the Jewish dietary laws (Daniel 1:8-16).

Jesus was a Nazarine, which means He came from Nazareth. But He was not a Nazarite, which is what I think you meant. In any case, Nazarites were not vegetarian. They could not drink wine or grape juice or eat grapes or raisins or any other thing that came from a grape vine (Numbers 6:1-4).

Matt. 11:19 indicates that Jesus ate and drank the foods that were common to the Jewish culture of the day. That would include fish and meat. And in Luke 24:42-43 Jesus asked for something to eat. They gave Him a piece of fish and He ate it in their presence to show He was a physical being and not a ghost.

The 10 commandments did not prohibit the killing of animals, and there is no biblical prohibition against the military and /or police killing people or animals in the line of duty.