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May Christians Eat Meat on Easter Weekend?

 

Should Christians eat meat during Lent or on Easter Weekend?If the Bible is to be our only guide for determining doctrine, then the answer would be "yes."  That's because Easter and Lent are never mentioned in the Bible, at least when it's properly translated.  Jesus was crucified on the Passover, Nisan or Abib 14 on the Jewish calendar (John 19:31; Luke 22:1, 7, 15).  The Bible never specifically commands Christians to observe the day of Jesus' resurrection, but it does tell them to observe the day of His death.  (Notice I Cor. 11:20-34; 10:16-17; John 13:1, 14-15)  There's no Scriptural command to fast during the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, which are repeatedly described in Scripture (such as in Leviticus 23:5-8).  Indeed, the Jews in Egypt were told to prepare lambs or goats and to eat them on Nisan 14 (Exodus 12:5-9).  This leads now to a puzzle worth consideration, especially for Protestants who say the Bible is the only ultimate source of religious authority:  Why do most traditional Christians observe a holiday that Scripture never mentions, and ignore the holy days that the Bible describes?  The days that Jesus Himself observed, such as the Passover, are for Christians also, not merely for the Jews.  It's no more incorrect for a Christian to keep the Passover because it's an Old Testament command than it is for him to avoid adultery and murder, because those are Old Testament commands as well.

Since it's obvious the Bible is silent about eating meat on Easter weekend, it's allowed.The Bible says nothing about not eating meat during Lent (or on Fridays, for that matter).  But then it's also necessary to reconsider about whether Christians should observe Easter or Lent at all.


Eric V. Snow
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