A visitor of this blog sent me an email asking me if “abstaining from meat” means following the doctrine of devil.
So, before I will answer the question, let us first quote the words of God regarding this issue. Is it really a doctrine of devil to abstain from meat?
In I Timothy 4:1-3, this is what we can read:
1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (King James Version)
From that verse, you’ll notice that Apostle Paul, the apostle who wrote the letter to Timothy, mentioned two doctrines of demons or devil and they are:
- Forbidding to marry
- Commanding to abstain from meats
It doesn’t say that “abstaining from meat” is a doctrine of devil or demon. Apostle Paul’s declaration is clear that the doctrine of demon or devil is the “commanding to abstain from meats“.
What does it mean?
For example, if I will abstain from meat because of my personal reasons or maybe my doctor advised me to do so for the sake of my health, then it’s not a doctrine of devil or demon because I was not following a doctrine but just a personal decision or just a doctor’s advice.
It’s similar to the situation recorded in I Corinthians 13:8:
13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. (King James Version)
It only becomes a doctrine of devil or demon if abstaining from meat has been made a commandment, or a rule, or a policy, wherein members of the organization are bound to follow it.
Is it really true that the Roman Catholic Church upholds the doctrine of devil which is “commanding its members to abstain from meat?”
The blogger behind the blog, “Random Thoughts and Musings“, talked about it and even posted the snippet of the canon law regarding the abstinance of meat. This is what has been written:
Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
From that you learned that the Catholic Church commanded that “abstinance from meat” should be observed on particular days.
So, since abstinance from meat has been made commandment commanding all the members of the Roman Catholic Church to observe it, then it is clear that the Roman Catholic Church do uphold the doctrine of devil or demon.
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