Originally Posted by Joan Kennedy
Jesus was not believed to have abstained from other kinds of meat, though people of his class could probably not afford to eat it often. Lamb for the Seder, etc., if he'd passed that up, I think somebody would have mentioned it, and the more hard-core of his followers would have taken it up as a practice. I don't think mammal/non-mammal had so much to do with Fridays for Catholics. We couldn't eat chicken on Fridays either.
Jesus said something funny about eating pork; something like (and I paraphrase) It's not what goes into your mouth that makes you unclean, it's what comes out of it.
I love that quote, thanks for sharing. This is so consistent with his belief in keeping the spirit of the religious laws, not merely the ritual. He preached strict adherence to Torah, so he was not really saying to not watch what we eat, au contraire, but emphasizing what was most important.
RE whether Jesus PBUH, ate meat or not, when I was growing up as a Catholic, I remember questioning something he was to have said that clearly discouraged if not forbade eating meat, but this seemed in contrast to him providing fish for the masses who assembled to hear him speak.
Is there any reference to him eating meat?
Since he was passionate about strict adherence to the Torah, (in spirit, not only ritual) regarding meat, i.e. Kosher and this was really hard to do during his time, given the strong Hellenic influence, I think there is a good chance he didn't eat it.
Interesting about the fish and Fridays. My friend's husband is Catholic and still does this.
Even when I was a meat eater I hated the idea of eating fish. I saw them swimming around, so could relate to them, not like flesh in a package.