Ann Vole wrote:
Adam and Noah were vegans.
my doubt on that comes from two sections: 1) the Cain and Abel story has Abel's animal sacrifice being accepted and Cain's plant-based sacrifice being rejected... so Cain killed Abel. Adam's sons were already fighting over the meat vs vegetarian issue. 2) "The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. " (Gen. 9:2-4) - this does suggest that Adam was vegetarian though but definitely puts Noah in the meat-eater category.
Meat-eating only came in after the cataclysmic flood and when it did it had a catastrophic effect on human health and lifespan.
Bear in mind, that the Bible is the work of man. The biblical book of Genesis is not and was never intended to be a historically and chronologically accurate account of the advent of Adamic man.
You'll note that parts of the OT call for animal sacrifice (Do not satanists, voodooists etc. do the same?) whereas in Isaiah we are told that animal sacrifice is an abomination in the eyes of God and He never asked for or wanted these things.
[This was a central theme of the Last Supper, alas buried by the Church's corruption. God is not a monster. It is a love sacrifice (i.e. Service) that is required.]
Likewise, there are Biblical verses which call on slaves to obey their Christian masters! And slave traders used these verses to justify their evil trade. God of course does not condone slavery or the keeping of slaves, but ancient Rome existed upon slave labour so that's how these spurious interpolations came to be worked into the Bible.