Hi!I am a Christian vegan so I'll share my two cents worth if you care to hear it
I believe that, in the beginning, God gave us animals as companions and helpers (Genesis) not as food. We were instucted to eat fruits, vegetables, seeds, etc. Afterall, He put Adam & Eve in a Garden
God instructed us to be good stewards of everything He had given us (including animals) Then, after the flood, Noah had no other choices of food- since eveything had been destroyed except the animals he had saved. So, I think God allowed meat eating as a concession, it was not his highest "ideal" diet for us, KWIM? Afterall, the flood happened due to our sin,
: so this new diet wasn't God's perfect will for us...as far as being good stewards of His creation, well- if you do a little research on factory farming and the meat/dairy industry, you will see that God's animals are treated horribly!
I can not, in good conscience, sit down for dinner, knowing I'm supporting this cruelty, and ask God to bless it. That's not being compassionate or loving, I know Jesus was both. We are called to follow Jesus with His pure love and compassion- I feel if He was here today and knew how badly the animals were treated, he would abstain from meat as well, JMHO!
Also we are to treat our bodies as holy temples, living sacrifices to God...filling it full of meat, dairy (and the growth hormones and chemicals that go along with it) , as well as all the other "processed junk" we call food today, is not treating our bodies as gifts from gifts from God, KWIM??
There is alot more info on the matter, if you're interested, go to www.christianveg.com
It's a wonderful website for Christians- especially if you are being convicted in this area, as I was!! I've been vegetarian for over 10 years, and feel that I may be called to minister on this subject, but not sure yet. So, obviously I feel deeply about vegetarianism. Not trying to start a debate in any way, just wanted to share my opinions/experience with you. Hope this helps