The course of Study for the church this year in Sunday School is the Old Testament. My family and I started "In the beginning" last night. We read six verses at a time and then discussed after each six. I was struck by these verses:
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 ¶ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Reading these verses reminded me of Question #9 I proposed early last year. Last summer a friend of mine said that vegetarian members of the church were not following the word of Wisdom because they didn't understand that the Lord gave us dominion over the animals. I think the above excerpt from Genesis explains this clearly. If people follow a vegetarian diet or mostly vegetarian diet strictly because they believe we are all animals and we shouldn't eat other animals because they are God's creation, there is some room for debate.
On the other hand, there are some points that are not debatable in my mind. I told this same friend that I follow a mostly vegetarian diet for two greater reasons (in my mind). First of all, my health and second of all I believe it is a higher law preparatory for things to come.
I really do believe this. We can see in these verses that man was given dominion over the animals and fish but He did not say to eat them in these verses. He said that man was given herb and fruit and the animals were given herb for their "meat". I don't think that man or beast ate flesh until after the fall. And I believe that when the earth is restored to this original state, we will once again not eat meat.
I think this is one of the concepts to ponder when the Word of Wisdom mentions that this is given for the weakest of saints.
This is open for discussion. I just had these thoughts again last night as I was reading and it re-peaked my curiosity.