I was listening to the radio and a sermon was the only thing playing besides ads. The broadcast made an emphasis on the weakness of a person who eats only vegetables. Although they did conclude that people should not judge one another and the conclusion was spectacular. The verse in question is.
One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
The verse says “whose faith is weak”, not whose character is weak, not whose mind is weak, not whose body is weak. To say one who eats only vegetables is weak and leave out the part about faith is to say that Daniel was weak and that Adam and Eve were weak.
Even reading the verse within it’s full context brings up a division between Paul, the author of the verse and Daniel. Daniel was an obvious man of faith. Many would say Daniel’s faith was strong, refusing to bow to a pagan king who had him and two of his friends captive.
Daniel’s faith was so strong in fact that even as a captive, he was brought into the kings court to help administer the kingdom. Daniel refused to eat meat because it was offered to pagan gods prior to consumption. Daniel only ate vegetables.
A different time than Paul’s time, and obviously a different set of principles. What we do know is Paul was eventually executed, whereas Daniel was not. The historian Josephus claimed Daniels body was laid amongst the Persian kings. Daniel is considered one of the prophets that transitioned from Earth to Eternity without suffering like Elijah, Ezekiel, or Moses.
Got to say that I loved the broadcast’s conclusion.
Judge not, that ye be not judged
Matthew 7:1, KJV