I’ve wondered this question for a while now. Back when humanity was perfect, as in, no sin, fellowship with God, before people had to learn lessons like this, I don’t recall any mention of Adam or Eve eating meat. The story that comes to mind is the one most people have heard: the two love birds eating an apple. Therein lies the strongest case for them being vegetarians, right? If they ate meat in the Garden, wouldn’t it be mentioned in the Bible?
It wasn’t till after sin entered the world that animals were killed and as this very insightful article points out, there’s no mention of animals as food till after the flood that made Noah’s ark float. In fact, the article also reminds the reader that before the flood, animals didn’t have a fear of humans.
I brought some of this up with a friend of mine and he made a good point about the sacrifice of Jesus long after the Garden of Eden, Noah, Moses, King David, etc, Because of Jesus’ sacrifice that saved mankind, animals didn’t have to die anymore either (ceremonial sacrifices). Jesus death saved mankind for eternity, and saved animals here on earth, as far as sacrifices go, at least. Quite an accomplishment!
“For God so loved the world…” and perhaps this means everything in it, as well: men, women, children, beagles.
If God said to eat seeds and food from trees, I have a hard time believing Adam and Eve would dare go outside of that commandment. You know what I mean? For instance, if a teenage kid “borrows” his dad’s car and gets caught, he wouldn’t then lie about going to the library next weekend when he’s really going to a party. So after Adam and Eve made a gigantic mistake, and theirs was quite grand, would they really risk doing anything to draw more attention to themselves?
-Out of the Wilderness