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Dina Wildung wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Where did the practice of not eating meat on days of abstinence come from?
  • Why meat?


  { Where did the practice of not eating meat on days of abstinence come from and why meat? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Dina —

There is not a clear universal understanding of why historically we abstain from meat, but the Eastern Christian tradition (with a little 't') is that meat is considered to be a food that clouds the senses and impairs one's ability to see clearly spiritually.

Also, it is seen as a sign and reminder of the life to come, when we will not eat meat.
Again this is not a dogmatic belief but a well-established little-t tradition.


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