Most Christians are omnivores who observe no specific dietary restrictions specified by their religion. A small portion of the Christian population follow a demi-vegetarian, vegetarian or vegan diet for religious reasons stemming from biblical passages such as Genesis 9:1-4, which depicts vegetarianism as God's original dietary plan for mankind.Continue Reading
Although all types of meat and other foods are permitted in most sects of Christianity, some Christians choose to limit meat consumption or fast entirely on Fridays or during Lent. Catholics observe a number of occasions for feasting and fasting including Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, the Annunciation and Pentecost Sunday. Fasting is normally a spiritual practice performed to grow closer to God, become humble or control human desires, and it is not a strong part of Reformed or Protestant Christianity.
Vegetarianism in Christianity has been a minority dietary restriction for several important religious figures such as John Wesley, William Booth, Catherine Booth and Leo Tolstoy. Modern vegetarian Christians believe that an omnivorous diet is unjustifiable in an age when a plant-based diet can meet all nutritional needs, and others point out that God only allowed meat consumption after the Fall of Adam and Eve as a result of man's inability to follow God's will. Others follow a vegetarian diet to combat the unethical practices of large-scale factory farms, such as battery cages and veal pens.Learn more about Christianity
Many Christians go on pilgrimages to various places they believe relate to where Christ was during his living days. Some of the most popular pilgrimage sites are Jerusalem in Israel and the Vatican City in Rome.Full Answer >
The Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is important to all Christians as a representative of the body and blood of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The message and importance of the Eucharist varies between different Christian groups. Differences in doctrine, with concern to the importance of the Eucharist, are debated.Full Answer >
There are 2.18 billion Christians in the world, and they comprise roughly a third of the world's population. Two thirds of the world's Christians live in Europe and the Americas, and the other third are spread throughout the rest of the world.Full Answer >
Many Christians focus on love when celebrating the second Sunday in Advent, and worshippers light the second Advent candle, which is purple. Others use the second Sunday to contemplate themes of hope.Full Answer >