Q. What Is God’s Diet?
A. According to the Bible, the original diet God gave Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was fruit and did not include any food derived from animals. After sin entered, God included vegetables in the diet. Later, when the flood came and destroyed all the vegetation, God gave permission to eat certain animals considered clean animals. They were animals that feed upon vegetation. The list of clean animals is recorded in Leviticus the eleventh chapter. After mankind began eating flesh foods, their lifespan took a drastic downward spiral. We can verify this from the BIBLE when noting the ages of various patriarchs when they died. Noah was 950 years old when he died (Gen. 9:29), Abraham was 175 years old when he died (Gen. 25:7), Joseph was 110 years old (Gen. 50:26), etc.
In response to your inquiry regarding the vegetarian diet and Seventh-day Adventists, most Seventh-day Adventists are striving to be healthy which includes eating the right kinds of food. Some stay with vegetables, grains and fruit while others eat sparingly of the clean meats as well as eating dairy products.
Diet is not a test of fellowship in the church. It is a personal matter, and the object of good health. God wants us to prosper and be in good health, but we must do our part.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (John 1:2)
The texts that you made reference to in Acts is not referring to diet. Please allow me to share a few thoughts with you which I believe will clarify this for you.
If you begin reading in Acts the tenth chapter, you will find an interesting account of a man named Cornelius who was a Gentile and was praying for the truth. He received an appearance from God who instructed him to send men to invite Peter who was in Joppa to come and teach him.
Peter fell into a trance on the housetop as Cornelius’ servants approached Joppa. In the trance Peter saw a sheet let down from heaven which contained all manner of beasts, creeping things, and fowls, etc. Peter was invited by a voice to eat them, but he said, “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”
Although some people contend that Jesus cleansed all food when He was on earth, Peter did not know anything about it, if so. He had spent three and one-half years with Jesus as his Master listening to His instructions. Yet Peter had gathered no impression that it was okay to eat those unclean animals. Peter did not know what the vision meant as can be verified by reading verse 17 of Acts 10. As Peter continued to ponder the vision’s meaning, verse 19 says that the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
On the way back to the home of Cornelius apparently the Lord answered Peter’s ponderings and showed him the meaning of the vision. When he entered the house full of Gentile friends, Peter said, “…Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (verse 28).
The meaning is now clear. Peter’s vision had nothing to do with diet but was a sign that the Gentiles should receive the gospel. Thus the preaching of the gospel began to the Gentiles.