Many attribute and interchangeably use the words vegan, plant based-diet and the Daniel Diet. However, there is a difference. Veganism is actually a religion that praises the creation rather than the creator. Veganism hails that animals should be treated fairly, and that the killing and eating of animals is cruelty. On the contrary, The Daniel Diet originates from the official diet given by God, outlined in Genesis 1:29, which comprises of a fruit, nut and grain diet.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 5 million members and supporters, recently including Pope Francis. By virtue of the name PETA, it is evident the basis of the organization is the ethical treatment of animals.
The major differences between veganism and a plant based diet are:
Veganism does not use or eat any animal products including honey and any byproducts used in clothing, etc.
Veganism holds the belief that animals have rights equal to humans
Veganism is not Bible based.
A plant based Daniel diet does not include the consumption of animal products
A plant based Daniel diet uses the principles as outlined in Genesis 1:29
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. PETA also works on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.
It is imperative that we are mindful and knowledgeable of the movements and the names that we associate ourselves with. As Pope Francis received, The Person of the Year 2015 award from PETA signifying their alliance, he boldly and shamelessly reveals his stance on it all. Pope Francis has stated that animals here on Earth, will join us in heaven. To be specific,all dogs, and cats, and pigs, and goats, and cockroaches go to heaven. Yes, cockroaches. Francis also states that animals are our brothers and sisters and should be treated as such. This too, eludes evolution as an accurate theory- that humans and animals are one. The Bible does not confirm this doltish conjecture. Francis goes even further to say that the eating of animals is abuse and that if humans cease from eating animals, God's other animals will thank us when we meet them in heaven.
Nowhere in scripture is the aforementioned theory presented by Pope Francis validated. As a matter of fact, when Adam and Eve sinned, God immediately clothed them with coats of skin. This was not the skin of fruits nor of nuts and grains, but of animals. What estimation is Francis subtly, yet forcefully placing on the sanctity of God's expressed word? Additionally, it diverts the attention away from the fact that, the wages of sin is death, on which the sacrificial law was based. Is Francis again to blaspheme God and suggest that his order of life is inhumane? If this is the case, and it seems to be on so many levels, I want no dealings or associations with the word, religion or movement known as veganism.
Take a look at this insightful presentation as it relates to veganism and the Daniel Diet.