The question of whether a Christian can eat meat that has been dedicated to another god was something that taxed the minds and faith of the early Christians. It was such an important topic that the apostle Paul advised about it in his letter to the Christians in Corinth (1 Corinthians 8).
I think the dominant conclution of Christians today is that we are no longer under the ceremonial and that we can eat that sort of meat. This is just as well as Britain’s biggest supermarkets are selling Islamic halal meat, without marking it as such on the packaging.
Halal meat is prepared according to Sharia law by cutting an animal’s throat while a Muslim butcher recites a religious verse.
A Mail on Sunday investigation found Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Somerfield, the Co-op, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer (M&S) all stock halal meat that is not marked as such.
A spokesman from Sainsbury’s said: “The abattoirs that supply us with lamb are licensed by the Muslim authorities and a prayer is said when the animals are killed.”
Asda refused to confirm or deny whether it sells any halal meat.
Earlier this month it was revealed British Airways passengers could be given halal-only meals under plans being considered by the world’s largest provider of airline food.
GateGourmet, which caters for all long haul British Airways flights from Heathrow airport, claimed the contentious proposal would save money.
And last week the Mail on Sunday reported that thousands of customers at some of Britain’s biggest restaurant chains and sporting venues are being given ‘halal-only’ meat options.
Football fans at Wembley Stadium wanting beef, chicken and lamb are also only given a halal-meat option while rugby supporters at Twickenham can only buy halal chicken.
Now let me be clear. Though I am not a Muslim, I am NOT claiming that Allah is a false god, as Allah simply a word from the Arabic which means God. Many Arab Christians refer to God by the name of Allah (see the links below for more on that topic).
What concerns me is that Christian (and non-Christian) sensitivities seem to matter so little compared to the sensitivities of 4% of the population. How is it that they think we
Why do Arab Christians call their God Allah?
Christians fighting for the right to refer to God as Allah.