LOMA LINDA, Calif. — Dietetics researchers from Loma Linda University have published a report in which they find more than 70% of Seventh-day Adventists disagree with Jesus’ tendency to eat fish.
Lead researcher Johann Fiskade said that the overwhelming majority of Adventists preferred to look at passages where Jesus ate fish metaphorically. “We like to gloss over all the fish references in the Gospels,” said Fiskade. “Quiz a vegetarian Adventist on why Jesus gave fishing advice to his disciples and he or she will find a way to change the subject in no time.”
Fiskade said that Adventists also wished that Jesus had done a better job with some of the analogies He used. “Many of my interviewees said that Jesus could just as well have advised his disciples to be pickers or gatherers of men. They don’t understand why He had to ask them to be fishers.”