In Luke and John, two of the 4 gospels in the Bible, the story is told of how Jesus performed a miracle where the future disciples were able to catch fish when it seemed hopeless. Yet this does not prove that Jesus supported fishing, or that fish were actually harmed. This is an misunderstanding. because of two important facts which are found in Luke 5: 10-11 (see the text in red in the scripture passage following these facts)
- Jesus never says that the fish were taken to market to be sold. For all we know, the fish were released.
- After Jesus performed the miracle of the disciples catching a huge amount of fish, and showing them that he was a very special person, he told them to forsake fishing fish–and become fishers of men.
Conclusion: Jesus needed to perform a miracle that would really inspire the future disciples to know that he was the Messiah, and thus motivate them to follow him. This miracle, being so connected to their needs and livelihood, was the the best way he could reach them. This is more plausible than assuming that Jesus supported fishing. If Jesus supported fishing he would not be a vegan.
Luke 5:1-11 (New International Version) One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Another scripture that could be cited to prove that Jesus supported fishing is John 21:11