From Tofu to Testimony: The Ethics of Turning Cooking Classes into Conversions

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Hey there, BarelyAdventist fam! We’ve got a sizzling topic on the menu today: the ethics of turning cooking classes into conversions. We Adventists love to host vegetarian cooking classes aimed at attracting non-Adventists. And we know full well, those cooking classes aren’t just about food. They’re about faith and sharing our brand of it.

Let’s look at this from the perspective of the intrigued foodie: You sign up for a cooking class advertised as a fun, veggie-filled evening. You’re excited to learn some new recipes and maybe make a few friends along the way. But as the evening unfolds, you start to notice a shift. The conversation veers from cooking techniques to God talk. A few cooking classes down the line and you’re being invited to religious events and encouraged to explore Adventist beliefs.

Now, here’s where things get sticky. Is it ethical to use cooking classes as a platform for religious conversion? Are participants fully aware of the spiritual agenda behind the sizzling skillets and savory stews? I think we know the answer. Are those who just came for the food being tricked into a religious experience they didn’t sign up for?

On one hand, sharing faith is a fundamental aspect of many religious communities including ours, and cooking classes can be a casual, non-threatening way to introduce people to new ideas. But on the other hand, using food as a Trojan horse for religious conversion raises questions about transparency, consent, and the boundaries between hospitality and proselytization.

So, BarelyAdventist crew, what’s your take? Are Adventist cooking classes a wholesome way to promote healthy living  no strings attached, or are they a sneaky strategy for roping unsuspecting souls into the fold? Grab your aprons and get ready to dish out your thoughts – this debate is heating up faster than a pot of boiling beans on Sabbath morning.



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