Genesis 1:29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

 

From Paul Nison ............ rawchristians.org

Should we eat meat. What does the bible say about it? Here is a great answer. It is long but worth the read. Someone sent this to me and it make a lot of sense.
Most of us only began to hear the word “Cholesterol” and its significance in healthy living over the last ten to fifteen years. Today we are now all a little bit more familiar with some of the causes of heart attacks due to the overeating of animal fats which cause restriction in blood flow due to build up on arterial walls.

Likewise the term “Mad cow disease” has only recently been coined. This following various press coverage concerning the detection of a brain Spongiform cow disease, which was apparently caused by contaminated ingredients (reprocessed animal brains) used in production of such animal foodstuffs. The debate has centred on the possibilities of such a disease going undetected and being passed on in the dead animal’s meat to human beings.

Anyone who has followed such press coverage in detail will be aware that truthful information concerning genuine scientific and medical research into the “transferability” and “effects” of this disease to humans has been published in direct competition with the total denials and immense advertising power of the many very large “vested interests” with Governmental influence by the beef farming and meat retailing industry. Never the less some people may now feel that it is possibly time to take a more serious look at becoming vegetarian.

Other main practical aspects to be considered which have a direct bearing on your health are:

1. Digestion of animal protein removes calcium from your body and is considered to be the main cause of escalating osteoporosis in the world.

2. Most commercial animals, these days, graze where chemicals ( pesticides, herbicides ) have been used. These chemicals are gathered by the animals and concentrated in their tissues. When you eat their flesh your body will absorb and store them, in turn, and they can quickly build up toxic levels causing all kinds of allergic and other reactions. In scientific language – toxic concentrations increase the higher up the food chain one eats. It makes sense then, to eat as low down the food chain as possible. Why eat the animal that has eaten the crops and concentrated their poisons when you can eat the crop yourself and move down the food chain at least one rung.

3. The animals are treated with hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals, which are, in turn, passed along to you.

4. When animals are slaughtered they are generally in extreme anxiety and fear. Their systems, consequently, are flooded with adrenaline and other hormones, which stay in the meat. These compounds then pass into your own blood stream giving you energy rushes and other effects. If you are trying to get to know yourself, and especially if you are trying to become more meditative and aware, you will find that any internal influence which revs up your system is unhelpful. Basically its much harder to become aware of your own truth if you are being manipulated from the inside by what you eat.

Once your body is habituated to use of a drug, it easily accommodates others and is less influenced by them. This doesn’t mean that they no longer affect you or affect you less, it means that you are becoming desensitised and addicted. The drugs take over certain functions that the body normally takes care of and you become dependant on them. When your adrenaline hit from the meat has worn off, and its not yet justifiably time to eat again, you will begin to crave another dose. Cigarette? Coffee? or perhaps a drink?. Or you may be tempted to eat snacks regularly with obvious repercussions.

5. A very relevant aspect, having ethical implications on the whole humanity, and which few people really consider, is the economics of eating domestic animals. Firstly, it takes 14 to 20lbs of vegetable protein to create 1 lb. of beef, an efficiency of only 5 to 7%. ( for pigs it is 12%, chickens 15%). Secondly the same land which is used for grazing to produce animal protein can grow up to twenty times more vegetable protein if properly managed. Moving away from meat dependency will enable far more food to be grown for all. What this means in practical terms is that for every person fed on meat 20 to 30 could be fed on vegetable protein. World food shortage and mass starvation are clearly seen as “man made” when viewed in this light. As Tolstoy once said:

“If man’s aspirations towards a righteous life are serious, his first act of abstinence is from animal food, because, it is plainly immoral as it requires an act contrary to moral feeling, i.e. killing, and is called forth only by greed.”
If all the reasons previously mentioned are not enough, then you can consider the issue of massive and continuing deforestation to create more cattle grazing lands. The trees produce oxygen without which we will all simply die.

Many religions understand the power of prayer in relation to food and drink, they are aware of the requirement to thank God for his gifts, as and when we need and use them. The Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion is a direct request to Jesus to enter into the bread and wine and spiritually energise them. Similarly the Hari Krishna devotees offer all the food they prepare directly to Krishna before they eat it themselves. Through this act the food becomes energised with Gods potency, which, when eaten, helps to promote spiritual advancement and awareness, and nullify previous negative karma. The devotees term such food offerings “prasadam” or Krishnas mercy.

It costs us nothing to utter a few words of “Grace” before eating each meal. These words of gratitude can be directed towards whatever you personally understand God to be, and do not need to be spoken aloud. This act is simply another step in attuning yourself with the universal energy and recognising that you are actually in reality a very small fraction of a greater plan.

I recognised this necessity about twelve years ago, shortly before becoming a vegetarian and I made up my own little prayer which I said inwardly on the few occasions I could actually remember.

“Lord we thank you for the food you provide us with,
we thank the food itself for providing us with the sustenance we need,
we hope the food understands our need,
as its need was to feed from the earth,
so is our need to feed from it,
we pray that one day we will all be fed by your ethers”.

You could similarly string a few words together which you feel most comfortable with, the power of this act is not contained in the words themselves but the fact that you are recognising your relationship with a higher consciousness and your body’s dependency on that higher energy of all creation.

While the Bible in many places seems to endorse meat eating, these sections should not be taken out of context. Instead of using Noah’s emergency expedient ( following the flood in which all vegetation was wiped out ) as outlined in GENESIS 9:3

A more important diet is the original one, enunciated by the Lord in GENESIS 1:29

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every Herb-bearing seed and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat (food).”
GENESIS 1:29
God further indicates in the next verse that this diet is “good” whilst the diet referred to in Genesis 9:3 which contains meat was allowed “simply to satisfy their lust”

This is outlined quite clearly but, again, it must all be studied in context. The example of the quail which God purportedly arranged for the children of Israel after they “tired of his manna” (NUMBERS 11:31) is a prime example of quoting out of context. Indeed verses 31 and 32 of Numbers describe the quail and the feasting that followed, but verse 33 must also be read to secure the full impact of this passage.

“And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote them with a great plague.”
God was obviously not happy with their meat eating.

It also becomes clear when one studies the early history of the Church that the founding fathers espoused the vegetarian ideal. You can study their lives, Tertullian, Pliny, Origen, St John Chrysostom, the list goes on and on. Parenthetically , that these early Church fathers were avowed vegetarians makes a large statement as to what we may have read in the Bible before it was worked upon at the various Ecumenical councils.

It was not until the time of Emperor Constantine (Fourth Century) that vegetarian Christians had to practice underground, this was because Constantine was a meat eater. He was also a maniac, and Church history books abound with stories of how he would pour molten lead down the throats of Christian vegetarians for their chosen diet. Incidentally he also killed his wife by setting her in a vat of boiling water.

Scriptural knowledge is simple for the simple, but it is difficult for the twisted. The Bible clearly says “thou shalt not kill” (EXODUS 22-13). It could not be stated more simply.

The exact Hebrew is lo tirtzach which accurately translates “thou shalt not kill”. One of the greatest scholars of Hebrew/English linguistics in the twentieth century, Dr Ruben Alcalay, has written in his book “The complete Hebrew/English dictionary that “tirtzach” refers to “any kind of killing whatsoever.” The word “lo” as you might suspect, means “thou shalt not.” DON’T KILL! Lets face it the Bible is clear on this point.

The Vedic literature is also clear on this subject. In fact, the Vedas take this point beyond vegetarianism, because there is still a sinful reaction in killing vegetables. Therefore, the Vedas prescribe a lacto vegetarian diet, the diet which is least harmful to living beings. There is also a special process to free one from the minimal sinful reactions which are incurred from killing the plants. This process is given in rudimentary form in the Bhagavad Gita, and is elaborated upon in Srimad Bhagavatam. After applying the process which centres around the chanting of the holy name of the Lord with love and devotion, the foodstuffs are known as prasadam, a Sanskrit word which means “the Lord’s mercy”

Many Bible scholars persist with the theory that Christ ate animal flesh, obviously swayed in their opinions by personal habits. The desire to accede to prejudice and uphold existing tradition has been a human characteristic for many centuries, but the truth is now even more important as man exerts his independence in so many ways of life.

Respected Bible scholar Rev. V.A. Holmes Gore has researched the frequent use of the word “meat” in the New Testament Gospels.” He traced its meaning to the original Greek. His findings were first published in world forum of Autumn 1947. He reveals that the nineteen gospel references to “meat” should have been more accurately translated as shown in the table.

Thus in the authorised version of JOHN 21:5 “Have ye any meat ?” is incorrect. It should have been translated “Have ye anything to eat. ?”

“Fish” is another frequently mistranslated word in the Bible. Its reference is often not to the form of swimming life, but to the symbol by which the early Christians could identify each other. It was a secret sign derived from the sacred geometry of the vesica pisces, and was needed in times of persecution, prior to the official acceptance of Christianity as the state religion.

Greek (number of references) Meaning

Broma food'
Brosis the act of eating food'
Phago to eat'
Brosimos that which may be eaten'
Trophe nourishment'
Phosphagon anything to eat'


The sign of the fish was a mystical symbol and conversational password, deriving from the Greek word for fish “ichthus.” As such, it represented an acrostic, composed of leading letters of the Greek phrase. “lesous Christos Theou Uios Soter”
(“Jesus Christ , Son of God, Saviour.”)

Frequent references to fish are intended as symbolic of The Christ, having nothing to do with the act of eating a dead fish. But the symbol of the fish did not meet with Roman approval. They preferred the sign of the cross, choosing to concentrate more on the falsely reported death of Christ at his crucifixion rather than on his brilliant life and healing works. Perhaps this is one reason why only ten percent of his life record appears in the canonical scriptures. Most of his first thirty years are omitted.

How many worshippers go home from Church and sit down to a feast cut from a once proud beast in defiance of the very commandments they have just been advocating. The following Biblical verses should clear up any misgivings that the reader may have in this connection.

Discussions of meat in the Bible ( Old Testament )

“But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require, at the hand of every beast will I require it.”

GENESIS 9:4-5

This verse shows that man is not allowed to eat meat, and if he does he will pay with his own life. And he will be killed by the one he kills. This is the law of karma.

"To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me.? Sayeth the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts, and delight not in the blood of bullocks, or lambs, or of goats. When ye spread forth your hands I will hide mine eyes from you, yea, when ye make many prayers I will not hear, for your hands are full of blood."
ISAIAH 1:11.15
This verse shows how God treats even the prayers of those who eat and kill animals in his name.

“He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man”
ISAIAH 66:3


This verse shows that cow killing is equated to murder.

“It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dealings, that ye eat neither fat no blood”
LEVITICUS 3:17
This is a trick commandment, you cannot eat meat and not eat blood. This is the origin of the idea of Kosher food ( meat with the blood drained out of it ). It has been compared to passing stool and not passing a drop of urine. Impossible !.

"And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of strangers who sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood.”LEVITICUS 17:10 Note the term “ any manner of blood”. All flesh comes from blood.


Appearances of the word ‘meat’ in the New Testamanet

This explanation shows how certain words translated wrongly in the King James Version of the Bible. The correct translations are taken from the Nestle Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, which also references the King James version.

“And the same John ( the Baptist ) had his raiment of camels hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins, and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

MATTHEW 3:4

The word used here is trophe, “nourishment,” Also note the word “locusts” refers to locust beans, or carob, St Johns bread.

“And her spirit came again (referring to a woman Jesus raised from the dead), and she arose straight away, and he (Jesus) commanded to give her meat.”

LUKE 8:55

The word used here is phago, “to eat.”


“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

“Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”

ISAIAH 7:14,15

Christians are fond of quoting the first part of this verse as proof that Jesus is the saviour, but they very rarely quote the next verse, which says that he will be a vegetarian.

“And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he (Jesus) said unto them ( his disciples). Have ye here any meat.? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And took it, and did eat before them.”

LUKE 24:41-43

The word used here is brosmosis, eatable. Note the use of the word “it” which is in the singular. Jesus was offered fish and a honeycomb, but took only one. Judging from ISAIAH 7:15 we know which he chose.

“For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat”

JOHN 4:8

The word used here is “trophe”, nourishment.

“And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, this is the fourteenth day ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat, for this is your health, for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and when he had broken it , he began to eat. Then they were all of good cheer and they also took some meat.”

ACTS 27:33-36

All three words used here are “trophe” nourishment. Note that even though they say meat, they show clearly that what he was referring to was bread, which they all took.

Boundless Love and TRUE Christianity
by John
It's a very sad fact that the Church has been a little "economical with the truth". Indeed what the Church has been up to over the centuries is nothing short of scandalous.

Jesus commanded his followers to observe the vegetarian/vegan diet and to show love and kindness to all living things, but the Church altered and suppressed these teachings (and others) to court popularity and make Christianity more acceptable to the masses.

The early Church adopted and "Christianised" the pagan festivals – December 25th, Eastra, Black Friday, etc. – for the same reason and purpose.

It is a historical fact that in the aftermath of the Council of Nicaea, in AD 325, the original MSS of the New Testament underwent numerous alterations and adulterations.

Certain scholars, called "Correctors", were appointed by the ecclesiastical authorities and commissioned to 'correct' Scripture in the interests of orthodoxy.

Further alterations and spurious interpolations were made in the sixth century AD to counter the surge in popularity of the Christian Gnostic movement.

Consequently many of the Church's teachings are very different , even in some cases exactly opposite to that which Jesus originally taught.

The three main religious sects in the Holy Land, in the first century AD, were the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Essenes. Jesus was an Essene, belonging to the Northern Essene brotherhood centred around Mount Carmel.

Members of the Northern Essene sect were also known as Nazarenes – and yes, Nazareth was a Nazarene Essene settlement, though it should be noted that the term predates the place name.

The Essenes were an extraordinary sect and a fitting community for the Messiah to have been born into.

Pliny said of the Essenes that they were "a race by themselves, more remarkable than any other in all the world".

Philo described them as living each day in "constant and unalterable holiness".

Whereas the Roman historian Josephus described the Essenes as having "a reputation for cultivating a particularly saintly life" . Adding; "rightly do they deserve to be called an example for the life of other people".

Anyone who has studied the subject will know that Essene teachings differ markedly from those of their Catholic counterparts, which explains why the Catholic Church went to such extraordinary lengths to obliterate every possible bit of documentary evidence linking Jesus to the Essenes.

Thankfully, the ignorant and the crafty failed in their attempt to destroy the Truth. In the last 120 years or so a number of original gospels and manuscripts have come to light. The most notable being in the 1880's with the re-discovery of the Gospel of the Holy Twelve, the Essene New Testament, made by the saintly Reverend Gideon Jasper Ouseley .

Rev. Ouseley was a fitting vessel for such a profound and beautiful revelation. With his wonderful humanitarian spirit, his seemingly limitless compassion, and his kind and gentle ways he was a shining example to all.

He neither smoked nor drank and was a devout vegetarian, maintaining that ripe fruits (including nuts), pure oil of olives, grains and vegetables were "the true and proper food for man"

A deeply spiritual man, his whole life was dedicated to opposing cruelty and bloodshed, and promoting the doctrine of boundless love. Alas, the Catholic Church appreciated neither his revelation nor him, and he was "cast out of the Church with loss of clerical stipend", because his views were deemed, quote, "anti-Christian", but despite it all, he bravely continued to teach true Christianity until his death in 1906, aged 71.

The Gospel of the Holy Twelve contains the pure, original and unadulterated words of Christ. Perhaps my favourite verse of the G.H.l2 is the following, as it captures so beautifully the true spirit and nature of Jesus:

"And the birds gathered around him and welcomed him with their song and other living creatures came unto his feet and he fed them and they ate out of his hands"

The Essenes believed in the sacredness and unity of all life and were strict vegetarians. It can be no surprise, therefore, that the original teachings of Jesus should be so full of love and compassion for all God's creation. Lack of space prevents me from going into fuller detail, but here are a few of the most interesting verses:


Boundless love. "Order indeed is good and needful, but before all things is love, love ye one another and all the creatures of God, and by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples"

Animals. "Verily these are your fellow creatures of the great Household of God, yea they are your brethren and sisters, having the same breath of life in the Eternal. And whosoever careth for one of the least of these, and giveth it to eat and drink in its need, the same doeth it unto me"

"For of the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the herbs alone do I partake" – Jesus.

"Now Joseph and Mary, his parents, went up to Jerusalem every year, at the feast of the Passover, and they observed the feast after the manner of their brethren. (The Essenes), who abstained from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink".

"John had his raiment of camels hair and a girdle of the same about his loins, and his meat was the fruit of the locust tree and wild honey"

"The robber who breaketh into the house made by man is guilty, but they who break into the house made by God, even the least of these are the greater sinners. Wherefore I say unto all who desire to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths"

Mercy killings (animals): "But if they kill to put an end to suffering which cannot be healed, they are not guilty if they do it quickly and in love"

Feeding of the 5,000: “He saith unto them; "How many loaves have ye? Go and see". And when they knew, they said, "Six loaves and seven clusters of grapes". And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies of fifty upon the grass. And they sat down in ranks by hundreds and by fifties. And when he had taken the six loaves and the seven clusters of grapes, he looked up to Heaven, and blessed and brake the loaves, and the grapes also, and gave them to his disciples to set before them, and they divided them among them all.”

The Last Supper: “Iscariot said: ‘Where is the lamb that Moses commanded’ for Judas had bought the lamb, but Jesus had forbidden that it should be killed… and Judas said again ‘Master, is it not written that a lamb must be slain for the passover within the gates?’, and Jesus answered ‘If I am lifted up on the cross then indeed shall the lamb be slain.’”


The following quotation of Jesus was truly prophetic...
"…but there shall arise after you men of perverse minds, who shall, through ignorance or through craft, suppress many things which I have spoken unto you, and lay to me things which I have never taught, sowing tares among the good wheat which I have given you to sow in the world.
... Then shall the truth of God endure the contradiction of sinners, for thus it hath been and thus it will be, but the time cometh when the things which they have hidden shall be revealed and made known, and the truth shall make free those which were bound."
The earliest Christian writer, Hegesippus, says of James, brother of Jesus and the first ruler of the Christian Church in Jerusalem, that "he drank no wine, nor strong drink, nor ate he any living thing, even his clothes were free from any taint of death, for he wore no woollen, but linen garments only."
Clement of Alexandria, chief disciple of the Apostle Peter (who Clement also records as being vegetarian, or more precisely vegan), wrote: "The Apostle Matthew partook of seeds and nuts and vegetables, abstaining from flesh"
St. Augustine records that Jacobus, brother of Jesus, "lived of seeds and vegetables, and did not accept meat or wine"
Literally oceans of innocent blood have been shed because these teachings were suppressed. To give an example, I estimate that in excess of half-a-billion of our little brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom are butchered to satisfy the Christmas Day bloodlust of the world's Christians. Over half-a-billion in one day ... how many have been killed in the many hundreds of years these teachings have been suppressed? – and how many would be saved if these beautiful teachings were once again rightfully restored?
God commanded man to observe a purely vegetarian diet (Genesis 1 v. 29). The later permission to eat flesh was issued solely as a concession to the barbarity of the day. Even then it was issued with a malediction, albeit a self-imposed one, "the blood of your lives shall I require". Striking to note how the lifespan of (vegetarian) Noah's meat-eating descendants plummeted.
During the Exodus many of the Israelites rejected the vegetarian "manna from Heaven", and lusted for and ate flesh (quails) instead. Subsequently they all died of plague and were buried in what the Torah calls the "graves of lust".
In the Gospel of Peace we read:
And Jesus continued: "God commanded your forefathers: 'Thou shalt not kill', but their heart was hardened and they killed. Then Moses desired that at least they should not kill men, and he suffered them to kill beasts. And then the heart of your forefathers was hardened yet more, and they killed men and beasts likewise.
But I do say to you, kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also.
For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And your bodies become what your foods are: even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are."
The prophecy of Isaiah states that in the New Kingdom the original Edenic state will be restored, there will be no more killing or bloodshed, all of God' s creation – man and beast alike – will live together in peace and harmony and love.
Re – the 'Feeding of the 5,000' – 6 and 7 are the mystical numbers of man and God, matter and spirit etc. Whilst the bread and juice of the grapes symbolised the body and blood of Christ. The sublime spiritual symbolism here speaks for itself.
According to the theological scholar, Josias Bunsen, even the Greek original of Matthew (written many years later than the Gospel of the Holy Twelve) made no mention whatsoever of fishes, the word used was OPSOM, which simply means a dessert and in virtually every case it referred to fruit.
And as Jesus was going with some of his disciples he met with a certain man who trained dogs to hunt other creatures. And he said to the man, "Why doest thou thus?" and the man said, "By this I live and what profit is there to any in these creatures? These creatures are weak, but the dogs they are strong". And Jesus said, "Thou lackest wisdom and love. Lo, every creature which God hath made hath its end, and purpose, and who can say what good is there in it, or what profit to thyself, or mankind? And, for thy living, behold the fields yielding their increase, and the fruit bearing trees and the herbs; what needest thou more than these which honest work of thy hands will not give to thee? Woe to the strong who misuse their strength. Woe to the crafty who hurt the creatures of God. Woe to the hunters for they shall be hunted".
And the man marvelled, and left off training the dogs to hunt, and taught them to save life rather than destroy it. And he learned of the doctrines of Jesus and became his disciple.