Chapter Two- The Old Testament
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Of the sons of Noah, were Shem, Ham and Japheth. Shem was the righteous son from whom Abraham descended many generations later. The Semites were descended from Shem.
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I, the Almighty God, give unto thee a commandment; that thou shalt walk uprightly [When one walks upright, he does not walk on all fours as does an animal — the tissues of his body are not built with animal protein.] before me and be perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and I will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And it came to pass, that Abram fell on his face, and called upon the name of the Lord.
4 And God talked with him, saying, My people have gone astray from my precepts, and have not kept mine ordinances, which I gave unto their fathers;
5 And they have not observed mine anointing, and the burial, or baptism wherewith I commanded them;
6 But have turned from the commandment, and taken unto themselves the washing of children [instead of baptism by immersion], and the blood of sprinkling [sacrificing in blood and violence, not giving of the broken heart in blessed repentance]; And have said that the blood of the righteous Abel was shed for sins; and have not known wherein they are accountable before me
7 But as for thee, behold, I will make my covenant with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. (Genesis 17:1–7 JST)
At this point, apparently the covenant was reiterated. The blood of animals was not to be shed. We must assume here that the original injunction to man still stood, which was:
12 And surely, blood shall not be shed, only for meat, to save your lives; and the blood of every beast will I require at your hands. (Genesis 9:12 Joseph Smith Translation)
We all know the story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Joseph, the righteous son of Jacob, was taken into Egypt. During the time of famine, Jacob’s entire family was led to Egypt by the hand of the Lord. The sons of Jacob multiplied exceedingly during their time in Egypt. Some scholars say they were there 450 years and others say 250 years. At this time, with the cattle cult of the Egyptians, it was easy to fall away from the original teachings. Sacrifice, which was practiced by the Egyptians, became acceptable to the children of Jacob.
The following quotes were taken from Vasu Murti in his book, They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy.
“In his 1961 book, Moses and the Original Torah, Abba Hillel Silver cites biblical texts such as:
21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. (Jeremiah 7:21–22)
25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (Amos 5:25)
“He notes differences in the style and content of passages referring to animal sacrifice when compared with other parts of Torah, to prove his thesis that the original Mosaic Law contained no instructions concerning sacrifice. The sacrificial cult, Silver insists, was a pagan practice which became absorbed into Torah.
“Many Rabbis do not agree with Silver. They voice the view that the Hebraic sacrificial system differed considerably from those in the pagan world as Animals were supposedly sacrificed primarily to celebrate the glory of God, and only secondarily to satisfy the cravings of the worshipers. Select portions of the carcass, and sometimes entire carcasses, were offered before God on a flaming altar. Blood, believed to contain the essence of life, was ceremoniously separated from the flesh. The blood was returned to the Giver of Life. With wine, bread, and music, the corpse of the animal became part of a banquet of thanksgiving. In this reshaped and reformed sacrificial cult, the pagan values were replaced with those of Judaism: monotheism, holiness, cleanliness, thanksgiving, etc.
“Significantly, one could not slaughter an animal whimsically, outside of religious sacrifice. To do so was to commit a very sinful act: Blood guilt shall be imputed to that man; he has shed blood, and shall be cut off from among the people. (Leviticus 17:3,4) Indeed, throughout the Bible, the spilling of innocent blood is condemned.
“The exact Hebrew in Exodus 20:13: Thou Shalt not Kill, is Lo tirtzach. One of the greatest Modern Hebrew scholars, Dr Reuben Alcalay, writes that tirtzach refers to any form of killing whatsoever. (Rabbi Shmuel Golding, Guide to the Misled.)
In our continuing quest to make sense of God’s original teachings we shall examine the major teachings of the prophets of the Old Testament to know if they reiterate the original teaching of God or if they agree with the sacrificial cult of the early Hebrews and we will begin with Moses, who led the people away from the sacrificial cult of the Egyptians.
10 A righteous man cares for his animals, but even the mercy of the wicked is cruel. (Proverbs 12:10)
“A Jewish legend says Moses was found righteous by God through his shepherding. While Moses was tending his sheep of Jethro in the Midian wilderness, a young kid ran away from the flock. Moses ran after it until he found the kid drinking by a pool of water. Moses approached the kid and said, “I did not know that you ran away because you were thirsty; now, you must be tired.” so Moses placed the animal on his shoulders and carried him back to the flock. God said, “Because thou has shown mercy in leading the flock, thou will surely tend my flock, Israel. (Vasu Murti, Thou Shall Not Hurt or Destroy, 3)
26 And said, if thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy god, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord that healeth thee. (Exodus 15: 26)
It is significant here that as the Lord leads Moses and His people out of Egypt, He leads them away from the flesh pots which were there (modern term butcher shops). He makes reference again to the plagues or diseases that He talked about in the garden with Adam and Eve — diseases caused from partaking of the forbidden food. Early in the journey, as the children of Israel, were led in the wilderness by Moses, they became hungry for their accustomed food, and complained:
4 Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. (Exodus 16: 4)
An ancient Greek scripture called The Philokalia, written by monks in the 3rd to the 8th centuries after Christ, refers to this scripture as saying:… “when we did eat meat to the full.” Who made that scriptural change? Was it one of the changes that Enoch foresaw? … “who changed the truth of God into a lie?”
5 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. (Exodus 16: 5)
The Lord did rain bread (manna) from heaven upon the people for 40 years. Was this to purify them so that in effect their bodies (temples) would be prepared (purified) to receive the Holy Ghost? By leading them out of physical bondage, the Lord was also leading them out of spiritual bondage. Some scholars think that God works in natural ways, using natural laws to cause many of His miracles, and that the manna was actually flax which grew on the sides of mountains and that God caused the winds to blow it into their camp. Flax is the most purifying food on the planet as the oil actually dissolves the harmful fats in the body (animal origin), allowing the body to then dispose of this fat along with the toxins that the human body stores there. Flax also has the characteristic of manna in that, once ground, it becomes rancid very quickly and must be used right away.
Some of the Israelites quickly tired of the manna and continued to murmur, “Where is the flesh for our tables?” The Lord became quite irritated with these people as you can see in two different versions of the same occurrence in Numbers, chapter 11 and then again in Psalm 78:
18 And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, who shall give us flesh to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the Lord will give you flesh and ye shall eat.
19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days:
20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
21 And Moses said, the people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25 And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My Lord Moses, forbid them And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? Would God and all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them? (Numbers 11:18–28)
Here is an indication that the Lord wants us all to be prophets, i.e., to have the gift of the Holy Ghost and have the powers of the prophets which can only come by being totally obedient to his laws … and thus far in what we have learned, specifically the law of pure diet.
30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
31 And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails; he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
33 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 the people with a very great plague. [See also Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.]
34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.
35 And the people journeyed from Kibroth-hataavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth. (Numbers 11:30–35)
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel: Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation.
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and given them the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angel’s food: He sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea.
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lusts. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still and believed not his wondrous works. (Psalms 78:10,18,21,23–32)
Did God slay the people? Or did they bring death upon themselves by disobeying the law and partaking of the forbidden food — the food that originally brought death into the world and is still bringing death into the world? Here we are shown a great distinction between the word “meat,” which in nearly all scriptures means nourishment, and the word “flesh.”
There are many Jewish people who adhere to this doctrine and do not eat flesh foods to this day. After India, Israel has the largest number of faith-based vegetarians in the world. (Jewishveg.com)
Around this time, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments. The one we are concerned with here is the commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Again, Dr. Reuben Alcalay, one of the greatest Modern Hebrew scholars, states “the exact Hebrew in Exodus 20:13 (Thou shalt not kill) is ‘lo tirtzach.’ which refers to any form of killing whatsoever.”
Obviously all the time that Moses led the Israelites in the desert, even though the Lord provided them with manna for forty years, there were those who wouldn’t and didn’t obey the Law. At some point in time, probably about 800 or 900 bc, there was an actual change made in the written scriptures.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. (Isaiah 24:5)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever, Amen. (Romans 1:25)
These changes are reflected in the writings of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy as these books do not reflect the teachings of a gentle god, but of a god who wreaks vengeance, demands sacrifice and war and initiates the eating of specific animals only. Was there a new teaching from God? Or is He in fact a God who changes not? (Also, note that these specific books are never mentioned in The Book of Mormon.)
6 For I am the Lord, I change not. (Malachi 3:6)
19 And behold I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles. (Mormon 9:19)
2 For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round. (D&C 3:2)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator. Who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
So, why did some scribes change the truth of God into a lie? To understand this, we read:
7 For thus saith the prophet against Israel: Woe be to their soul, because they have taken wicked counsel against themselves, saying let us lay snares for the righteous, because he is unprofitable to us. (The Lost Books of the Bible, Barnabas 5:7) [The vegetarian makes no $profit$ for the purveyor of flesh foods.]
Barnabas was Paul’s missionary companion and many of the early Church fathers (Clemens, Alexandrinis, Origen, Eusebius, Jerome) said that the Epistle of Barnabas lays greater claim to canonical authority than others — this may be found in the Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden. Although many people use Leviticus 11 as an excuse to eat flesh foods, in this same epistle Barnabas explains that the commands of Moses were of spiritual significance rather than which animals we should and should not eat.
Epistle of Barnabas
Barnabas in Chapter 9, explains that the commands (which are in Leviticus 11) of Moses concerning clean and unclean beasts were designed for spiritual signification:
1. But why did Moses say Ye shall not eat of the swine, neither the eagle nor the hawk; nor the crow; nor any fish that has not a scale upon him? Answer, that in the spiritual sense, he comprehended three doctrines, that were to be gathered from thence.
2. Besides which he says to them in the book of Deuteronomy, And I will give my statutes unto this people. Wherefore it is not the command of God that they should not eat these things; but Moses in the spirit spake unto them.
3. Now the sow he forbade them to eat; meaning thus much; thou shalt not join thyself to such persons as are like unto swine; who whilst they live in pleasure, forget their God; but when any want pinches them, then they know the Lord; as the sow when she is full knows not her master; but when she is hungry she makes a noise; and being again fed, is silent.
4. Neither, says he, shalt thou eat the eagle, nor the hawk, nor the kite, nor the crow; that is thou shalt not keep company with such kind of men as know not how by their labour and sweat to get themselves food: but injuriously ravish away the things of others; and watch how to lay snares for them; when at the same time they appear to live in perfect innocence.
5. [so these birds alone seek not food for themselves, but]
sitting idle seek how they may eat of the flesh others have provided; being destructive through their wickedness.
6. Neither, says he, shalt thou eat the lamprey, nor the polypus, nor the cuttle-fish; that is thou shalt not be like such men, by using to converse with them; who are altogether wicked and adjudged to death. For so those fishes are alone accursed, and wallow in the mire, nor swim as other fishes, but tumble in the dirt at the bottom of the deep.
7. But he adds, neither shalt thou eat of the hare. To what end? To signify this to us; Thou shalt not be an adulterer; nor liken thyself neither be like to such persons. For the hare every year multiplies the places of its conception; and so many years as it lives, so many it has.
8. Neither shalt thou eat of the hyena; that is, again, be not an adulterer, nor a corruptor of others; such. And Whereforeso? Because that creature every year changes its kind, and is sometimes male and sometimes female.
9. For which cause also he justly hated the weasel; to the end that they should not be like such persons who with their mouths commit wickedness by reason of their uncleanness; nor join themselves with those impure women, who with commit wickedness. Because that animal conceives with its mouth.
10. Moses therefore, speaking as concerning meats, delivered indeed three great precepts to them in the spiritual signification of those commands. But they according to the desires of the flesh, understood him as if he had only meant it of meats.
11. And therefore David took aright the knowledge of his threefold command, saying in like manner.
12. Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly; as the fishes before mentioned in the bottom of the deep in darkness.
13. Nor stood in the way of sinners, as they who seem to fear the Lord, but yet sin, as the sow.
14. And hath not sat in the seat of the scorners; as those birds who sit and watch that they may devour.
15. Here you have the law concerning meat perfectly set forth, and according to the true knowledge of it.
16. But, says Moses, ye shall eat all that divideth the hoof, and cheweth the cud. Signifying thereby such an one as having taken his food, knows him that nourisheth him; and resting upon him, rejoiceth in him.
17. And in this he spake well, having respect to the commandment. What, therefore, is it that he says? That we should hold fast to them that fear the Lord; with those who meditate on the command of the word which they have received in their heart; with those that declare the righteous judgments of the Lord, and keep his commandments.
18. In short, with those who know that to meditate is a work of pleasure, and therefore exercise themselves in the word of the Lord.
19. But why might they eat those that clave the hoof? Because the righteous liveth in this present world; but his expectation is fixed upon the other. See, brethren, how admirably Moses commanded these things?
Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Although there are brief verses in Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy which are choice and do reflect the reverence the Jewish People had for the lives of their animals, the entire tone of these books is quite different from the clear and plain early writings in the Bible. These chapters are filled with sacrifice, blood, murder, and violence. Most young people who want to read the Bible from cover to cover, begin at Genesis and stop reading at some point in any of these three books. It is because young people, by nature, don’t want to accept a God who is violent and commands his children to pillage and plunder and murder innocent animals and people as is evident in these three chapters.
Hundreds of laws here are given to replace the simple Ten Commandments, which the people wouldn’t follow. If we choose to read and follow the teachings in these three books, we entirely confuse our minds as to who God is. Is He our gentle father who only wants us to live and obey his commandments so that we can live a long and righteous existence, worthy of eternal life in the heavens with Him? Many people who wish to live godly lives skip the reading of these books altogether as it is evident that maybe this was the time in ancient history when the scriptures were changed as Enoch had prophesied (The Book of Enoch, R.H. Charles) and also as it says in Romans 1:25 “… who changed the truth of God into a lie.”
Certainly those who read and follow the teachings of these books do live contradictory lives and most times commit violence against not only the innocent animals but people as well. Certain books are included in the Bible, which is basically a history of the people, but this does not mean that we have to accept them as true teachings of our Father in Heaven. We can peruse them and reflect upon them as a dark period in the world’s history, then learn from the mistakes they made. We cannot justify what we do in this life — good or bad — by these teachings simply because they are included in a holy book.
It is helpful to remember that we always have our free agency. We are free to choose the bad or good in this life, hopefully remembering that as we sow, so shall we reap, and that if we have mercy, God will have mercy upon us. It is good to remember that when we wreak violence against that which has life, we are messing with things that belong to the Creator. He doesn’t like it if we hurt or destroy his handiwork. He didn’t like it during the days of Noah and He doesn’t like it now. If we have to do this to meet a basic need (to keep ourselves alive) then we can face him after our life has ended without fear of retribution.
Also we have to remember that there are those who wish to profit from our lives by convincing us that certain things we eat are good for us (“Milk, It does a body good”) and that we need them and could possibly die if we didn’t get them. We can know that they lie if they go against the very first basic teaching of our Father in Heaven. We can also know that they lie if the evidence points to the fact that, in truth, these foods are not good for us and are not keeping us alive but are gradually killing us in myriad ways. Food is the big seller and has always been from the beginning because it is something we have to have three times a day.
Note: After confirming a scientific link between milk consumption and diabetes, the magazine, Scientific American, responded to the above dairy slogan.
“Milk, It does a body good, sounds a little hollow these days”. (Scientific American, Oct 1992)
“Also in 1992, the Journal of Clinical Microbiology reported:
It is reasonable to conjecture that M. paratuberculosis may be responsible for some cases of Crohn’s disease.
“In September of 1996, the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences reported in their journal:
“Mycobacterium paratuberculosis RNA was found in 100 percent of Crohn’s disease patients, compared with 0 percent of controls.
“The most serious bacterial disease of cows is caused by mycobacterium paratuberculosis. Mycobacterium paratuberculosis causes a bovine disease called “Johne’s.” Cows diagnosed with Johne’s disease have diarrhea and heavy fecal shedding of bacteria. This bacterium becomes cultured in milk and is not destroyed by pasteurization. Occasionally, the milk borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host, and irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s results.” (Robert Cohen, notmilk.com)
“Over 20 years of independent research links a common disease in humans characterized by chronic diarrhea and severe abdominal pain with sick cows and contaminated milk.
“We are not describing a disease process on another continent, or another era. I’m sad to say that we’re talking about the United States in 2004.
“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from 20 percent to 40 percent of U.S. dairy farms have sick cows. These cows aren’t mildly ill, they’re infected with Mycobacteria paratuberculosis, which produces massive diarrhea and incredible weight loss. But on factory farms, sick cows still provide commercial milk. Milk from sick cows is pooled with milk from healthy cows. The result: contaminated milk and, apparently, a whole lot of sick people.
“Think of the worst stomach flu you ever experienced. Then imagine trying to live with that every day.
“That’s Crohn’s disease.
“Pasteurization in the United States is accomplished predominately by the HTST (high temperature short time) method, where milk is exposed to 72 degrees centigrade (165 degrees F) for 15 seconds, as milk streams through the pasteurization coils.
“In the laboratory, 72 degrees C, for 15 seconds doesn’t kill M. paratuberculosis. In fact 90 degrees (194 F) for 15 seconds doesn’t kill the bacteria. Part of the reason is that the organism is concentrated in pus cells in milk which protect the bacteria from heat damage during pasteurization. Again, sadly, the USDA allows the highest number of pus cells in commercial milk in the Western world.
“Without adequate research and a responsive government, the sad reality is that across the country, literally hundreds of thousands of children cry themselves to sleep every night, because when they eat it hurts so bad, and sometimes the steroids [inadequate medical treatment] don’t work. (Chris Bennett, Crohn’s disease, sick cows and contaminated milk, World Net Daily, Friday, October 1, 2004)
There are also those who do not know good from evil.
Contemporary Thought about Sacrifice — Original research was done by Vasu Murti, They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy.
“Moses Maimonides says, “By redefining the sacrifices, “idolatry was eradicated, and the vital principle of our faith, the existence and unity of God, was firmly established—without confusing the minds of the people by the abolition of sacrificial worship to which they were accustomed.” Maimonides taught that animal sacrifice served as a substitute for child sacrifice, a practice which was widespread among ancient peoples.
“Rabbi Joseph Hertz writes that human sacrifice was a religious practice, ‘rife among the Semitic peoples, as well as their Egyptian and Aryan neighbors.’ Among these ancient peoples, the sacrifice of animals was a well-established mode of religious worship, much like the reciting of prayers or the singing of hymns is today.
“According to Rabbi Hertz, the sacrificial cult was necessary to ancient religious practice, and unless the laws of Moses included this ‘universal expression or religious homage,’ Moses’ mission’ would assuredly have failed, and his work would have disappeared.
“Animal sacrifice was an acceptable form of worship in biblical times. At no place in Leviticus, or any of the other books of the Bible, is the ritual of animal sacrifice formally explained. Like prayer and praise, animal sacrifice was regarded as a ‘universally current expression of religious homage.’ The rabbis say animal sacrifices were too prevalent in the ancient world to be abolished. Thus they had to be reformed, replacing pagan values with those of Judaism.
“The book of Leviticus radically transformed the pagan ritual of animal sacrifice, and used this ritual to confront man with the glaring contradiction between his desire for animal flesh and God’s designation of life as something holy. Animal sacrifice was once an occasion for indulging in magical sadistic and gluttonous impulses. It was subsequently redefined as a rite of atonement performed by Temple priests.
“Animals were supposedly sacrificed primarily to celebrate the glory of God, and only secondarily to satisfy the cravings of the worshipers. In the reshaped and reformed sacrificial cult, the pagan values were replaced with those of Judaism: monotheism, holiness, cleanliness, thanksgiving, etc.
“Significantly, one could not slaughter an animal whimsically, outside of religious sacrifice. To do so was to commit a very sinful act: ‘Bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man; he has shed blood, and shall be cut off from among his people. (Leviticus 17:3,4)
“Christian scholar, Erdman, The Life, Teachings and Death of Rabbi Y’shua (Jesus) are “the perfect sacrifice.” He regards the entire Book of Leviticus as prophecy.
“In his 1961 book, Moses and the Original Torah, Abba Hillel Silver cites biblical texts such as Jeremiah 7:21,22 and Amos 5: 25, and notes differences in style and content of passages referring to animal sacrifice when compared with other parts of Torah, to prove his thesis that the original Mosaic Law contained no instructions concerning sacrifice. The sacrificial cult, Silver insists, was a pagan practice that became absorbed into Torah:
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. (Jeremiah 7:21,22)
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (Amos 5:25)
As we continue our search for God’s teachings, as defined by the teachings of the holy prophets, we find there are many things that are virtuous, lovely and of good report and praiseworthy in the Holy Bible. Following are just a few:
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (I Samuel 15:22)
7 But now ask the beasts, and they shall teach thee, and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.. (Job 12:7–10)
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep; O Lord, Thou preservest man and beast. (Psalm 36:6)
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. (Psalm 40: 6)
8. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
9. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11. I know all the fowls of the mountains and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.
13. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14. Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the most High: (Psalms 50:8-14)
16. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise. (Psalms 51:16,17)
14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; (Psalms 104:14)
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3)
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: (Poverbs 23:20)
1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. (Ecclesiastes 5:1)
Testimony of the Prophets: Old Testament
There has to be reason in the Bible. This is the major recurring theme from the beginning:
God is the Creator, not the destroyer. Who is this destroyer who not only wanted to destroy the beautiful animals of the world, but in so doing, knew that we would eat their flesh and then destroy ourselves with the weakness and disease caused from the partaking of the forbidden food — the weakness and disease which leads to spiritual poverty. Just as the bright nature left Adam and Eve, the Holy Spirit leaves us when we harden our hearts to the plight of the innocents.
“Satan never owned the earth; he never made a particle of it; his labor is not to create, but to destroy; while on the other hand, the labor of the Son of God is to create, preserve, purify, build up and exalt all things — the earth and its fullness — to his standard of greatness and perfection; to restore all things to their paradisiacal state and make them glorious. The work of the one is to preserve and sanctify, the work of the other is to waste away, deface and destroy.” (Journal of Discourses 10:320, July 31, 1864, Brigham Young. Original research done by Richard D. Stratton: Kindness to Animals and Caring for the Earth.)
“Satan, spitefully determined to destroy everything that God has commanded to live and multiply, began his earthly career by making war on the birds and fishes and systematically destroying the animals and trees. This, we are told, was because he was envious of the beautiful rapport that existed between Adam and the animals.” (Hugh Nibley, New Era, page 52, Jan–Feb 1981) (Original research done by Richard D. Stratton: Kindness to Animals and Caring for the Earth.)
Some questions we should ask ourselves about the Prophets: Are their teachings consistent with the teaching of God to the children in the Garden of Eden concerning what they should and should not eat? Do they continue the basic theme that began when Eve partook of the forbidden food? And does this golden thread that begins in the garden and continues throughout the Bible continue to lead the people to stop this particular evil? In fact, the Prophets had a sacred responsibility to not only teach God’s children, but to call them to repentance and to warn them of what would come if they didn’t repent. They not only called the people to repentance, but gave them amazing promises if they did repent — promises which would, in effect, negate the effects of the original sin of Adam and Eve and restore the bright nature (Holy Ghost) to those who obeyed. Remember that we are counseled not only in the Book of Mormon to study the words of Isaiah, but also by our church leaders.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. (Isaiah 1:11)
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and plead for the widow
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:15–19)
2 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isaiah 2:4)
9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. (Isaiah 3:9–11)
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. [See also Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. [Little children, are harmless and innocent. Compare to Daniel 6:23]
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:4–9)
We must ask ourselves who “They” are. “They” are the meek, those who hurt not nor destroy. According to Jesus Christ, they will inherit the earth. “They” are the people of the Lord. Whatever our religious persuasion, are we numbered in this group?
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. (Isaiah 24:5)
1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! [Compare this with Lamentations 4, which follows later.] (Isaiah 28:1)
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little;
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. (Isaiah 28:7–12)
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge [See Revelation 18:4] shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves. (Isaiah 28:15)
1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin. (Isaiah 30:1)
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, [he that hates profit by extortion, compare to D&C 59:20] that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. (Isaiah 33:15 – 16)
6 Is this not the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and let the oppressed go free and that ye break every yoke? [In Hebrew, the words Sam, Samah, mean to fast. They also have another meaning: vegetarian.] (Isaiah 58:6)
Who are the oppressed in this world in which we live? We understand that 45 billion animals yearly are sacrificed (slaughtered) to feed us when we could be eating the good of the land, the green herb, the fruits, the vegetables, and the grains that the Lord provided from the very beginning. The blood and gore from this slaughter oppress the earth, which groans in despair from such destruction. Great tears are shed in heaven because of the ignorance of the children of God.
We understand that these animals are not killed in a humane manner (if there could be a humane manner in which to commit the murder of an animal). The following gives us an idea of one oppressed animal we slaughter for the express purpose of giving thanks to God:
“About 45 million turkeys are produced for a typical Thanksgiving. They are crammed 15,000 to 20,000 per building in warehouses with no windows, with automated food and air. Just a few weeks old, these birds are debeaked with a hot iron, which also cuts their nerves and muscle tissue; and their back toes are cut off, all without anesthesia, a mutilation to prevent their attacking each other in this man made hell. Confined to darkness, they are forced to exist in filth, including their own feces, which gets into their food. Those not making it are thrown onto a dead pile. Others monsterized by growth hormones, are forced with brooms, sticks and kicking to climb steep ramps onto trucks headed for the slaughter house. Those too weak for loading are left to starve to death. At 4 to 5 months the turkeys are hung by their legs for 5 to 6 minutes awaiting the killer’s knife. Some are dropped into vats of boiling water alive as production speed misses them. Others fall unto the floor to die a slow death in puddles of blood. The contented gobbles and clucks we once knew are replaced with pitiful cries and screams.” (Nancy Robinson, Founder: Earth’s Best Friend is Vegetarian.)
How can we fool ourselves to the point that we believe the Lord hears our prayers of thanksgiving when we sit down to a feast of this degraded magnitude? These turkeys certainly didn’t fulfill the measure of their creation or find joy therein. This is the tip of the iceberg where farm animals are concerned. To know more about the indignities, pain, suffering and death animals face every day, read The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, or Diet for a New America, by John Robbins. Contemplate the 45 billion animals worldwide that are penned in filthy conditions, poor, wet, cold bedraggled, in fear of what is coming, waiting for the ultimate trip to the slaughterhouse where, before their final moments, they will experience the indescribable blood and horror of this generation.
Their final remains will be cremated in the ovens and upon the countless backyard barbecue grills in the sad and damaging unconsciousness of a people trapped in darkness, and by many with hardness of heart and greed who have not considered the Biblical adage, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” This law of the universe says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction — this law that had to be atoned for by the sacrifice of a God in order to annul it. This law which no one ever seems to repent from because Holy scriptures have been altered to the point that even the Popes think it is not a sin eat flesh and it is apparent in most instances that their health reflects it.
6 We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
If we are to be forgiven of these sins, then we must repent just as we do from secondary sins, because as long as we partake of this forbidden food, we will be held responsible for this travesty. Secondary sins are those sins that abound in us because of disobedience to the original sin. Again … removing the armor of God, allows in the enemy of righteousness.
More from Isaiah:
8 [In the day of restoration] And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8)
30 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30)
1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, [the bright nature or the Holy Ghost] O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised [of heart?] and the unclean. (Isaiah 52:1)
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. (Isaiah 52:11)
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isaiah 55:2)
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and plead for the widow
18 Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:16–19)
Let us consider the innocents: Animals have feelings, fears and emotions. They suffer pain just as we do.
“The animals see and hear and love and fear and suffer. They use their organs far more faithfully than many human beings use theirs. They manifest sympathy and tenderness toward their companions in suffering. Many animals show affection for those who have charge of them, far superior to the affection shown by some of the human race. They form attachments for man which are not broken without great suffering to them.” (Ellen G White, Ministry of Healing, 315.)
In the future great judgment we will look to Christ and say, “Have mercy.” He will wonder what we thought about all those 50 to 70 plus years we spent here on this dark sphere called Earth. He will wonder if we had a copy of His holy scriptures and if we read them prayerfully. Of course we read them, we say, but we just didn’t recognize that the common enemy of us all had dirtied the water somewhat before we got them. In our unthinking adherence to tradition, and to repeated brainwashing from the powers that be, whether from magazines, radio, or the big-brother-instruction-box which we all have in our houses, or maybe even lust for flesh, we ignored and didn’t even want to know what went on in the slaughter house conveniently hidden from public view — the plight our innocent neighbors, the animals, faced daily in their poor and sad existence.
We do these things when we kill an animal:
1. Stop its eternal progression, which has repercussions throughout eternity. (It is my opinion that animals progress through eternity just as humanity. Life in our universe is one great round of eternal progression for all living creatures. How could it be any other way? How could God be a fair and equitable Father unless this was so?)
“As to where the beasts, birds, and fish, and all other creatures will go after the resurrection, we can only express an opinion. John saw many of them in heaven in the presence of God. It is very probable that they, like mankind, will be distributed in the various kingdoms, celestial, terrestrial, and telestial. We may well believe that in each of these kingdoms such creatures will be assigned.”(Answers to Gospel Questions 2:51, Joseph Fielding Smith, from Richard D. Stratton, Kindness to Animals and Caring for the Earth.)
2. There is no way to restore or make restitution for the life of this animal.
3. We become dependent upon Christ to make atonement for
We must take responsibility for this sin at an innermost level. We must ask only ourselves, are we by the foods we eat personally causing hurt and pain to another? Simply because most people don’t care about it doesn’t make us any less responsible. Just because most churches don’t think it is a sin, does not mean that it isn’t. We are given free agency. We alone are the judges. With this free agency goes the responsibility to choose the right, something we have been taught since an early age.
How can we choose the right if we don’t know what it is? Continuing Isaiah’s diatribe about the law of the fast:
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (Isaiah 58:7)
9 Then shalt thou call and the Lord shall answer.… [James 5:16 the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.] (Isaiah 58:9)
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make *fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; [genetically] and thou shalt be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:11–12)
*High animal protein diets deplete calcium from the bones to buffer the acid they create:
“More Americans Are Getting Osteoporosis”
“Chicago — The number of Americans diagnosed with osteoporosis surged sevenfold over the past decade, coinciding with the development and marketing of new drugs to treat the bone-thinning condition, a study found.” (NewsMax.com, July 27, 2004)
“If I don’t drink milk or eat meat, How will I satisfy my protein needs? Hospitals are filled with Americans who have eaten too much dietary animal protein. It is nearly impossible to live in America and not satisfy your protein needs. The average man in the U.S. eats 175 percent more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144 percent more.” (Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health,” 1988, found in Robert Cohen, Notmilk Newsletter)
“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein.” (Science 1986: 233)
“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.” (Nutrition Action Healthletter, June 1993)
In this passage Barnabas quotes Isaiah.
15 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
16 But to us he saith on this wise, is not this the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free; and that ye break every yoke? [See also D&C 59:20, neither by extortion.]
18 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee, the glory of the lord shall be thy reward. [Will the reward be the Holy Ghost? — an amazing promise] (The Lost Books of the Bible, Barnabas 2:15–16,18)
When a person gives up an animal flesh diet, his health improves dramatically.
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue hath muttered perverseness. (Isaiah 59:2–3)
8 [In the last days the Lord will call his ministers and make an everlasting covenant with the people] For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. [It will be obvious because of their health.]
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, [The Holy Ghost?] he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with jewels. (Isaiah 61:8–10)
3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; (Isaiah 65:3–4)
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear; but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:3–4)
These two statements are in the last chapter that we hear about Isaiah in the Old Testament and there is an unsubstantiated tradition that Isaiah died by being sawed in two during the reign of Manassah (Heb. 11:37). It is recorded in the pseudepigraphical writing, the Ascension of Isaiah.
7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered; ye defiled my land and made mine heritage an abomination. (Jeremiah 2:7)
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water [cannot hold the Holy Ghost?] (Jeremiah 2:13)
20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me:
22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God. [It is hard to hide a sick, degenerated body.] (Jeremiah 2:20–22)
20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me. (Jeremiah 6:20)
21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh
22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices;
23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the Lord: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name to pollute it. (Jeremiah 7:21–23,30)
Notice in the above scripture where the Lord says specifically that the children of Judah have set their abominations in the house that was called by His name to pollute it. This indicates that the Twelve Tribes, who came through the wilderness with Moses, did not offer sacrifices in His house.
The following scriptures are taken from The Epistle of Barnabas (Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden) to show how Barnabas related to Jeremiah:
9 For so the Lord saith again to those heretofore: Did I at all command your fathers when they came out of the land of Egypt concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices?
10 But this I commanded them, saying, Let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath. (The Lost Books of the Bible, Barnabas 2:9–10)
12 And therefore he thus bespeaks us, the sacrifice of God (is a broken spirit,) a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.
13 Wherefore brethren, we ought the more diligently to inquire after those things that belong to our salvation, that the adversary MAY NOT HAVE ANY ENTRANCE INTO US and deprive us of our spiritual life. (The Lost Books of the Bible, Barnabas 2:12–13)
Here is an indication that not abiding by the commandments, i.e. hardening the heart and weakening the body by partaking of the foods of sacrifice, can allow the enemy of righteousness to enter our bodies, i.e. possession.
18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable things. (Jeremiah 16:18)
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; [Is there anything more innocent than any life which cannot speak or act in its own defense?] (Jeremiah 19:4)
During the great forty-year trek of Moses and the children of God, there was a group of people who took a vow to eat no flesh or drink no wine. They were the Nazarites, and the ancestors of Jesus Christ. (Josephus, in his history of the Jews, speaks about the Nazarites.) See in the following verses how Jeremiah in Lamentations compares them with the rest of the people:
1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire. (Lamentations 4:1–7)
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:31–33)
See how the above compares with Isaiah 11:9:
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)
Ezekiel also speaks of this time:
25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, [Ezekiel is speaking here of a spiritual yoke i.e. possession- See Chapter 7 of this book for a full explanation.] and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them: but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.
31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:25–31)
14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! Behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. (Ezekiel 4:14)
11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord god; surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. (Ezekiel 5:11)
24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. (Ezekiel 24:24)
Israel shall inherit the land in the resurrection. Israel shall be gathered and cleansed; they shall receive the everlasting gospel covenant:
25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them for evermore. (Ezekiel 37:25–26)
Isaiah, Jeremiah, and then Ezekiel all speak of the everlasting covenant that the Lord will make with his people in the last days. Remember who his people are: those who hurt not and harm not as spoken by the prophet Isaiah. “And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine” (D&C 89:13). As educated people of the Lord, as those who understand the Lord’s intention from the beginning, it is up to us, his people, to now make that covenant of peace. We don’t have to wait until the entire church makes the covenant. We have our agency and this is an individual choice as to whether we want to stand above the evil in our own personal lives. We alone will stand at the last day before the Lord. No prophet or pope will stand with us and take the blame or credit for what we have done. The Lord will look at our hands. Will he find blood there?
Maybe it is a covenant we have already made and are not abiding by it.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. [Compare with D&C 89:19 “… And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures.”] (Daniel 1:8–17)
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lion’s mouths, that they have not hurt me; for as much as before him innocence was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. (Daniel 6:22)
Daniel chose to feed himself in righteousness and innocence as did the early posterity of Adam and Eve..
10 [In the last days] Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:10)
Later in the document, note the same text that was found in Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls), which says:
“Many shall purify themselves,” rather than many shall be purified. Most scholars would agree that the earlier scripture found at Qumran was undoubtedly the original as it had not been tampered with by the Nicene council or the King James Bible translators.
“Now Daniel and his kinsmen had resolved to use a severe diet, and to abstain from those kinds of foods which came from the king's table, and entirely to forbear to eat of all living creatures: so he came to Ashpenaz who was that eunuch to whom the care of them was committed, and desired him to take and spend what was brought for them from the king; but to give them pulse and dates for their food, and anything else besides the flesh of living creatures, that he pleased, for that their inclinations were to that sort of food and that they despised the other. [After a 10 day trial] … they grew plumper and fuller in body than the rest, insomuch, that he thought that those who fed on what came from the king’s table seemed less plump and full, while those that were with Daniel looked as if they had lived in plenty, and in all sorts of luxury, Arioch, from that time, securely took himself what the king sent every day from his supper, according to custom, to the children, but gave them the forementioned diet, while they had their souls in some measure more pure, and less burdened, and so fitter for learning, and had their bodies in better tune for hard labour; for they neither had the former oppressed and heavy with variety of meats, nor were the other effeminate on the same account; so they readily understood all the learning that was among the Hebrews, and among the Chaldeans, as especially did Daniel, who, being already skilled in wisdom, was very busy about the interpretation of dreams; and God manifested himself to him.” (Josephus Complete Works, 222–223)
Hosea here again speaks of the covenant in the last days — note with whom the covenant is made!
18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. (Hosea 2:18)
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. (Hosea 6:6–8)
Note here that Adam and Eve were the first to transgress the covenant, or in other words, change the (eternal) progression. They could no longer progress until they repented.
12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the Lord accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. (Hosea 8:12–13)
Here the Lord makes reference to the sins of the children of Israel when they were in Egypt as they sat by the fleshpots and partook of the same food as the Egyptians.
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies,
22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (Amos 5:21–25)
This scripture is an indication that when Moses was in the wilderness for forty years with the children of Israel, most of them kept the covenant — except of course the time when they desired flesh for their tables. This is also an indication that the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy were devised after the forty-year trek by those wicked priests who wished to profit from the innocent.
1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! (Amos 6:1)
4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall. (Amos 6:4)
6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high god? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. (Micah 6:6–8)
There is a reward for following the commands of the Lord:
19 The Lord god is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth.… (Zechariah 9:7)
Contemporary Thought Concerning the Old Testament.
The original research on the following quotations was done by Vasu Murti, They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy:
“Cruelty to animals is forbidden by Jewish law.… Cruelty to animals is known … as tza’ar ba’aley hayim — pain inflicted upon living creatures. This is a grave sin according to Jewish law.” (The Jewish Spectator, June 1969.)
“Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534–72) Rabbi Luria was a student of the Kabbala, concerning Jewish mystical thought. “Born in Jerusalem, he became a brilliant student, noted for his intelligence, logic and reasoning abilities. By the age of 15, Luria had surpassed all the sages in Egypt in his understanding of Talmudic law. With a thirst for higher knowledge, he studied the Zohar and the Kabbala. For seven years, he lived as an ascetic on the banks of the Nile River; fasting often, seeing his wife only on the Sabbath, and merely for brief conversation, if necessary. During this time, he experienced many strange voices and ecstatic visions. At times, the prophet Elijah appeared to teach him the secrets of the Torah. Luria later went to Safed (in Palestine) and became the spiritual master of the community of mystics there. He taught that the good souls in heaven could be brought down to inhabit human bodies.
“Luria saw spirits everywhere. He heard them whispering in the rushing waters of rivers, in the movement of trees, in the wind and in the songs of birds. He could see the soul of a man leave the body at the time of death. Intimate conversations were often held with the soul of past figures in the Bible, the Talmudic sages and numerous respected rabbis.
“His disciples said he could perform exorcisms and miracles and speak the language of animals. They wrote: Luria could read faces, look into the souls of men, and recognize that souls migrated from body to body. He could tell you what commandments a man had fulfilled and what sins he had committed since youth.
“Many of Rabbi Luria’s contemporaries were convinced he was Mashiach, the Messiah or the one anointed by God to establish His Kingdom on earth. It is said Luria’s respect for life was so great that he would avoid stepping on insects, or treading on grass.”
“Stanley Rubens of the Jewish Vegetarian Society says: “I believe man’s downfall is paralleled by his cruelty to animals. In creating slaughterhouses for them, he has created slaughterhouses for himself.… What is the future for mankind? When the Day of Judgment comes, we will be given that same justice that we gave the less fortunate fellow creatures who have been in our power.” According to Rubens, “It is essential for an orthodox Jew to be vegetarian.”
“Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby settled in London around 1890. He was a great and saintly preacher and a dedicated vegetarian, who wore shoes of cloth to indicate his revulsion towards leather. He brought happiness into the lives of London’s East End Jews by teaching them compassion for all living creatures. A deeply religious man, he had an enormous following. The crowds were so large that traffic was held up whenever he preached in the streets.”
“Isaac Bashevis Singer, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, became a vegetarian in 1962. He asked, “How can we pray to God for mercy if we ourselves have no mercy? How can we speak of rights and justice if we take an innocent creature and shed its blood?” Singer has compared humanity’s mass slaughter of 45 billion animals every year to the Nazi Holocaust. In 1987 he wrote, “This is my protest against the conduct of the world. To be a vegetarian is to disagree — to disagree with the course of things today. Nuclear power, starvation, cruelty — we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.”
“Singer has also expressed the view that unnecessary violence against animals by human beings will only lead to violence in human society: “I personally believe that as long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace. There is only one little step from killing animals to creating gas chambers a la Hitler and concentration camps a la Stalin — all such deeds are done in the name of ‘social justice’. There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”
“Dr. Richard H. Schwartz reported in The Jewish Spectator in 1980 that legislation outlawing meat eating had been unsuccessfully introduced in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) by Mordecai Ben Porat. In secular, political language, Porat argued that Israel’s fragile economy was impaired by rising health-care costs — the increasing expenditures went primarily to combating diseases caused by eating animal flesh.”
“Shlomo Goren, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, is vegetarian. Rabbi David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, and Shear Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa, endorse the vegetarian way of life. One of the greatest modern Jewish thinkers, Martin Buber, advocated vegetarianism, as did Albert Einstein. Austrian writer and poet Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was vegetarian. The late Rabbi M. Kossowsky, who was not vegetarian, called vegetarianism, The very pinnacle of ethical achievement.”
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