Chapter Four -The New Testament
Before we begin the New Testament and the preparation that began long before the New Testament for the birth of Christ, let us remember the Myth of the Phoenix — and what does Jesus Christ have to do with this myth. Is He the Phoenix?
In a place called Shifta, which is located not too far from Beersheba, Israel, are the ancient remains of what was once a village inhabited by the once nomadic tribes of the Negev desert. These people were called Nabateans (in Hebrew, Nabatean means sprouter, and in Arabic, Nabatean means vegetarian) There is evidence that the Nabateans changed from being nomads to being farmers or agriculturists (even vegetarian) around the years 90 ad to about 100 ad. It is well known that the Nabateans were Christians. What a drastic change in such a short length of time! What mysterious event caused these people to change? Could it be that they became vegetarian at the same time they became Christians? And in order to become vegetarian, they had to give up their nomadic life of following their flocks?
To get a clue as to what the reason was and to make a connection with the Myth of the Phoenix, let us examine some of their architecture. On supporting posts of many of the buildings of the Nabateans, one finds carvings of animals and trees, the main theme being a huge bird (the Jewish bird Hol, or the Phoenix) standing next to the desert palm tree (known in the desert as the Tree of Life). What do the Phoenix and the Tree of Life have to do with Christ?
We know something more about the Tree of Life because of Lehi’s (Book of Mormon) vision of the tree of life. (1 Nephi 8, last few pages of this book)
Who was the Phoenix that brought the good news of the Gospel 2000 years ago? And in what way did the Gospel restore the idea of the Tree of Life that was first represented in the Garden of Eden? Did someone preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to these nomads of the desert, who for thousands of years had been very much involved with the growing of livestock for human use and consumption, and who then uncharacteristically broke with their tradition of roaming the desert and settled into communities? The question is: Who preached the gospel to these people? Paul? And if Paul preached the gospel of vegetarianism, then was this part of what is considered the primitive Gospel of Jesus Christ? Is vegetarianism central to the peaceful gospel that Christ taught?
We hope in this chapter, among others, to illuminate some of the plain and precious scriptures that were taken from the New Testament. And why were they taken? We hope that by the time one has finished the book, he will have a comprehensive idea as to why they were removed. (We have used the Joseph Smith Translation to reflect the changes.)If you will notice, each scripture that has been changed, misunderstood, or taken out, has to do with diet: What did the people eat? And what didn’t they eat?
During the time of Moses, many of the people chose to obey every word that proceeded from the mouth of God. They called themselves Nazarites and took a vow to neither eat flesh nor drink wine. Many of the prophets were descended from these people and so too was John the Baptist, and the family of Jesus Christ. Later they were called Nazarenes and were the first Christians — the believers of the coming Christ, the disciples, then the apostles of Christ. Their beliefs are reflected mostly in the gospel of Saint Matthew and the Epistle of James and witnessed in the writings of Paul. (Josephus, Complete Works)
Anna, the mother of Mary was called a prophetess (remember the teachings and beliefs of all the early prophets) because she lived pure (as a Nazarite) before God. (The Gospel of the Birth of Mary, The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden)
9 Therefore Anna your wife shall bring you a daughter, and you shall call her name Mary.
10 She shall, according to your vow, be devoted to the Lord from her infancy, and be filled with the Holy Ghost from her mother’s womb.
11 She shall neither eat nor drink anything which is unclean, nor shall her conversation be without among the common people, but in the temple of the Lord; that so she may not fall under any slander or suspicion of what is bad. (The Gospel of the Birth of Mary, 2:9–11, The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden)
She was called virgin. Was it also that her body was virgin because it had never been adulterated by an unclean food or food taken in violence?
7 Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Compare this to the story of the Ten Virgins:
1 And then, at that day, before the Son of Man comes, the kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them.
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh. (Matthew 25:1–13 JST)
56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.
57 For they that are wise [Word of Wisdom] and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived — verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.
58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation. (D&C 45:56–58)
In contemplating the story of the Ten Virgins, keep the following from the Bible Dictionary in mind:
Bible Dictionary: “Most teachers, especially Oriental teachers, have used some form of parable in their instruction, but none so exclusively as Jesus at one period of his ministry. During part of the Galilean ministry the record states that “without a parable spake he not unto them” (Mark 4: 34). From our Lord’s words (Matt. 13:13–15; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10) we learn the reason for this method. It was to veil the meaning. The parable conveys to the hearer religious truth exactly in proportion to his faith and intelligence; to the dull and uninspired it is a mere story, “seeing they see not,” while to the instructed and spiritual it reveals the mysteries or secrets of the kingdom of heaven. Thus it is that the parable exhibits the condition of all true knowledge. Only he who seeks finds.” [Also note that in the parable of the Ten Virgins it speaks of those that are wise. See how this relates to D&C 89:19: And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures.
Does God have reason? Does he make sense? Yes. Then we must have reason, and we must make sense of things if we would be like him. Does it make sense that Mary would teach her child her beliefs? After all, she was a Nazarite, the child of a prophetess. She never tasted of anything unclean. Her child was to be a prophet, yes, more than a prophet. Would she feed him common food?
The reference we have for this is from Isaiah:
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. (Isaiah 7:15)
It is obvious that after he was born, he knew the good, just as Adam and Eve knew the good. They as well as He would have to be introduced to the evil in order to know the difference. This makes sense.
The first cousin of Christ, John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Ghost while he was in his mother’s womb.
8 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:8)
Obviously this is a mistranslation. There is a tree in Israel called the Honey Locust tree. And to this day they call it St. John’s Bread. John the Baptist was a Nazarite, as was Jesus, and therefore ate no flesh.
“At that time, a man was going about Judea remarkably dressed: he wore animal hair on those parts of his body not covered by his own. His face was like a savage’s [unshaven]. He called on the Jews to claim their freedom, crying: God sent me to show you the way of the Law, so that you can shake off any human yoke: no man shall rule you, but only the most high who sent me. His message was eagerly welcomed, and he was followed by all Judea and the district around Jerusalem. All he did was to baptize them in the Jordan and dismiss them with an earnest exhortation to abandon their evil ways: if they did so, they would be given a king who would liberate them and master the unruly, while himself acknowledging no master. This promise was derided by some but believed by others. The man was brought before Archelaus and an assemblage of lawyers, who asked who he was and where he had been. He replied, “I am a man, called by the spirit of God, and I live on stems, roots, and fruit.” (The Slavonic Edition of The Jewish Wars, Josephus.)
Of course we know that John the Baptist had the honor of baptizing Jesus Christ. Before he baptized the Savior, he said,
11 He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. (Matthew 3:11)
Reason. Logic. If Christ was mightier, and John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Ghost in the womb, didn’t consider himself to be worthy, then to also be worthy, Christ must have been obeying every single commandment uttered by God. We have already established that the major sin of the Bible at that time was the eating of flesh and worshiping of false gods. John the Baptist drank no wine nor ate flesh. Reason says that if Christ was more worthy than John the Baptist, he must also have been an abstainer. This should set the stage for the New Testament so that we can examine it for truth and read it with understanding. We assume that if Christ broke the commandments of God, then He as did Adam and Eve before him would have lost the bright nature or the fullness of the Holy Ghost. If this had happened, people would not have considered him a prophet, nor could he have prophesied, nor performed his many miracles.
In fact, if the two major commandments given in the Garden of Eden were:
1) To multiply and replenish the earth, and
2) To eat only the herbs of the field,
Then because Christ was the only perfect person who ever lived, he must have obeyed those two commandments.
He said, “Follow me.” If in fact he was perfect and he wanted not only his followers, but the people of the earth in every generation to follow him, then wouldn’t he have obeyed the Father in those two original commandments? In other words, he would have to have set the example for us to follow, otherwise he would have been a hypocrite (and certainly couldn’t have been our Savior).
We must keep this in mind when we begin to study individual verses in the Bible: Would Christ have set the example of eating fish for us to follow, when we know that fish first have to be killed before they’re eaten and are considered to be the dirtiest food on the planet?
Because fish are, in fact, the cleansers of our rivers, lakes, and oceans and they eat dead things that fall into them, including dead animals. Disease is rampant in the carcasses of dead beasts. Most animals go to streams or rivers to die, and then are washed down to lakes, or oceans. Fish don’t usually die of the diseases they carry because they live in colder water and the disease organisms don’t thrive and multiply. Once they are caught and put on your warm kitchen counter, the organisms begin to multiply and then the fish begins to stink. Fish and turtles not only have been found to have a flesh-eating infection called MRSA, which can also affect humans, but have elevated levels of mercury as well, which is a great danger to fetuses and to children — also to adults if they eat fish as many as three times a week or more often. These things have been found in the news lately. (Washington Post, Thursday Dec. 11, 2003, and Local6.com on October 20, 2003.)
Now. Does it make sense that a loving Savior, Jesus Christ, would set the example of eating fish if he knew ahead that fish would cause these problems? Would he endanger the lives of children by setting this example? Of course not!
While we are on this subject, let us examine the diseases people get in different parts of the world caused by the flesh foods they eat:
Ebola: a common disease in Africa, caused from eating monkeys infected with the virus.
SARS: a flu-like disease in Asia caused from eating civet cats that are infected with the disease.
Bird flu: causes bird flu in humans, among other things; birds (chickens) give us measles, mumps and chicken pox.
Arthritis, cancer, mad cow and a multitude of diseasesare caused from eating the meat and drinking the fluids from cattle. (We will elaborate on which diseases come from which animals in a subsequent chapter.)
Giardia, Clostridium, Staph, Strep, Salmonella, Shigella, Schistosomiasis, Cholera, Leptospirosis, Picene Influenza or Picene RSV and parasites of all kinds are common in areas where fish are consumed.
Again, would Christ have set this example if He loves us? Would he have set the example of drinking wine if he knew ahead all of the problems that alcohol causes people, its addictions, its delusions, etc.?
Wouldn’t Christ have followed the same teachings of his parents, and also the teachings of all the Major Prophets? Reason says that he did.
When Christ told us that we could have eternal life, would he have set the example of eating a flesh food, which in fact, leads to death and not life? (Remember the fact that the forbidden food in the Garden of Eden brought death into the world.) More important, would he have disobeyed His Heavenly Father by eating foods taken in violence?
There is a Jewish Law that says that bread cannot be served with a flesh food or fish on the same platter, because bread comes from Heaven or God, and flesh is taken in violence. Jewish people cannot even say a blessing over flesh foods! Think about this when you get to the part in the New Testament, which talks about the loaves and the fishes. Evidence indicates that the story of the loaves and the fishes did not originally include fish. For example, the earliest (pre-Gospel) accounts of this miracle do not include fish, and Jesus, when he refers to it, refers only to the bread.
9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? (Matthew 16:9–10)
19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him Twelve.
20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. (Mark 8:19–20)
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (John 6:26)
Who would have benefited by having fish added as an acceptable food in the Bible? Remember the Bible at that time was a main source of knowledge for the people. They didn’t have the American Journal of Medicine.
Tom Rodgers writes:
“Embracing the Christians in order to bring an end to the infighting within his growing empire and in pretending to be a convert to Christianity, Constantine could not afford to offend or financially harm the powerful marine industry of the Mediterranean and its major source of his taxes, income offerings and influence for his empire. So Christ and His healing Christianity had to be changed. It’s about the money.”
A very sad thing also happened during the reign of Constantine. In 325 at the council of Nicea, where many things about Christianity were defined and delineated and changed, it was declared that God was a being who had no body, parts or passions. This erroneous statement made it almost impossible for people to understand the Godhead. As a direct consequence, how could they then realize the importance of coming to earth to get a physical body, learning to live with it for all eternity, and eventually progressing to Godhood. This statement almost guaranteed that the Christian Church would apostatize.
Did Christ bring the idea of peace into the world? Wouldn’t he also have wanted it for all creation, as did Isaiah, and Nephi as they spoke of the Millennium and the peace for all creatures that would ensue then?
By being born in a stable, did He not show his love and respect for the innocent animals?
Christ said many times: “The Father and I are one.” If this is the case, He would then have known of all the prophets that were sent by God to the children for 4000 years, who told the people to repent of sacrificing and eating animal flesh. Then by all rights, it would be reasonable for him to follow suit.
If there is no reason to the Bible, then there is nothing but chaos. Remember that there was no chaos in God’s perfect creation. The heavenly orbs circled their suns in perfect precision, the seas stayed within their bounds, the plant and animal life of the garden was in perfect harmony. Nature was in balance. Beauty and harmony reigned.
Is our civilization chaotic today? If the answer is yes, then there must be a reason. The reason primarily being that certain changes were made in the New Testament during the early period:
24 And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fullness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
25 Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.
26 And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb, many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
27 And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.
28 Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.
29 And after these plain and precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles; and after it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles, yea, even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity, thou seest — because of the many plain and precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God — because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them. (1 Nephi 13:24–29)
Note here that the words “plain and precious things were taken away” are repeated four times! Evidently the Lord wanted to emphasize this point!
We have bought into the lies and changes that were made and have all gone astray, every one of us.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6. See also Mosiah 14:6)
We have not done what God the Father, his prophets, and finally his son Jesus Christ have taught: what to eat, and what not to eat. What we eat is somehow not only affecting the world in which we live but is affecting our health and our very nature in that we are warlike and not peaceful.
In the article, “Don’t Let the Rage within Continue,” by Thomas L. Rodgers, he discusses how flesh foods cause aggressive behavior:
Genghis Kahn, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, Hitler, and history’s most brutal warriors knew nothing of the bio-chemistry of cholesterol! But they intuitively understood the relationship of a dairy and flesh diet in raising the aggression and violence levels of their soldiers — and so made certain that pre-battle meals were high in animal-sourced foods! [The amino acid tyrosine, which is abundantly supplied in protein-rich diets, produces in the brain the chemical, dopamine; a behavioral marker of dopamine is enhanced activity and aggression.]
Both Hitler’s and the Allies’ seasoned and experienced soldiers knew ahead, when they were going to be called to battle — in the next few days if their rations of cheese, eggs, milk, and flesh were raised! (see book/film: All Is Quiet on the Western Front).
So today, like them, we ignorantly feed ourselves and our children for battle — at every meal! Then wonder why behavioral disorders, stress, tension, aggression, violence, and the mania in its multitudes of forms pervade!
Then we prescribe Ritalin, Prozac, lithium, amitriptyline (Elivil), imipramine, desipramine (under hundreds of other trade names, Percodan, Percoset, Darvon, Darvoset) — more — all the psychotropic drugs to manage this inner-destructive, chemically-driven war!
Utah is the Ritalin capital of the world. We use double that of our closest competitor: Idaho, then Arizona. Familiar ring? And they are more than double any other place on earth! Why? Because no people on earth devour more dairy, ovum, and blood foods than do we! The Gadiantons had nothing on us — except we barbecue ours first!
Then with this, in our ignorant super-doping of sterols, we must ‘manage’ our mania, in equal ignorance with the long-term, damaging and addictive countersterols — the neuro- and psychotropic/trophic medications listed above to only re-direct this chemical war’s rage to a quietly suppressed destruction — within!
So what will you do when your drugs are no longer effective, affordable, or available?
Your homes and streets will become violent, and may run with your blood!
Here is a better plan: Don’t feed your home troops for battle! Live by the plowshare, not by the sword!
Depend on God’s prescriptions — the gentle, peaceful foods such as the yam and banana — not blood, cholesterol, Prosac and Ritalin!
Yam/banana: best source of L-Lysine, precursor to seratonin and the other thought and pain managing endorphines.
Prosac/Ritalin: beta endorphine (homing) blockers are effective temporary neuro-therapies but do impair seratonin replicator cells, hence may perpetuate their own, or stronger medications, uses as added damage from their very use may progress to permanent dependence! Caution: Do not stop Prosac/Ritalin without professional management! (Thomas L. Rodgers, The Western Wheatgrass Journal)
The question now must be, Was Jesus Christ a prophet? It is important to establish the fact that he was a prophet. Why? Because if he was a prophet and was considered a prophet, He would then do and preach as the prophets before Him did. Did He consider himself a prophet and was he considered by the people a prophet? Did He follow the tradition of the prophets of earlier times such as Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel? Did He preach the same thing as the prophets before him, who preached against animal sacrifice and the consuming of the flesh of beasts?
Jesus Christ placed himself in the tradition of the prophets before him:
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17–20)
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house. (Matthew 13:57)
The people considered John the Baptist and Jesus Christ prophets.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. (Matthew 11:9)
11 And the multitude said, this is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
26 But if we shall say, of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. (Matthew 21:11,26,46)
32 But if we shall say, of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. (Mark 11:32)
16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. (Luke 7:16)
Christ also compared his ministry to the ministries of Noah, Lot, and Jonah:
15 Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment, than for that city. (Matthew 10:15)
Jesus Christ was called Rabbi or teacher 42 times in the gospels. Again, reason says that after all these things, He considered himself a prophet, the people considered Him a prophet, and He compared himself to Noah, Lot, and Jonah. These things show that he preached the same message as the prophets before him, calling the people to repentance.
Two times which were allowed to come through the pages of the New Testament showed that he preached the same message and considered sacrifice and all that came with it a sin.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. (Matthew 12:7)
There is more to clarify before we can read the New Testament with understanding. Vasu Murti brings out many questions in his book They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy:
“Did Christ eat meat? Many of the verses in the New Testament which refer to ‘meat’ were mistranslated from the original Greek. The reverend V.A. Holmes-Gore published his research on this subject in the autumn 1947 issue of World Forum in an article entitled Was the Master a Vegetarian? Which includes these texts:
4 And the same John [the Baptist] had his raiment of camel’s hair and a leathern girdle about his loins, and his meat was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)
[The original Greek word for meat here is broma, which means food. The word for locusts refers to locust beans, or carob, also known as St. John’s bread.]
55 And her spirit came again [referring to a woman Jesus raised from the dead], and she arose straightaway: and he [Jesus] commanded to give her meat. (Luke 8:55)
[The word used for meat here is phago, meaning to eat. Jesus commanded that she be given something to eat.]
37 And as he [Jesus] spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. (Luke 11:37)
[The word used here for meat is anepesen, or reclined. This verse says Jesus went in and sat down.]
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb
43 And he took it, and did eat before them. (Luke 24:41–43)
[The word used here for meat is brosimos, or eatable. Notice that Christ took it--meaning that he took only one of the two things offered. We who know that he preached the same message as did the prophets before him, know that he took only the honeycomb.]
8 For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat. (John 4:8)
[Meat here is trophe, or nourishment.]
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. (Acts 9:19)
[The word used here is trophe, or nourishment.]
34 He set meat before them and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (Acts 16:34)
[The word used here is trapeza, or table.]
33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. (Acts 27:33–36)
In these scriptures, all three words which refer to meat are trophe, or nourishment. Notice that the text says he took bread, which clearly shows that what Paul was referring to was bread.
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably if thou eatest. Destroy him not with thy meat, for whom Christ died. (Romans 14:15 JST)
[The words here used for meat, are broma, or food.]
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)
[The word used here is brosis, which means the act of eating.]
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure: but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. (Romans 14:20–21)
[The word for meat is broma, which means food. The word for flesh is from the Greek kreas, which translates literally as flesh or meat.]
8 But meat commendeth us not to God, for neither, if we eat, are we the better, neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. (1 Corinthians 8:8)
[Meat here is broma, or food. This shows that eating in itself has nothing to do with our relationship with God.]
13 Wherefore, if meat makes my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. (1 Corinthians 8:13)
[Meat here is broma, and the word for flesh is kreas, which actually means flesh.]
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat. (1 Corinthians 10:3)
[Meat here is broma, or food.]
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (1 Timothy 4:3)
[The word used here for meats is broma, which means food. Bible scholar Kenneth Rose says, “To use this passage to discredit Christian vegetarianism is really a misapplication of these verses, since the issue here is not food but Christian freedom, and that Paul was warning against forced asceticism, not vegetarianism based upon compassion for animals.”]
Now we can go into the New Testament and read with understanding.
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled [with the Holy Ghost?]
7 Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:1–9)
Those who mourn are those who come to a realization of the truth, and realize the harm they have done by their unconscious consuming of animal flesh.
The definition of meek in the Oxford Universal Dictionary includes the words: gentle, courteous, kind and merciful.
Those who forgo the eating of flesh do in effect hunger and thirst more for righteousness than they do for that type of food. They will be eligible to be filled with the Holy Ghost because they have in effect softened, not hardened their hearts to all of God’s creation.
Those who show mercy can expect to be shown mercy.
Those who are peacemakers are truly children of God as they follow the Savior in making peace with all creation.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)
During the time of Christ, the righteous that followed him were hunted, persecuted, and killed for their beliefs. Why? Because they were of no $profit$ to those who bought and sold flesh, and most important, this practice purified the body, made them eligible for the Holy Ghost and consequently did not allow the adversary entrance into the body. Why? Because the Christians who had been “filled” with the Holy Ghost — in other words, had “put on the whole armor of God, were able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Christians and Jews will always be persecuted as long as the adversary is able to enter the bodies of the people of the earth.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11–12)
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
48 Ye are therefore commanded to be perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:11–12,20,48 Joseph Smith Translation)
This is strong language. We are commanded to be perfect. It certainly would be easier to achieve this perfection by obeying all of the commandments.
Here is a curious bit of information: Hippolytus (170–236 C.E.) says this in his Refutation of all Heresies: Book 7 Chapter 22, Page 114:
“The Ebionaeans [Judaic Christians], however acknowledge that the world was made by Him Who is in reality God, but they propound legends concerning the Christ similarly with Cerinthus and Carpocrates [leaders of Gnostic Christian Churches.] They live conformable to the customs of the Jews, alleging that they are justified according to the Law, and saying that Jesus was justified by fulfilling the Law. And therefore it was, (according to the Ebionaeans) that (the Savior was named (the) Christ of God and Jesus, since not one of the rest (of mankind) had observed completely the Law. For if even any other had fulfilled the commandments (contained) in the Law, he would have been the Christ. And the (Ebionaeans allege) that they themselves also, when in like manner they fulfill (the Law), are able to become Christs: for they assert that our Lord Himself was a man in a like sense with all (the rest of the human family).” (The Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, by Charles P.Vaclavic.)
Joseph Smith affirms this when he states: “As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.” Compare with D&C 93.
11 And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.
12 And I John saw that he received not of the fullness at the first, but received grace for grace
13 And he received not of the fullness at first, but continued from grace, until he received a fulness.
14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.
15 And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son.
16 And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;
17 And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him. [Notice that he repeats ‘he received not of the fullness at first’ three times.] (D&C 93:11–17)
Epiphanius says this in A Critical Investigation of Epiphanius’ Knowledge of the Ebionites: A Translation and Critical discussion of “Panarion” 30, Glenn Alan Koch, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1976, Religion, history, Chapter 2, page 139–140:
“When the people were being baptized Jesus also came and was baptized by John. And as he went up from the water the heavens were opened and he saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descending and entering into him. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my beloved son; I am pleased with you” and again: “This day I have begotten you.” And straightway a great light illuminated the place, which, when he saw it, (it says) John said to him, “Who are you Lord?” And again a voice from heaven came to him, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” And then, (it says) John falling down before him said, “I beg you, Lord you baptize me.” But he forbid him saying, “Let it be, because thus it is fitting that all things should be fulfilled.” (The Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, by Charles P. Vaclavic)
Latter-day prophets teach that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Are we to believe that He was the Spirit Son of Heavenly Father, and when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary, that this was the instant this spirit Son entered into the body that was being prepared for Him, and in fact, was the same spirit Son who had led Moses and the children through the wilderness. John Taylor, third President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, clarified this when he said:
“He, in the nearness of His relationship to the Father, seems to occupy a position that no other person occupies. He is spoken of as His well beloved Son, as the Only Begotten of the Father — does not this mean the only begotten after the flesh? If He was the first born and obedient to the laws of His Father, did He not inherit the position by right to be the representative of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world? And was it not His peculiar right and privilege as the firstborn, the legitimate heir of God, the Eternal Father, to step forth, accomplish and carry out the designs of His Heavenly Father pertaining to the redemption, salvation and exaltation of man? And being Himself without sin (which no other mortal was), He took the position of Savior and Redeemer, which by right belonged to Him as the first born. And does it not seem that in having a body specially prepared, and being the offspring of God, both in body and spirit, He stood preeminently in the position of the Son of God, or in the place of God, and was God, and was thus the fit and only personage capable of making an infinite atonement?
“Though others might be the sons of God through Him, yet it needed His body, His fulfillment of the law, the sacrifice or offering up of that body in the atonement, before any of these others, who were also sons of God by birth in the spirit world, could attain to the position of sons of God as He was; and that only through His mediation and atonement. So that in Him, and of Him, and through Him, through the principle of adoption, could we alone obtain that position which is spoken of by John: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Thus His atonement made it possible for us to obtain an exaltation, which we could not have possessed without it.” (The Mediation and Atonement of Jesus Christ, 135–38, by John Taylor)
6 And Jesus said unto his disciples, Beholdest thou the scribes, and the Pharisees, and the priests, and the Levites. They teach in their synagogues, but do not observe the law, nor the commandments; and all have gone out of the way, and are under sin.
7 Go thou and say unto them, Why teach ye men the law and the commandments, when ye yourselves are the children of corruption? (Matthew 7:6–7 JST)
It is clear here that the law they were not obeying was the sacrificing and consuming of flesh, the main sin that the Prophets from the beginning had told the people to repent from — the sin that invariably brought upon them all other sins. Corruption in this context means corruption of the body, which leads to corruption of thoughts, words, and actions, in other words, the mind and spirit.
2 And behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer: Thy sins be forgiven thee. (Matthew 9:2)
Evidently this man was sick because of sin. The main sin of that day was partaking of the forbidden food: A food that caused not only sickness, but eventually death — a food which is still causing not only sickness, but eventual death.
1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. (Matthew 10:1)
Disembodied spirits who are unclean can only enter into someone who is unclean. Someone can be unclean only by partaking of foods that are unclean.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (Matthew 12:33)
It is clear here that the good fruit is the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and that one cannot be filled with this Holy Ghost if he has corrupted his tree (body) with animal flesh — as the obtaining or accepting of such a food causes him to harden his heart (to the pain and suffering of the animal.)
12 For whosoever receiveth, to him shall be given; and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever continueth not to receive, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. [Christ is speaking here of knowledge.] (Matthew 13:12 JST)
Again, The Fish Question:
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, bring them hither to me. (Matthew 14:17–18)
Irenaeus, who wrote Against Heresies between 180 and 188 C.E., quotes these scriptures taken from the gospels in his time.
“He there, seeing a great crowd had followed Him, fed all that multitude with five loaves of bread, and twelve baskets of fragments remained over and above.
Our Lord, after blessing the five loaves, fed with them 5000 men.” (The Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, by Charles P. Vaclavic, 391,395)
It seems possible that early copies of the gospels did not include fish being served. Who would have benefited from having that change made? The question here is why didn’t Joseph Smith change this scripture to the truth in the Joseph Smith Translation? We have to remember who our enemies are:
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
At the time, the Saints were already being persecuted (the Word of Wisdom had been revealed) — in my opinion the issue was vegetarianism. Plural marriage was just an excuse. Why would the adversary care about plural marriage? Sixty thousand people in Utah today practice plural marriage and the adversary doesn’t seem to care. The adversary from the beginning has been trying to get us to weaken our bodies by eating the forbidden food so that he can have access to our personal temples and then destroy them. He will fight and persecute anyone who teaches differently. Wasn’t this the reason Joseph Smith was martyred? Wasn’t this the reason the early Christians were persecuted? At the time that Joseph Smith made the translation, if he had changed the verse about fish, he would probably have been murdered eleven years earlier. Rather than changing the scripture in the Joseph Smith Translation, he answered the question in the Word of Wisdom. See D&C 89:
13 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)
In the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith:
“I suppose I am not allowed to go into an investigation of anything that is not contained in the Bible. If I do, I think there are so many over-wise men here, that they would cry treason and put me to death. So I will go to the old Bible and turn commentator today.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, 348)
If Christ had actually eaten the fish (a food which he would have had to have killed), he not only would have contradicted himself in that he was a prophet of God who preached against this sin as had the prophets before him, and He would have lost the bright nature (the Holy Ghost) as Adam and Eve lost their bright natures when they partook of the forbidden food. Would Christ have set the example of eating the disease and filth exposed fish from the large communities with their untreated effluents and runoff surrounding the Sea of Galilee? When he told us in D&C 61:14:
“Behold I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters.”
Then in Revelation 8:11:
“And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood [wormwood in Hebrew means disease]; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Also remember that in Refutation of all Heresies, Book 7, Chapter 22, page 112, the Ebionaeans said that Christ had observed completely the Law.
Again, would Christ have set the example of eating fish when He knew what was to come? And would a loving God, who cares about our welfare, have set the example of eating fish, or serving it to the people?
And what was to come?
Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in U.S. Rivers
Chicago — Some rivers flowing through major American cities carry bacteria that are resistant to many forms of antibiotics and may transfer their drug resistant properties to other germs.
While the bacteria, found in 14 rivers that cut through 21 cities, do not usually cause sickness in healthy people, they can trigger serious infections in those with damaged immune systems, said Ronald Ash, professor of biology at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
The research presented Thursday at the American Society of Microbiology’s annual meeting may have implications for healthy people, however.
If you were involved in some recreational or occupational activity [on the river], they could get into your gut and transfer their resistant genes to you, Ash said.
Should you become ill from one of these bacteria, they could become tougher to treat and you could deposit resistant bacteria back into the environment yourself, adding to the problem.
Scientists from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, found that the Upper Rio Grande near El Paso contains bacteria resistant to Vancomycin, a powerful antibiotic that is often the last line of defense against stubborn bacteria.
Most of the concern about antibiotic resistance these days stems from the overuse of antibiotics to treat common human illnesses, plus their use in livestock feed. But bacteria can develop resistance naturally, without human intervention. Penicillin is made from mold, for example, and bacteria that come in contact with that mold in nature develop resistance to protect themselves. (Salt Lake Tribune, June 4, 1999)
This is one of hundreds of articles that inform us every day that our waters are polluted. We read of the flesh-eating infection that strikes not only fish and turtles, but also fishermen, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Local6.com October 20, 2003). The federal government itself warns us of mercury dangers found in fish that affects small children and growing fetuses. (Washington Post, December 11, 2003.)
Gordon B. Hinckley continually enjoins us to keep up with what is going on in the news. Is it his responsibility to notify us of every danger in the world, tell us every move to make, and every bite to eat? It is the responsibility of the brethren to teach the scriptures, urging us to obey all the commandments, so that we might govern ourselves with the help of the Holy Ghost:
3Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, ‘feast• upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because yeask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.
5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it willshow unto you all things what ye should do.
6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shallmanifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.
7 And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of theunbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be. (2 Nephi 32:3–7)
25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.
26 And now for a man to take up his cross is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments. (Matthew 16:25–26 JST)
There are two kinds of lust; the lust for flesh, and the lust for sex. Christ says every worldly lust, so he obviously also means lust for flesh as was spoken of by those who lusted for flesh and were inundated with quails in the wilderness.
22 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter; but within are full of extortion and excess. [See D&C 59:20 “and it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for to this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.” [To extort means taking that which does not belong to you.]
23 Ye blind Pharisees! Cleanse first the cup and platter within, that the outside of them may be clean also.
24 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but are within full of the bones of the dead, [note here the comparison in the King James Version which says dead men’s bones] and of all uncleanness.
25 Even so, ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. [iniquity – unrighteous or as opposed to the quality of being equal or giving all an equal opportunity to live, experience the full measure of their creation and find joy.] (Matthew 23:22–26 JST)
21 And then came certain men unto him, accusing him, saying, Why do ye receive sinners, seeing thou makest thyself the Son of God?
22 But he answered them and said, Verily I say unto you, all sins which men have committed, when they repent, shall be forgiven them; for I came to preach repentance unto the sons of men
23 And blasphemies, wherewith so ever they shall blaspheme, shall be forgiven them that come unto me, and do the works which they see me do.
24 But there is a sin which shall not be forgiven. He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness; but is in danger of being cut down out of the world. And they shall inherit eternal damnation.
25 And this he said unto them because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. (Mark 3:21–25, JST)
This was another indication that Christ never partook of any food which was unclean — certainly including fish of the effluent contaminated waters of the lower than sea level Sea of Galilee. Were there any sewage treatment plants in operation at the time of Christ? Where did the sewage of the great cities surrounding the Sea of Galilee go?
15 There is nothing from without, that entering into a man, can defile him, which is food; but the things which come out of him; those are they that defile the man that proceedeth forth out of the heart. (Mark 7:15)
When a man partakes of an unclean food, he weakens his body and opens himself to an unclean spirit, which can enter his heart. That unclean spirit can cause that man to curse, to lie, to cheat, and to blaspheme.
For behold at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men and stir them up to anger against that which is good. (2 Nephi 28:20)
38 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him; and he went in, and sat down to meat. [The word used here for meat is anepesen, or reclined. This verse says Jesus went in and sat down.]
39 And when the Pharisee saw him, he marveled that he had not first washed before dinner.
40 And the Lord said unto him; Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
41 O fools, did not he who made that which is without, make that which is within also?
42 But if ye would rather give alms of such things as ye have; and observe to do all things which I have commanded you, then would your inward parts be clean also.
53 Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of the scriptures; ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom; and those who were entering in, ye hindered. (Mark 11:38-42,53 Joseph Smith Translation)
This last verse tells two things:
1) The scribes and the Pharisees had definitely changed the scripture.
2) By so doing they had removed the key of knowledge.
3) And we know the key of knowledge comes by being obedient to the Word of Wisdom:
19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures. (D&C 89:19)
How can we accept the Holy Bible as the complete word of God when we realize that some of the scriptures have been changed and the complete meaning has been removed? It is hoped that with the help of Joseph Smith and ancient scriptures of different kinds, that this little book can paint the broad picture of the Bible, illustrate the general theme that weaves throughout the tapestry of good and evil, and restore (in an easy way to understand) the keys of knowledge to those who seek it with all their hearts.
32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou has said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discretely, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. (Mark 12:32–34)
36 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord, shall they be taken?
37 And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is gathered; or, in other words, whithersoever the saints are gathered; thither will the eagles be gathered together; or, thither will the remainder be gathered together.
38 This he spake, signifying the gathering of his saints; and of angels descending and gathering the remainder unto them; the one from the bed, the other from the grinding, and the other from the field, whithersoever he listeth. [This verse indicates that there will be those dwelling among us, in our homes and in our neighborhoods who will choose the right.]
39 For verily there shall be a new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
40 And there shall be no unclean thing; for the earth becoming old, even as a garment, having waxed in corruption. (Mark 17:36–40 Joseph Smith Translation)
John the Baptist: “He was a strange creature, not like a man at all. He lived like a disembodied spirit. He never touched bread; even at the Passover Feast he would not eat the unleavened bread or pronounce the words “In thankfulness to God, who delivered the nation from slavery, shall you eat this; it was given for the flight, because the journey was made in haste.” Wine and other strong drink he would not allow to be brought anywhere near him, and animal food he absolutely refused — fruit was all that he needed. The whole object of his life was to show evil in its true colors.” (Josephus, The Jewish War, translated by G.A. Williamson, 398, found in Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, by Charles VaClavic)
Baptism: It is known that baptism was an ordinance during the time of Abraham. (See Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 17:1–7)
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, and the blood of sprinkling; 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 17:5–7 Joseph Smith Translation)
In the Recognitions of Clement, Peter preaching to Clement first demonstrates the anti-sacrifice stand of the Nazarenes. Then he explains about baptism:
“But when the time began to draw near that what was wanting in the mosaic institutions should be supplied, as we have said, and that the Prophet (Jesus) should appear, of whom he had foretold that he should warn them by the mercy of God to cease from sacrificing; lest haply they might suppose that on the cessation of sacrifice there was no remission of sins for them, he instituted baptism by water amongst them, in which they might be absolved from all their sins on the invocation of His name, and for the future, following a perfect life, might abide in immortality, being purified not by the blood of beasts, but by the purification of the Wisdom of God.” (Anti-Nicene Fathers, Edited by Alexander Roberts, D.D., and James Donaldson LL.D, 88, as found in The Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, by Charles Vaclavic.)
“Following a perfect life” does not mean never making a mistake. It means purifying the body by abstaining from animal flesh so that the destroyer can have no entrance.
10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. (John 13:10–11)
Evidently Judas was still partaking of the forbidden food, had hardened his heart, and was still open to the influence of the adversary. In other words, he was possessed by an unclean and obviously evil spirit.
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. (Acts 10:12–14)
Common is generally considered acceptable by most other people, but not for Peter, now converted to Christ the Nazarite.
13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.
14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people crying out,
15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things: We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: (Acts 14:13–15)
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled. (Acts 15:29)
Following is another indication that the scriptures were changed into a lie:
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves;
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 1:24–25)
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: [If not one single person is righteous, it must be something they are drinking, eating or doing?]
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: there is none that doeth good, no not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulcher: with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips.
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: [Compare this with the 2 Book of Adam and Eve — those who ate the fruit of the trees 11:10,12]
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known. (Romans 3:10–17)
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and recompense unto them. (Romans 11:9)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, thou walkest not charitably if thou eatest. Therefore destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. (Romans 14:23–24 Joseph Smith Translation)
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy: for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:16–17)
12 All these things are not lawful unto me, and all these things are not expedient. All things are not lawful for me; therefore I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: But God shall destroy both it and them. (1 Corinthians 6:12–13 Joseph Smith Translation)
1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things which are in the world offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing, and that there is no other God but one. (Joseph Smith Translation.)
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we in him.
7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: For some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither if we eat not are we the worse. [The word here for meat is broma, or food.]
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. (1 Corinthians 8:1–13)
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s Table, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
23 All things are not lawful for me, for all things are not expedient; all things are not lawful, for all things edify not. (1 Corinthians 10:18,21–23 JST)
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts [lust for flesh]
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:17–24)
The new man is created by repentance, because in so doing, the body cleanses and regenerates and becomes fit to contain the Holy Spirit.
17 Brethren be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample [An indication that Paul in following Christ also wanted to be an example to all those who chose to follow Christ — now and in the future.]
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and who glory in their shame, who mind earthly things
20 For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:17–21 JST)
Christ gave us the truth so we can change our vile bodies. Once we have the truth, repent and change our behaviors, His promise is that there will begin a cleansing and a regeneration of ourselves. This is the body, not the spirit, He is talking about, because once the body is clean, the enemy leaves and it is easier to cleanse the spirit. Then, and only then, can He step in by his ultimate atonement and make the ultimate change by filling us with the Holy Ghost, which will then sanctify us to Him.
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (1 Timothy 4:1–3 Joseph Smith Translation)
4 For the creation of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. (1 Timothy 4:4 JST)
Notice also that the phrase, “and commanding,” was added by the King James translators. [The Bible dictionary notes that changes made by translators are put in italics.] In the Joseph Smith Translation, Joseph Smith left Timothy exactly the same as it is in the New Testament. However, when he wrote the Doctrine and Covenants, he corrected the error:
18 And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God. (D&C 49:18)
By removing “and commanding,” Joseph Smith changed the entire meaning of the scripture. Now the scripture means: If you are an abstainer, and I forbid you to abstain, then I am not of God.
In all Greek and Ethiopian versions of the New Testament, the words “and commanding” were never there, so the true verb passed through in the object string of “to marry” and “to abstain from meats” was forbidding, and not commanding.
After making this change in the Doctrine and Covenants,
Joseph adds this verse and then following it, a footnote:
21 And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need.
*Footnote 21A JST 9-11 And surely, blood shall not be shed, only to save your lives; and the blood of every beast I will require at your hands.
1 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
The correct meaning of this scripture is that we might be filled with the Holy Ghost if our bodies have not been corrupted because we lusted for and consumed flesh.
The scriptures are innumerable and it would be impossible to name all of them that refer to this phenomenon — or this sin — of eating flesh and the righteousness of those who do not partake. We have included a partial number of scriptures that indicate the truth and hope this will lead one to explore and find others which are included in both the Old and New Testaments.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:14,20)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:13–14)
It is instrumental here that true prophets of God will not be seduced by unclean spirits because they will not have defiled their bodies with the King’s meat (flesh food).
18 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. (Revelation 18:4)
God is telling those who choose to follow Christ completely that they must not partake of the sins of the world, the chief sin being the partaking of flesh food because that is where the plagues are coming from. Isn’t it evident that the Chinese are getting SARS because they eat civet cats, the Africans are getting Ebola because they eat monkeys, the South East Asians are getting parasites from the fish they eat, the Americans and Europeans are getting diseases from the disease organisms in cattle, chickens and pigs? (A complete list appears later in the book.)
Contemporary Thought Concerning the New Testament.
The following quotations are taken from the original research done by Vasu Murti, They Shalt Not Hurt or Destroy:
“Chapter 15 of the Book of Acts gives an account of a dispute which had divided the early church: to which extent were the gentile converts to observe the Law of Moses? The final verdict came from James, the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3, Galatians 1:19) He said the gentile converts were to abstain from food offered to pagan idols, from blood, from anything that had been strangled, and from fornication. (Acts 15:29, 21:25)
“These commands were not whimsically concocted; they were originally given by God Himself.… The prohibition against consuming animal blood was given by God to Noah, who was not a Jew. This prohibition was intended for the entire human race.
“Author Joseph Benson noted, ‘It ought to be observed that the prohibition of eating blood, given to Noah and all his posterity, and repeated to the Israelites … has never been revoked, but, on the contrary, has been confirmed under the New Testament, Acts 15; it is, thereby, a perpetual obligation.’”
“Christian theologian Etienne de Courcelles (1586–1659) believed the apostles had discouraged at least the eating of blood, if not meat altogether: ‘Although some of our brothers would reckon it a crime to shed human blood, they did not think the same against eating animal (blood). The apostles, by their decree, wished to remedy the ignorance of these persons.’”
“Church history relates that when the early Christians were accused of eating children, a woman named Biblias (ad 177) bravely protested against such charges, even under torture: “How would such men eat children, when they are not allowed to even eat the blood of irrational animals?”
“William Bancroft Hill explains the Apostles’ decree in his book, The Apostolic Age: “A pious Jew shrank from contact with the gentile world, because it seemed to him everywhere foul with pollution of idols, disgusting foods and licentiousness. Food offered to idols was held to be a communion with demons, blood was the life element and therefore sacred to God; things strangled retained blood.”
“Contemporary Bible scholar William Barclay describes the impact of Christianity upon gentile converts: “Christianity would disrupt their social life. In the ancient world, most feasts were held in the temple of some god...part of the meat went to the priests as their prerequisite; and part of this meat was returned to the worshiper. With his share he made a feast for his friends and relations.”
One of the gods most commonly worshiped was Serapis. And when the invitations to the feast went out, they would read: “I invite you to dine with me at the table of our Lord Serapis.” Could a Christian share in a feast held in the temple of a heathen god? Even an ordinary meal in an ordinary house began with a libation, a cup of wine, poured out in honor of the gods. It was like a grace before meat.
“Could a Christian become a sharer in a heathen act of worship like that? Again, the Christian answer was clear. The Christian must cut himself off from his fellows rather than by his presence give approval to such a thing. A man had to be prepared to be lonely in order to be a Christian.”
“”James, the brother of Jesus, was called by early Christian writers (Clement, Eusebius) the Bishop of Jerusalem. His authority came about because of his strength of character, his relationship to Jesus Christ, and his staunch adherence to Judaism. He had a reputation of purity among the Jews and was known as James the Just. The Church historian Eusebius, in his Church History, Book II Chapter 23, quotes from the early church father Hegisuppus’s 5th book of Memoirs (ad 160). James, the brother of Jesus, was holy from birth. He never drank wine, nor ate the flesh of animals, nor had a razor touch his head.
“Both Hegisuppus and Augustine, orthodox sources, testify that James was not only a vegetarian, but was raised a vegetarian,” writes Keith Akers in the 1986 edition of A Vegetarian Sourcebook. If Jesus’ parents raised James a vegetarian; why would they not also be vegetarians themselves, and raise Jesus as a vegetarian?
“Early Jewish converts to Christianity became known as Ebionites, or the poor. The Ebionites were strict vegetarians. The Ebionites taught that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17–19, Luke 16:17), but only the institution of animal sacrifice (Matthew 9:13, 12:7, Hebrews 10:5–10). The Ebionite Gospel of Matthew quotes Jesus as saying, “I came to destroy the sacrifices, and if ye cease not from sacrificing, the wrath of God will not cease from you.” According to the Ebionites, animal sacrifice was a pagan custom which became incorporated into Mosaic Law.”
“Earnest Renan, in his controversial 19th century book, The Life of Jesus (a secular study of Jesus), described Jesus as the very human child of Joseph and Mary. According to Renan, ‘Pure Ebionism” was the original doctrine of Jesus. Renan depicted Jesus as seeking the abolition of the sacrifices which had caused him so much disgust, and wrote, “The worship which he had conceived for his Father had nothing in common with scenes of butchery.”
“Clemens Prudentius, the first Christian hymn writer, in one of his hymns exhorts his fellow Christians not to pollute their hands and hearts by the slaughter of innocent cows and sheep, and points to the variety of nourishing and pleasant foods obtainable without blood-shedding.”
“Seneca (5 bc–65 ad), a leading Stoic philosopher and tutor of Nero, was an ardent vegetarian. He started a vegetarian movement during one of Rome’s most decadent periods. Yet he had to abandon his cause. The early Christians were vegetarian. The Emperor became suspicious that Seneca might also be a Christian, so Seneca went back to eating animal flesh. He wrote, “Certain foreign religions (Christianity) became the object of the imperial suspicion and amongst the proofs of adherence to the foreign culture or superstition was that of abstinence from the flesh of animals. At the earnest entreaty of my father, I was induced to return to my former habits.”
“Clement I, Bishop of Rome: “The unnatural eating of flesh-meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils, with its sacrifices and impure feasts, through participation in which a man becomes a fellow-eater with devils.”
“Early church father, Origen (ad 185–254) a vegetarian, explained, “When we do abstain (from animal flesh), we do so because ‘we keep under our body and bring it into subjection.”
“One of the greatest theologians, Tertullian, wrote extensively on the subject of vegetarianism. He wrote, “Flesh-eating is not conducive to the highest life, it violates moral law, and it debases man in intellect and emotion.”
“Clement of Alexandria (ad 150–220) founded the Alexandrian School of Christian Theology and succeeded Pantaenus in 190, referred to vegetarian philosophers Pythagoras, Plato, and even Socrates as divinely inspired, but the true teachings, he insisted, are to be found in the Hebrew prophets and in the person of Jesus Christ. He taught that a life of virtue is one of simplicity, and that the apostle Matthew was a vegetarian. Clement said that eating flesh and drinking wine is rather characteristic to a beast, and the fumes rising from them, being dense, darken the soul. Destroy not the work of God for the sake of food.
“He said, “Those who bend around inflammatory tables, nourishing their own diseases, are ruled by a most licentious disease which I shall venture to call the demon of the belly: the worst and most vile of demons. It is far better to be happy than to have a devil dwelling in us, for happiness is found only in the practice of virtue. Accordingly the apostle Matthew lived upon seeds, fruits, grains and nuts and vegetables without the use of flesh.”
“St. Basil (ad 320–79) taught, “The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit. One can hardly have virtue if one enjoys meat meals and feasts.”
“St. John Chrysostom (ad 347–407) wrote about the Christian Saints, “No streams of blood are among them; no butchering and cutting of flesh...with their repast of fruits and vegetables, even angels from heaven, as they behold it, are delighted and pleased.”
“Saint Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) taught: “All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man.… God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.
“He felt that a lack of mercy towards animals leads to a lack of mercy towards men: “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
“St. Thomas More (1478–1535) wrote a book called Utopia in which the killing of animals was abolished. He stated that citizens should kill no animal in sacrifice, nor should they think God has delight in blood and slaughter, who has given life to animals to the intent they should live. More was a vegetarian and spoke out primarily against butchering and meat-eating.”
“Dostoevsky (1821–1881) in his book, The Brothers Karamazov, spoke through Father Zossima, a brother in the faith with St. Francis: “Love all God’s creation. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all embracing love.
“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble it, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent. Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals; they are without sin, and you with your greatness defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you.”
“Brother Aelred, a Catholic monk living in Australia, in his book, Encounter, says, “My position is that Jesus’s teachings on mercy in the Beatitudes require an open-ended ethical inquiry. I ask, for example, how a Christian may speak of ‘mercy’ in the terms of Jesus Christ, and deny mercy to creatures of God who, as we do, experience fear and suffering. Isn’t it the case that Jesus constantly went beyond the ‘letter of the law’ to its spirit?”
“Joseph Smith (1805–1844), founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, preached the humane treatment of animals:
“God glorified Himself by saving all that His hands had made, whether beasts, fowls, fishes or men; and He will glorify Himself with them.
“Kindness to the whole animal creation and especially to all domestic animals is not only a virtue that should be developed but is the ABSOLUTE DUTY OF MANKIND; [Emphasis added] Children should be taught that nature in all forms is our heavenly Father’s Great Book of Life.Furthermore, he who treats in a brutal manner a poor dumb animal, at that moment disqualifies himself for the companionship of the Holy Spirit.
“In Joseph Smith’s inspired version of the Bible, Genesis 9:11 reads, “Blood of animals shall not be shed only for meat to save your lives; and the blood of every beast I will require at your hands.”
Hugh Nibley, LDS church leader and writer: “It is precisely because men now prey upon each other and shed the blood and waste the flesh of other creatures without need that the world lieth in sin.”
“German Composer Richard Wagner (1813–1883) believed flesh eating to be responsible for the downfall of man. He felt vegetarianism could help mankind return to Paradise. He wrote, “Plant life instead of animal life is the keystone of regeneration. Jesus used bread in place of flesh and wine in place of blood at the Lord’s Supper.”
“Dr. Charles Filmore, founder of Unity School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, taught that the time will come when man will look back upon eating animal flesh as he now looks upon cannibalism.
The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ considered in its fullest sense, includes the killing of animals.”
“Ellen White, contemporary of Joseph Smith and founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, says,
“Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and soul.” She urged her followers to, “Think of the cruelty that meat eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard these creatures of God!”
She says in her book Patriarch and Prophets, “A record goes up to heaven, and a day is coming when judgement will be pronounced against those who abuse God’s creatures.”
“Reverend Holmes-Gore wrote, “The day is surely dawning when it will become clear that the idea of the blessed Master giving His sanction to the barbaric habit of flesh-eating is a tragic delusion, foisted upon the church by those who never knew Him.” He said that vegetarianism is absolutely necessary for the redemption of the planet. “Indeed we cannot hope to rid the world of war, disease and a hundred other evils until we learn to show compassion to the creatures and refrain from taking their lives for food, clothing, or pleasure. The church is powerless to free mankind from such evils as war, oppression and disease, because it does nothing to stop man’s oppression of victimizing living creatures.
“Every evil action, whether it be done to a man, a woman, a child, or an animal, will one day have its effect upon the transgressor. The rule that we reap what we sow is a Divine Law from which there is no escape.”
“Dr. Albert Schweitzer preached an ethic of reverence for life: “Not until we extend the circle of compassion to include all living things shall we ourselves know peace.” When a man questioned his philosophy, saying God created animals for man to eat, Schweitzer replied, “Not at all.”
Concern for Animals in Protestant Christianity: (Original research done by Vasu Murti, They Shalt Not Hurt or Destroy:
“Martin Luther, “Adam would not have used the creatures as we do today, but rather for the admiration of God and a holy joy.”
“John Calvin (1509–1564) Calvin said that animals exist within the framework of human justice: “But it must be remembered that men are required to practice justice even in dealing with animals. In a word we are to do what is right voluntarily and freely, and each of us is responsible for doing his duty.”
“John Wray (1627–1705) In 1691 Wray published The Wisdom of God Manifest in the Works of His Creation, which emphasized the sanctity and value of the natural world. Wray advocated vegetarianism and said that God can best be seen and understood in the study of His creation in understanding His infinite goodness and wisdom in the formation of them but that man has been deficient in noticing and admiring His works. He said that God placed animals here for their own sake, and not just for the pleasure of humans. Animals have their own intrinsic value. “If a good man be merciful to his beast, then surely a good God takes pleasure that all His creatures enjoy themselves that have life and sense and are capable of enjoying.”
“Thomas Tyron in his book, The Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness, defended vegetarianism as a physically and spiritually superior way of life. His knowledge was acquired from his study of the scriptures. He wrote against “that depraved custom of eating flesh and blood.”
“He made an eloquent plea for mercy toward the animals: “Refrain at all times from such foods as cannot be procured without violence and oppression, for know, that all the inferior creatures when hurt do cry and fend forth their complaints to their Maker.… Be not insensible that every creature doth bear the image of the great Creator according to the nature of each, and that He is the vital power in all things. Therefore, let none take pleasure to offer violence to that life, lest he awaken the fierce wrath, and bring danger to his own soul. But let mercy and compassion dwell plentifully in your hearts, that you may be comprehended in the friendly principle of God’s love and holy light. Be a friend to everything that’s good, and then everything will be a friend to thee, and co-operate for thy good and welfare.” Tyron told the first Quaker settlers in Pennsylvania that their ‘holy experiment’ in peaceful living would fail unless they extended their Christian precepts of nonviolence to the animal kingdom.”
“John Wesley, founder of Methodism, said, “Thanks be to God! Since the time I gave up the use of flesh-meats and wine, I have been delivered from all physical ills.” Wesley was a vegetarian for primarily spiritual reasons and based his vegetarianism on the Biblical prophecies concerning the Kingdom of Peace, where “on the new earth, no creature will kill, or hurt, or give pain to any other.”
“He urged parents to educate their children about compassion to animals.”
“John Woolman (1720–1772) was a Quaker preacher and abolitionist who traveled throughout the American colonies attacking slavery and cruelty to animals. Woolman wrote that he was “early convinced in my mind that true religion consisted in an inward life, wherein the heart doth love and reverence God the Creator and learn to exercise true justice and goodness, not only toward all men, but also toward the brute creatures.”
“Joshua Evans (1731–1798) was also a Quaker, a contemporary of Woolman’s. He stated that reverence for life was the moral basis of his vegetarianism. He said, “I considered that life was sweet in all living creatures, and taking it away became a very tender point with me.… I believe my dear Master has been pleased to try my faith and obedience by teaching me that I ought no longer to partake of anything that had life.”
“John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892) was known as the Quaker poet. He said, “The sooner we recognize the fact that the mercy of the Almighty extends to every creature endowed with life, the better it will be for us as men and Christians.”
“William Paley (1743–1805), one of the most respected of English theologians, taught that killing animals for food was unjustifiable.”
“Dr. Charles Filmore, in the 19th century, founded Unity School. Unity School teaches: “As man unfolds spiritually he more and more perceives the necessity of fulfilling the divine law in every department of his life. From experience and observation Unity believes that somewhere along the way, as he develops spiritually, man comes to question seriously the rightness of meat as part of his diet. Man is naturally loathe to take life, even though the idea of killing animals for food has so long been sponsored by the race that he feels it is right and proper to do so.
“However, the Commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’, considered in its fullest sense, includes the killing of animals.…There is a kindred spirit in all living things — a love for life. Any man who considers honestly the oneness of life feels an aversion to eating meat: that is a reaction of his mind towards anything so foreign to the idea of universal life.”
“Reverend Holmes-Gore called vegetarianism absolutely necessary for the redemption of the planet. Indeed we cannot hope to rid the world of war, disease and a hundred other evils until we learn to show compassion to the creatures and refrain from taking their lives for food, clothing or pleasure.
“The church is powerless to free mankind from such evils of war, oppression and disease; because it does nothing to stop man’s oppression of victimizing living creatures … Every evil action, whether it be done to a man, woman, a child, or an animal will one day have its effect upon the transgressor. The rule that we reap what we sow is a Divine Law from which there is no escape.”
“God is ever merciful, but He is also righteous, and if cruel men and women will learn compassion in no other way, then they will have to learn through suffering, even if it means suffering the same tortures that they have themselves inflicted. God is perfect Love, and He is never vengeful or vindictive, but the Divine Law of mercy and compassion cannot be broken without bringing tremendous repercussions upon the transgressor.
“We have made many great reforms, but there remains much to be done. We have improved the lot of children, of prisoners, and of the poor beyond all recognition in the last hundred years. We have done something to mitigate the cruelties inflicted upon the creatures. But though some of the worst forms of torture have been made illegal, the welter of animal blood is greater than ever, and their sufferings are still appalling.”
“What we need is not a reform of existing evils, but a revolution in thought that will move Christians to show real compassion to all God’s creatures. Many people claim to be lovers of animals who are very far from being so. For a flesh-eater to claim to love animals is as if a cannibal expressed his devotion to the missionaries he consigns to the seething cauldron.”
“Kenneth Rose, in a 1984 essay, said this: “Vegetarianism among those who base their lives on the bible is quite rare. Nevertheless, vegetarianism remains God’s ultimate will since, according to the Bible; the goal of history is the transformation of the predatory principle in the principle of universal love, it seems reasonable to suppose that people who take the Bible seriously should strive to bring their lives into accordance with the righteousness and nonviolence that will prevail in God’s kingdom. Surely we can’t in this life fully escape the consequences of the Fall, but we can try, with God’s grace, to live in accordance with God’s perfect will.” The Reverend George Laughton taught, “The practice of kindness towards dumb creatures is a sign of development to the higher reaches of intelligence and sympathy. For, mark you, in every place there are those who are giving of their time and thought and energy to the work of protecting from cruelty and needless suffering the beasts of the field and streets. These are the people who make the earth clean and sweet and more like what God intended it to be.”
The preceeding quotes were taken from the book: They Shalt Not Hurt or Destroy by Vasu Murti.
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