The Legacy of our Patriarch Abraham: Truly Following in the Footsteps of Faith to be Kind The Cure for Skepticism in the face of new evidence is all about reading. A shocking new idea or overwhelming evidence is education that is not finished. There are powers that be that have purposefully lost by corruption the pure tenets of the religion of Christianity, the religion of Judaism and the religion of Islam. The messages of all of the prophets have warned consistently that the evil powers that would attempt to do this corruption would aim to destroy the covenant of our Creator GOD. The evil powers are the adherents of the hunter-fisherfowler-honeybee “Babylon religion” of the Hammurabi King Nimrod where the adherents have consistently attempted to destroy the memory of the patriarch Abraham and his family. Educated people learn to analyze ideas, to debate interpretations, and to discover context. With the matters of religion, faith must remain strong to differentiate the truth from falsehoods. Having a hand on approach to digging into the evidence from all aspects of secular and religious history, the context of the message, and from etymological records of the language, the “mysteries of GOD” made simple become the submitting force for the true believer. The element of "How will you prove it, the tampering?" is illustrated in the Peshitta Text of Matthew 10:34 where the conclusion is "Except by illustrated scholarship and conclusive reasoning, how will you prove it of Romans (in their) changing of forms in evil occurring/disease if not how will you prove it of Romans changing of forms? Only by identifying the destruction (of life)." This document will demonstrate clearly that the Babylon mystery religion must be actively thrown off and quickly! This is an appeal to honor the words of the prophet Moses to love our neighbors as our self. An inspired prophet according to the very essence of the meaning is one that is able to convey the real word of GOD. That means, the “school of the prophets,” is the place where one learns to read and understand the original writings and its proofs instead of blindly accepting another person’s word for the WORD. A true messenger of GOD, a scholar of the Sacred Scriptures, would rise above this age-old hatred and propose a humane way to defuse a difficult situation. For example, hear Moses’ healing words of wisdom to the Israelites: “Do not despise the Edomites; they are your relatives. Be kind to the Edomites” 1 Thus this message is about reporting the original message of the Sacred Scriptures as a return to the faith of Abraham, the legacy of our patriarch to truly “Tikkun Olam: to heal the world.” Regarding the creed of Abraham, the chosen one,2 the instructions are about worship to the Creator through practical yet specific life instructions sadly overlooked in today’s contemporary versions of the historical records. The faith of Abraham is the legacy to his sons and his submission to the LORD GOD, Creator of all of the worlds. The key has been overlooked in the translation but is in the original distinct soul message: ‘sif nafs.’ The meaning of ‘sif’ سفis
Deuteronomy 23:7 Holy Quran 2:130-131
specific, the sinking down, eating and swallowing of a healing remedy. 3 The sons of Abraham declare: “We shall worship your GOD of your fathers, of Abraham and Ishmael and Itschach, the One and to Him we submit.”4 What is that sinking down legacy that heals? This is a presentation of how one can truly follow in the footsteps of their patriarch Abraham in faith.
The patriarch Abraham has a legacy, it is called a creed and is called the soul نفس, pronounced ‘nephes’ yet this Semetic word has much more meaning in its etymology: The Hebrew-Aramaic word ‘ נפשsoul’ pronounced ‘nephes’ is a monument5 and also is נפסpronounced ‘nephes’ meaning “the linen textile wearing guardian of the vegetable garden.” 6 The Creator GOD’s Covenant is about the key of the Garden of Eden, the covenant is about how one establishes his garden. The wearing of linen, the wearing of the linen ‘show fringes’ the practice of a GanEden style gardening is all about the Covenant of the Creator to mankind and the treasure of its knowledge to be maintained through the royal family educating the people. The eminent matters of religion are currently controlled by leaders of which history tells us are in two camps. The simple living and nonviolent peacemakers that follow a path of sanctification, to live pure lives loving GOD and loving their neighbor are in one camp. The dogmatic, the power-seekers, the love of show and pomp extravagance, the imbibers, the covetous, the violent and the rebels are the other camp. The prophet Moses wrote exactly what that ‘other’ camp was, the Hebrew word “Gepah” that referred to the idolatrous harlot individual that represented all of the religion of the “iniquity of the third and fourth generation that hate (GOD).” What would that specific generation refer to? It is the rebel war mongering Nimrod, his wife MaRea, her illegitimate son and their trap of the Babylonian hunter-fisherfowler-honeybee moon religion and their extremely harsh terror creating code of laws. The patriarch Abraham came into conflict with this ancient Babylonian Hammurabi king, the Nimrod of all rebels. The name Nimrod means “a rebel that beats, stamps on, treads, a heretic that subjugates, rules, governs with evil inclination, takes honey of the beehive”7 and one that sleeps a sleep that is not sleep and a wakefulness that is not wakefulness.” 8 According to the oral history of the matter, the wicked Hammurabi King that the Torah identifies as “Nimrod” threw Abraham into a fiery pit that the patriarch escaped unscathed from. The matter of Abraham’s quick massive relocation away from this ancient location that is named within Torah as ‘ חרןHarun” meaning a “cross roads location (of the) ancient seat of idolatrous worship of the moon region”9 and “Fierce burning anger and stirring up of fomenting hatred”10 The root letters are linked to “stranger explanations, a euphemism for idolatry and swine.”11 3
Arabic-English Dictionary, Hans Wehr Cowan, p. 412 Holy Quran 2:133 5 BDBG, p. 659 6 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 925 7 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 1451 8 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 904 9 BDBG, p. 357 #2771 10 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 502a 11 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 41a 4
The preserved history of this rebel Nimrod is of his idolatrous imagery, angry tirades, hunting, fowling and fishing exploits that also played a major part of his religion that worshipped himself and not the Creator GOD. Nimrod led in the religious ritual of worship of a man upon a crucifix thousands of years before the evil Roman Empire used it as a weapon of coercion and terror for subjugating peoples to their cruel rule. Confirming this matter within historical record, there were within Babylonian region archeological digs, the findings of crosses and crucifix imagery in time periods of 5,000 years ago.12 The Vatican has preserved the religion of Babylon including the honeybee preserved prominently upon the Papal throne of Nimrod. The historical record is that the patriarch Noah condemned the cruel governing powers of this self pronounced king that built the infamous “Tower of Babel.” The scattering of the people building the city of Babylon is attributed to a Divine act of the Creator GOD13 to put judgment upon the despot Nimrod and MaRea’s sun worship system. The government of this powerful trio was full of intrigue and betrayals including lascivious adulterous acts of MaRea which prompted her formation of confessionals of the laity to the priests of her religious orders. The religion consisted of men who were priests of the deities of Baal and the women were nuns of the fish order, the Ashtoreth deities. Idolatry ran rampant, their worship of the creation whether it was an animal or an inanimate item, their elaborate rites at the left sided crescent moon with an idolatrous festive libation around specific flesh sacrifices of fish and animals, honey of the honey bees and the chalice of fermented wine of their Babel religion. According to tradition, Noah met with Abram (name before becoming named Abraham) to give him the Covenant of the Creator and instruct him on the laws of the Creator which were loving and kind. There was a Divine calling from the Creator GOD to the patriarch Abraham telling him to “Get you out of thy father’s house and unto the land that I will show you.” 14 The promise of the Creator to Abraham is that he would become a great nation through his descendants. 15 As Abraham was a descendant of Shem, the father of all of the children called an “Eber.”16 The Semitic languages are the languages of Shem, derivatives of ‘H-Eberoo’ or Hebrew. The words are recorded “I will bless them that bless you and curse him that curses you.” 17 When the patriarch Abraham took this step, he was motivated by faith n the promise of his GOD to honor this promise. When Abraham departed out of the lands ruled by wicked Nimrod, he set out to start sharing what he had learned of Hebrew healing. When one reads ‘Egypt’ the original Torah record, the word indicates the place of sickness. The patriarch Abraham instructed his wife Sarai how to do
Jim Arrabitto, Babylon Mystery Religion video lecture, 1992 (including photographic evidence). Some believe that this author and artist along with his sons were murdered during a fact finding expedition. 13 Genesis 11:1-9 14 Genesis 12:1 15 Genesis 12:2 16 Genesis 10:21 17 Genesis 12:3
nursing care of the sick and they prospered. They taught the loving kindness and mercy of the Creator GOD to all those that they met. The patriarch Abraham departed from this scene of debauchery, betrayal and riotous living to seek the simple life. According to the record of Torah, his departure was marked by a conflict where the evil forces show up to thwart him from his path of faith. The historical record of Torah describes without translating a specific word “Chedorlaomer.”18 This Hebrew expression is comprised of two words: “For the Master’s bound sheaves to harvest is a ball-shaped pottery,” also known as the “Garden of Eden stone-sword.” The gathering together of the royal families at that time was for a special coronation ceremony of the patriarch Abraham whose name at that time was still “Abram.” The officiating presiding King of Righteousness, Melchizedek arrived with the grape juice and unleavened bread for this important ceremony to confirm the covenant of the Creator with the chosen Abram. The civilized Abram was crowned and adorned through the glory of the law of the Creator. For this important coronation ceremony, largely overlooked in modern contemporary versions, There is a recorded oath ceremony whereas the specific items of a specific witness of ‘thread’ and a ‘shoe-latchet’ that are mysteriously mentioned within this ceremony. The ceremony is so important that the record lists that Abram’s right hand was raised to heaven was with his verbal affirmation of receiving his blessings only from the Creator and not anything from a wicked king of Sodom “Lest thou (the wicked King of Sodom) should say, I have made Abram rich.”19 Who was this wicked King? At this time of the history of the world, everyone knew everyone. The first king of Babylon was Hammurabi and according to scholars is Nimrod. His strict kingdom rule was made of regulations that he attributes to “Marduk” as his spiritual guide. The word Marduk means “previous rebellious acts/political crimes/desertion from the LORD GOD of yours.” The point of the term ‘Marduk’ meant that the King Hammurabi and his CODE based upon his human thinking was guilty of political crimes, rebellious acts and had departed from the true worship of the LORD GOD. Thus the major differences between Melchizedek’s law and the Code of Hammurabi is that Hammurabi based his on human wisdom and an evil spirit while the righteous king Melchizedek based his law on love and the worship and honor of GOD. Hammurabi made 282 laws during his kingdom reign.20 The Hebrew words for ‘shoe-latchet’ are actually two words, שרוך־נעלmeaning “You untie wearing a cloak to sit down for a meal as one of a vow of Nazarite dipping bread into grape juice” and “tied shoe of Divine protection.” 21 The Hebrew word מחוטpronounced ‘machout’ translated as ‘thread’ is expanded in significant and overlooked meaning to be several things at 18
Genesis 14:17 Genesis 14:23 20 www.answers.com 21 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 920, 1629-30 19
once: “when the show fringes of a tallit or mantle which the LORD strings around him a cord of grace (i.e. protection)” for offering “the sin offering of spelt grain” where “sound learning is the bread.”22 The witness of ‘binding and loosing’ ceremony is significant to the Gospel record yet the descendants of the family of the patriarch Abraham have largely ceased to observe this all important ceremony that is the key of binding evil of Satan and loosing the Divine protection. Why? Because the Roman Catholic Church has outlawed by Canon law the Judean meal also called “Intincture.” Why would sitting down for a ceremonial meal to dip the bread piece into the grape juice while wearing the cloak of show-fringes be Divine protection? It is the ceremony of carrying out the Divine mandate of a curse (Genesis 3:15) where the enemy Satan is symbolically stone-crushed by the faithful believers performing the bruising שוףceremony. If the family stops holding the weekly, monthly and seasonal ceremony, the loss of Divine protection and loss of sound learning would be expected. Remember, it is the legacy of Abraham, that sinking down legacy that heals that makes the path of faith very specific.
This is where the battle between the Jacob and Esau families exists. One side of the family keeps the everlasting fresh plant based diet covenant and the other side of the family has embraced the alcohol and flesh of corpse’s diet. Esau the twin brother of Jacob embraced the Nimrod traits by becoming a hunter-fisher and further was his undoing by marrying two rebel wives daughters of Hittites, meaning “terrorists of fear.” 23 Esau had become the rebel of the family displaying traits of gluttony, nurturing a murderous trait that remained in his system. The family made him promise that he would not revenge his brother Jacob yet after the elders passed away, Esau with a bout of gluttony was convinced by his own rebel sons to murder his brother Jacob. In self defense, Jacob pled with his brother yet the skirmish in a life and death struggle tragically ended Esau’s life. 24 The Sacred Scriptures gives a name for all rebel sons that embrace the rebel Nimrod and MaRea religion as Esau, Amalek, Edom all code names for the evil Graeco-Roman empire. There is still a Scriptural warning that although the Creator has love from Jacob, the Creator declares there is Esau’s “hatred” towards the Creator.25 Why is this? The original message seems to indicate that it is the Esau trait where one becomes a hate filled enemy of GOD “to refuse to receive the Creator’s laws.”26 The history of the Amalekites or the Edomites evolves into the religion that would eventually be named the “Holy Roman Empire.” It is important to remember that the Covenant stone-vessel of the garden harvest of the patriarch Abraham would have been Esau’s yet he “sold it” in an issue about food. 27
Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 721, 431,448, and 453 Strong’s Hebrew #2850 24 Book of Jubilees 25 Malachi 1:3 26 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 1604 27 Genesis 25:33 23
Why is this matter of interest? Knowing what the covenant was and what the covenant is NOT is important. The Sacred Scriptures declare the warning of the Babylonian system of worship and it is one’s duty to find out what the truth is. What happens when wicked Greece and Rome sent two officers to study the Torah law 28 according to history? The eventual occurrence was that the government ordered changes to the law in how it was interpreted. Both Greece and Rome have an established history of its dietary preferences of a heavy alcohol, fish and animal flesh diet. Most people would not take notice however, the discrepancies of the original Torah and Prophetic record has revealed the pattern of just how serious the charge is that “Rome studied Torah to twist it.” The Gospel record often raised the question asking how will you know the difference between the similar sounding words of Edom-Rome and the truth sent of GOD In Peshitta Text Matthew 10:34. The clue was given within the Gospel record that the truth will be healing and peacemaking whereas the falsehood will be destructive and murderous. The Shaking The prophetic word is for this generation was given: “The Shaking would be the active ‘slaying of the prophets of Baal.’ This would be a shocking statement, “There must be a refining, winnowing process in every congregation for there are among us, wicked men who do not love the truth.”29 The heaven sent command for a serious shake up indeed is now to come to a full knowledge what the prophets of Baal teach and believe. How does one know a Baal prophet? How does one differentiate the truth? Statements found in the text of the study of Torah (Talmud) such as “Fish are unclean, levitically impure, forbidden to be eaten”30 would largely give the reader a shock as traditions have taught the diet of fish. The historical statement made by an Islamic scholar Jalal udDin Abdurrahman AsSuyuti in his translation Medicine of the Prophet states “Yahud do not eat fish.”31 Another writer proclaims “Fish (diet) bring on disease and death to those who do not suspect the danger.” 32 Who brought in the fish diet? It is identified as the poor Ashkenazi Jew that traditionally ate fish in the Ghetto.33 The Ashkenazi Jew traces their history to a conversion of an entire nation to Babylonian Jewry in 740 CE. This is a distinct different culture and belief system to the Sephardi Hebrew of the family of Abraham. The sages confirmed with the same word designating fish forbidden to eat is “one made unclean through a corpse.”34 Thus when shopping for food today at a local market, the ‘meat’ wrapped up for the consumer (dead animal corpses), is a “forbidden animal” 35 defiling. What about a bird for dinner? The official study of Torah documents that “Ritual slaughtering of birds 28 29
Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, * סרדיוטcomment by Rabbi D. S. a.l. note p. 1023b Review & Herald, March 19, 1895, E. Harmon
Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, טמאהp. 539a AsSuyuti’s Medicine of the Prophet, Ta-Ha Publishers ltd, London, 2004 p. 70 32 Ministry of Healing, Ellen Gould Harmon, 1905 also, Counsels on Diet and Food, p. 394, #698 33 www.google.com 34 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, טמאp. 539a 35 Ibid. 31
is not found in Torah.”36 Furthermore to add credence to this matter, due to “gentiles using the chicken for idolatrous purposes, no chickens were raised in Jerusalem.” 37 When the Edomite priests of the Hasmoneans dynasty of Esau (also spelled Ideumean) Herod era established their Temple in ancient Jerusalem, they instituted a sacrificial cult establishing the Graeco-Roman decree enforcing idol worship in the ancient Jerusalem Herod Temple, 38 which was eventually repealed 39 in tradition. However, were the idolatrous practices of EdomRome really repealed? They changed form and shape as people no longer recognized the idolatry! The question was raised “why does He (GOD) not destroy the objects of idol worship?”40 Eventually the judgment of Almighty GOD was that the heathen Herod’s Temple would be destroyed as history records. However, the rage of Rome against the faithful community of faithful believers of “praising of one GOD” faith, was swift and harsh to destroy libraries and historical records and also change the meanings of what words meant. It is significant that the faithful believers rejected the Edom-Roman fish religion, their egg religion, their animal slaughter religion, their alcohol debauchery religion of the Roman Temple Hasmonean priests at the time of the New Testament. The Romans renamed the region “Palestine” to remove the name meaning PRAISE יהודה Yahudah, those that believe in one GOD, off the map. The Edom-Roman laws are quoted in their use of the following word a Roman-Greek word πλαστόν also spelled in Aramaic, פלסטון / פלסטיןpronounced Palestin or Paleston: “That peoples law is a fraud, they do not observe it themselves, they the usurers (usury banks of Rome) declare the Law of Moses forbidding usury a fraud, and Moses a fool.” 41 It is important to note that historically, the Roman law “Palestine” declared that “the law of Moses is a fraud.” 42 Furthermore the sages confirm the Roman word pronounced Palestine means “the document is forged.”43 Today in the Quran there are curses of GOD towards the Houdou. The proper acknowledgement of the word Yahuud is very distinct from the Houdou or Houd. The arguments of many scholars and authors are that the modern versions of the Quran, scholars have misunderstood the meanings of similar sounding yet differently spelled words. The Aramaic language explains the intent of the message. The Houdou as an Aramaic word is describing “those that must have confession of guilt.”44 The root letters are for the cult of
Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, עוףp. 1055b Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, תרנגולp. 1700a 38 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 157b 39 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, בטלp. 157b 40 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, בטלp. 157a 41 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, πλαστόν in Aramaic, פלסטון/ פלסטיןp. 1183b 42 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 1183b 43 Ibid. 44 Sefer Molim Dictionary, M. Jastrow, p. 337 37
drunkenness, the drug mafia, essentially a word picture of the Edomite family traits of debauchery and licentious behaviors. According to the Aramaic writings more properly translated as “The Wedding Stone” animals are manifestations of GOD’s Divine will, signs or clues for the believers provided by GOD.45 The animals, in fact, all praise and worship GOD.46 The beasts pay adoration to GOD, and the birds in flight praise him as well.47 GOD has given the earth not just for human domination but for all of his creatures.48 Animals have souls just like humans, for we read: “There is not an animal in the earth, nor a creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of our decrees). Then unto their LORD they will be gathered. 49 Animals will be saved on the day of Judgment as all are called summoned to the judgment seat.50 The contemporary verses “Warfare is ordained for you” is actually about writings that are to be struggled to master in scholarship51 the Sacred Scriptures. The added words in texts such as ‘for food’ actually is about the four legged animals written about in ‘kutub’ which are to be decoded, deciphered in a solution of a puzzle. 52 Why a puzzle? Because the Graeco-Roman Canon of the Bible had inserted various animals into the VERSION where there were previously none and the code of their version would require diligent study to unravel its pattern of lies. The person that makes oneself unclean by diet can return to the Creator’s diet. The following material documents the intense battle about what one eats identifies what their religion is. What is the pattern of encoded twisting of the sacred writings that Rome followed? One of the major differences to identify an official tampering with the translation is the comparison between Melchizedek’s law and the Code of Hammurabi is that Babylon’s first king Nimrod, Hammurabi based his on human wisdom and an evil spirit while Melchizedek based his law on love and the worship and honor of GOD.53 Whether the writings be of Torah, Gospels or Quran, the pattern of the alteration making a modern perversion is making the code of Hammurabi the religious law and covering up the condemnation of the harlot of Rome and her idolatry whereas the truth should be read instead of mercy and compassion of the Creator GOD will be understood with diligent prayerful study.
Quran 45:3-4 Quran 17:44 47 Quran 22:18 and 24:41 48 Quran 55:10 49 Quran 6:38 50 Quran 45:28 51 Quran 2:216 52 Quran 5:1 53 http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/b1hammurabi.htm 46
Table of Contents
The Hidden Love of Yahshuah Messiah Setting the Tone - Genesis 1:29-31 Foreword Prophetic Words Against Biblical Sacrifices and Against Eating Meat The Apostles Were Vegetarians The Church Fathers Also Warned Against Eating Meat It Was Solely the Sins of Mankind That Made Animals “Evil” The End of Inner Christianity The Gospel of the Perfect Life The Vision of Isaiah - Isaiah 11:6-9 Animals – Defenseless Victims What Do Great Minds Say About Pieces of Animal Carcass? What Do Great Minds Say About Hunting?
“God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food. And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.”
And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has
“THE CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL FLESH WAS UNKNOWN UP UNTIL THE GREAT FLOOD. BUT SINCE THE GREAT FLOOD, WE HAVE HAD THE FIBERS AND THE STINKING FLUIDS OF ANIMAL FLESH STUFFED INTO OUR MOUTHS...
WHO APPEARED WHEN THE TIME WAS FULFILLED, AGAIN JOINED THE END TO THE BEGINNING, SO THAT WE ARE NOW NO LONGER ALLOWED TO EAT ANIMAL FLESH.” Hieronymus (331-420) (Adversus Jovinanum 1:30) Prophetic Words Against Biblical Sacrifices of Animals and Against Eating Meat
YAHSHUAH, THE MESSIAH,
Foreword About 1600 years ago, Hieronymus was commissioned by the pope to do the first extensive Bible translation into Latin and preserve the Constantine preference for alcohol, flesh diet and debauchery. However, the fact that Hieronymus knew about Yahshuah‟s love for animals is clearly substantiated by the quote below. With this collection of citations, we want to make the connection with Original Judeo-Christianity and rehabilitate Yahshuah as a friend of animals. Who will help to spread this truth?
For whole pages Canonized Bibles, readers of Moses are led to believe that GOD wanted animals to be tortured and killed for Him. These texts were cleverly manipulated, so that the faithful believe that God is a perverse, brutal, unloving and wrathful being, which has joy in the brutal and senseless carnage of animals. The one who believes this is the word of GOD, as the great institutions would have one believe, has fallen for the darkening of the truth. However, the one who explores the prophets can still find, even in the Bible, many a true word of GOD, which apparently slipped by the “correctors” and falsifiers of the scriptures. What has occurred is that ancient Babylonian religion or Satanism has blinded the eyes of people to accept the tenets of faith of Satanism instead of real faith of Abraham which departed from Satanism, mystery Babylon religion. What is the fact that every adherent to Satanism does? There is a sacrifice of an animal and or human in their evil craft of worship of Satan. It is time to purge the falsified pattern of Babylon mystery religion out of how one understands and reads the Sacred Scriptures.
In old scriptures, there are also indications that other apostles and disciples nourished themselves as strict vegetarians. The book of Daniel describes how the noble Hebrew men were found to be far more intelligent and far more superior than all of those that had consumed the meat laden table of the King. Mankind would do best to return to the diet of the Creator and refuse the Code of Hammurabi, the rebel against GOD. The quotes below will assist the reader to understand the extent of the Roman Canon Bible lie.
Hosea “Though they offer choice sacrifices, though they eat flesh, the Lord does not accept them. Now he will remember their iniquity, and punish their sins ...” Hosea 8:13 Isaiah “Whoever slaughters an ox is like one who kills a human being; whoever sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever presents a grain offering, like one who offers swine’s blood; whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. They have chosen their own ways and in their abominations they take delight.” Isaiah 66:3 Amos “I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:21-24 Jeremiah “Of what use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor are your sacrifices pleasing to me.” Jeremiah 6:20 Isaiah “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? Says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand?” Isaiah 1:11-12 Micah “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:6-8 Isaiah “When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed ...” Isaiah 1:15-17 Hosea “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
Jeremiah “For in the day that I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to them or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Jeremiah 7:22 David “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?” Psalm 50:12-13 “Do not be among winebibbers, or among gluttonous eaters of meat.”
Yahshuah of Nazareth - Spoke Against Animal Sacrifices “I came to end the animal sacrifices, and if you do not stop making sacrifices, the wrath of God (the law of cause and effect) will not leave you alone.” Yahshuah, cited from Epiphanius, Panarion 3:16 “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Mt. 9:13 “Is it not written: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nation? But you have made it a den of robbers.” Yahshuah in Mark. 11:17 The Apostles Were Vegetarians In order to know what Yahshuah taught concerning love for animals and having a meatless diet, it is useful to know how his apostles and disciples lived. Ancient texts, which, typically enough, were not included in the canons of the Bible state the following: Peter “I live on bread and olives, to which I add a vegetable.” Clementine Homilies XII, 6; rec. VII, 6 Paul “Yahshuah instructed me to eat no meat and drink no wine, but only bread, water and fruit, so that I be found pure when he wants to talk with me.” Toledoth Jeschu, Krauss Edition, Berlin 1902, p. 113, Paul Matthew “Matthew lived on seed, the fruit of trees and vegetables without meat.” Clemens von Alexandria, Paidagogos II, 1:16 John “John never ate meat.” History of the Church II 2:3
Jacob “Jacob, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3
The Church Fathers Also Warned Against Eating Meat
The church fathers or church writers still knew the sources and earliest handwritten texts and quoted from them. At that time many of them lived as vegetarians or vegans and abstained from alcohol, or recommended this. From this one we gain knowledge about the eating habits of the first Messiahians. John Chrysostomus About a group of exemplary Christians in 354-407 “No streams of blood flowed at their place; no flesh was slaughtered and cut to pieces ... One does not smell there the awful vapor of meals of meat ... one hears no racket and terrible noise. They eat only bread, which they earn through their work, and water that a pure spring offers them. When they want a lavish meal, then indulgence consists of fruits, and they find thereby higher enjoyment than at the royal tables.” Homil. 69 Clemens of Alexandria “For within a moderate simplicity is there not a diversity of healthy foods: vegetables, roots, olives, herbs, milk, cheese, fruit and many kinds of dried foods? – Among the foods one should favor those that can be directly eaten without the use of fire, for they are always ready for us and are the simplest. – Accordingly, the apostle Matthew lived from seeds, hard-shelled fruits and vegetables, and ate no meat. And John, who practiced modesty to the utmost degree ate the buds of leaves and wild fruit preserves. – I think that the bloody sacrifices were invented solely by those people who sought an excuse for eating meat, which they also could have had without such idolatry.” Clemens of Alexandria, Paidagogos II Quintus Septimus Tertullianus ca. 160-221 Tertullianus appeared several times for the defense of the Messianics when they were accused of making human sacrifices. “How shall I describe it, that you believe we are thirsty for human blood, for you do know that we loathe the blood of animals.” Apol. Chap. 9; quoted from Robert Springer, p. 292 Gregory of Nazianz Church father from Kappadozien “But the seed of a good house father is the good wheat, from which he bakes bread ... The indulgence in meat dishes is a disgraceful wrong and I desire that you may strive to offer your soul nourishment that lasts eternally." Robert Springer 1884 Hieronymus “It is better that you eat no meat and drink no wine. For drinking wine started with eating meat, after the great flood.” “Innocent foods are foods acquired without letting blood.” “Consuming meat, drinking wine and overfilling the stomach are the cradles of greed.” Hieronymus, Adversus Jovinanum 1:30 Aurelius Augustinus 354-430 Church father and greatest Latin church teacher of antiquity, Augustinius also lived solely from plant foods. He attributed the ruinous passions of man to the eating of meat. In one of his works,
he quoted Paul (Rom. 14:21), where Paul recommended that one eat no meat and drink no wine. De vera Religione II, 161, 168 Basilius the Great “The body that is burdened with meat foods is plagued by illnesses; a moderate style of life makes it healthier and stronger and cuts off the root of evil. The vapors of meat foods darken the light of the spirit. It is hard for one to love virtue when one is gladdened by meat dishes and festive meals.” Basilius the Great, Enkarpa, 1884 “Meat is a contradiction to food and it belongs to the world of the past.” Clementine Homilies III, 45 “The Christians abstained from every kind of meat.” Plinius in a letter to Trajan, Ep. Lib. X. 96 “In the earthly paradise, there was no wine, no one sacrificed animals and no one ate meat.” “As long as one lives frugally the blessings of the house will increase; the animals will be safe; no blood will be shed, and no animal will be killed. The cook‟s knife will be useless; the table will only be set with fruits which nature offers to us, and one will be satisfied with that.” From the epistles of Basilius the Great (329-379) cited from Carl Anders Skriver, “The Forgotten Beginnings of Creation and Christianity” p. 161 It Was Solely the Sins of Mankind That Made Animals “Evil”! “Wild animals get their name from their wild nature, not because they were created evil from the very beginning ...; instead, the sins of man made them bad. For since man was diverted from the path, they also followed him ...If now man again raises himself to an existence fitting to his nature and no longer does evil, they, too, will return to their original gentle nature.” Theophilus of Antioch 2nd half of the 2nd Century Creation waits for man to reveal himself as the true child of God: “We know that the whole of creation has been groaning in labor pains until now. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. For ... creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” Paul in Rom. 8:22,19,21 The End of True Christianity or Hebrew movement Emperor Constantine I Emperor Constantine I (285-337) gave preferential treatment to the new Roman Church, gave it freedom of religion and in the year 324 finally made it de facto a state religion. For this, the church even made him a saint. However, in obsession with power, despotism and cruelty, Constantine lagged behind his predecessors in nothing. He waged many wars. Under threat of torture, the Early Christians who wanted to remain true to their pacifist ideals were now forced to go to war for the emperor. It was said that under the orders of Emperor Constantine, melted lead was poured down the throats of those who did not want to eat meat. 14
Thus, original Hebrew movement was nearly dissolved. “Christians were now officially forced into military duty, into eating animals and drinking alcohol.” At the Council of Nicösia (325) Constantine forced through his ideas of Roman Christianity. Now the Gospel also had to be tailored to fit the spirit of the times then. So-called “correctors” were put to work for this. Deliberate falsifications are said to have been carried out particularly in the time following the Council of Nicösia. How much was also changed by Paul is unknown and can only be conjectured, based on several citations that have been passed down. The Middle Ages During the Middle Ages the persecution of Christians who lived as vegetarians and vegans continued. Over whole centuries the Church persecuted Early Christians who were vegetarians and found no pleasure in the frills and furbelows of a pagan state church. For the most part they were stigmatized, slandered, persecuted and murdered as heretics and sectarians. The philosophic basis for persecution during the Middle Ages was made by the church teacher, Thomas of Aquinas. According to his teaching, neither animals nor women have a soul. Free Christians “who at the time of the Inquisition refused to kill animals were forced to either publicly slaughter an animal or be hanged as a heretic. In 1051CE several so-called heretics were condemned to death because they refused to kill and eat chickens.” “During the Middle Ages there were many groups that wanted to turn back to an Early Christian way of living.” For example, the Bogumiles or the Cathars and the Albigensers. They lived a vegetarian or vegan life. The vowed “to kill no animal, to eat no meat and to live only from fruit.” (Walter Nigg) All of them were cruelly exterminated by the Church. Even today, many people still carry these church prejudices deep in their subconscious, even though they think they are progressive thinkers. Just to hear the word “sect” is enough to awaken ancient prejudices in them, and in most cases, without a reason. * Carsten Strehlow, Vegetarianism/Veganism
Today “Today‟s church Christendom, particularly Catholicism, has practically nothing to do with the actual Early believers movement, with Nazaritism, and thus with the true teachings of Yahshuah. Instead, it is primarily a self-fabricated teaching that bases itself almost exclusively on exercising and maintaining power. Alone through the Inquisition, the burning of witches, the Crusades, the hatred of Jews and women, as well as cooperation with the National Socialists in the so-called 3rd Reich, the history of the Catholic Church is red with blood. Entire seas could be filled with this blood. The highest church holidays –the Roman Christmas and Easter – are also the greatest slaughter feasts of the year!” Carsten Strehlow, Vegetarianism/Veganism as a Component of original Christianity, p. 58
“Verily, I say to you, I Am come into the world, in order to put an end to all blood offerings and to the eating of the flesh of animals and birds that are slain by men.” “This Is My Word” Chap. 75:9, p. 788 The Gospel of the Perfect Life How much those contemptuous of animals in antiquity and during the Middle Ages disregarded 15
the teachings of the Nazarene can be drawn from the so called apocryphal scripture, “The Gospel of Perfect Life.” In the foreword to the first edition in English (1902) of “The Gospel of Perfect Life” (also known as “The Gospel of the Holy Twelve” or “The Gospel of Yahshuah) G. J. R. Ouseley writes: “This original gospel of Christian inspiration is one of the oldest and most complete early Christian fragments and is preserved in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet, where it was hidden by members of the Essene community, in order to protect it from the hands of falsifiers.” On the following pages, we have chosen several chapters on the topic, of vegetarianism from the Gospels that the Canon of Rome in 325CE outlawed demonstrating ”The love of Yahshuah for animals.” Woe to the Hunters! 6. As Yahshuah went with some of His disciples, He met a man who trained dogs to hunt other animals. And He said to the man, “Why do you do this?” And the man answered, “Because I live from this. What sort of use have these animals? These animals are weak, but the dogs are strong.” And Yahshuah said to him, “You lack wisdom and love. Behold, every creature that God has created has its meaning and purpose. And who can say what good there is in it or what use it is to you or to mankind? 7. And for your living, behold the fields, how they grow and are fertile, and the fruit-bearing trees and the herbs. What more do you want than what the honest work of your hands will give you? Woe to the strong who misuse their strength. Woe to the crafty who hurt the creatures of God! Woe to the hunters! For they themselves shall be hunted.” 8. And the man was very astonished and stopped training the dogs to hunt; and he taught them to save life, not to destroy it. And he embraced the teachings of Yahshuah and became His disciple. (Chap. 14) Yahshuah Frees the Animals 1. And it happened one day, after Yahshuah had finished His speaking, that, in a place near Tiberias where there are seven wells, a young man brought Him live rabbits and doves, that He might consume them with His disciples. 2. And Yahshuah looked at the young man lovingly and said to him, “You have a good heart and God will enlighten you; but do you not know that in the beginning God gave man the fruits of the earth for food and by this did not make him lower than the apes, or the oxen, or the horse or the sheep, that he may kill his fellow creatures and consume their flesh and blood? 3. You believe that Moses rightfully commanded such creatures to be offered in sacrifice and consumed and so you do this in the temple; but see, One greater than Moses is here and He comes to abolish the blood sacrifices of the law and the orgies and to restore the pure offering and the bloodless sacrifice as it was in the beginning, namely, the grains and the fruits of the earth. 5. Therefore, let the creatures go free, that they may rejoice in God and bring no guilt to man.” And the young man set them free and Yahshuah tore apart their cages and their fetters. 6. But see, they were afraid to be taken captive once more and did not want to leave Him. But He spoke to them and sent them away and they obeyed His words and departed full of joy. (Chap. 28) 16
Freeing the Birds 7. And on a certain day, the boy Yahshuah came to a place where a snare was set for birds and there were some boys there. And Yahshuah said to them, “Who has set this snare for the innocent creatures of God? Behold, they will likewise be caught in a snare.” And He beheld twelve sparrows that appeared to be dead. 8. And He moved His hands over them and said to them, “Fly away and, as long as you live, remember Me.” And they rose and flew away with cries. The Jews who saw this were very astonished and told it to the priests. (Chap. 6) Yahshuah Heals a Horse 1. And it came to pass that the Lord departed from the city and went into the mountains with His disciples. And they came to a mountain with very steep paths. There they met a man with a beast of burden. 2. But the horse had collapsed, for it was overladen. The man struck it till the blood flowed. And Yahshuah went to him saying, “You son of cruelty, why do you strike your animal? Do you not see that it is much too weak for its burden and do you not know that it suffers?” 3. But the man retorted, “What have You to do therewith? I may strike my animal as much as it pleases me, for it belongs to me; and I bought it with a goodly sum of money. Ask those who are with You, for they are from my neighborhood and know thereof.” 4. And some of the disciples answered, saying, “Yes, Lord, it is as he said, we were there when he bought the horse.” And the Lord rejoined, “Do you not see then how it is bleeding, and do you not hear how it wails and laments?” But they answered saying, “No, Lord, we do not hear that it wails or laments.” 5. And the Lord became sad and said, “Woe to you; because of the dullness of your heart, you do not hear how it laments and cries to its heavenly Creator for pity; but thrice woe to the one against whom it cries and wails in its torment!” 6. And He went forward and touched the horse, and the animal stood up, and its wounds were healed. But He said to the man, “Go on your way now and henceforth strike it no more, if you, too, hope to find mercy.” 7. And seeing the people come to Him, Yahshuah said to His disciples, “Because of the sick, I Am sick; because of the hungry, I go hungry; because of the thirsty, I suffer thirst.” 8. And He also said, “I have come to put an end to the sacrifices and feasts of blood. If you do not cease to offer and consume the flesh and blood of animals, the wrath of God will not cease to come upon you, just as it came upon your ancestors in the wilderness, who indulged in the consumption of flesh and were filled with rottenness and consumed by pestilence. (Chap. 21) Yahshuah Helps a Camel 12. Yahshuah went to Jerusalem and came upon a camel with a heavy burden of wood. The camel could not haul its load up the hill and the driver beat it and treated it cruelly, but could not get the animal to move. 13. And as Yahshuah saw it, He said to him, “Why do you beat your brother?” And the man retorted, “I did not know that it is my brother. Is it not a beast of burden, made to serve me?” 14. And Yahshuah said, “Has not the same God created this animal and your children who serve you from the same material and have you not both received the same breath from God?” 17
15. And the man was very astonished by this talk. He stopped beating the camel and freed it from a part of its burden. And so, the camel went up the hill and Yahshuah went before it and it no longer stopped until the end of its day‟s journey. 16. The camel recognized Yahshuah, for it had felt the love of God in Him. And the man wanted to know more of the teachings and Yahshuah taught him gladly and he became His follower. (Chap. 31) Yahshuah Spoke Against Blood Sacrifices 1. Yahshuah taught His disciples in the outer court of the temple, and one of them said to Him, “Master, it is said by the priests that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Can then the lawful blood sacrifices take away sins?” 2. And Yahshuah answered, “No blood sacrifice of animal or bird or man can take away sins. For how can a guilt be paid off by shedding innocent blood? No, it will increase the guilt. 3. The priests indeed receive such offerings as an appeasement from the faithful for the violations against the law of Moses; but for the sins against the law of God, there is no forgiveness except by repentance and a change for the better. (Chap. 33) Yahshuah Spoke Against Eating Meat 4. Is it not written in the prophets: Take your blood sacrifices and your burnt offerings, and away with them. Stop eating meat; for I did not speak of this to your forefathers, nor have I commanded them to do so when I led them out of Egypt. But this is what I commanded them: 5. Obey My voice and walk the paths that I have commanded of you, and you will be My people and things will go well for you. And yet they were not so inclined and did not listen. 6. And what did the Eternal command you, other than to practice justice and mercy and to walk humbly with your God? Is it not written that, in the beginning, God ordained the fruits of the trees and the seeds and the plants to be food for all flesh? 7. But they have made of the house of prayer a den of thieves and, instead of the pure offering with incense, they have stained My altars with blood and have eaten the flesh of slain animals. 8. But I say to you: Shed no innocent blood and eat no flesh. Be upright, love mercy and do right, and your days will endure in the land for a long time. (Chap. 33) Animals Are Our Brothers and Sisters 7. Yahshuah came into a village and saw there a stray kitten, and it suffered from hunger and cried out to Him. And He picked it up, wrapped it in His robe and let it rest at His breast. 8. And when He went through the village, He gave the cat to eat and to drink. And it ate and drank and showed Him its thanks. And He gave it to one of His disciples, a widow called Lorenza, and she took care of it. 9. And some of the people said, “This man takes care of all the animals. Are they His brothers and sisters, that He loves them so?” And He said to them, “Verily, these are your fellow brothers from the great family of God, your brothers and sisters who have the same breath of life from the Eternal. 10. And whoever cares for the least of them and gives it food and drink in its need does this to Me, and the one who deliberately allows that one of them suffer privation and does not defend it when it is ill-treated allows this evil to happen as if it were done to Me. For just as you have done in this life will it be done to you in the life to come.” (Chap. 34)
Yahshuah Spoke About the Right Kind of Food 1. And some of His disciples came to Him and spoke to Him about an Egyptian, a son of Belial, who taught that it is not against the law to torment animals if their suffering brings profit to people. 2. And Yahshuah said to them, “Verily, I say to you, the one who derives benefit from the injustice that is inflicted on a creature of God cannot be righteous. Just as little can those whose hands are stained with blood or whose mouths are defiled with flesh deal with holy matters or teach the mysteries of heaven. 3. God gives the grains and the fruits of the earth as food; and for the righteous man, there is no other lawful nourishment for the body. 4. The robber who breaks into a house built by man is guilty; but even the least of those who break into a house built by God are the greater sinners. This is why I say to all who want to become My disciples, keep your hands free from bloodshed and let no meat touch your lips; for God is just and bountiful and has ordained that man shall live by the fruits and seeds of the earth alone. 5. But if an animal suffers greatly, so that its life is a torment for it, or if it becomes dangerous to you, release it from its life quickly and with as little pain as you can. Send it to the other side in love and mercy and do not torment it, and God, your Father, will show mercy to you, just as you have shown mercy to those who were given into your hands. 6. And whatever you do to the least of My children, you do to Me. For I Am in them and they are in Me. Yes, I Am in all creatures and all creatures are in Me. In all their joys, I, too, rejoice and in all their afflictions, I, too, suffer. This is why I say to you: Be kind to one another and to all the creatures of God.” (Chap. 38) The Conversion of the Bird Catcher: 1. And as Yahshuah was going to Jericho, He met a man with young doves and a cage full of birds which he had caught. And He saw their misery, as they had lost their freedom and, furthermore, were suffering hunger and thirst. 2. And He said to the man, “What are you doing with these?” And the man answered, “I earn my living by selling the birds which I have caught.” 3. And Yahshuah said to him, “What would you think, if someone stronger or more clever than you would capture and shackle you, or would throw your wife or your children and you into prison, in order to sell you for his own profit and to earn his living from this? 4. Are these not your fellow creatures, only weaker than you? And does not the same God, Father and Mother, care for them as for you? Let these, your little brothers and sisters, go forth into freedom and see to it that you never do such a thing again, but that you earn your bread honestly.” 5. And the man was astounded at these words and His authority, and he let the birds go free. As the birds came out, they flew to Yahshuah, sat upon His shoulders and sang to Him. 6. And the man asked more about His teachings and he went his way and learned basket weaving. He earned his bread from this work and broke his cages and traps and became a disciple of Yahshuah. (Chap. 41) 9. Verily, I say to you, I Am come into the world in order to put an end to all blood offerings and to the eating of the flesh of animals and birds that are slain by men. (Chap. 75) Sources: “The Gospel of Yahshuah,” Verlag DAS WORT, Rottweil 1986 “The 19
Perfect Life,” Humata Verlag, Bad Homburg “The Forgotten Gospel” Christianity and Animal Protection Fachverlag für Tierschutz, Munich “This Is My Word,” Verlag DAS WORT, Marktheidenfeld, Germany 1996 “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder‟s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain...” Isaiah 11:6-9 Animals – Defenseless Victims What do great minds say about eating pieces of animal carcass? Pythagoras (6th century B. C.), Greek philosopher and mathematician: “Everything that humans do to the animals comes back to them. The one who cuts the throat of a cow with a knife and remains deaf to the bellows of fear, the one who is able to slaughter the screaming little goat in cold blood and eat the bird which he himself has fed – how far is such a one still from crime?” “The Earth lavishly provides abundant, peaceful food. And it ensures you foods that are free of murder and blood.” Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author: “A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.” “It is only a step from the murder of animals to the murder of humans and thus also from the torture of animals to the torture of humans.” “When you can kill no person – good, when you can kill no cow or a bird – even better; no fish – even better. Endeavor to come as far as possible.” “The eating of meat is a holdover from the greatest brutality; the transition to vegetarianism is the first and most natural result of enlightenment.” “As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields.” “A human can live and be healthy without killing animals for his food. Therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life, merely for the sake of his appetite. To act thus is immoral.” Empedokles (490-430 B.C.), Greek physician: “It is the greatest defilement to tear away life and gulp down noble joints.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright; Nobel Prize winner 1950: “Animals are my friends – and I don‟t eat my friends!” “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts (from eating the corpses of animals), how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?” Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908), German author and artist: “There will be a true human culture only when not only human gluttony but all eating of meat is considered to be cannibalism.” François Voltaire (1694-1778), French philosopher and author in the Age of Enlightenment: “Certain is that this monstrous bloodbath that never stops in our slaughterhouses and kitchens no longer seems to be an evil to us; on the contrary, we view these monstrous acts, which often have a pestilential effect, as a blessing of the Lord and thank him in our prayers for our murderous 20
acts. But can there be something more revolting than to constantly nourish oneself with the flesh of a carcass?” Plutarch (45-125), Greek philosopher and author: “Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part, I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind or soul the first man did so, touching his mouth to gore and bringing his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, and who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the pieces that had little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juiced and serums from mortal wounds ... It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. ... For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled to by birth and being ... If you now want to claim that nature foresaw such food for you, then kill what you plan to eat yourselves – but with the means given you by nature, not with the help of a slaughtering knife, a club or a cleaver.” “For a tiny piece of meat we take the soul as well as sunlight and a lifetime from the animals, for which they were born and for which they are here, as foreseen by nature.” “Humans should never forget themselves so far that they treat living creatures like old shoes and dead implements, old and worn, which they want to throw away when they are no longer useful. We should not do it and should never ask about the usefulness of old, living beings, which are only slightly or even no longer useful.” Leonard Nelson (1927- ), German philosopher: “The most unmistakable criterion for the upright spirit of a society is the extent to which it acknowledges the rights of animals. For while people can join together out of necessity, when as individuals they are too weak to stand up for their rights, thus gradually pushing through their rights by speaking up through coalitions, the possibility of such self-help is denied to animals, and it is therefore solely left to the righteousness of humans as to what extent they of themselves want to respect the rights of animals.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1905), father of the theory of relativity: “Nothing will increase the chances of survival for life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” “Purely through its physical effect on the human temperament, a vegetarian way of life would be able to influence the fate of mankind most positively.” Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), inventor of the light-bulb:“I am a vegetarian as well as a passionate anti-alcoholic, because I can thus make better use of my brain.” Horace (65-8 B. C.), classical Roman author: “Dare to be wise! Stop killing animals! The one who puts off the hour of a just life is merely like the farmer who waits for the river to dry up before he crosses it.” Nelly Moia, Luxembourg English professor, animal protector and author: “Today, since animal protection is visibly „in,‟ the church propagandists are jumping on the wagon in a well-tried fashion. By making much of St. Francis, the Church wants to have invented, so to speak, love for 21
animals – and yet for 2000 years it has betrayed the poor animals, justified their exploitation, and considered their suffering null and void.” “Animals have no rights at all still today, and people no obligations at all toward them according to the official teachings of the Catholic Church. Morality and sin, all that takes place exclusively between God and humans, and person to person; what happens to animals is of no consequence.” Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1869), German philosopher: “The one who is cruel to animals cannot be a good person.” “The principles of Judeo-Christian morals have been limited to encompass only people, leaving the entire animal world without rights. Just see how our rabble acts against the animals, laughing as they kill them totally pointlessly, or mutilate or martyr them, pushing their aged horses to the limit, in order to squeeze the last penny out of their poor bones, until they succumb under their beating. People are the devils of the Earth and the animals their plagued souls.” “The world is not a factory and animals are not products for our use. Not pity, but justice is what one owes to the animals.” Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher: “If (man) is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” “The cruelty toward animals is in contrast to the duty of man toward himself.” Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian artist and universal genius: “Man is truly the king of all animals, because his cruelty surpasses theirs. We live from the death of others. We are walking graves!” “You have described man as the king of the animals – but I would say: king of the predators, among whom you are the greatest; for have you not killed them so that they serve to satisfy your palate, making you the grave of all animals? Does not nature produce enough vegetables with which you can sate yourself?” “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” “The time will come when we will condemn the eating of animals just as today we condemn the eating of our own kind, the consuming of humans.” “Already in my youngest years I swore off eating meat, and the time will come when like me the people will see the murderers of animals with the same eyes as they now see the murderers of humans.” Romain Rolland (1866-1944), French author and Nobel Prize winner: “To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime!” Karlheinz Deschner (1924- ), Dr. of Philosophy, historian, literary specialist, philosopher and repeated award-winning author: “The menu – the bloodiest page that we write.” Man is a habitual criminal toward the animals.” George Sand (1804-1876), French author: “It will be a great progress in the development of our race [the human race] when we become fruit-eaters and the meat-eaters disappear from the face of the Earth. Everything will be possible on our planet from the moment we overcome the 22
bloody meals of meat and overcome war.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), leader of the Indian independence movement, Nobel Prize winner, 1913: “I feel most deeply that spiritual growth compels us in a certain phase to stop slaughtering our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our physical wants.” “I believe that spiritual progress demands from us at a certain point that we stop killing our fellow living beings to satisfy our physical cravings.” “To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. And I would never want to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. The more helpless a living being is, the greater is its claim to human protection from human cruelty.” “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” “The Earth has enough for the needs of every single person, but not for his greed.” Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), founder of scientific geography: “Cruelty to animals can exist neither with true education nor true learning. It is one of the most typical vices of a base and ignoble people. All peoples today are more or less barbarians toward animals. It is untrue and grotesque when they emphasize their supposed high culture at every opportunity, thereby day after day committing or indifferently allowing the most terrible cruelties to millions of defenseless creatures. Can we wonder that these so-called cultured peoples are heading toward a dreadful path of decline more and more? ” “The same stretch of land, which as a meadow, that is, cow fodder, feeds ten people with the flesh of animals fattened on it second hand, can, when planted with millet, peas, lentils and barley, maintain and feed one hundred people.” Sven Hedin (1865-1952), Swedish Asian explorer: “I have never been able to bring myself to extinguish a light of life; I lack the power to ignite it anew.” Theodore Heuss (1884-1963), First President of the Republic of Germany: “The sooner our youth learn on their own to view every brutality against animals as reprehensible, the more they will take care that torment does not develop from play and contact with animals, and the clearer their ability will be later to distinguish between right and wrong in the world of the prominent.” Laotse (ca. 3-4 centuries before Messiah), Chinese philosopher: “Be good to people, to plants and to animals! Chase neither man nor animal, nor cause them suffering.” Prophet Mohammed (570-632) “A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.” Feodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), Russian author: “Love the animals, love every plant and each thing” If you love everything, then the mysteries of God will reveal themselves to you in all things and in the end you will encompass the entire world with love.” Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish author: “If modern man himself had to kill the animals that he helps himself to as food, the number of plant-eaters would rise immeasurably.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher: “All ancient philosophy was oriented 23
toward the simplicity of life and taught a certain kind of modesty in one‟s need. In light of this, the few philosophic vegetarians have done more for mankind than all new philosophers, and as long as philosophers do not take courage to seek out a totally changed way of life and to demonstrate it by their example, they are worth nothing.” Shakespeare (1564-1816) English playwright and poet: (From Twelfth Night) “He is a heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit.” Ovid (43-18 B.C.), Roman philosopher and author: “The age that we called the Golden Age was blessed with the fruits of the trees and with the plants that the Earth brings forth and the mouth of man was not stained with blood. Then, the birds moved their wings in the air securely and the rabbit roamed through the field without fear. Then, the fish was not the unsuspecting victim of man. Every place was without betrayal; no injustice prevailed – everything was filled with peace. In later ages, an evil-doer defamed and despised this pure, simple food and buried in his greedy belly foods that originated from carcasses. With this, he opened the path to wickedness.” Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-1897), inventor of English stenography: “One reason for vegetarianism should be mentioned more than normally happens. I mean the appeal to the moral principle, that we may not call upon others to do for us what we would not do ourselves. I have no moral reservations about cleaning my boots, dusting my table or sweeping my office. My feelings would not be offended by doing these and a hundred other manual tasks. But I could not kill an ox, slaughter a sheep, especially a lamb, or twist the neck of a bird. If I cannot do this without offending my best feelings, then I cannot let another do it for me and offend his feelings. If no other reason would speak in favor of our organization, then this would be sufficient to make me take up a meatless diet.” Plinius (79-23 B.C.), Roman author: “You should rather stick to healthy cabbage and grain soup than to pheasant and guinea hens.” Thomas More (1478-1535), English humanist and statesman: “The Utopians feel that slaughtering our fellow creatures gradually destroys the sense of compassion, which is the finest sentiment of which our human nature is capable.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author: “I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, just as primitive tribes have stopped eating each other after coming into contact with civilized people.” “No humane being past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.” Rachel Carson (1907-1964), American author: “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is – whether its victim is human or animal – we cannot expect things to be much better in this world ... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.” Dr. of Philosophy C. Anders Skriver (1903-1983), German philosopher and author: “The ethics 24
of nourishment is targeted at the purity of the hands from bloody deeds, the purity under the skin and the purity of the heart. But one cannot speak of the purity of the heart with an unclean eater of all, who gives no thought to, and has no pangs of conscience about, the cruel crimes against the animal world, which take place daily in the Christian world merely for the sake of food for people.” Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), physician, musician and theologian; Nobel Prize winner 1952: “It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.” “The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing can justify.” “Reverence for life means a loathing of killing.” “Wherever an animal is forced to serve humans, the suffering that it endures concerns us all.” “My thinking is that we work for the consideration of the animals, completely renounce eating meat and also speak out against it. This is what I do myself. And in this way many a one becomes aware of a problem that has been exposed so late.” “I admit that the habit of eating meat is not in accordance with sublime feelings.” Alice Walker (1944- ), American author: “As we spoke one day about freedom and justice, we were at the dinner table eating steaks. I‟m eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. Then I spit it out.” Richard Wagner (1813-1883), German composer: “If the sight of the bulls sacrificed to the gods became an abomination to us, now in clean slaughterhouses rinsed thoroughly with water, a daily blood bath takes place unnoticed by those who at their midday meal relish eating morsels of murdered animal carcass prepared and presented beyond recognition and offered at the dinner table. It should henceforth be our sole aim to provide fertile soil for newly cultivating a religion of compassion, in defiance of those who support the dogma of utilitarianism. What do we expect from a religion when we exclude compassion for the animals?” Joseph von Görres (1776-1848), German author of the Romantic Era: “The one who wants to go beyond normal life shuns bloody food and does not chose death for his dining master.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US President: “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), Jewish-American author; Nobel Prize winner 1978: “Where animals are concerned, everyone becomes a Nazi ... every day is Treblinka for the animals.” “For some time he had been thinking of becoming a vegetarian. At every opportunity, he pointed out that what the Nazis did with the Jews is the same as what people do with animals.” “We are all 25
God‟s creatures – that we pray for grace and righteousness while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that were slaughtered for our sake is incompatible.” “People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.” “Fish, which swam through the water a few hours ago lay with glassy eyes, injured mouths and blood-stained fins on the boat deck. The fishermen, rich sport anglers, weighed the fish and bragged about their catch. Every time that Hermann witnessed how animals are killed, he had the same thought: In their behavior toward creatures, all men are Nazis.” “I will continue to live as a vegetarian, even if the whole world were to begin to eat meat. This is my protest against the state of the world. Atomic power, starvation, cruelty – we must undertake steps against this. Vegetarianism is my step. And it think it is an important one.” Günther Weitzel (1915-1984), German chemist: “The Christian conscience cannot be satisfied with not applying the fifth commandment to animals for slaughter. Anyone who has seen a slaughterhouse just one time is more or less shocked and repelled by it. Almost everyone comes to realize that brutally killing animals, first raised and fattened, in order to finally eat them, is unworthy of mankind today and especially of Christianity.” Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), Croatian physicist and electric technician: “Many races that live almost exclusively from vegetables exhibit an excellent physique and strength.” Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914), Austrian pacifist; Nobel Peace Prize 1905: “I am convinced that the time will come when no one will want to nourish himself with carcasses, when no one will be willing to do the work of slaughtering. How many among us are there already who never would have eaten meat if they themselves had had to plunge the knife into the throat of the animal in question!” “From one hundred educated and sensitive people, already today ninety would never eat meat again if they had to kill or stab to death the animal that they eat themselves.” “The one who cannot hear the victims screaming or see them jerking, but who, as soon as he is far enough away not to see or hear, is indifferent to the fact that it screams and jerks, has nerves indeed – but he has no heart.” Jean Jaques Rousseau (1712-1778), French-Swiss philosopher, educator, author and musician: “One proof that the taste for meat is not natural to humans is also found in the fact that children have an aversion to such foods and prefer vegetable foods, like milk dishes, baked goods, fruit and the like. It is highly important not to ruin this original and natural taste, by turning the children into meat-eaters. For however one may want to explain the facts, it is certain that those who eat a lot of meat are generally crueler and wilder than other people.” Prof. Dr. Hubertus Mynarek (1929- ), German humanist and church critic, author: “The slaughtering of the animals, this concentration camp that has gone on through the centuries, is essentially caused by the „Mother Roman Catholic Church.‟” “I am sure that eating meat not only darkens the soul but even hardens it. It hardens it and makes it insensitive.”“True believers can and must get along without meat. For how can we work toward and realize our own humanity, our own humaneness, our own perfection, when at the same time we know that we are killing our brothers and sisters? It is impossible to attain a higher spirituality when one slaughters animals.” 26
Animals – Defenseless Victims
What do great minds say about HUNTING?
Theodor Heuss (1884-1963), 1st President of the Republic of Germany: “Hunting is merely a cowardly circumlocution for the especially cowardly murder of fellow creatures who don‟t have a chance. Hunting is a variant of human mental illness.” Johann Wofgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German author: “Hunting is indeed always a form of war.” Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author: “From the murder of animals to the murder of humans is only a small step.” Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German natural scientist: “Where a hunter lives, ten shepherds could live, one hundred farmers and a thousand gardeners. Cruelty against animals can exist neither with true education nor true learning. It is one of the most typical vices of a base and ignoble people.” François Voltaire (1694-1788), French author and philosopher: “Hunting is one of the surest means of killing people‟s feelings for their fellow creatures.” Pythagoras (6 centuries B.C.), Greek philosopher and mathematician: “Whatever a person does to animals will be paid back to him in kind.” Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher: “Amongst all the ways of life, a life of hunting is without doubt the most repugnant to the civilized condition; the forbiddance to shed blood from the time of Noah seems from the very beginning to be nothing other than the forbiddance to a life of hunting.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright: “When a human wants to kill a tiger, it is called sport. When a tiger wants to kill a human, it is called bestiality.” Did we really believe there would be no consequences for the centuries of exploitation, plunder and pollution of this Earth? The cup is full! It is enough! After all the cruel acts that man has committed on animals and nature, it is man‟s turn now to return to the faith of Abraham, to wear the linen garments and to guard the gate of the Hebrew Vineyard, Orchard and Vegetable Garden. After all, at judgment day, unless one is forgiven, the animals will have a witness in heaven about the one who murdered them. The “Thou Shalt Not Kill” commandment is still binding upon all mankind. It is time to pay attention to the crying out of all nature to the Creator and restore the Creator‟s diet.