Camille Marino's Notes, April 2009
Good Friday & Vegan Jesus
Today is the day when worshipers observe the crucifixion of Christ.
But, while observing his death is significant, it is crucial to understand his life.
"I require mercy, not sacrifice," (Matthew 9:13 and 12:7)
Most Christians know about the "the cleansing of the Temple." But few realize that it is the pivotal event of Holy Week:
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables, exchanging money. So he made a whip of cords and drove all from the Temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!" (John 2:13-16 NIV)
The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) as well as the Gospel of John, record this event. It is the only time that Jesus is reported to have committed an aggressive act. And it was the slaughter of animals, in the name of God, that led to this uncharacteristic action.
Since Exodus, the slaughter of innocent non-human animals is the foundation of the passover celebration. Jesus, however, observed the barbarity involved in preparing for the feast and it is the only time that Jesus is reported to have committed an aggressive act. It it was the slaughter of animals, in the name of God, that led to this uncharacteristic action.
From ancient records, scholars have reconstructed the events that took place on the day of sacrifice. The killing began at three p.m. and by sundown about 18,000 animals would be dead. Because the Temple could not accommodate all the "worshipers" at the same time, the victims had to be killed in three shifts.
Approximately 6,000 people comprised each shift and since the sacrifice was a yearling, the men usually carried the lambs on their shoulders. Once in the place of slaughter, they lined up in long rows next to a row of priests. The shofar would sound and the men would wrest the lambs to the ground, slitting their throats. As they bled to death, the priests standing next to them would catch the blood in large buckets. When these were full they would be passed up the line to those who stood by the altar. They would throw the blood against the side of the altar. The empty buckets would be recycled and refilled with the blood of more lambs.
Although it was set up efficiently, neither the human nor the nonhuman creatures who were part of the slaughter process always behaved efficiently. Sometimes the knife was not sharp enough, or the lamb struggled too hard, and although the blood had started to flow from its throat, a frantic yearling had to be wrestled into submission before a better cut could be made.
Of course the slaughtered animals lost all control of their bladders and kidneys. The smells, the frenzy of the dying creatures, and the endless buckets of blood thrown on the altar in the name of God, make it obvious that this ritual of terror and violence was the worship of an idol. This god-of-the-slaughter was created by human beings in their own, fallen image.
Because this slaughter of the innocent was idolatrous worship, Isaiah and the other Latter Prophets had called for the end of sacrificial religion. But they had not taken action against the Temple cult. Now, hundreds of years later, Jesus Christ, who began his ministry claiming to be the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy (Luke 4:16-20) took direct action against that system.
The final result was that the Romans crucified Jesus. Pilate, the Roman governor, would hardly have crucified someone just because of a Jewish theological dispute. But if someone were causing a riot or disturbance in the temple precincts, this demanded Roman action. It is much more plausible that Jesus objected to the practice of animal sacrifice itself, and that his disruption of the temple business during the volatile Passover week was the immediate and most important cause of his death. It was this act, and its interpretation as a threat to public order, that led immediately to Jesus’ crucifixion.
Many thanks to Dave Warwak for this critical research: http://veganschool101.blogspot.com/2008/12/murdered-jesus-vegan-animal-rights.html
The real reason for Jesus' life and death?
Is it possible that Jesus' main mission was to put an end to the ritual slaughter of animals ?
According to the Jesus story, he was born in a manger in Bethlehem, now it seems to me that Jesus would have carefully chosen to be born in that exact place. some say it was a birthing tower for the sheep. The Sheppard's that were guarding their flock, and comforted by the angels, were watching over some very special sheep. The sheep were being specially raised, none of them had any blemishes, they ate a special diet, these sheep were destined for slaughter at Solomon's Temple, and were raised by strict standards. These were the very sheep over whom Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, the term money changers is misleading, they were selling the sheep and other animals for slaughter. The Temple was a giant slaughter house, their blood and screams were everywhere throughout the Temple The floor was a river of blood, the stench of the poor creatures Death and fear permeated the place. That's why he was throwing these abominable demons out of his Fathers house, not over money, but about turning the place into a hell hole for both the animals and all sensitive beings. These are the sheep that Jesus was allegedly born amongst.
That is the real reason for his assassination, he was tearing down their Temple of Demonic Ritual Sacrifice.
A lot of good Christians celebrate Jesus's triumph on Easter by roasting a murdered lamb.
The primary reason that Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemony, was because he disrupted the Passover ritual slaughter at the temple for that he must die, he was trying to overthrow the whole basis for a perverted religious cult.
There are plans to rebuild Solomon's Temple and continue the sacrifices.
The argument can be made that Jesus was a member of the Essene community, along with Mary and Joseph. The Essenes were a Jewish sect that did not eat animals for ethical reasons. They also believed in reincarnation.
The miracle of the fishes and the loaves, the fish was actually a vegetarian concoction. The Bible has lost an awful lot in translations over the years.