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While there may not be any direct references in the Bible
by Jesus regarding a vegetarian diet, text does exist with Jesus teaching that
we should not only be eating a vegetarian diet, but that we also should be
eating a living-food diet (we should not be cooking our food). Jesus certainly
taught compassion and love, so the thought of Jesus promoting a vegetarian diet
should not be surprising to us. If you are a follower of Jesus, hopefully you
will want to read the words he shared with the Essenes, found in the Dead Sea
Scrolls. If you are not a follower of Jesus, hopefully you will still be
interested in his words. You do not need to be a follower of Jesus to understand
the truth in these scriptures.
Here are some sections taken from The Essene Gospel of Peace with headings
added. For the translations of the full scriptures, follow the link at the
bottom of the page.
"Thou shalt not kill"
'Thou shalt not kill,' for life is given to all by God, and that which God
has given, let not man take away. For-I tell you truly, from one Mother
proceeds all that lives upon the earth. Therefore, he who kills, kills his
brother. And from him will the Earthly Mother turn away, and will pluck from
him her quickening breasts. And he will be shunned by her angels, and Satan
will have his dwelling in his body. And the flesh of slain beasts in his body
will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself,
and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death. For in
his blood every drop of their blood turns to poison; in his breath their
breath to stink; in his flesh their flesh to boils; in his bones their bones
to chalk; in his bowels their bowels t o decay; in his eyes their eyes to
scales; in his ears their ears to waxy issue. And their death will become his
"I have given you every herb bearing seed... to you it shall be for
Kill not, neither eat the flesh of your innocent prey, lest you become the
slaves of Satan. For that is the path of sufferings, and it leads unto death.
But do the will of God, that his angels may serve you on the way of life.
Obey, therefore, the words of God: 'Behold, I have given you every herb
bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the
which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And
to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything
that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is breath of life, I give every
green herb for meat.
"eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has
But I do say to you: Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which
goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you,
but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes
only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills
your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your bodies
kills your souls also. And your bodies become what your foods are, even as
your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are. Therefore, eat not
anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed. For burned, frozen and
rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also. Be not like the foolish
husbandman who sowed in his ground cooked, and frozen, and rotten seeds. And
the autumn came, and his fields bore nothing. And great was his distress. But
be like that husbandman who sowed in his field living seed, and whose field
bore living ears of wheat, paying a hundredfold for the seeds which he
planted. For I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare not
your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies and
your souls also."
"It is the fire which blazes outside your body, which is hotter than your
blood. With that fire of death you cook your foods in your homes and in your
fields. I tell you truly, it is the same fire which destroys your foods and
your bodies, even as the fire of malice, which ravages your thoughts, ravages
your spirits. For your body is that which you eat, and your spirit is that
which you think. Eat nothing, therefore, which a stronger fire than the fire
of life has killed. Wherefore, prepare and eat all fruits of trees, and all
grasses of the fields, and afl milk of beasts good for eating. For all these
are fed and ripened by the fire of life; all are the gift of the angels of our
Earthly Mother. But eat nothing to which only the fire of death gives savor,
for such is of Satan."
"So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grain
and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees. For
everything beyond these is of Satan, and leads by the way of sins and of
diseases unto death. But the foods which you eat from the abundant table of
God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see diseases
Eat, therefore, all your life at the table of our Earthly Mother, and you
will never see want. And when you eat at her table, eat all things even as
they are found on the table of the Earthly Mother. Cook not, neither mix all
things one with another, lest your bowels become as steaming bogs. For I tell
you truly, this is abominable in the eyes of the Lord.
What would Jesus do? What would Jesus eat? These scriptures help clarify what
Jesus would have eaten and what he would have recommended to others.
The online version of the ESSENE GOSPEL OF
PEACE (book one) is brought to us by
Essene Nazarean Church of Mount Carmel. Other books of The Essene Gospel of
Peace can be found here.
Here are some other sites on vegetarianism and Christianity:
Jesus Was a Vegetarian -
This site from PETA encourages Christians to consider a vegetarian diet.
Hallelujah Acres Online: A Biblical
perspective of vegetarianism and home of the Hallelujah Diet.
Christian Vegetarian Association -
An international, ecumenical association of Christians promoting
Was Christ a
Christian Argument for Vegetarianism (essay)
& Christmas Dinner - Information on
honor Jesus on the holiday honoring him,
including links to vegan holiday
The 2005 National Essene
Gathering, August 12 through 14, 2005 ~ Essene Garden of Peace, Oregon ~
For links to additional sites on Religious & Spiritual Aspects of
Vegetarianism, go to our links page.
For links to additional sites on raw foods visit our raw links page.
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