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ISAIAH
Isaiah 11:6-9 (King James Version)

6 The lion also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.


ST CYRIL OF JERUSALEM

He (the Holy Spirit) is supremely Great Power, divine and unsearchable, living and rational, and it belongs to Him to sanctify all beings that were made by God through Christ.. It is the Holy Spirit who knows the mysteries, searching all beings, even the depths of God For there is one God.. one Lord.. and one Holy Spirit who has the power to sanctify and deify all, who spoke in the Law and the Prophets


THOMAS A KEMPIS THE IMITATION OF CHRIST

And if thy heart be straight with God then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine for there is no creature so little or so despised but that sheweth and representeth the goodness of God.
 
from COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS by ed by Tom Regan and Andrew Linzey


ST ATHANASIUS

The great Son is the glory of the Father
and shone out from Him like light.
He assumed a body
to bring help to suffering creatures.
He was sacrifice and celebrant,
sacrificial priest and God Himself.
He offered blood to God
to cleanse the entire world.


CARDINAL HINSLEY

Cruelty to animals is the degrading attitude of paganism.


ST ISAAC THE SYRIAN

Poor innocent little creatures (to animals bound for slaughter): if you were reasoning beings and could speak you would curse us. For we are the cause of your death, and what have you done to deserve
 it?


JESUS AND ANIMALS

Jesus chose to be born in a stable among donkeys and cows. He chose to ride into His last week of life on a donkey. He said the foxes have their lairs and the birds their nests.

He said the Father watches over the birds of the air.. the sparrows.

He became angry in the temple when His animals were butchered.
 
Proverbs 20: 23 Be not among the winebibbers nor the riotous eaters of animal flesh.

* Matthew 23: 25-27 What did Jesus call those who eat animals? The King James translates it as 'whited sepulchres'. The Greek word translated is sarcophagi (flesh) phagi eaters.


BIBLICAL QUOTES

* Genesis 1: 29 Behold I have given you herb yielding seed. To you it shall be for food. http://www.matthewscully.com
 
* Genesis 9: 4-5 Flesh shall ye not eat. http://www.all-creatures.org 
Jesus: Feed The Hungry (With 6 billion people in God's world, we must now choose His food systems: Fruit orchards yield 450,000 lbs. per acre. Slaughterhouses yield 100 to 1000 lbs. an acre.
http://www.acorn.net/fruitarian 

* Daniel 1: Daniel was a vegetarian for 10 days in the king's prison.

* Isaiah 65: The lion shall lie down with the lamb.. they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.

* Jeremiah 10: Passage against purchasing butchered Christmas trees

* Psalm 104: God made the whale to frolic in the sea (not to be slaughtered by the US, JAPAN, NORWAY and ICELAND govts.) Isaiah 66: 3: He that slays an ox is as he that slays a man.

* Acts 15: Do not eat the flesh of strangled animals.

* Matthew: Blessed are the merciful.. for they shall obtain mercy.

* Peter's Vision of animals in a cage, said Peter himself, related to reaching out to the Gentile world, not seeing Gentiles as unclean.

* Acts 18: 18 Paul says that he has taken a private vow. Many scholars believe it was the same vow taken by Samson.. a promise to God not to eat the flesh of innocent animals nor to cut his hair.

* The 5th Angel of Revelation: Harm no green living plant.

* Isaiah 42: Break not the bruised reed.

* Jesus: Whatsoever you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me.

* Corinthians l If meat makes my brother stumble I shall never again eat meat.

* Exodus 16: 31 The desert manna was like coriander seed. (This was stated by Dr.Reginald Cherry MD on the Trinity Broadcast Network).

* Proverbs 12:10 The righteous one is concerned for his beast.

* Ezekiel 3 and 4: My body has never been contaminated by animal flesh.

*Isaiah 66: 17

* Leviticus 3: 17 commands to eat no animal fat or animal blood Many Jews believe that it is impossible to drain all the blood out of tiny capillaries. Write Dr Richard Schwartz schwartz@p... (Many Jewish vegetarians believe that Leviticus and Exodus 21 are slaughterhouse and slavery manuals.)

* Leviticus 11: prohibits the eating of the flesh of rabbits, pigs, shellfish such as lobsters (coprophagous or waste eaters whose consumption of human waste on the Atlantic seaboard is the 2nd annual cause of hepatitis). http://www.nofishing.net  http://www.pisces.co.uk  http://www.egroups.com/messages/fishesrights  http://groups.msn.com/madfish9 

* Leviticus: I will set my face against them that eat blood.

* Judges 13: The breaking of the Nazarite vow (no flesh.. no hair cutting) was the cause of Samson's downfall.

* Job 12: 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee (of patience, nurturing, unconditional love, freely giving to all)

* Exodus 20: 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill (This is not asterisked in the Bible... Later translations such as New King James diluted King James to "Thou Shalt Not Murder"

Genesis 6: Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food for the animals on the ark.
Lions were given milk.
 
Hosea 2:28: I will make for you that day a covenant with the animals.

Jesus: My father's House is a House of Prayer. You have made it a den of thieves and butchers (where
animal sacrifice occurred). The original Greek word for plunderer was rendered 'thief' by translators.

Matthew 23: 25-27 Ye are whited sepulchres. The actual Greek is sarcophagi.. (sarx flesh phagein
eat.. or flesh eaters). And the Greek 'gemousin osteon nekron' is translated as ' full of dead men's
bones' when it is in actuality 'full of dead bones' Interpretations divide. The Spirit Unites. May The Holy Spirit Overshadow Us All and All Creation. May differences of opinion, Holy Spirit, be to us as pleasing as the apple tree's making crimson apples while the vine makes royal purple grapes. The Nazarite diet is described in Numbers. This is the vow that Samson with his great strength took.

Corinthians l: 8,12-13 (Paul) If meat makes my brother stumble I shall never again eat meat.

Daniel l: Daniel was put in prison by Nebuchadnezzar. He ate only pulses (beans) for 10 days while others ate flesh. Nebuchadnezzar noticed that he fared better than the others. Maynard Clark (vrc@t...) and Frank Hoffman (Veg-Christian@a...) make the point that since all food, not just meat, was sacrificed by Babylonians to idols, idols were not a factor in their abstention from animal flesh.

Deuteronomy 5: Thou Shalt Not Kill (later versions than the King James translate this as Thou Shalt Not Murder)

Exodus 20: 13 Thou Shalt Not Kill brought down the mountain literally Lo Tirtzach.. (this is nonkilling, not nonmurder) The Biblical command "Thou Shalt Not KIll" which J J Price cites as a reason to change
diet.. is not asterisked "to include humans only". The Biblical command "Thou Shalt Not Steal" which Kathy Kurtz cites can be related to not purloining the eggs from chickens nor the milk from mother cows whose calves are then butchered for veal.

Genesis 6: Noah was commanded by God to provide vegetarian food in the ark for people and animals. (The lions drank the milk of cows.)

Genesis 9: 4-5 Flesh shall yet not eat. And surely your blood I will require at the hands of beasts. (God forgive us all and help us all to change.)

Hosea 2:28: I will make for you that day a covenant with the wild animals. I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land. I will make you lie down in safety.

Isaiah: Isaiah is the prophet who more than any other forecasts the birth of Jesus. He is also the
prophet with the most references to nonviolence and universal respect for life. Jesus quotes Isaiah's "I
delight not in your blood sacrifices" as He drives the animal killers out of the temple. Jesus refers to the vegetarian Isaiah more than to any other.

Isaiah: 1: 11: I delight not in the blood of bullocks or of lambs or of he goats (whereas Isaiah 66 involves not eating pigs.. and Isaiah 65 involves not eating any living thing) (In some Bible translations the word 'blood' has been removed.) (In others it is "I delight not in thy blood sacrifices.")

Isaiah 42: He shall break not the bruised reed.

Isaiah 59: We moan sadly like doves.

Isaiah 65: The wolf shall lie down with the lamb.. they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. Many other passages of Isaiah speak of noneating of animals.

Isaiah 66: 3 He who slays an ox is as he that slays a man. (Another translation: He who kills a bull is as he who kills a man.)

Isaiah 66: 17: The slain of the Lord shall be many.. they behind the tree eating swine's flesh.. shall be consumed together. (There are dozens of references to vineyards, fruit trees, and fruitarian diet in Isaiah alone.) Samson's Nazarite vow included eating nothing dead, letting his hair grow and other injunctions. He violated this vow not only with Delilah but in eating honey from a hive within the ribs of a desert lion carcass. He then lost his strength. Jesus: Whatsoever you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me. (Is the least of His brethren.. the birds, the insects, and
the plants?)

The Aramaic Bible (the language Jesus spoke): Zachariah is told even before the birth of
John the Baptist that John is the Spirit of Elijah and that he will forsake flesh foods. 

I shall make you fishers of humankind (and not of fishes). Jesus: Ye are whited sepulchres. This is interpreted to mean those with concern for externals.. while their thoughts are not holy, those who actions show hypocrisy as well. However sarcophagus comes from sarx (flesh) and phagus (eater)..
sarcophagus is not only a coffin but a flesheater.

Job 5: You will be in league with the stones of the field and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.

Job 12: 8 Speak to the earth and she will teach thee (of patience, humility, forgiveness, universal nurturing)

Joel 1: The land mourns the destruction of her plants. John the Baptist: The Ebionites taught that John the Baptist was vegetarian.

John: 6: 63 It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing.

Judges 13: (re Samson) (The breaking of the Nazarite vow {taken by Jesus, John the Baptist, Paul} was the cause of Samson's downfall) (Besides abstention from haircutting, the vow of the Nazarites involved abstention from meat. Paul felt his vow was private. Others were public.) (Some think that involvement with killing is the toucbing of death and therefore the touching of a dead thing.)

Leviticus 3: 17 commands to eat no animal fat or animal blood Many Jewish vegetarians believe it is impossible to drain the blood out of all the tiny capillaries of the an

Leviticus 11: prohibts the eating of the flesh of rabbits, pigs, shellfish such as lobsters, clams, shrimp, crabs, hawks, seagulls, camels, chameleons, flying insects with 4 legs in certain cases, heron, bat, hoopoe, vulture, stork, cormorant, ibis, marsh hen, pelican, owl, mole, rat, mouse, lizard, gecko, snail,
cud chewers, cloven hoofed (the cow was observed trying to cleave her hoof to make her safe), eagle, metire, osprey, falcon, ostrich, kite, raven, rock badger, etc.

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