"And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?” (Numbers 11:18-20)
"While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck down the people with a very great plague.“ (Numbers 11:33)
Both the Bible and early Christian history show that vegetarianism was an inseparable part of the original Christian teaching. There are several reasons why this can no longer be taken for granted today:
- Lack of knowledge about early Christian history.
- Bible passages deliberately falsified by professional Correctores and the Roman Church.
- Bible quotations taken out of context and misunderstood.
1. early Christian history
Until the time of Constantine, Christians lived vegetarian and refused military service, but were subject to persecution as a religion not recognized by the state.
For example, their refusal to kill sacrificial pigeons as a sign of loyalty to the emperor was often their downfall.
Even the great philosopher Seneca, who had founded a vegetarian movement in Rome, began to eat meat again for fear of being called a Christian.
Under Emperor Constantine (280-337), Christians were given the opportunity to be recognized as a state religion. However, the Christian writings had to correspond to his ideas.
Constantine was not only a convinced meat eater, but also had no interest in spiritual principles. Therefore ecclesiastical "Correctores" began to revise the writings so that they were acceptable for the emperor.
The first to feel these changes were the Gnostics, who at that time strictly followed the scriptures and were persecuted as heretics. Emperor Constantine, for example, had vegetarian Christians pour liquid lead into their throats because of their diet.
2. changed biblical passages
- Texts that illustrate the difference between body and soul
- strict vegetarianism
(translation of the Greek words "broma" (food), "brosimos" (what can be eaten), "brosis" (the act of eating), "prosphaigon" (everything edible), "trophe" (food) and "phago" (eating) all erroneously with "meat
- renunciation of property
These changes led to the dogma still valid today: "Faith in Jesus and the Church are the only requirement to enter the Kingdom of God".
After the actual teaching of Jesus had become merely a question of blind faith and church doctrine, it was easy to spread Christianity as a religion.
Since intoxication and eating meat in particular were no longer condemned by the church, the number of "converts" rose rapidly.
"Heresies" such as the belief in rebirth or the rejection of meat and wine led to persecution by the church inquisition.
Nor did the emergence of the Protestant division bring any significant improvement, since Martin Luther also put faith and less the deeds in the foreground ("Faith determines and sin bravely").
3. biblical passages which allegedly justify eating meat
Only passages that are taken out of context may sound as if one has a commandment before one. In fact, in the best case, one finds concessions for those who are "too lustful" (5, Genesis 12:20).
In Numeri, the Fourth Book of Moses, we find the description of how God wished to save them from eating meat and send them (vegetarian) manna from heaven. Nevertheless, because of their lust, they demanded meat. Then God became very angry with them and warned them by speaking:
"But to the people thou shalt say: Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, then ye shall have meat to eat. For you have wept the Lord's ears and said, If only someone would give us meat to eat. We had a good time in Egypt. The LORD will give you meat to eat. Not one day will you eat it, not two days, not five days, not ten days, not twenty days, but months, until it comes out of your throat and disgusts you. For you disobeyed the Lord who is among you, and wept before him, saying, "Why have we departed from Egypt? (Numbers 11:18-20)
Then God sent them flesh, but "they still had the flesh between their teeth, it had not yet been eaten, and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with an evil plague. (Numbers 11:33)
Isaiah also notes the wrath of God on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, because they misused the holy covenant as an excuse for their satisfaction of their senses.
"I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs and goats" (Is. 1,11) "... and though you pray much, I do not hear you, for your hands are full of blood" (Is. 1,14.15).
"He who slaughters oxen is like someone who kills men." (Isa 66:3)
The Genesis passage "...and subdue the earth" (1:26) is not a concession to exploit the earth and build slaughterhouses, but a call to a responsible and peaceful way of life.
Genesis 9:3 "All living things that move shall serve you as food. All things I give to you as green plants".
St.Hieronymus (340-420): "In the time of Moses divorce was also allowed, but this was not God's original intention either".
("...just because you are so hard-hearted, Moses allowed you to release your wives from marriage. In the beginning it wasn't like that." (Matthew 19:8))
He also wrote: "And I tell you: if you want to reach perfection, it is not good to drink wine or eat meat".
What is interesting in this context is that before the Flood God had still spoken of "good" food, but afterwards more and more often only of "sanctioned" food!
What about the Easter lamb and the fish Jesus ate?
As far as the eating of the Easter lamb at the Last Supper is concerned, the statements of Matthew, Mark and Luke differ from those of John. In both versions, however, there is no talk of an Easter lamb; rather, the descriptions point to a farewell feast at which bread is eaten instead of the supposed lamb.
The situation is similar with Jesus' "eating fish": the so-called "fish" of the Bible is a vegetarian speciality in the East, made from the fish plant. The soft fish plants are dried in the sun, processed into flour and baked in rolls.
We also find a mistranslation in the New Testament about John the Baptist.
"John wore a garment of camel hair and a leather belt around his hips; locusts and wild honey were his food." (Matthew 3:4)
These "locusts" (according to locusta) actually refer to the fruits of the locust tree, which are among the most important foodstuffs in Palestine and are still known today under the name "carob".
As we learn from Isaiah 7:14-15, Jesus himself was foretold as "the one who will feed on butter and honey.
Moses' fifth commandment in the original Hebrew language is called "lo tiztach" (Exodus 20:13), which strictly speaking means: "Thou shalt not do anything but kill".
In order to circumvent this, determined meat eaters meanwhile had the idea to simply translate the passage with "Thou shalt not murder", because then only man is excluded from being killed and all other living beings can be killed without hesitation.
In order to ease conscience, "Christians" also invented statements like "animals have no soul" and often refer to Thomas Aquinas.
Despite his ingenuity, however, he was addicted to the craving for food and propagated that both animals and women had no soul, male children, in his opinion, only got a soul after a few months!
Centuries later, the same class of Christians also mistakenly believed that Indians and Negroes had no soul, which is why they could be reassured as slaves and killed without hesitation.
One of the most extensive scientific studies on the subject of the soul in the Bible is by Elijah D. Buckner. In his book "The Immortality of Animals" he summarizes:
"Without the shadow of a doubt, the Bible acknowledges that animals have the same soul as humans. Most of the statements in this context come from the Creator himself, and he certainly knows whether he has given the same living soul to humans and animals or not - and that of course means eternal life".
According to the teachings of Francis of Assisi, all creatures of God were his children, so to speak, so that he also called animals brothers and sisters.But when one hears from Pope John Paul II (1985, address to biologists) that "it is certain that animals were created for the benefit of man and can therefore also be used for experiments", it is not surprising that many Christians have difficulties with the subject of vegetarianism versus eating meat in the Bible or lose their trust in the Church and its representatives