Sermon on vegetarianism

Excerpt from the holy scriptures

I now give to you all the plants on the earth that yield seeds and all the trees whose fruit produces its seeds within it. These will be your food. To all wildlife, to all the birds of the sky, and to everything crawling on the ground — to everything that breathes—I give all the green grasses for food. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – Old Testament – Genesis 1:28-29)

That was the word of God

The very beginning of the Bible tells us to eat plant food. It means no meat, not even honey, milk or eggs are mentioned. In the very beginning God has created us as vegan.

What is on your menu today, dear christian?

How can you get all the proteins without eating meat?

Eating meat has always been a tradition of our nation!

Bible allows to eat meat!

But you cut the head of the cabbage! Would you like your head to be cut off as well?

Many more excuses anyone of us can find in order to eat flesh. Indeed, it is written in the Bible, that after the great floods, when all life on earth was destroyed and there was nothing to eat, God said:

Everything that lives and moves will be your food. Just as I gave you the green grasses, I now give you everything. However, you must not eat meat with its life, its blood, in it. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – Old Testament – Genesis 9:3-4) (see Genesis 1:28)

But does not it make sense? After destruction of everything God did not have much to offer as a food. Moreover, it can also be, that god lets people eat meat in order to lessen life span of a human, which was up to 1000 years before the flood, and 120 after:

“My breath will not remain in humans forever, because they are flesh. They will live one hundred twenty years.” (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – Old Testament – Genesis 6:3)

Moreover, later, when God was creating the nation of Israel, some food restrictions were given:

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: Say to the Israelites: These are the creatures that you are allowed to eat from the land animals: You can eat any animal that has divided hoofs, completely split, and that rechews food. But of animals that rechew food and have divided hoofs you must not eat the following: the camel—though it rechews food, it does not have divided hoofs, so it is unclean for you; the rock badger—though it rechews food, it does not have divided hoofs, so it is unclean for you; the hare—though it rechews food, it does not have divided hoofs, so it is unclean for you; the pig—though it has completely divided hoofs, it does not rechew food, so it is unclean for you. You must not eat the flesh of these animals or touch their dead bodies; they are unclean for you.

You are allowed to eat the following from all water animals: You may eat anything in the water that has fins and scales, whether in sea or stream. 10 But anything in the seas or streams that does not have fins and scales—whether it be any of the swarming creatures in the water or any of the other living creatures in the water—is detestable to you 11 and must remain so. You must not eat their flesh, and you must detest their dead bodies. 12 Anything in the water that does not have fins or scales is detestable to you.

13 Of the birds, the following are the ones you must detest—they must not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the black vulture, the bearded vulture, 14 the kite, any kind of falcon, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the eagle owl, the short-eared owl, the long-eared owl, any kind of hawk, 17 the tawny owl, the fisher owl, the screech owl, 18 the white owl, the scops owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat.

20 Any flying insect that walks on four feet is detestable to you, 21 but you can eat four-footed flying insects that have jointed legs above their feet with which they hop on the ground. 22 Of these you can eat the following: any kind of migrating locust, any kind of bald locust, any kind of cricket, and any kind of grasshopper. 23 But every other flying insect that has four feet is detestable to you. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – Old Testament – Leviticus 11)

And if we go up to the time of the coming of Jesus Christ, then Bible tells us about John the Baptist, who led a very humble life in general:

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – New Testament – Matthew 3:4)

Whereas Jesus himself teaches an unimportance of food if his teachings are followed:

“This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”(Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – New Testament – John 6:58)

Wheras sheet with animals shown to St.Peter is not an obligation to eat flesh from now on, but exception for preachers to be polite towards pagan strangers, who give them unclean food. Politeness is the key to peoples hearts, if you want to make them listen. Moreover Paul himself understood this vision so, that he must not think of people bad, because they eat meat.

He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – New Testament –Acts 10:10-16)

“You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – New Testament –Acts 10:28)

I invite everyone who believes in God to stop eating meat and to tell the others these sentenses from holy scriptures that teach it. In the end of this sermon I would like to tell a story from a life of a prophet Daniel in Babylonian exile. I hope it will give spiritual strength to every vegetarian christian in an oppressing meat-consumer social environment:

The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. (…) But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see. So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.  So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – New Testament –Daniel 1:5-16)

I must admit though, that organic non-GMO plant food is the only way I know for a person to receive all necessary nutrients without eating animal products:

Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? 10 Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? 11 (Christian Bible (Common English Bible) – New Testament – Matthew 7:10)

So let us sing praises to the Lord, that he has given us this knowledge about our health and his Church that keeps it in a Bible, and sin in food ways no more.

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About Pavels Melnis

Independent ecology activist, family farmer, gardener and forestkeeper. Musician: violin, guitar, singing. Hobbies: traveling by bicycle, learning to play different music instruments - accordion, piano, recorder flute, harmonica, drums; languages, theology, prehistory, logbuilding, repairing and recycling. Religious. Ecological. Love all things ethnic and traditional.
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