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Gospel of the Vegetarian Christ

Gospel of the Vegetarian Christ

I've often wondered what it would have been like to have lived two thousand years ago and broken bread with Jesus. What a meal that would have been. Was Jesus a meat eater, or vegetarian? Who would have butchered the chicken or calf? Not me. I cannot imagine Jesus taking the life of any living creature. Snap a chicken's neck? Watch a fish gasp for breath and die? I just cannot picture Christ showing that kind of lack of compassion to any living creature. Can you? Cut a lamb's throat? Separating a calf from his mother and then taking his life by slicing through the jugular and carotid as his arterial spray stains the floor? As there were no refrigerators, where would meat eaters of biblical times have stored the leftovers?

My vision of that meal includes a table filled with fruits, and a salad buffet containing marinated vegetables, nuts, legumes. All of the foods would have been vine ripened, fresh, colorful, fragrant. Such a meal would be the first breakfast and the last supper, and all meals in between.

A few years ago, I received a letter from a college lecturer, philosopher, and animal rights advocate, Gary Yourofsky. Gary included passages from ancient scrolls which I found to be fascinating.

Yourofsky cites the teachings of Jesus, according to Matthew. The Gospel of the Nazarene extends Matthew's familiar biblical chapter. Having read and studied numerous religious texts including the Old and New Testaments and Dead Sea Scrolls, I accept that there are various interpretations and different levels of belief and rejections of such texts, according to one's religious philosophy. This is not an attempt to promote debate. It merely is a sharing of a text that reflects great compassion. This version meshes with my own personal vision of universal wisdom.

Should you wish to discuss the following with Yourofsky, I provide contact info at the conclusion of this column.

The following is attributed to Jesus:

"Verily I say unto you, for this end have I come into the world: that I may put away all blood offerings and the eating of the flesh of the beasts and the birds that are slain by men.

In the beginning the Creator gave to all the fruits of the trees, and the seeds and the herbs for food; but those who loved themselves more than the Lord or their fellows, corrupted their ways and brought diseases into their bodies, and filled the earth with lust and violence. Not by the shedding of innocent blood, therefore, but by living a righteous life shall you find peace.

Blessed are they who keep this Law, for the Creator is manifest in all creatures and all creatures live in the Creator."

The Gospel of the Nazarenes. 75:9-14; the words of Jesus

This verbatim scroll preserved by the Mt. Carmel branch of the Essenes (Carmelites) was found in Tibet in the latter part of the first century. This text pre-dates the writings of the New Testament.

Confirming texts appear in the Dead Sea Scrolls which were discovered in 1947.

A current copy of The Gospel of the Nazarenes can be obtained from Essene Vision Books, P.O. Box 1080, Patagonia, AZ 85624; 520-394-2060


Contact Gary Yourofsky
Garytofu@earthlink. net

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk. com

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