Friday, November 18, 2016

Why were prophets and christians vegetarians? Part II

Vision of Peter: beasts on the mantel
Domenico Petti

As we´ve seen already, the inner teachings were vomited by the Hebrews, who demanded meat, which not only represents physical food but a more carnal view of the Torah.

And obviously, this happened again with the institutions that began to forge their own view of Christ, moved by lower passions.

Of course, the new laws and traditions of men also included human sacrifice, although in a new format. In this case it consisted in persecuting heretical christians or infidels, who were beheaded, chopped up, burnt alive or simply received a dosis of boiling lead through their throats. 

Prisciallianus and his six followers were the first vegetarian heretics condemned to death and beheaded by the Holy Church of Rome in 385 A.D.

Well known is the fact that one of the strategies to detect  Nazarenes, Ebionites and other genuine Christians was to capture them and offer them meat to see if they avoided it, and if they did, they were straight away taken as lambs into the slaughter house.

This was almost practiced inside the Church:

To the members of the clergy, whether presbyters or deacons, that abstain from meat, we command them to taste it and then, if they wish, they may abstain from it. But if they do not even ingest the vegetables cooked with meat, and do not obey this canon, they will be destituted from their rank (Point XIV, Canon of the Concilium of Anciara, 314 A.D).

Later on,  in 1441, the Ecumenic Concilium of Florence abolished officially the wise advices of the apostles relative to abstaining from eating sacrifices and blood (Acts 15:29). 

And the argument was clear enough to reveal how little the spiritual meaning of Scripture is understood.

The Holy Church of Rome, founded by the word of the Lord and Savior [who knows which and how]...Firmly believes, profeses and preaches that all creature of God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

According to the document of Florence, the custom of not consuming blood, pork and other things regarded as impure, are aspects of "discipline" that were only relative to recent converts of the early centuries, reason why it´s no longer valid. 

Obviously, this was not just disciple, but a question of vital health, without which there cannot be completion.

By their fruits, many have always regarded themselves to be above the criteria of Jesus Christ and the apostles, who already warned about false apostles who would plague and dominate the world, just for a while (2 Corinthians 11:13).

According to the document of Florence, the passages of Mark 7, Acts 10:9-15 and 1 Timothy 4:4 establish an open way to eat just anything, because all is blessed.

But let´s examine this by parts to see if it´s true:

When the pharisees complained before Jesus that his disciples did not wash their hands before eating, the Master replied:

Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from the outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach and is expelled? (Thus he declared all foods clean) (Mark 7:18-19)

First of all, even when supposing the last phrase is not one of the typical interpolations that populate the Gospels, declaring pure all foods is not strange. But in this case, "food" is just what is edible for humans, since the Master spoke with "humans"–or something similar. And according to the inspired Word, starting with Genesis 1:29 or Genesis 10, pork and blood are not human food, except for other creatures, naturally.

In any case, the passage does not speak of food, what makes one suspect it is an interpolation. And what is it referring to? Obviously, to possible germs or virus that would not affect an immune system that is not weakened by an unclean mind and heart:

What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness...(Mark 7:18-23 ESV).

Just to say it more clearly, would a pure hearted person be able to swallow a jar of petroleum without even feeling some tingling in the stomach? Who knows? May nothing would happen. But this person surely would not make it part of a daily diet.

This might be what Paul was referring in the letter to Titus:

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure (Titus 1:15).

According to the Kabbalah, those impurities do indeed make humans sick and are originated by "impure spirits" or residual energies  that belonged to past antediluvian humans: the Goborim, which with pride pursue power and honor, building towers of Babel; the lusty Nefilim that flood the media; the violent Anakim, that impose themselves by force; the Refaim, which infuse despair and lack of self-esteem, and the Amalekim, which seed doubt and therefore ignorance, keeping people away from the study of the Inner Teaching, the Universal Kabbalah.

The contents of the mind and the heart are precisely what must be sacrificed in the temple of the body, on all their levels, since an adulterous is also he who mixes himself with lower passions; a thief is also he who wastes energy hating others; a murderer is also he who kills the hope of others, etc.

Another passage mentioned in the Concilum of Florence was the letter to Timothy, quoted partially, for obvious reasons, since the complete version exposes the Church itself:

in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods [fasting?] that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgivingfor it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 

Needless to say, even in those days the Word included passages such as Leviticus 11 or Deuteronomy 14, in which neither pork, nor blood, nor animal fat nor shellfish or scavengers are deemed as a holy food by the Word.

And with regard to abstaining from food, it makes more sense to think it refers to a forced fasting, which is a way of mortification or ritual sacrifice that benefits dark energies and not necessarily the body. 

Only when one knows how and why to fast one is capable of doing such thing in a healing way.

Some of the first Christians fasted on Wednesday and Friday in order to prepare themselves for the Shabat or Resting Day, which was also abolished and wrong understood.

Now it only remains to examine Acts 10:9-15, which is also popular and is often quoted as a dietary panacea.

The symbolic story comes to say that before receiving the visit of messengers sent by the Roman centurion Cornelius, Peter had a vision destined to prepare him to meet the Roman.

Rise, Peter, kill and eat!, the angel says to him showing a flying table full of animals.

But Peter said, By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice came to him again a second time, What God has made clean, do not call common". This happened three times...

The vision comes three times due to a specific reason that does not go unnoticed for he who studies the context and its inner meaning. It´s pointing to the three spiritual centres (instinctive, emotional and mental) demanding subtle discernment.

The passage has nothing to do with food, but with ceasing to regard others as impure simply because they do not belong to the same religion.

Actually, it is Peter himself who interprets the vision correctly:

You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean (Acts 10:28 ESV).

Therefore, history and Scripture shows that the most faithful Christians have always been vegetarian, as a way of sacrificing carnal passions, and for health reasons, or even for another reason we will see in the following article. 

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