"The Earth Belongs to HaShem and the Fullness Thereof."
Should Noahide Nazarenes Eat Animals?
By John of AllFaith © 3.31.07
(My Painting of Master Y'shua as the Merciful Shepard)
Love Animals, Don't Eat Them
Prior to the global flood all humans and all animals were vegetarian
according to Genesis. Perhaps vegan, but certainly vegetarian.
Here is the first reference to food recorded in the Torah:
Gen. 1:29: And
God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the
fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.
Likewise to the animals:
Gen 1:30 And to
every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every
thing that creeps upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given
every green herb for food: and it was so.Hence for both humans and animals the acceptable foodstuff were vegetarian, not animal products. this is confirmed,
Gen. 2:9 And out
of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to
the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the
garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.This is what was eaten by both the humans and the animals. Then
there came the day when Adam was called to prepare the ark. Note God's
Gen. 6:21 And take
you unto you of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to you;
and it shall be for food for you, and for themNote that Noah brought "food for you, and for them..." Humans
still did not eat animals, nor did the animals eat each other,
otherwise there would have been no need to bring them food.
After the world was completely flooded and the people left the
ark, God allowed Noah and his family to begin eating animals (there
would have been nothing to eat for a year or more until the plants
Gen.9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall all of you not eat. Here Noah is told that even as humans were previously given vegetation to eat, now humans would be allowed to eat animals under certain conditions.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of
every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of
every man's brother will I require the life of man.
Verse four gives the fundamental condition. The blood must be drained.
Other requirements were added for Jews under the Sinai Laws. Note
however that the "life" is contained in the blood. Even if a piece of
meat is drained of its blood according to these laws, there is no way
to remove it all. Therefore when eaten one will consume a portion of
the being's life.
Notice what happens to human beings who decide to take part in this new dietary allowance, "...your
blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I
require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother
will I require the life of man."
As a result of eating animals, violence of all kinds increased within
human society. Note that nowhere are humans commanded to eat our fellow
creatures, they are merely allowed to. Consider the state of a recently
flooded globe it seems fair to add, "when required." It is a fact that
those societies that encourage the eating of their fellow creatures
have higher crime rates, wage more wars of aggression and so on. Master
Y'shua on the other hand said,
John 14:27 Peace I
leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Animal eating, according to the Bible, is directly related to increased
violence and history demonstrates this is true. As the Master said,
"Blessed are the peace makers," it seems clear that blessed also are
they who show compassion to their fellow beings.
Noahides and Noahide Nazarenes are commanded to drain the blood of the
animals they eat and to not eat still-living animals (see my study on
the Seven Noahide Laws here).
The Torah further moderates what Jews can and can not consume. The Oral
Torah adds still other requirements and restrictions that Rabbinical
Jews typically embrace. These further laws do not apply to Noahides.
But for Jews and Noahides, meat is allowed, as long as the blood is
Most meat eaten today does not fulfill the biblical kosher
requirements. Recent undercover investigations have demonstrated that
frequently these requirements are satisfied even by so-called kosher
slaughter houses, although they do generally meet the less stringent
It is obvious from the scriptures that meat eating is allowed, but
that it requires a high price be paid in increased violence and the
loss of compassion. Among many aboriginal people before killing an
animal for food the hunter apologizes and offers to be the food in the
next life. Likewise in the Vedas, to prevent starvation Hindus are
allowed to eat animals, but the acquired karma will usually lead them
to an animal life wherein they will die. For People of the Book meat is
likewise allowed but the price tag is likewise very high.
We don't have much information about what Master Y'shua did or didn't
eat. We do know the Essenes were vegetarian as were many of the
mystics, including John the Baptist, however of the still existing
Jewish Movements our Master is closest to Karaite Judaism belief system
and they ate meat. The only reference to Master Y'shua eating is this:
Luke 22:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
Here he may have eaten fish (or he may have only eaten the honeycomb,
we don't know), although it can be argued that he is merely eating to
prove his humanity, not as food perse. Even today many people who eat
fish still consider themselves vegetarian, although frankly I've never
understood this as fish are conscious beings too. Master Y'shua may
have been a vegetarian, there is no just way to know based on the texts
we have. It would certainly be harmonious with his overall teachings of
love and compassion however.
One of the main proof texts people use to defend eating animals is
Paul's famous comment on this subject. Let's consider the context:
I Corinthians 8
1 Now as concerning things offered unto idols, we know that we all have
knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love (o. agape) edifies.
2 And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
7 Nevertheless there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But food commends us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumbling block to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see you which have knowledge sit to eat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when all of you sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, all of you sin against Christ.
13 Wherefore, if food make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend.
Paul is clearly speaking of not judging people due to their eating of
this particular "meat." In context, this reference is to the eating of
food that had been sacrificed to Pagan gods. The issue was not about
eating meat in general, but about eating Pagan sacrifices (which were
cheaper because the Pagans had to do so many offering each day). Some
argued that according to the Torah this was forbidden food, however it
was determined that IF the Nazarenes were not eating BECAUSE the foods
were sacrificed to the gods it was not idolatry and hence OK under the
Nazarene requirements even though they were Jews. Master Y'shua's
teachings allows the individuals to determine such matters for
themselves. In this he opposed the strict traditions of the Rabbis and
their Oral Torah.
Like the Apostle Paul, the Master taught that food does not commend
anyone to HaShem. Meat eating is not the deciding factor of one's
spirituality from the biblical perspective nor is the meticulous
following of rules. HaShem considers the heart, not the external.
In the New Earth (that follows the coming War of Armageddon) balance
will be restored as 'the lion lays down with the lamb' etc. and all
beings will return to a peaceful vegetarian diet. In the meantime, the
decision is ours.
Isa. 11: 6 The
wolf 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. And again,
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 nursing infant 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
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand
for an explicit sign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and
his rest shall be glorious.
Isa 65:25: The wolf and the lamb shall feed
together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall
be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy
mountain, says the LORD
So yes, it is true that under the Noahide and Mosaic Laws animal eating
was/is allowed. But considering the suffering it causes and the
negative impacts it has on the earth and on our health, why today would
we choose to?
Gal. 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The Jewish Temple sacrifices were aimed at demonstrating the severity
of our sins and the suffering that ensues from them. By making the
requisite sacrfices our Jewish brothers beheld the slaughter of the
innocent animals in our behalf. Witnessing this suffering it was hoped
that the people would repent of their sins. What HaShem really wanted
the whole time is described here:
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high
God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten
thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my
transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD
require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with your God?
So, biblically speaking people can kill, eat and wear the flesh of
defenseless animals if they want to, but can you honestly see Jesus
killing defenseless animals when there was no need? Can you picture the
Prince of Peace slicing the throat of defenseless animals? I can't.
Prior to the flood everyone was vegetarian and in the New Earth we will
all be again. Why not avoid this needless pain and suffering of the
animals now? Love animals, don't eat them!
Healthwise humans don't need to eat meat. The Seventh Day Adventists are demonstratively some of the healthiest people on earth because they are vegan.
So we need to consider, is it really in keeping with the principles of
Master Y'shua to cause such needless pain and suffering to those in our
care? Our job as humans is to be care for the planet (Gen. 2:15).
Eating animals makes no sense and seems indefensible to me.
How about you?
Here's that Burger you ordered!
This is of God?
Jude 1:21: "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Master Y'shua unto eternal life."
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference"
Make a Difference:
Love Animals, Don't Eat or Wear Them