I recently received an email regarding the diet of Jesus Christ that I had to share with all of my readers/followers.

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: Robert <cohensmilk1@yahoo.com>

To: notmilk@yahoogroups.com 

Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013 6:03 AM

Subject: NOTMILK – Gospel of a Vegan Jesus Christ

Gospel of a Vegan Jesus Christ

“If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth – beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals – would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?”

– George Bernard Shaw

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Dr. Oz explored the diet of Jesus, concluding that Christ ate primarily a plant-based diet. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/dr-oz-reveals-bible-s-nutritional-clues-improve-your-health-with-jesus-diet

Tiny URL:  http://tinyurl.com/cfuk2ua

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.

The Gospel of the Nazarene, according to Matthew, extends Matthew’s familiar biblical chapter. Having read and studied numerous religious texts including the Old and New Testaments and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls which describe Jesus as an Essene vegan rabbi, 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 which reflects great compassion.

This version meshes with my own personal vision of universal wisdom.

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The following is attributed to Jesus Christ:

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“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 972 Dead Sea Scrolls which were discovered by a young Arab boy in a series of caves near the Northwest shore of the Dead Sea just 67 years ago. The scrolls were written in many different languages, including Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Many were written closer in time to the actual life and death of Jesus than those texts which comprise the New Testament. Many of the Dead Sea Scrolls have never been released to the public, and are kept safely in vaults at the Vatican.

“The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.” – Chanakya

Robert Cohen