Vegans, Vegetarians, Ancient Christians, and Greatest Minds

November 27, 2013 in Blog, Health, Home

Some of the greatest minds that ever existed were vegan. It’s a smart thing to do for yourself and for our planet/culture.
  • Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. — Albert Einstein
  • It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind. —Albert Einstein
  • Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. — Thomas Edison, who cured his chronic ear infection disease by becoming vegetarian.
  • The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. — Leonardo Da Vinc
  • My body will not be a tomb for other creatures. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. —Leonardo Da Vinci
  • One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them. — Martin Luther King, Jr
  • I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.  — Abraham Lincoln
  • As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields. — Leo Tolstoy
  • A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. —Leo Tolstoy
  • He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. ~ Mark Twain
  • The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. —Charles Darwin
  • Amongst all the ways of life, a life of hunting is without doubt the most repugnant to the civilized condition; the forbiddance to shed blood from the time of Noah seems from the very beginning to be nothing other than the forbiddance to a life of hunting. – Kant
  • Hunting is one of the surest means of killing people’s feelings for their fellow creatures. – Voltaire
  • “He is a heavy eater of beef. Me thinks it doth harm to his wit.” – Shakespeare
  • For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love. ~ Pythagoras
  • One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world. ~ Buddha
  • A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being. — Prophet Mohammed
  • The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds. ~ Plato
  • I came to end the animal sacrifices, and if you do not stop making sacrifices, the wrath of God will not leave you alone. – The words of the lord — Epiphanius, Panarion 3:16
  • A righteous man regards the life of his animals. Proverbs 12:10
Even the Apostles were Vegans
These are texts that didn’t make it into the Bible but are accepted as true.
  • Paul- “Jesus instructed me to eat no meat and drink no wine, but only bread, water and fruit, so that I be found pure when he wants to talk with me.” Toledoth Jeschu, Krauss Edition, Berlin 1902, p. 113, Paul
  • Matthew – “Matthew lived on seed, the fruit of trees and vegetables without meat.” Clemens von Alexandria, Paidagogos II, 1:16
  • John – “John never ate meat.” Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2:3
  • Jacob – “Jacob, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3
  • Peter – “I live on bread and olives, to which I only seldom add a vegetable.” Clementine Homilies XII, 6; rec. VII, 6
Most of the early Christians were vegan, or at least pescatarians : According to the ancient scriptures.
There’s more information about Jesus’ love for animals and his feelings toward sacrificing animals for food.
Here’s a quote from Saint Jerome, the man that constructed the Latin Bible that eventually became the bases for all of Christianity.

“The consumption of animal flesh was unknown up until the great flood. But since the great flood, we have had the fibers and the stinking fluids of animal flesh stuffed into our mouths…

Jesus, The Christ, who appeared when the time was fulfilled again joined the end to the beginning, so that we are now no longer allowed to eat animal flesh.”


Here’s a quote from another early christians leader, Saint Basil the Great.

“As long as one lives frugally
the luck of the house
will increase;
the animals will be safe;
no blood will be shed,
and no animal will be killed.
The cook’s knife will be useless;
the table will only be set with fruits
which nature offers to us,
and one will be
satisfied with that.”

The point is, eating animals was something people at the beginning of the agricultural period did for survival, or as a last resort. Like during flood or drought when their crops died. This was forgotten when the superstitious Pagans transitioned to Catholicism. Hording the surplus grain, using it it to fatten livestock, was never the way of the ancient Christians or Jesus Christ. There was always some person in too great a need that saving grain or fattening live stock was thought of as selfish. Yet, some people still sinfully hoarded or consumed in excess. The daily consumption of farmed meat was and still is murder for pleasure. Today we know that consuming animals is wasteful use of resources and less healthy than a well balanced vegan diet. But, hey, it’s a free country. The rules of god or nature only matter if you believe they matter.