A question that often gets tossed around in regards to diet and health is “What Are Humans Supposed to Eat?”
Animal species all have instinctive diets. Nobody had to tell them what they eat or why. They just eat. When humans start feeding them (pets) they start to get the same degenerative diseases that we do like cancer. If left wild and to their own devices they rarely get degenerative diseases so it is easy to see that they were meant to eat certain foods and when they go outside those foods for nourishment they suffer. But what about humans? Don’t we have a diet we are meant to eat. If we were designed bya higher power than what were we designed to eat?
There is a lot of scientific evidence that humans should eat a primarily raw vegan diet. But what does the Bible teach, since Christianity is the biggest religious sect? I have heard Christians say that we were meant to eat meat because we were given dominion over animals and this implies that we get to eat them. Others say that because Christ served fish to his followers we were meant to eat meat. Yet there is a scripture in Genesis where God tells us exactly what he intended for Adam and Eve to eat. Genesis 1:29:
Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.
Some translations say herb instead of plant but the meaning is the same. One has to ask…if God meant for us to eat meat or animals products would he not have mentioned it among the items he listed as “food”. This is especially important considering the very next verse does talk about animals:
and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
So after God tells us what his human creations will eat he tells us what the animals will eat but never is it mentioned that humans will eat the animals. This seems like a kind of important omission.
So…it seems humans were not meant to eat animal products or meat. We were also not intended to cook our food…that “invention” did not arrive until much later. So why did humans start eating things they were not supposed to. Many raw Christians have come to theorize that the “fall from grace” may be linked to food.
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden they lost their perfection. Yet how was this accomplished? Was there a perfection on/off switch that got flipped?
The fact that they and their offspring lived for many, many years longer than humans today tells us something significant. Adam lived to 930 years. Their prefect health started to deteriorate and be bred out of them as a species, almost like a degenerative disease. But why would perfect cells start to deteriorate? Could it be because humans no longer had the food they were intended to eat? Could it be that their cells were being replenished with food that did not meet their needs as a species? It is actually a logical explanation IMO. Give them food that sustains life but slowly causes it to decay and erode and perfection lost. Every new baby born would be “built” with faulty materials and the cycle would continue. Easy and logical.
Another interesting thing I learned recently was about the Essenes, who were a Jewish religious group that flourished from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD. It is acknowledged that they were raw vegetarians. It is claimed by many that Jesus was an Essene, as was John the Baptizer. While I do not know if he was or he wasn’t it makes sense that Jesus would know what humans should eat. There is only one scripture in the Bible that indicates Jesus may have eaten meat. He was given fish and a honeycomb to eat and we are told he ate IT (Luke 24:41-43). Notice we are not told he ate them but he ate it. Does this mean both or just one of the two items that were given him? There is also the fact that this account does not match up to the other gospel accounts. In fact it states that Jesus’ first appearance before his disciples after resurrection was in Jerusalem where this fish eating occurred. Yet the other gospel accounts very clearly say his first appearance was in Galilee. Was Jesus in Jerusalem eating fish or was he in Galilee where he said he would be? Many think this was just an error and others think it was added later by someone else to create a forgery.
The fact that Jesus condoned his followers eating meat in the Bible is not a significant detail. If food was the mechanism by which man’s perfection was being bred out them then he would hardly tell them that.
The Hacres web site also has an interesting pdf for free on their site that goes into why raw foods are our optimal diet. It talks about how our living souls were sustained by living foods and that meat and cooked foods are both dead foods not intended for humans. It is simple logic…life supports life. Death cannot support life.
Other religions too have much to say about veganism and vegetarianism. Jews and Christians arose from the same group of people so they too have Genesis 1:29 telling them what humans were given to eat. One of the primary teachings of Buddhism is that one cannot take the life of living beings. While some many argue that buying meat is not the same thing as killing it yourself, buying is providing the monetary means for killing. Medieval Hindu manuals claim that Hindus should be eating “grains, honey, milk, ghee, butter, Indian vegetables, and pure water.”