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Where did Flesh Eating Come From?

Where did Flesh Eating Originate anyway? I have heard quite a few dietary gurus venture their opinions as to how the eating of animal flesh came into the experience of human-kind. Most of them are influenced by the false ideas of evolution and feel that man’s simian ancestors began to eat carrion from carcasses killed by carnivorous animals. (‘Road-kill Café’ We specialize in the Paleo diet!) Later as he developed weapons he learned to kill for himself and much later, he began to raise domestic animals to use as food.

Because we believe in special Creation as taught in the Holy Word of God, the Bible; we reject these speculations. We are told in the pages of Holy Writ, that man was given a totally vegan diet in the beginning; we also know that both plants and animals were raised by mankind as far back as the sons of Adam and Eve, Cain, a gardener; and Abel, a shepherd. However, before the flood of Noah’s time, man had not been given any permission from God to partake of the flesh of animals. The animals were raised for clothing and offerings pointing forward to the coming of the promised Redeemer, by the true followers of God.

The Religious Origins

“God gave our first parents the food he designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to his plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. The fruit of the trees in the garden, was the food man's wants required. God gave man no permission to eat animal food until after the flood. Every thing had been destroyed upon which man could subsist, and therefore the Lord in their necessity gave Noah permission to eat of the clean animals which he had taken with him into the ark. But animal food was not the most healthy article of food for man.”  4a Spiritual Gifts 120. 

However we see a very different picture in the descendants of Cain. As the Pagan religion developed, people, who had rejected the service of the living God, began to worship animals and powers found in nature.  We don’t have much information in the Bible about the practices of the antediluvians, [people before the flood] but in the inspired Guidance, we have been given a glimpse that clues us in, especially when we take a look at later practices of witchcraft and the Babylonian Mystery religions.

“Since the first surrender to appetite, mankind have been growing more and more self-indulgent, until health has been sacrificed on the altar of appetite. The inhabitants of the antediluvian world were intemperate in eating and drinking. They would have flesh-meats, although God had at that time given man no permission to eat animal food. They ate and drank till the indulgence of their depraved appetite knew no bounds, and they became so corrupt that God could bear with them no longer. Their cup of iniquity was full, and he cleansed the earth of its moral pollution by a flood.”  Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene 43.

Special Guidelines

Even when God gave Man permission to eat the ‘clean’ animals after the flood, He stipulated they were never to eat the Blood or the Fat of them. A quick thought on this subject shows that animal flesh as sold and eaten among us today, can in no way be said to be approved of God, as it drips with blood and contains much fat. After all, the fat and the blood are what give meat its flavor and its addictiveness.

 “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Genesis 9:4

 “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.” Leviticus 3:17

 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.” Leviticus 7:23

“For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.” Leviticus 17:14

“This prevailing sin, the indulgence of perverted appetite, inflamed the passions of men in the days of Noah, and led to wide-spread corruption. Violence and sin reached to heaven. This moral pollution was finally swept from the earth by means of the flood. The same sins of gluttony and drunkenness benumbed the moral sensibilities of the inhabitants of Sodom, so that crime seemed to be the delight of the men and women of that wicked city. Christ thus warns the world: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” [Luke 17:28-30.]  Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene 11.

The eating of the flesh of powerful beasts came into being as a religious rite, as humans thought they could thus absorb the power, fertility and characteristics of the animals by consuming their flesh and blood. This was believed to be even more the case if the animal were eaten alive or its blood drank, or poured over a person, as it died. Horrible cruelty was part of the degeneration of man before the flood which resulted in God finally declaring:

 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7

After the flood, it was not long, even among the survivors of the deluge, before man divided again into two classes of those who choose to obey and follow the humble ways of the Living God, and those who choose rather to serve self, and seek power, pomp and pride. The cruel nature-worship and ritualism of paganism soon arose again on earth. The bottom line on all paganism actually centers in the worship of fertility or reproduction.

Nimrod the mighty hunter and rebel against God—builder of the tower of Babel; is said to have killed first a wild bull with his bare hands, and then a lion.  He wore the skin of the lion and placed the horns of the bull upon his head and claimed to have absorbed the power of them both. He was at the foundation of the revival of the pagan nature worship of Cain, after the flood. When he died he was declared to be the Sun-god.

Pagan celebrations and rituals mostly revolved around sexuality and feasting on animal flesh and this was likely one of the factors that tended to attract some of the more self-indulgent followers of God to join in these feasts and rituals. Ask yourself which of our ‘modern’ holidays is not centered upon appetite indulgence and many on the eating of animal flesh?

“After the flood the people ate largely of animal food. God saw that the ways of man were corrupt, and that he was disposed to exalt himself proudly against his Creator and to follow the inclinations of his own heart. And He permitted that long-lived race to eat animal food to shorten their sinful lives. Soon after the flood the race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years. There were a class of very large animals which perished at the flood. God knew that the strength of man would decrease, and these mammoth animals could not be controlled by feeble man.” Testimony Studies - Diet and Foods 62. 

The Bull was chief among animals worshipped for their power and fertility, and often was used to symbolize the sun-god. The eating of the bull , the drinking of its blood or being sprinkled with ‘holy water’ representing the semen of the bull, were all considered to promote fertility. Let’s face it; among us today, men feel that eating beef imparts a special strength and vitality to the eater. We hear of ‘beef-eaters’, associated with being hale and hearty men; so far I have not heard of a regiment called ‘plant-eaters’, and yet it would be far healthier for sure.

No, flesh eating did not come about by some starving, half humans learning to eat carrion; nor was it because animal flesh is needful to human survival; it had its roots in the pagan concepts of nature worship and fertility rites.

What about the eating of the pig? Was there a religious connection there also? Actually, yes there was. Nimrod, the mighty hunter mentioned above, died and his widow Semiramus, was desperate to retain the power she had acquired through being Nimrod’s queen. So she claimed that he had ascended to heaven and become the Sun-god and later when she had an illegitimate child born, she claimed she had been impregnated by the rays of the sun. (Guess she should have worn sunscreen)

Anyway the boy’s name was Tammuz and he was declared to be the son of the Sun-god—the son of god. His symbol was the sun worship emblem for the sun, the cross. He was an avid hunter like his 'dad' but not as successful; he got slashed by a wild boar in a hunting accident and died of the wounds. The Boar became thus known as the ‘killer of the gods’ and the Boar’s Head was served as a part of pagan festivities.

The women wept and mourned for 40 days for Tammuz, whose death they pathetically deplored. When this mighty hero, in the midst of his career of glory, was suddenly cut off by a violent death, the shock of that catastrophe seems to have been great.

This is the origin of the custom of Lent as a preliminary to the great annual festival of Easter in commemoration of his death and resurrection, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing. It has no basis in the Bible or Christianity at all.

This is why every pagan religion in every country on this planet, from South America to Japan, carries identical symbols and festivals to a very marked extent, even to this day. The eating of ham or pork at these spring festivals is a very common practice.

So whatever modern dietitians like to claim, flesh eating is not any more needful for human survival than eating Hot Cross Buns.

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