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John the Baptist

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Luke 1:80
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3

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John the Baptist

It's interesting to note that although John the Baptist lived on a non-animal diet, a diet of locusts and honey, it was not to promote vegetarianism as a cause, that others should not eat meat.  John the Baptist did not eat meat to fulfill the prophesy as he lived off the wilderness, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Luke 1:80

John the Baptist ate such a diet to be as a fulfillment of his wilderness ministry, as it was prophesised to John's father, that 'he shall drink neither wine nor strong drink' - Luke 1:15, and to fulfill the prophesy of Isaiah, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3

The eating of locusts and honey was a clear expression in the Gospels of his distinct desert wilderness life.

John the Baptist had no objection to eating meat, or taught in any way that animals should be placed on the same level as people, which is a false, unbiblical teaching. 

Nor did John the Baptist teach that people should be celibate, instead he reprimanded others for knowing someone who was not their wife, but his brothers wife, Matthew 14:4, “For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

John's life was a clear expression of the fulfillment of his wilderness ministry, as expressed in the Gospels and as prophesised by Isaiah.  As John said, “He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”

"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." Isaiah 40:3

It is instead, distince from the philosophy, the spirit of veganism as a movement, which advocates the abstaining from meat, and elevates animals to the level of humans, and reduces humans to the level of animals.  As a consequence of this, so often, false teachers also promote abstaining from marriage, not producing children, or in modern times, promoting vasectomies to combat 'over-population'.  As shown in our study, vegans either promote a false version of Christianity, or are atheists.

As shown in the article by 'thethinkingvegan', vegans are predominantly atheists, and explained by this,

  1. Brandon Becker, co-founder of Animal Liberation Action, states, "I became a vegan for the same reason I became an atheist....Veganism and atheism are results of critical thinking"

  2. Faith Gundran, anti-oppression activist, states that vegans and atheists believe in the same way, "I became a vegan before I realized I was a free-thinker. Vegans and atheists believe in a lot of different things, but wow, how we believe is so much the same! We are both non-conformist. We go against what society has deemed “social norm,” and what they see is correct or acceptable. Vegans and atheists need hard facts. We don’t believe in things because someone tells us to. We need hard proof of new ideas presented to us."

  3. Meggan Anderson, actress and animal rights activist, "There’s no question that my general disdain for religion is rooted in the same type of critical thinking that gave birth to my commitment to veganism."

  4. Peter Spiegel, ophthalmologist and producer of the radio show Animals Today, "The road to both veganism and atheism began for me with questions when I was a child, questions regarding the most commonly held beliefs about the world in which everyone is indoctrinated as children."  Interestingly, he describes his critical thinking to atheism and veganism as "spiritual', then goes on to state, "The world is not going to become a more peaceful, loving place for animals or humans if we simply learn to respect the unjustified beliefs of others."  In other words, that means there's no place for tolerance of people who believe differently than him.

As the article states, 'Many vegans identify themselves as atheists.'

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition party Labour, in the UK, atheist and vegetarian describes his concerns about the environment as a sort of "spiritualism".

Source:
http://thethinkingvegan.com/ttv-consortium/veganism-and-atheism/
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/21/jeremy-corbyn-denies-atheist-religious-beliefs_n_8855528.html

 

 

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7th April 2018

 

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