One of the Ten Commandments states “Thou shall not kill.”
According to the Bible, in the beginning humans and animals were plant and fruit eaters and in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, Genesis 1:29 the first humans are told by God:
“Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”
So obviously somebody got the translation of the texts wrong and instead of being a plant and fruit eating earth as was Gods’ will, it now became flesh eating. Read the text where it says I have given every green herb for meat it does not include every beast or fowl as meat, it says green herb which means all life on earth should be on a plant and fruit diet.
When you kill or cause others to kill for you in order for your desire to eat meat you incur a karmic debt which eventually will have to be repaid. By continuing to eat meat you condemn the next animal to be slaughtered to satisfy consumer demand.
The following observations were taken from “Discourse on the Origin of Inequality – The Notes by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Among the four legged animals that eat meat there are two distinguishing features; the formation of their teeth are pointed, like the dog, cat, wolf and the fox their conformation of their intestinal tract is short to allow faster elimination.
The plant eating animals such as the horse, cattle, sheep, and the hare etc. have blunted teeth and designed for eating vegetation.
In antiquity, when the earth was still fertile by itself, no man ate flesh, but lived off the fruits and vegetables that grew naturally.
Another observation between meat eaters and plant eaters is their number of young being born. With the meat eaters such as cats, dogs, etc. they have six to eight litters and plant eaters have one or two offspring at a time.
The number of teats which is two for each female in the plant eaters and it is six to eight in the meat eaters, such as the dog, cat, wolf, tigress etc.
Humans have blunted teeth and the intestines are not designed for the consumption of eating flesh.
Ask yourself this question, why have so many of our creative geniuses of humanity have been vegetarians.
Here is a listing of famous vegetarians: Jesus, Buddha, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras, Emerson, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Thoreau, Voltaire. Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and so many others.
George Bernhard Shaw said: “Animals are my friends …. and I don’t eat my friends.”
Albert Schweitzer said: “We need boundless ethics which will include the animals also.”
Leo Tolstoy said: “Vegetarianism serves as the criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere.”
Mahatma Gandhi said: “I hold flesh food is unsuited to our species.”
Leonardo Da Vinci said: “I have from an early age abstained from meat, and the time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
Essene Orthodox Faith: Do not believe in the slaughter of animals are themselves vegetarians.
As these famous names cannot fail to impress, we assume it is worth to take note and perhaps follow their example.
However soon you choose to become vegetarian/vegan make it for all the above reasons of the famous mentioned above and you will feel less guilty for not killing another animal.
There are a lot of good reasons to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet, health and well being, ethical, environment, religious, concerns for the animals, vitality and longevity.