The Truth Is Considered Hatred By Those Who Hate The Truth

25 Mar

March 24, 2015

Acts Chapter 24

AND after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the
elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the
governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him,
saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very
worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all
thankfulness.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee
that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of
sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of
the sect of the Nazarenes:

Matthew Chapter 21

10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved,
saying, Who is this?
11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of
Galilee.
12 ¶ And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them
that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the
moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the
house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

John Chapter 2

13 ¶ And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to
Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and
doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them
all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the
changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence;
make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of
thine house hath eaten me up.

Most of us are familiar with the Scriptures of how Jesus threw out the money changers and animal sellers from the temple. But many don’t know the reason why Jesus did this is because Jesus taught against animal sacrifice. Jesus was a Nazarene, a sect of strict vegetarians. Jesus came also to end the animal sacrifices, and to teach people not to eat meat, and not to kill or harm any living creature.

Now a lot of Scriptural evidence has been found in the Dead Sea Scrolls showing that Jesus was in fact a vegetarian, and Jesus taught against killing and eating flesh. Most of the Dead Sea Scriptures pre-date what we have in our Scripture, and so it is more accurate, because no one ever changed it, like the people changed the Bible scriptures. And Jesus told us in His Own Words not to eat flesh, and not to kill. And if anyone does not believe Jesus, well, they will be called the “unbelievers”, and they will be going into the lake of fire. Because they did not believe in Jesus. They did not believe the Word of God was True.

It’s really very fascinating and amazing. Here’s some information from the AGN website:

“But we have there (in the Essene scriptures) the emphatic prohibition of eating animals. No consumption of meat means no killing of animals and both together means no sacrifice of animals.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows, quotes from the Essene scriptures:

“Let not a man make himself abominable with any living creature or creeping thing by eating of them.”

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, they who partake of benefits which are gotten by wronging one of God’s creatures, cannot be righteous: nor can they touch holy things, or teach the mysteries of the kingdom, whose hands are stained With blood, or whose mouths are defiled with flesh. Gospel of the Holy Twelve; Lection 38

from the AGN website:

“The Gospel according to the Apostles was used by the Ebionites (viz Nazarenes). Herein is found the “Essene Christ.” He denounces sacrifice and the eating of animal flesh.

Epiphanius quotes Jesus, in his confrontation with the high priest in the Temple after he has chased out the money lenders,

“I come to abolish sacrifices, and unless you cease sacrifices my anger will not cease from you.”

The Gospel of the Hebrews also clarifies that Jesus not only advised against eating our animal friends, but he had come to end blood sacrifices. In Lection XXI, verse 8, preaching to his disciples he says:

“I am come to end the sacrifices and feasts of blood; and if ye cease not offering and eating of flesh and blood, the wrath of God shall not cease from you; even as it came to your fathers in the wilderness, who lusted for flesh, and they ate to their content, and were filled with rottenness, and the plague consumed them.”

Many believe that Jesus ate the lamb of the passover meal and used this as indirect evidence that he did not teach or practice vegetarianism. In the Gospel According to the Hebrews, Lection LXXVI, section 27, which predates the addition of the gospels used today, Judas is quoted as inciting Caiaphas against Jesus for not eating lamb at the Passover:

Now Judas Iscariot had gone to the house of Caiaphas and said unto him, “Behold he (Jesus) has celebrated the Passover within the gates of Jeresalem, with the Mazza in place of the lamb. I indeed bought a lamb, but he forbode that it shall be killed, and lo, the man of whom I bought it is witness.

It is important to remember that the information in the gospel came from earlier Judaic sources and not vice versa. Changes in translations commonly occur, and this could be one of them. Again, Jesus’ refusal to eat the Passover lamb is consistent with his role and high spiritual awareness as the great Essene teacher of the time and also his actions against animal sacrifice in the Temple..

THE VEGETARIANISM OF THE DISCIPLES

Dr. Ewing points out that the highly respected church father, Eusebius, quotes Hegesippus (about A.D. 160),

who said that James, the disciple and brother of Jesus who became head of the Judaic Christians, was a vegetarian who “drank no wine, wore no wool, nor ate any flesh.”

It was said that he followed this practice from birth. It is likely that all of Jesus’ family, including himself, were raised as vegetarians and lived that way as adults.

It is also likely that in the light of the overall evidence, all but one of the disciples were vegetarian.

Ewing quotes the Clementine Hominies XXII, 6, who also suggests that most of the disciples if not all were vegetarian:

They followed the Apostles in their custom of daily lustrations.

They refused to partake of flesh or wine. taking as their pattern Saint Peter, whose food was bread, olives and herbs”

There is a lot to read and learn at essene.com and thenazareneway.com and the AGN website:

http://agnvegglobal.blogspot.com/2012/04/religion-animals-and-vegetarianism.html

Now reading about Jesus teaching to end the animal sacrifices in the temple, i find it symbolic that our body is also considered a temple of God. And so Jesus was also teaching the end of animal sacrifice in our own temple, our own bodies, symbolically, at the same time he was teaching to end it in the temples downtown. Jesus was also teaching people not to eat meat.

Not only that, but remember what Jesus said in the Gospel of the Holy Twelve:

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, they who partake of benefits which are gotten by wronging one of God’s creatures, cannot be righteous: nor can they touch holy things, or teach the mysteries of the kingdom, whose hands are stained With blood, or whose mouths are defiled with flesh. Gospel of the Holy Twelve; Lection 38

Jesus said their mouths were “defiled with flesh”. We are also told that our bodies are temples, and if we defile our temple, God will destroy us:

1 Corinthians Chapter 3

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be
wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is
written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

And so we need to listen to Jesus, and Believe Him. Because those who Believe Him will not perish. But those who don’t Believe Jesus, the unbelievers will be going in to the lake of fire. Why? Because they didn’t believe Jesus, and they didn’t do what He told them to do to be Saved. Jesus said if you defile your Temple, God will destroy you. If the people don’t believe Jesus and defile their body by eating flesh, then God will destroy them. Why? Because they didn’t believe in Jesus and they defiled their bodies anyway.

Jesus told them what would happen. But they didn’t believe in Jesus. And so they perished.

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