If you are not VEGAN, you Break ALL Ten Commandments. By Dr. Chapman Chen
Updated: Jan 16
Love of Christ is the underlying reason we are to keep the Ten Commandments. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15 NKJV). Non-vegans violate not just the Sixth Commandment "Thou shalt not kill" but also all the other Commandments.
1. Violation of the 1st Commandment
By regarding humans as superior to all other sentient creatures of God and by seeing other animals in an instrumental way as objects, machines, tools, and commodities, rather than fellow creatures, non-vegan humans deify themselves (cf. Linzey 1995; Linzey 2011), thus breaking the First Commandment "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
2. Violation of the 2nd Commandment
By following Paul the AntiChrist's advice "Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience," on the ground that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (1 Timothy 4:1-5 NIV), one breaks the Second Commandment "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain". As argued by Sion (2013), Paul was the AntiChrist or fake apostle who replaced Jesus Christ's true Gospel with his own distorted version of it. In fact, as pointed out by Chen (2022b) and Chen (2021), Jesus has made four prophecies about Paul's treachery and corruption of Jesus' vegan church.
2.1 The First Corrupter of Jesus' Vegan Church
According to US President Thomas Jefferson, St. Paul was the "first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus" (Washington 1854). As pointed out by Albert Schweitzer (1910) in The Quest for the Historical Jesus, Paul perverted the discourse of Jesus and "displace[d]" it. The perversion involves at least seven domains, namely, eating food sacrificed to idols, eating animal flesh, denigration of women, slavery, justification by faith alone, submission to the authorities, and debasement of Moses' Law. Here, we will confine our discussion to the first two domains only (For more details, see Aribisala 2016 ; Chen 2021):-
2.2. Eating Food Sacrificed to Idols
In I Corinthians 8:4-13, Paul argues that eating meat offered to an idol is not immoral, because “an idol is nothing at all” (I Cor. 8:4 NIV). “Food,” he asserts, “does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do” (I Cor. 8:8 NIV). "To the pure, all things are pure" (Titus 1:15 NIV).
On the other hand, in the letter to the church of Thyatira, Jesus rebukes them for tolerating a prophetess who "seduce[s] my servants to ... eat things sacrificed unto idols" (Revelation 2:20 KJV). And The Jerusalem Council led by James the Just, Jesus' natural brother, wrote to Gentile converts the Council's "decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals" (Acts 21:25 NIV).
2.3. Eating Animal Flesh
Eating anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience" (1 Corinthians 10:25 NIV), advises Paul. For two thousand years, this has (mis)led numerous Christians to think that it is alright to slaughter innocent animals and eat their flesh.
Paul even defames vegans as weaklings in terms of faith:- "One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables" (Romans 14:2 NIV).
In contrast, Jesus warns against meat-eating:- “Be on guard, so that your hearts do not become heavy with the eating of flesh" (Luke 21:34, Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe — Old Syriac-Aramaic Manuscript of the New Testament Gospels). And He admonishes the Pharisees, quoting Hosea 6:6, "Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice" (Matthew 9:13 CSB).
In the Gospel of the Ebionites, Jesus condemns animal sacrifice in the Temple of Jerusalem:- “I have come to abolish the sacrifices, and if you cease not from sacrificing, my wrath will not cease from you” (Panarion 30.16.5). Jesus also rejected the Passover meal :“I have no desire to eat the flesh of this Paschal Lamb with you” (The Gospel of the Ebionites 22.4).
Throughout His human life, Jesus cared about animals, like sparrows (Matthew 10;29-31 NIV), "fowls of the air" (Matt. 6:26-33 KJV), sheep (Matt. 12:11), chickens (Matt. 23:37 KJV), yoked animals in general (Matt. 11:29-30), a donkey and her colt (Matt. 21:1-3 NIV). He even rescued and healed a badly beaten mule (Linzey and Dorothy 1998: 38-39; Linzey 2010: 60-61; Chen 2021).
Whilst Jesus showed compassion for animals, Paul sneered at exploited and downtrodden oxen:- "For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?" (1 Corithians 9:9 KJV)
3. Violation of the 3rd Commandment
By being non-vegan, one breaks the Third Commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image", i.e. the prohibition of idol worship. For meat-eating is a kind of animal sacrifice dedicated to one's belly as an idol while both God and Jesus Christ have explicitly said, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" (Hosea 6:6 NIV, Matthew 9:13 NIV, Hebrews 10:8) (cf. Chen 2022a). So much the more, according to Andrew Linzey (2011), "By 'idolatry', I mean the attempt to deify the human species by regarding the interests of human beings as the sole or exclusive concern of God the Creator. "
4. Violation of the 4th Commandment
By being non-vegan on the Sabbath day, one breaks the Fourth Commandment "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy". Sabbath is a reminder of creation. Since God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day, so we too work for six days and rest on the seventh day. as it is said, "For in six days the Lord made the heaven and earth, and on the seventh day, He rested" (Exodus 1:11). The observance of Sabbath is an example of the imitation of God; when God created the animals, he was able to say, "It is very good". We are supposed to emulate God's attributes of mercy, for "His tender mercies are over all of His creatures" (Psalm 145.9).
5. Violation of the 5th Commandment
By being non-vegan, one's body becomes a disgrace to one's parents who gave birth to one, and one's soul a dishonor to them, thereby breaking the Fifth Commandment, "Honour thy father and thy mother". For according to T. Colin Campbell's (2005) China study, a meat-eater is much more susceptible to cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease than a vegan. And by being non-vegan, one breaks the other commandments as aforementioned and as argued below, and becomes a spiritual shame to one's parents.
6. Violation of the 6th Commandment
By eating animals, one breaks the Sixth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill". As put by Reuben Alcalay (1981), one of the greatest contemporary linguists cum author of The Complete Hebrew-English Dictionary, the 6th Commandment "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13 KJV; Matthew 19:18 KJV) means "any kind of killing whatsoever." The original Hebrew, he points out, is לֹא תִּרְצָח Lo tirtzakh, which requires us to stop ourselves from killing any sentient beings altogether (see Rosen 2004:87).
7. Violation of the 7th Commandment
By consuming animal products, including dairy products amidst others, one breaks the Seventh Commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery". For coercive impregnation or rape is involved in the dairy and/or beef industry, where the cow is restrained in a cattle crush and an arm is inserted into her anus to hold the cervix in position, before a long rod called an ‘AI gun’ is stuck into her vulva, to inject her with bull semen. Similar methods are used for turkeys and pigs too, which involves molesting males for their semen and sexually violating females to impregnate them. These animals are all incredibly young when this process first happens to them and they literally can’t understand the concept of consent (Carbstrong n.d.). In other words, "if you are not vegan, you are a rapist", to borrow the words of Tash Peterson.
8. Violation of the 8th Commandment
By consuming honey, dairy products, eggs, bird's nests (a kind of "delicacy" in China), by wearing leather belts, wool garments, fur or down jackets, by cutting down trees, non-vegans steal bees' food reserve, cows' nourishments for their kids, swallows' homes, animals' skins and feathers, and billions of animals' habitats, thereby breaking the Eighth Commandment, "Thou shalt not steal".
9. Violation of the 9th Commandment
When Christians interpret "dominion" in Genesis 1:26 to mean "man's superiority" (Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges) and that "The relationship of man to the rest of creation is now defined to be one of rule and supremacy" (Pulpit Commentary), such that humans can abuse, exploit, rape, murder, torture other animals at will, they break the Ninth Commandment "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour" by "speaking unjustly against our neighbour[s-- animals], to the prejudice of [their] reputation" (Benson Commentary on Exodus 1:26). For "dominion" in the context means stewardship rather than dictatorship. And animals are our neighbours by reason of the commonality of possessing a living soul, the shared ability to suffer, and their physical proximity to us.
9.1. Misinterpretation of "Dominion"
"Dominion" in Genesis 1:28 KJV means neither domination not despotism but "stewardship" (Linzey 2016) and "protection" (Halteman 2007), because 1. In Gen. 1:29, humans were given a vegan diet; 2. In Gen. 2:15 NIV, humans were instructed by God to "take care of" the Garden with all the animals in it; 3. God made His covenant with not only humans (Noah and his descendants) but also animals (Gen. 9:8-17); 4. God has compassion for all creatures (Psalm 145: 9). 5. Animals are our folk (Gen. 1:30). 6. Christ always sided with the marginalized (Matthew 25:40 NIV); 7. Jesus died at least partly for animal liberation. (Mark 11:18); 8. Via Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection, God reconciled himself to all groaning creatures and offered them hope of redemption (Colossians 1:19-20).
9.2. Animals are our Neighbours
In the first creation story man and woman are created in God’s image. But it also tells us that animals have a soul. In Genesis 1:30 (KJV) it reads,
"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."
Hebrew for the phrase "life" in the verse above is " נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה nephesh chayyah", which is mistranslated as "life" in most English versions of the Bible. נֶ֣פֶשׁ Nephesh means soul and חַיָּ֔ה chayyah means living. In other words, God did give the animals a living soul when He created them.
Thus the animals are sentient, i.e., able to look for physical pleasure and to stay away from physical pain; to yearn to go on living, endeavoring to shun death and to able to experience various emotions. Subsequently, God created man and breathed into his nostrils the same “breath of life”, “nephesh chayyah”, (Gen.2:7) which is the living soul. By reason of this commonality of possessing a living soul the animals are also our brothers and sisters to be loved by us (Farians 2009).
Moreover, both non-human animals and humans have a central nervous system, which make both of them susceptible to pain, fear and joy. As pointed out by Jeremy Bentham (1789), it is animals' ability to suffer rather than their rationality which made them our neighbours:-"The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
Also, animals are apparently proximal to us. They live side by side with us. They are literally neighbours of us, just that we frequently destroy their homes and chase them out of their living habitats.
10. Violation of the 10th Commandment
By the same token as immediately above, non-vegans break the Tenth Commandment "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house.... nor any thing that is thy neighbour's" by coveting animals' homes, labour, clothes, food, flesh, etc.
"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19 NKJV). Non-vegans had better keep the Ten Commandments and go vegan in order to "receive eternal life” (Matthew 19:17 NLT).
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