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Vegetarianism and Fasting

Vegetarianism and Fasting

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Published by Dan Constantin
Article by fr. Dan Bădulescu (2001)
Article by fr. Dan Bădulescu (2001)

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VEGETARIANISM AND FASTINGFather Dan Bădulescu... The New Age movement has convinced its most interested followers with a new lifestyle.The New Age lifestyle is driven by several factors, among which the most widespread are the
naturismand the vegetarianism
. In the history of Western Christian civilization, traumatized by various religious protests, we met for the first time a vegetarian stand in 1809 at a religious group calling itself the
Christian Bible Church of Englan
, unrecognized by the English state. They have adoptedvegetarianism put of spiritual reasons and not simply for health reasons. Of course, the vegetarian styleis already known in history as being proper to Asiatic beliefs, from where it is assumed to have beeninspired. The
Medicine recommends vegetarianism, also
the macrobiotics
preaches thesame thing in different stages of inner and outer cleansing, in various diseases or to solve different problems. In the West there are many groups of vegetarians
who, besides doing a specific diet meals propaganda on various stages, indulge in violent protests, even illegal, such as armed attack againstslaughterhouses or meat plants, animals release of farms, etc.Vegetarianism has always been based on certain philosophies of life. In India especially bothBuddhists and Hinduists do not eat meat and animals for the reincarnation belief in the possibility of  people in these lower forms of life, respect the principle of non-violence
and recognition of thesanctity of life.In the modern sense vegetarianism has come into public consciousness in the 19
century,namely in 1847 when
The Vegetarian Society
, a nonreligious British organization popularized the termvegetarian. In 1908 was founded
The International Vegetarian Union
, the union that includes all thevegetarian societies around the world in a series of congresses and still operates as a nonprofitorganization.In the New Age there are a number of propagators of the way of vegetarian food. Of these wehave chosen the example of Anne Wigmore (1909-1994), a pioneer for a new conception of health andfounder of the
 Hippocrates Health Institute
in Boston, U.S.A. Her "philosophy" continues in thefootsteps of Hinduism and Theosophy to argue that eating meat leads to selfishness and materialism,while spiritual growth is guaranteed by the so-called "living food", i.e. raw vegetables.Also from Hinduism is taken and the new idea that animals are our friends keen, even our  brothers, who share with us the gift of life, and therefore should be treated well. Here are several NewAge assertions in this respect:- One reason for vegetarianism is mercy for animals.- Another is that this diet promotes spiritual growth.- A third is that we can feed more mouths if we live vegetarian.- In terms of health vegetarianism is far superior.- The commandment thou shalt not kill includes of course all living things.- Usually people who meditate intensively have passed spontaneously to vegetarianism.
There is also the notion of 'vegan' = strictly vegetarian without eggs and dairy.
Faced with these assertions let us see what Scripture says about food. In Genesis 1:26, on thehuman relationship with animals is written: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and letthem have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth". As they say on food at verse29: "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, andevery tree, in the which is
the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.'" So here we seeso clearly the superior position of man relative to the animal, and the rest of visible creation. Indeed,the original food of the first people was a vegan one. But a few chapters further on, in Chapter 9, wehear about God's covenant with Noah after the flood waters’ retreat. Keen to remind to ne-agers that New Covenant is sealed until the end of time just with their favorite sign, the rainbow. Verses 3 and 4say, "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you allthings. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Here we have theappearance of post diluvian time complete nutrition as we know it today, which certainly included the beginning also the Hindu people.Cap. 18 is subtitled
 Abraham receives the Holy Trinity at Mamre
, a very important chapter both for as atriadic proto-theophany, as well as a dogmatic scriptural support of the only true Orthodox icon of theHoly Trinity. Verse 8 describes the entertaining of the three "People": "And he took butter, and milk,and the calf which he had dressed, and set it
 before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they2
did eat." Here the Hindu-New-Age spiritualist foundation already crumble to the ground. If thecommandment: "Thou shalt not kill" in the Decalogue (Exodus 20:13) would include animals too, itcan not by no means explain the same chapter verse 24: "An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, andshalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee." The distinction betweenfood "clean and unclean" in Deuteronomy Cap. 14 has no relevance in this context.Going again over few chapters and centuries, in the Book 1 Kings, Chapter 17, the prophetsElijah, verse 6 tells us that during the drought, "the ravens brought him (Elijah) bread and flesh in themorning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook." If the prophet Elijah’ holinessis not normally put into question, we see that among the new-agers there is the belief that he wasreincarnated in John the Baptist and the denial that was taken to heaven and is alive even nowadays.3

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