In early period of Christianity when St. Peter, one apostle of Jesus, was moving in the Mesopotamia he would rest in houses of people whom he was preaching ideology of Jesus. During that time he saw people killing animals to prepare food. Most people then were meat eaters. He began to feel as most today feel that eating animal meat was not a good idea. He began to think that eating such food is unclean and so not suitable for his people. He therefore began to advice them that they should prefer to eat only vegan food and discard habit of eating meat food. People began to listen to him and as one day he was doing his usual prayer he went in trance and there he saw a big cloud like thing gradually descending down to him. As he could have a glance of what was on it he saw many animals of many types such as cow, buffalo, sheep, goat, lamb, pigs, birds like hen, duck and such many. He was wondering why God is showing him those things.
We find one quote in Acts, Act 11:4-10, 'Peter Explains His Actions'
Acts 11:5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.
Acts 11:6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds.
Acts 11:7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter, Kill without pain to them and eat.’
Acts 11:9 “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made. God makes everything clean.’
Acts 11:10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
[Also, see 'Peter's vision', Acts 10:9-16]
This vision Peter received from God when he had decided to be not eating meat as he thought it is unclean to eat it. This shows that a follower of Jesus is supposed to help nature in keeping the count of these fast growing creatures in control by eating them. Human being is a part of a food chain in nature as modern learning also accepts. He is a predator of much bigger capacity than many other minor predators like tiger, lion, wolf and many more. Nature or God, to use religious term, wants to use these predators to help keep the number of these fast breeding creatures who are mostly grazing animals. If their number is not controlled, their number will disturb balance of nature and so; to keep that count in control many predators are created by god. Human is one most important of them. These predators eat these fast growing grazing mammals however; the capacity of these minor predators in controlling the number is limited. Therefore, human is supposed to do it with efficiency. This message is given by this vision that peter experienced. In other scriptures of other religions such as Hinduism, we find similar command given to humans to consume these fast breeding mammals, [Manusmruti 5:30-32]. Nevertheless, killing them for eating and without any pain to them is condition implied. Nature does not want man to kill for any other purpose. This becomes evident from the command that says, "Kill without pain to them and eat" and not just kill. This tells us that eating meat of these grazing mammals and birds is part of man's ritual to help god in keeping balance of these creatures.
In Manusmruti, it says only when you give this meat as offering to God that you can eat it not otherwise. That means Mother God eats it through your mouth. However, some hypocrite religions profess non-violence to protect these fast growing animals. They are actually disobeying the command of Mother God that human must help providence in maintaining balance of this cosmos. Killing for food is not considered as violence by God but if you kill for any other purpose it is violence and not permitted by God. Or if you kill them with pain then also it is wrong. This explanation goes well with both Jesus' teachings and Manusmruti. Present day preaching that mercy to animals and so not to kill them is not acceptable to any of the scriptures of these religions. Mercy means 'kill without pain', to them and not, not killing at all. In Jainism violence is defined as giving pain to any body including oneself. Remember if man does not kill these animals they are going to die anyway. Then they will be eaten by disease causing pathogen. That is more dangerous than eating them by man. We shall visualize what will happen if man does not eat them in next post.
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