We were all born ignorant. Gradually, through various methods of education we have acquired certain level of knowledge. Our perception of what is right and what wrong largely depends on our background and religious upbringing. A Jew will teach his child the ways of Judaism, a Muslim the ways of Islam, a Hindu the ways of Hinduism, just as Christians will educate their children in the ways of Christendom and Buddhists in the ways of Buddhism. What is right and permissible in one religion is wrong and illegal in another. For example, Judaism and Islam permit their followers to practice polygamy but forbid them to eat pork. In contrast, Christianity in general forbids polygamy but allows its converts to eat pork. Buddhism on the other hand encourages celibacy and prohibits the carnivorous diet altogether. Who is right? Is there a way to tell what is really right and what wrong?
Just about everything you see today exists from the very beginning. It was created during the six days as described in Genesis 1. But the Bible was not there in the beginning. In fact, people lived and died for millennia before any part of the canonical Bible was written. Just think for a moment. Adam lived and died without having the Bible to read and to show him the way to salvation. His sons Cain and Abel lived and died and yet they knew nothing about the Bible. Enoch lived and pleased God but not because he found the answers in the Bible. The Bible did not exist in the days of Enoch. But since Enoch did what is right he must have had something to make him aware of what is right and what wrong. Noah was found righteous in his generation. But others were judged wicked. Neither Noah nor the people of his generation had the Bible to either enlighten them or confuse them. Yet there was a way to tell who was right and who wrong even in those days when the Bible was not in existence.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the other Patriarchs, including Job, the descendant of Esau, all pleased God even though they did not have the Bible to read. The Sodomites were guilty of wrong even though they did not have the Bible. Since they were found guilty, the Sodomites somehow must have known that what they were doing was wrong and against the nature and character of the loving and perfect God. The Israelites lived for more than a thousand years without having the bulk of the Old Testament books now available to us. They certainly lived and died without ever being able to read any of the gospels or other New Testament material. Even Jesus and all those of his time lived at the time when they did not have the New Testament. And, of course, myriads have died before the time of Jesus and after his first advent without ever hearing about the Bible. There are also millions today who have never heard of the Bible or ever read any part of it. Revelation 20:12 says that all the dead who will rise on the Last Day will be judged ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN THIS LIFE. Jesus said that all those who died through the ages - yes, even millions of those who never heard about the Bible - will one day hear his voice and after hearing it will come out of their graves. Those who have done what is right will be the children of life and those who have done wrong will be the children of condemnation [John 5:28-29]. Therefore it follows that you don’t need the Bible to tell you what is right and what wrong. In fact, if you depend on the Bible to find out what is right and what wrong you may die never discovering it.
There is a Cosmic Law in existence - which always was and always shall be – which clearly shows what is right and what wrong. This Law is not recorded on the pages of books which can be destroyed and corrupted. This Law is the living Law set in motion in every living creature. It is the Law that no person could ever alter and fabricate. It is as real and as powerful as the laws which govern every facet of this universe. This Law the Essenes called The Law of Preservation. God created all living things to live a life to its fullest. From the very beginning God forbade that any living creature should kill another living creature. For that reason He implemented a fruitarian/herbivorous diet. No living soul was allowed to eat the flesh of another living soul or to bring any harm to another living creature. God made sure that every living creature would have this Cosmic Law of Preservation written in its own soul and mind. Every living being is aware of this Law but very few choose to live in accordance with it.
God made every living creature capable of feeling both pain and pleasure. An object feels neither - because it is a thing and not a living organism. These two attributes are absolutely essential for survival and the preservation of life. Imagine if you could not feel pain. You would not be able to survive. If caught on fire unaware you would burn to death because there would be no feeling of pain to warn you that your life is in danger. The feeling of pain is there to tell us that something is wrong in our system. It could be physical sickness and disease or danger or mental and psychological problem. Sometimes we resort to extreme pain in order to preserve our life. In urgent cases and in difficult circumstances people have their limbs amputated and other very painful surgeries performed even without anaesthetic - in order to save their lives. Pain is absolutely necessary for the preservation of life. All living creatures - from the smallest and least important to the largest and most important - feel pain. But at the same time all these living creatures also feel pleasure. Pleasure is also absolutely essential for survival. Nothing gives you more pleasure than food when you are absolutely starving. The same is true of water when you are dying of thirst. Now both food and drink are absolutely required for your survival and the preservation of life. In order to insure you would eat and drink, and so preserve your life - God gave you an urge to eat when you feel hungry and drink when you feel thirsty. At the same time he gave you tastebuds to appreciate the pleasure of the same. Because offspring is absolutely essential for survival, God made sex pleasurable to insure the procreation of the living species. There is also great pleasure in sleep when you are tired and in everything else that is essential for your survival and perfect existence.
You must realise that animals - just like you and I - are also capable of feeling both pain and pleasure. Just observe them how they react when they are hurt and how when they are full of joy. So then what does the Cosmic Law of life preservation has to tell us? Simply this: God intended and it is His will that every creature which has the breath of life live a life that is full of joy and pleasure. God does not want that any of His creatures that He created would be mistreated and subjected to pain. God is horrified when He beholds the slaughter of billions of animals. In America alone, so many animals are slaughtered annually for food alone, that the column of their dead bodies would stretch from earth to the moon, back to earth and then to the moon again. Imagine how God must feel about this. He who created all life and all living beings to live and enjoy the beauty of nature never intended for man to breed animals for his own selfish needs and lusts. God created all manner of foods that we can eat. There is no need to harm and cause pain to animals by slaughtering them mercilessly. Even on new earth God says that just as in the beginning, all living creatures will live in peace and harmony with each other and that wolf and the lamb shall dwell together. This will come about because then everyone will know God and no one will resort to harm and destruction on all His holy mountain [Isaiah 11:9]. Jesus, as vegetarian, condemned the Jewish ritual of sacrifice and the eating of animal flesh. Jesus was fully aware of this Cosmic Law and he actually summarised it in one single sentence. Jesus urged all people to observe this eternal and perfect Law by saying:
“Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets” [Matthew 7:12].
Jesus did not teach anything new. He taught the same thing that the true Law of Moses had taught and what the true Prophets had taught all along. Jesus was merely restoring the true teaching long lost and rejected by the hierarchy of the Jews and all other nations. Jesus urged people everywhere to restore the Edenic utopia on earth. He taught his followers to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is done in heaven. God does not allow the angels to run slaughterhouses and eat flesh. He does not allow the slaughter in war. His will is implemented in heaven and therefore everything is in harmony. It is truly a paradise there. But Jesus said that we should pray that God’s will be implemented on earth too. How can you pray for God to implement His will on earth if your table is full of flesh from the slaughtered animals? How can you pray for His will to rule on earth if you hunt, fish, and kill in war? There is no need to argue the point any further. God created all living souls to LIVE and it is the duty of every living soul to preserve its own life and not to do anything which would impede the safety and existence of another soul. Only when we fully comply to the demands of the Cosmic Law of Preservation will there be utopia on earth and God’s will could be administered on earth as it is administered in heaven. Therefore don’t believe anything written in the Bible - though it be written thousand times - if it conflicts with this Cosmic Law - the Law which commands the PRESERVATION OF LIFE. For Jesus said that the true and original Law of Moses and that the true Prophets taught the things which are only in agreement with this Cosmic Law which Jesus summarised in one single sentence: “Do to others as you would want others to do unto you.”