Veganism is Nothing New
The health benefits are
Some, if not most, of us have just begun to learn there is such a thing called Veganism. We may not even fully understand what it means, but we know there are vegans among us.
In fact, if you were anything like me, you'd probably thought vegans were crazy people. I did. I thought these folks wouldn't know good food if they saw some.
Greasy- dripping greasy- foods, like our fast food burgers loaded with chemicals unfit for our bodies, was my idea of good food. Millions of Americans suffering from fatal diseases plaguing our nation, obviously, could fall-in in a long line behind me.
Today, though, some people may think a meatless diet is a relatively new yucky fad. Perhaps it's one that was cooked up by some crazies in the last 50 years or so.
The truth is, flesh avoidance has been around since "ancient India and eastern Mediterranean societies. Vegetarianism is first mentioned by the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos around 500 BCE," said Claire Suddath in her article entitled, A Brief History of Veganism; Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.
In the United States, vegetarian lifestyle sprung up in the 40s and spread slowly in the 60s as people, mostly doctors, began to take their message of eating more plant-based foods for healthful living to patients. Read more at: http://www.americanvegan.org/history.htm
God's truth, though, placed veganism right smack in the beginning of time. In fact, vegan lifestyle began as soon as the first man started to interact with his environment in the garden of Eden.
Way back, the Creator God told us that food from trees was the food to eat for both man and animal (Gen 1:29, 30). This meant the foods required no cooking as they were picked straight from the trees when the fruits were ripe. This translates into no destruction (as fire destroys and breaks things down) and no death of anyone or anything to be consumed as food. All was part of the original plan- all good, nothing bad... including death and destruction.
God, however, did not explain in detail the benefits of eating from trees to Adam and Eve. He simply said the trees were pleasing to the eye and good for food to eat (Gen 2:9). And, quite frankly, Adam did not object nor complain of tasteless fruits.
I imagine all fruits were succulent and huge as found in the Promised Land of Canaan years and years later. Numbers 13:23 tells us, "When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs."
When researchers look closely today into the foods from plants, they found amazing stuff showing that many of these fruits and nuts, even veggies, have chemical and medicinal benefits that build-up the body and fight diseases. What's more? For folks that move less, these foods; plus, the use of natural water only, help clear out toxins from the body. For serious athletes, the plant-based foods (and water) give them staying power in any sport and a relatively short recovery time from the wear and tear of muscle tissues.
Is the Owner's Manual (the Bible) that came with man wonderful or what? God is good.
Still, though, there are those of us that say, "That's nice... and, no thank you. I'll keep my juicy steak. Death is just part of the process."
Well, it's true. Death has become part of our life because of the first disobedience in the garden. But, still, some of us cannot just give up that sizzling slap of steak. Or that dripping barbequed rib. We'd rather take on diabetes and cancer and heart diseases.
I had a friend that could not part from his carnivores lifestyle. He saw death slowly coming. But he was powerless, he said, to change his lifestyle. He died.
"What's so harmful about my meat?" we may wonder.
Too much is harmful in the food products from animals- it's loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol, for one thing. And there are diseases, too many diseases, picked up by animals (especially swine) and passed on through its flesh sold and consumed.
Ok, so; if, like, plant foods were the original foods, how on earth did we arrive at eating flesh?
Well, come again- and find out.