‘Was Jesus a vegetarian or a vegan?’ the answer has to be a resounding ‘No!’ As a secular Humanist, though not to my regret a vegetarian, simply from lack of willpower when it comes to abandoning my beloved bacon sandwiches. 

I am willing to concede to the belief that the historical Jesus probably  existed, at least as a religious cult leader who made certain claims to divinity and achieved something of a following in his lifetime. He was not the Son of God as far as I am concerned. 

  Taking the assumption that he did do as the Gospel authors claim, the case is strongly asserted that Jesus, 1/. Ate meat. 2/. Jesus held virtually no respect for animal and plant life, and 3/. practiced not only carnivorous rituals but also cannibalistic ones.

    The Bible’s own evidence reads as follows; 1/. Mark 14; 12 to 21. describes the meal for the last supper, as consisting of the traditional Jewish sacrificial Passover lamb. There is no such thing as vegetarian lamb. Jesus happily ate mutton. 2/. Matthew 8;18 to 34 Demonstrates that Jesus was no lover of pigs and figs. Jesus kindly exorcises two men possessed by demons, but he does so by casting the demons into the bodies of a herd of swine, and sends the pigs over the cliffs to their doom in the sea below. Surely the demons could have been eliminated without having to harm any other animal, especially for a God and a vegetarian? In Jewish Mosaic law pigs were regarded as sacred animals. 

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the poor fig tree suffered worse in Matthew 21;18 to 22. I quote; "In the morning when he returned to the city (Jerusalem), Jesus was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again.’ and the fig tree withered at once. Apostles witnessing this act of nature vandalism were sorely vexed and today few priests ever refer to this disturbing chapter in the life of Jesus meek, mild and merciful. I wonder why. It is interesting that  the Bible notes that even Jesus's loyal apostles found this behaviour disturbing. 

3/. The Last Supper meal ritual involving the transformation of the bread and wine into the flesh and blood of Christ has given the Church the rite of the Eucharist, but this is an act of symbolized cannibalism concerning the physical digestion of a portion of the human god incarnate. Yeuch!

Perhaps now Christians will stop trying to patronize vegetarians in an attempt to convert them by telling them Jesus was one of their own. He wasn’t.  They might as well try to convince someone who is into freefall parachuting that Jesus was fond of the sport too. It seems that whatever your interest, a religionist will use it to get you to convert to their creed.

Arthur Chappell