By no means I would encourage anyone to become an atheist! I am not against religion, I just personally don't believe in God. At least I don't call it "God".
I mean, there are greater aspects of being like Jesus, what he ate should be the last concern. Christians (most of them) are lovely people who want to live happy lives. Sacrificing your life for faith doesn't really match up with the idea of 'happy', but Jesus did that.
What happened to the idea of preserving and caring for the planet that God (or the Big Bang to me) has created? Eating meat is very eco-unfriendly!
I don't pick abstract role models for myself, then base my lifestyle on a bunch of conflicting ancient texts. If Jesus existed and was really this extremely loving and enlightened person, then I'm sure they would have discovered the vegan ethic within their heart at an early age. No way someone that conscious could bear to harm or enslave other animals for sustenance. It's not an option when you're committed to kindness and mercy.
hmm... something keeps whispering in my mind:
you eat, you get eaten
Still not sure what it means. But I feel that in the moment of eating someones flesh, you sort of are eating your own, and you're being eaten. I feel liberated from the cycle by choosing not to.
Even though I know I probably wouldn't care if someone ate my flesh if I was dead. BUT if someone stole my children to drain me for my milk, and then hack me up for burgers that some teenager would leave on their plate in favor of ice cream, I would probably look at the situation with my "head" tilted to the side, not really getting it.. Why eat my ugly dead body when you have an abundance of so much other stuff?
That was not supposed to sound so gloomy. The point is a positive one: we have the choice no matter what we call ourselves, vegan, christian, human. Those are all just labels that can wash away with the next tide. The real deal must come from within. I choose life. I am life.
Now THAT's what I think Jesus would do.
oh, and God save us from religion
These links might help.
St. Francis of Assisi
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man."
Christian Veg Assoc.