The Essene Gospel of Peace
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Excerpts from the Third Century Aramaic Manuscript and Old Slavonic Texts
Compared, Edited and Translated by
EDMOND BORDEAUX SZEKELY
Copyright 1981 - International Biogenic Society
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This excellent text reveals Christ's teachings on health and vegetarian diet.
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   [p. 36] And it was by the bed of a stream, many sick fasted and prayed with God's angels for seven days and seven nights.  And great was their reward, because they followed Jesus' words.  And with the passing of the seventh day, all their pains left them.  And when the sun rose over the earth's rim they saw Jesus coming towards them from the mountain, with the brightness of the rising sun about his head.
   "Peace be with you."
   And they said no word at all, but only cast themselves down before him, and touched the hem of his garment in token of their healing.
   "Give thanks not to me, but to your Earthly Mother, who sent you her healing angels.  Go, and sin no more, that you may never again see disease.  And let the healing angels become your guardians."
   But they answered him: "Whither should we go, Master, for with you are the words of eternal life?  Tell us, what are the sins which we must shun, that we may nevermore see disease?"
   Jesus answered: "Be it so according to your faith," and he sat down among them, saying:

"It was said to them of old time, 'Honor thy Heavenly Father and thy Earthly Mother, and do their commandments, that thy days may be long upon the earth.'  And next afterward was given this commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill,' for life is given to all by God, and that which God has given, let not man take away.  For I tell you truly, from one Mother proceeds all that lives upon the earth.  Therefore, he who kills, kills his brother.  And from him will the Earthly Mother turn away, and will pluck from him her quickening breasts.  And he will be shunned by her angels, and Satan will have his dwelling in his body.  And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb.  For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death.  For in his blood every drop of their blood turns to poison; in his breath their breath to stink; in his flesh their flesh to boils; in his bones their bones to chalk; in his bowels their bowels to decay; in his eyes their eyes to scales; in his ears their ears to waxy issue.  And their death will become his death.  For only in the service of your Heavenly Father are your debts of seven years forgiven in seven days.  But Satan forgives you nothing and you must pay him for all.  'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot; burning for burning, wound for wound; life for life, death for death.'  For the wages of sin is death.  Kill not, neither eat the flesh of your innocent prey, lest you become the slaves of Satan.  For that is the path of sufferings, and it leads unto death.  But do the will of God, that his angels may serve you on the way of life.  Obey, therefore, the words of God: 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a rare yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is breath of life, I give every green herb for meat.  Also the milk of every thing that moveth and liveth upon earth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given unto them, so I give their milk unto you.  But flesh, and the blood which quickens it, shall ye not eat.  And, surely, your spurting blood will I require, your blood wherein is your soul; I will require all slain beasts, and the souls of all slain men.  For I the Lord thy God am a God strong and jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength: this is the first and greatest commandment.'  And the second is like unto it: 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.'  There is none other commandment greater than these."

  And after these words they all remained silent, save one, who called out: "What am I to do, Master, if I see a wild beast rend my brother in the forest?  Shall I let my brother perish, or kill the wild beast?  Shall not I thus transgress the law?"
   And Jesus answered: "It was said to them of old time: 'All beasts that move upon the earth, all the fish of the sea, and all the fowl of the air are given into thy power.'  I tell you truly, of all creatures living upon the earth, God created only man after his image. Wherefore, beasts are for man, and not man for beasts.  You do not, therefore, transgress the law if you kill the wild beast to save your brother's life.  For I tell you truly, man is more than the beast.  But he who kills the beast without cause, though the beast attack him not, through lust for slaughter, or for its flesh, or for its hide, or yet for its tusks, evil is the deed which he does, for he is turned into a wild beast himself.  Wherefore is his end also as the end of the wild beasts."
   Then another said: "Moses, the greatest in Israel, suffered our forefathers to eat the flesh of clean beasts, and forbade only the flesh of unclean beasts.  Why, therefore, do you forbid us the flesh of all beasts?  Which law comes from God?  That of Moses, or your law?"

   And Jesus answerede: "God gave, by Moses, ten commandments to your forefathers.  'These commandments are hard,' said your forefathers, and they could not keep them.  When Moses saw this, he had compassion on his people, and would not that they perish.  And then he gave them ten times ten commandments.  For he whose feet are strong as the mountain of Zion, needs no crutches; but he whose limbs do shake, gets further having crutches, than without them.  And Moses said to the Lord: 'My heart is filled with sorrow, for my people will be lost.  For they are without knowledge, and are not able to understand thy commandments. They are as little children who cannot yet understand their father's words.  Suffer, Lord, that I give them other laws, that they may not be against thee; that they may sustain themselves, and when the time has come, and they are ripe for thy words, reveal to them thy laws.'  For that did Moses break the two tablets of stone whereon were written the ten commandments, and he gave them ten times ten in their stead.  And of these ten times ten the Scribes and Pharises have made a hundred times ten commandments.  And they have laid unbearable burdens on your shoulders, that they themselves do not carry.  For the more nigh are the commandments to God, the less do we need; and the farther they are from God, then the more do we need....

       And Jesus continued: "God commanded your forefathers: 'Thou shalt not kill.'  But their heart was hardened and they killed.  Then Moses desired that at least they should not kill men, and he suffered them to kill beasts.  And then the heart of your forefathers was hardened yet more, and they killed men and beasts likewise. But I do say to you: Kill neither men nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth.  For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also.  For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death.  For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also.  And everything which kills your bodies kills your souls also.  And your bodies become what your foods are, even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are.  Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, or water has destroyed.  For burned, frozen and rotted foods will burn, freeze and rot your body also.....

...For I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare not your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies and your souls also."
   "Master, where is the fire of life?" asked some of them.
   "In you, in your blood, and in your bodies."
   "And the fire of death?" asked others.
   "It is the fire which blazes outside your body, which is hotter than your blood.  With that fire of death you cook your foods in your homes and in your fields.  I tell you truly, it is the same fire which destroys your foods and your bodies, even as the fire of malice, which ravages your thoughts, ravages your spirits.  For your body is that which you eat, and your spirit is that which you think.  Eat nothing, therefore, which a stronger fire than the fire of life has killed.  Wherefore, prepare and eat all fruits of trees, and all grasses of the fields, and all milk of beasts good for eating.  For all these are fed and ripened by the fire of life; all are the gift of the angels of our Earthly Mother.  But eat nothing to which only the fire of death gives savor, for such is of Satan."

   "How should we cook our daily bread without fire, Master?" asked some with great astonishment.
   "Let the angels of God prepare your bread.  Moisten your wheat, that the angel of water may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air may also embrace it.  And leave it from morning to evening beneath the sun, that the angel of sunshine may descend upon it.  And the blessing of the three angels will soon make the germ of life to sprout in your wheat.  Then crush your grain, and make thin wafers, as did your forefathers when they departed out of Egypt, the house of bondage.  Put them back again beneath the sun from its appearing, and when it is risen to its highest in the heavens, turn them over on the other side that they be embraced there also by the angel of sunshine, and leave them there until the sun be set.....For the fire of the sun gives life to the wheat, to the bread, and to the body.  But the fire of death kills the wheat, the bread, and the body.  And the living angels of the living God serve only living men.  For God is the God of the living, and not the God of the dead.
   "So eat always from the table of God: the fruits of the trees, the grains and grasses of the field, the milk of beasts, and the honey of bees.....

....Eat, therefore, all your life at the table of our Earthly Mother, and you will never see want.  And when you eat at her table, eat all things even as they are found on the table of the Earthly Mother.  Cook not, neither mix al things one with another, lest your bowels become as steaming bogs.  For I tell you truly, this is abominable in the eyes of the Lord.
   "And be not like the greedy servant, who always ate up, at the table of his lord, the portions of others.  And he devoured everything himself, and mixed all together in his gluttony.  And seeing that, his lord was wroth with him, and drove him from the table.  And when all had ended their meal, he mixed together all that remained upon the table, and called the greedy servant to him, and said: 'Take and eat all this with the swine, for your place is with them, and not at my table.'....

   ..."And when you eat, never eat unto fulness.....live by your spirit, and resist the desires of the body.  And your fasting is always pleasing in the eyes of the angels of God.  So give heed to how much you have eaten when your body is sated, and always eat less by a third.



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