Introduction

By Ray & Frances Foster

 

Hebrew poetry style could suggest that pride and beginnings and patience and endings are associated. There is a connection between patience and endings. It takes patience to get through a book. There are some that habitually start a book with the last chapter. They want to know the end of the matter to decide if the effort of going through the whole book is worth it! This is understandable and even laudable!

This book is designed to help those who want to change from eating any and everything to eating selectively from the plant kingdom. From a creationist viewpoint, the plant kingdom was created to support the life of the animal kingdom. God created everything dependent on something else. Each served the other. For instance, animal dung was composted and made plant food! In the same way, the oxygen that plants give off as an "end by-product" is necessary for human and animal life. When animals eat animals (as some do), this disrupts the Creator’s motif of each serving the other. This is because the "eaten" may have served the "eater" but not the other way around! In addition to the interruption of the serve-serve cycle of the Creator, man’s eating animals for food is very energy and water wasteful, to say nothing of the build-up of animal wastes when animals are grown en masse in "factories". This, in a very real sense, develops a situation that qualifies for a problem of such magnitude as will destroy the earth given enough time. This is spoken of in the Bible:

 

 

"And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."(Revelation 11:18)

So vegetarianism is not the end of life! The message of this book is that far from being the end of life (as meat-eating literally is!), vegetarianism is just the beginning of life. The delight of eating from the vegetable world is, indeed, a goal of the Creator in making such a wide variety of colors, sights and smells of fruits, grains, nuts, legumes, and vegetables. The nutrition from pure vegetable sources is wholesome, balanced, and has been shown to be the superior life-support system for mankind.

 

 

"And God said, 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 tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.…And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…." (Genesis 1:29, 31)

 

Dedicated to those everywhere who are brave enough and persistent enough to change from eating animal food to plant food.