Peace Be Unto You. Thanks for answering my questions and putting me through the right path
That is a great and comprehensive answer. I think you can take this answer and apply it to any number of things in life that divine mandates ask us to give up or do. Each item of the "Law" is designed to help us reach for a higher goal, ie, spirit life. Thanks for the question Amara, and thanks for the great answer Nomad.
Peace Be Unto you Raethan.
Yay! Actually felt rather bored without your questions. But, of course, I know your preferred answerer -- I'm a bit wordy, admittedly.
So, here's the wordy response:
The Bible (Judaism) and the Koran (Islam) laid down dietary rules -- things you can eat and things you can't eat. Both agree that you should not eat pig, that it is an 'unclean' animal. When the Bible says 'unclean,' it means 'spiritually/psychicly' unclean... it pollutes your very soul, in a sense. Yet, in the ancient times there was no refrigeration and pigs are often ridden with parasites that are not always easily killed by mere cooking, and it is more difficult to preserve it. And, frankly, it is a creature, like dogs, that likes to wallow in filth, eats filth. Halal is the Islamic equivalent, and is very similar to, and could be said to be based on or built on Kosher -- the Kosher law is the older.
Uriel had different reasons however:
Pigs are genetically and physiologically similar to us
Pigs are highly intelligent
Entities (inter-dimensional) may have actually combined primate and swine DNA to engineer modern humans.
Moreover, Urianism tends to seek common patterns from various monotheistic teachings, and since billions of Jews and Muslims have banned it for millennia, it is a consistent rule. Some Christian groups also adhere to Kosher principles.
Christians argue that St. Peter and St. Paul both 'legalized' the eating of pork, and everything... But, the prophet Isaiah (Old Testament/Jewish Scriptures) makes it clear...
Isaiah 66:15 For look, the LORD comes with fire, his chariots come like a windstorm, to reveal his raging anger, his battle cry, and his flaming arrows. 16 For the LORD judges all humanity with fire and his sword; the LORD will kill many. 17 "As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice – they will all be destroyed together,” says the LORD. 18 “I hate their deeds and thoughts! So I am coming to gather all the nations and ethnic groups; they will come and witness my splendor."
This passage is referencing the 'end days' ... Since it was Isaiah that prophecied about the coming of Immanuel (God With Us/Messiah), which Christians use as proof that Jesus was the Messiah, they cannot then dismiss the truth, that Isaiah also clearly says the eating of pork (and other disgusting things) will still be banned at the end of the world. In short, Isaiah says those who are eating pork (and other disgusting things) when the world ends, are going to be severely punished (karmicly?).
Urians are not permitted to eat pork, baby animals (not including eggs), or anything still alive (we are not soul eaters). Animals used for food should be raised humanely and slaughtered in as quick and humane a fashion as can be devised or is available... I would say that it is appropriate to pray over the slain creature as well, giving thanks and asking that God bless its spirit.
This is because, as in Hinduism, we are taught that humans arise, spiritually, from lower spiritual forms, climbing the ladder of consciousness, until developing conscience. Conscience is what separates animals from humans. When an animal can discern right from wrong, and generally begins to behave or act counter to nature's programming, developing a personality, it is likely that animal will be born as human in the next life.
We have all been food, and Uriel would argue that we still are... our souls produce what is called 'loosh' (emotional energy) and there are spirits that feed on those emotional secretions. Moreover, that our very souls (personalities/experiences) is the meat that is consumed as the mythological 'ambrosia' or 'food of the gods.' Why do spiritual entities always work so hard to 'win souls'? Why does the Bible itself refer to us as herds, flocks, sheep, goats, vineyards? aka - food.
Anyway, as we were animals, we must have compassion on animals... As they are fellow travelers, working their way toward eventual liberation, we must help them along. Trauma can be carried over into the spiritual pattern, and create abberant humans (broken from the factory).
Uriel has also argued, that the rules are a sort of weeding out -- if you can't give up eating certain things, how can you therefore become an immortal spiritual being, who is nourished by God's light and spirit? The food of heaven, the food of eternity, beyond the vain false-gods (who eat souls), is the river of life that flows from the throne of God and the trees of life that grow in the gardens of The Lord. In other words, how much do you value eternal life? Do you value the food and pleasure of this world over the nourishment of the Word and the Spirit of God?
Peace Be Unto You