The “Original” Diet: A Biblical Perspective

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While reading a Biographical Sketch of Professor Arnold Ehret, I discovered that he had planned to write a book about Christ following what he calls “Natural Law.” In fact, he wanted to prove that, “Christ’s parentage, so-called miracles of healing and apparent changes of natural law, his resurrection and ascension into “Heaven,” were in accord with natural law but not fully understood.  He died before this was released and, Fred S. Hirsh, the one person who was reported to have obtained this manuscript claimed that it was too controversial to release.  I have begun to research this subject on my own.


Natural Law, as defined by Arnold Ehret and the Bible, begins with Genesis 1:29 “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.” This clearly states that when God created humans, the intended diet prior to the original sin, consisted of seeded fruit and green leafy vegetables.

From there, Arnold observed the habits of animals in the wild for his natural law theory. For Arnold, it boils down to simplicity, “I must remind you that cattle, for instance, when in the wilderness, eat absolutely nothing else than grass during their entire life. No animal when eating combines different foods at the same time or even drinks between mouthfuls of food, with the possible exception of domesticated animals changed into mixed eaters by civilized man.”

By writing this, he implies two things; 1. Cattle do not require consumption of beef or milk in order to produce them so there is no need for humans to consume these things to produce muscles or milk. 2. Animals allow their bodies to digest one item at a time. He believed this to be the best way to avoid constipation and fermentation which leads to a latent disease.

Another key component to natural law involves fasting. He observed that animals in the wild refrained from eating when they were ill. “Nature teaches and demonstrates by that example that there is only one disease and that one is caused through eating and, therefore, every disease whatsoever that may be named by man, is and can be healed by one remedy only by doing the direct opposite of the cause by the compensation of the wrong-ie, reducing the quantity of food or fasting.” He also writes that, fasting cures have failed in the past, due to the ignorance of what happens in the body during a fast. Note: he does not recommend a fast of more than three days without the guidance of an Ehretist or a thorough comprehension of his teachings which can be found in “The Mucusless Diet Healing System” and “Rational Fasting.”


According to a National Geographic documentary, “Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery,” the Dead Sea Scrolls are “the oldest recording of the bible written before 100 AD.” The scholars in this documentary claim that the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Qumran around 1947 and that they were likely written by a sectarian Jewish group who escaped the Roman Empire and the corruption of the temple into the desert to live a more pure way of life.

They say, “the faithful transcript of the old Bible mixes with some revolutionary ideas” revealing the story of a righteous teacher who was overthrown by a wicked priest and whose followers claimed that they were “the chosen ones; the sons of light who would defeat the forces of darkness at the end of time and see salvation.” Documentary scholars also add that, the Dead Sea Scrolls describe Jesus as a messianic Jewish leader without uniqueness or divinity. This alarmed “The [Catholic]Church” and they sent international teams to seize control of the scrolls and controlled its interpretation.

One documentary scholar named three sects of Jews in Jesus’s era; the Essenes, Pharisees and Sadducees. Although they found nothing in the Dead Scrolls indicating who the authors were, the narrator of the documentary mentions Roman historian, Josephus’ writings as a possible clue. Around 93 AD, he wrote that the Essenes fled Jerusalem to escape the corruption of the temple and remained in the remote deserts of Judea.

Other scholars in the documentary claim that there was no proof of  the Qumrans and the authors of the Dead Sea Scolls being Essenes. They also refute that Jesus was an Essene claiming that his teachings were different than the Essenes. One example offered is that he taught people to love everyone including their enemies whereas Essenes pledged eternal hate for their enemies. However, these claims are irrelevant because Jesus came to deliver a messianic message which did not exist prior to his arrival. Jesus also went to John the Baptist for baptism and scholars agree there’s substantial evidence that John was an Essene.

Mathew 3:1-3 also ties John to Qumran, “In those days John the Baptist came, reaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah”

In Mathew 3:7, we see that John believes the Pharisees and Sadducees to be treacherous, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” Thanks to Wayne Bank, I found verses in the Bible (Luke 1:36 & 1:63, Mathew 11:11, Mathew 3:5-6), which establish Jesus and John The Baptist as cousins, indicate Jesus’ high regard of him and mention John’s congregation outside of Judea.

Professor L. Michael White describes the Hebrew Scriptions from the Dead Sea Scrolls at, “This is where we begin to get some of the insights into the way the Essenes at Qumran believed, because of the way they interpret the prophecies of Isaiah, or the prophesies of Habakkuk as well as the way they read the Torah, itself. So among the scrolls, then, we have a complete set of almost all the biblical books, and commentaries on many of them.” – The Essenes and The Dead Sea Scrolls.

Some of the scrolls contain Essene traditional parables and phrases, which historians believe existed around 100 B.C., yet read almost verbatim the lines and verses attributed to Jesus in the New Testament. This could possibly demonstrate that Jesus was trained in standard Essene philosophy, and these New Testament verses reflect standard Essene teachings.


The establishment of Jesus as an Essene is significant in helping us learn his way of life. Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, the belief that Jesus was an Essene has been divided. What we do know, from Genisis 1, is that the original diet which God intended for humans is Fruitarian. Although some would argue it was Vegan, it definitely wasn’t Vegan as we know it today. The Essenes were either vegan or fruitarian.  Many scholars and modern Essenes claim that the original Essenes were Fruitarian,

“In Edmond Bordeaux Szekely’s “Gospel of the Essenes” and other writings allegedly smuggled out of the Vatican Library and the Royal Library of the Hapsburgs in Vienna, Jesus is portrayed as a fruitarian who insists that all his disciples attempt to follow suit. Essene fruitarians may only eat foods that plants can spare without dying, such as tree fruits and vegetables that grow above the ground. Leafy vegetables are permitted only when outer leaves can be harvested without killing the plant.” – Shvt – Essene Fruitarian Diet

I found a reference for flesh abstinence in the Dead Sea Scrolls, “You shall not eat the carcass of any bird or beast but may sell it to a foreigner. You shall not eat any abominable thing for you are a holy people to YHWH your God.” – XLVIII

If I read it correctly, this is a part of purity regulations concerning the temple and the city of the Sanctuary. However, in subsequent paragraphs there are contradictory references in which calf and dear could be eaten under certain conditions. Since the Dead Scrolls have been pieced together from fragments and its interpretation has been “controlled,” there may be missing information.

Arnold Ehret’s Source?

The Dead Scrolls were discovered, after Arnold Ehret’s death, in the 1940’s. Therefore, Arnold must have found some other source of information, during his visit to Palestine.

“In Palestine we stayed several months, studying local customs, records and history of past conditions, with the result that any conception of the real meaning of the New Testament gospels was changed very much. I learned that Christ’s life and teachings were in strict accord with now well known natural laws, which brought him superior intelligence and superior health, but that when written up from current hearsay some 150 years later was colored by oriental forms of expression and metaphors, and their incomplete knowledge of natural phenomena.”

He eventually writes that the only way for civilization to escape misery and disease is to return to natural law and eat only what God instructed humans to eat in the beginning.

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National Geographic video: DEAD SEA SCROLLS MYSTERY








2 Replies to “The “Original” Diet: A Biblical Perspective”

  1. You mention that you was going to research the information about manuscript that Arnold Ehret have you had any luck?

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