Saturday, February 6, 2010

Animal Rights & The Bible - Part 2

In Part 1 of this article we saw that animal rights activists use limited human reasoning to come to the conclusion that people and animals are all the same, but we saw in the Bible that God has clearly set us apart from animals. With a flawed premise that humans are just another species of animal, animal rights activists continue with flawed reasoning.

If one looks at the PETA website they will find this statement: “People who support animal rights believe that animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other purpose…”

Let's look at what the Bible says about eating animals:

Genesis 9:2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

This passage from Genesis shows that God instructed Noah that all animals and plants are to be used for food. This verse in itself is the final word on the issue - God only has to say something one time and he means it!

Genesis 18:1 And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

In this passage from Genesis, the Lord appeared to Abraham with two angels in the form of three men. Abraham invites them to stay and eat. He serves them veal and curds of milk.

Exodus 12:1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. 7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. 14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.

This passage from Exodus is where God established the Passover feast and commanded Israel to keep the feast as a memorial day on a continuous basis. The Passover feast includes roasted lamb.

Acts 10:10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

We can see in this passage from Acts that Jesus has instructed Peter that all animals are clean and good to eat. Previously, under the Old Testament Law, God had put restrictions on what type of animals the Jews could eat. Under the New Testament covenant, the old law was fulfilled and replaced with the new law that lifted many restrictions like these.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:1-5 warns us about those that will come to pull us away from the truth that God has delivered to us once and for all. One sign is those that teach abstinent of things, including foods that God has given us to receive with thanksgiving. These foods include animals.

These Bible passages are samples that shows us that killing and eating animals is the way God intended and that there is nothing wrong with it as long as it is done in a righteous manner, with thanksgiving.

One can find many righteous people in the Bible that hunted, killed and ate meat!

Many examples can be found of people wearing clothes made from animals.

Genesis 3:21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

God clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins for clothes. That in itself is a sufficient example showing God gave us animals to use for clothing.

Leviticus 13:47 “When there is a case of leprous disease in a garment, whether a woolen or a linen garment, 48 in warp or woof of linen or wool, or in a skin or in anything made of skin, 49 if the disease is greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin or in the warp or the woof or in any article made of skin, it is a case of leprous disease, and it shall be shown to the priest.

This passage in Leviticus shows part of the old testament law that instructs how to handle clothing from animals that may have infection within them.

2 Kings 1:7 He said to them, “What kind of man was he who came to meet you and told you these things?” 8 They answered him, “He wore a garment of hair, with a belt of leather about his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”

This passage from 2 Kings shows Elijah the Prophet wore animal hair and leather!

Proverbs 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? 25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, 26 the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field.

This passage from Proverbs states that lambs are to be used for clothing.

Matthew 3:4 Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

John the Baptist, another great Prophet of God wore animal hair and leather!

Hebrews 11:36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

This passage from Hebrews is talking about those faithful servents of God that wore skins of sheep and goats.

What else can be said? Who can claim that animals are not to be used for clothing?

Next > > > Animal Rights & The Bible - Part 3

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