Thursday, February 11, 2010

Animal Rights & The Bible - Part 3

In Part 2 of this article we looked at two flawed premises of the animal rights community - humans do not have the right to eat animals or use them for clothing. Here again the Bible shows that these premises are in error and are not in God's plan.

Let's look at two other premises - humans do not have the right to use animals for entertainment or scientific/medical research.

As God has already written, animals were made for our use and we have dominion over them. Everything that God has created on this earth is for us to receive with thanksgiving. (Genesis 1:28, 9:2; 1 Timothy 4:4)

James 3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

James 3:7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,

These two versus from James shows us that the idea of taming and restraining animals to control them is an acceptable use of animals. If we can restrain and force animals for use as transportation, to pull a wagon or plow, then there is nothing wrong with training them for entertainment purposes, even if the training involves force and restraints.

Judges 15:4 So Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails. 5 And when he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines and set fire to the stacked grain and the standing grain, as well as the olive orchards.

Matthew 8:31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.

The passages from Judges and Matthew show two extreme uses for animals that one might call cruel, but Samson was a judge and a righteous man of God and used the foxes for a purposes. He was not being cruel to them for cruelty sake. We also see Jesus sending a legion of demons into a herd of pigs and killing them. Who can claim Jesus was not righteous?

Is scientific or medical research any different than these extreme examples?

Proverbs 12:27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

This verse from Proverbs suggest that killing animals for the sake of killing them is wrong because a hunter should eat the game he hunts.

The Bible also teaches us the concept of animal ownership. Animals that we own, that do work for us, should be treated well.

1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

Paul says that allowing oxen to benefit from their own labor is a benefit for man, not oxen. God is not concerned for oxen, it is a principle that is good for man to uphold.

Proverbs 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

Deuteronomy 22:1 “You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother. 2 And if he does not live near you and you do not know who he is, you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall stay with you until your brother seeks it. Then you shall restore it to him. 3 And you shall do the same with his donkey or with his garment, or with any lost thing of your brother's, which he loses and you find; you may not ignore it. 4 You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.

These teachings are also principles for the benefit of man, the commands are not out of concern for animals. Did Jesus have concern for the heard of pigs he cast the demons into?

Finally, one last thing I would like to address is the animal rights claim that Jesus was a vegetarian and loved animals.

Here is a statement from the PETA website at "The evidence that Jesus was a vegetarian is strong, and the evidence that he would be one today is irrefutable."

Let's see what the bible says:

Luke 24:41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.

Matthew 15:34 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35 And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 And they all ate and were satisfied.

Jesus eating fish and feeding fish to people? That doesn't sound much like a vegetarian to me.

If you recall from Part 1 of this article, God commanded the Jews to partake in a passover feast on an ongoing basis and a roasted lamb was specified as part of the feast. (Exodus 12:1-14) Jesus was a Jew that kept the law perfectly.

From "...there are no scriptures in which Jesus eats lamb, which he would surely have eaten at Passover, had he not been a vegetarian."

Luke 22:7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”

It seems PETA will blatantly lie about scripture to push their agenda.

Jesus came to save men. Nowhere in the bible does it suggest that Jesus suffered and died for animals. The only thing Jesus loved about animals is that he loved to eat them!

Without a doubt, Jesus was an animal killing, meat eater.

In conclusion, it is obvious that man's use of animals is a gift that God has blessed us with. Views and opinions that support animal rights are contrary to what God has written and is no more than a rebellion against God.

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