Frequently Asked Questions
Shouldn't all of the Scriptures that you're referring to only be taken allegorically for God's dealings with humans?
When the literal sense of Scripture makes sense and is consistent with God's continually unfolding purposes and provisions of limitless mercy and grace, then why shouldn't we take a text of Scripture literally? According to Origen, a Scripture shouldn't be taken literally in those cases where the plain reading of it seems to declare something contradictory to God or unworthy of God, or inconsistent with His limitless wisdom and mercy.
There are far too many entire chapters and long strings of verses devoted to the supposed allegorizing of humans as animals for even the most casual and unbiased observer to not wonder about God's purposes where animals are concerned. Look at Isaiah 11, Isaiah 40, Ezekiel 34, Psalm 23, John 10, etc. Many, if not all of these texts, are probably understood by some Bible teacher somewhere and/or a commentary sitting on an old dusty shelf somewhere as only having reference to Israel or the Church.
The call of the animals in these latter days to enter into the deliverance promised to the creation is to the modern Church what God's purpose in gathering the Gentiles to Himself in Christ was to the early 100% Jewish Christian Church. It's a stumbling block, for sure, but an area of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that Christians are just going to have to accept and even sanctify themselves to not only receiving but towards being a vibrant part of it!
Why may not our Lord do what He wills with what is His? Are not the
cattle on a thousand hills His? Why may not our Lord's heart be bigger
than we've ever dared to realize? Are His dealings with the early Jewish
Christian Church in Acts chapter 15 to teach us nothing about allowing
for God to have purposes of mercy greater, beyond, and outside of His
intimate dealings with us? Are we not to look to the same prophets of
the Bible that opened their eyes to God's call to the Gentiles to open
our eyes to God's call to the animals?
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