Animal Gospel

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea. ~Isaiah 11:9

Frequently Asked Questions

Martin, don't you realize that if anything were really wrong with what you call "enslaving animals" and eating them that God would have overthrown this a long time ago? What makes you think, given the long history of eating animals, that this is something that's wrong?

I believe that the Bible speaks, very clearly, of a curse that came upon animals in Genesis chapter 3 at the time of the Fall. Many people only focus on the aspect of that passage regarding the cursing of the serpent and the promised supernatural Seed of the woman that would bruise the head of the serpent. But the exact wording of the curse upon the serpent, whether it was a literal, physically embodied serpent or whether it was some form of apparition or whatever, is that the serpent would be cursed BEYOND the curse that had fallen upon cattle.

I believe that humanity's wrong relationship with animals and the attitudes that we've entertained about animals has been because of this curse.

[And a universal principle of Scripture is that Christ came to destroy the works of the devil and to free us from sin and through freeing us from sin to then free us from the curses that are inherent in the sin nature and that necessarily come upon sin from the righteous judgments of God.]

Were it not based on this particular passage and were my interpretation of this Genesis 3 passage as flawed as the interpretation of those who've erroneously interpreted Noah's curse to be a curse upon African descendants, my argument would in no way lose it's force from the standpoint that the enslaving of Africans, of Native Americans, and of others throughout the world wasn't practically, universally condemned until the 19th century, though there had always been "extreme" voices against that type of behavior towards our brothers and sisters of different skin tones and cultures. So, the longevity of a practice does not give it it's legitimacy. And all moral issues haven't yet been universally deciphered and judgments rendered accurately by humanity, intuitively, from the heart of God.

Otherwise, humans would have never enslaved other human beings for so long, attitudes towards women wouldn't have been oppressive for so long, and child labor issues wouldn't have been issues for so long, were the decisive moral import of the overthrow of a practice rooted in whether or not it's been overthrown by now or in relation to how long ago that it was overthrown. Were all issues of iniquity practically overthrown in the past, as some romantically want to assert subliminally in their defense of the uses/abuses of animals as historical fact, then history would certainly read very differently and there wouldn't be other equally righteous issues that other people are presently fighting for, against, and/or in regards towards.

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Go on to Martin, does someone have to be a Universalist in order to share your covenant perspective regarding these animals?
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